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Eight state honors awarded to Telephone

The Sylvania Telephone won eight Georgia Press Association awards at the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest June 6 at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel during the group’s 128th annual convention.
Earlier this year, the Telephone received five GPA advertising awards for the 2013 calendar year to earn the Sylvania newspaper 13 state association honors.
This year’s GPA judges were from Virginia.
The Telephone’s entries, like other GPA members, were judged in one of nine divisions based on circulation. Division F of 3,000 to 3,999 in which the Telephone competes has one of the largest groupings of newspapers.
“We are truly honored to be rewarded for our efforts by our journalistic peers,” said Enoch Autry, managing editor of the Telephone, of the newspaper’s most recent recognitions. “Although these recognitions are very much appreciated, our greatest honors come each day from being able to represent our fine community of Screven County.”
Overall, a total of 610 awards were presented by the GPA in 37 categories to 87 newspapers Friday night.
The Telephone earned third place in “Headline Writing” for its entry of three headlines during 2013. Those headlines were the July 11 “Our singing in the rain is mostly ‘blues;’” the Aug. 15 “Joe’s isn’t the Place to be;” and the Dec. 26 “Driver’s sneeze leads to toppled tractor-trailer.”
Burton Kemp Jr. claimed second place for “Sports Column.” The trio of columns that earned Kemp the honor were the Jan. 31 “Thoughts on why ‘Johnny’ can’t shoot;” the Feb. 14 “New season of athletics turns up the heat;” and the May 23 “Gridiron offensive life as we have known it is gone.”
Robert Lee Davis captured third place for “Editorial Cartoonist” out of all the weekly divisions’ entries. The cartoons that garnered Davis acclaim were a March 7 one that used an “Alice in Wonderland” theme to urge people to spring their clocks forward; a May 9 rendering of a basketball rolling out of a closet filled with multiple sporting goods in reference to the first openly gay player in the NBA; and a Nov. 28 drawing of the Georgia Southern Eagle netting the Florida Gator in “The Swamp” after GSU defeated UF on the gridiron 26-20.
The remaining five honors from the GPA were awarded to Autry. Two of those were for first place.
Autry won first place for “Feature Photograph” for a Feb. 14 picture of Vasquez Lonon attempting to use his tongue to slide a vanilla wafer from his cheek to his mouth during a Cub Scout Pack 391 fun game at the pack’s annual Blue & Gold Banquet that honors the boys’ months of hard work.
The Telephone managing editor took first place for “Humorous Column” for his three-column entry of July 18 “Rain isn’t the only thing coming down these days;” the Aug. 22 “Main Street rattler evicted from Sylvania;” and the Dec. 12 “In the pits: Bacon ain’t just for eating anymore.”
Autry also claimed a pair of second places for “News Photograph” and “Sports Photograph.”
The news photo was taken at the Screven County High School graduation May 24, 2013, with a happy graduate Kadijah Brown smiling with the moon in the sky in the background.
As for the sports photo taken April 2, Screven County Middle School third baseman Dalton Mock had to reach up high to tag out Richmond Hill’s Brady Henle who tried to avoid the tag by going airborne.
Autry also won third place for “Sports Column” giving the Telephone two of the three top spots in the category as Kemp earned second. The three entries for Autry’s honor were for Nov. 21 “Live by coach creed: ‘Make a play;’” Nov. 28 “Eagle Nation, enjoy some Gator tail with your Thanksgiving meal;” and Dec. 26 “Different journey for Monken.”