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The Madras Pioneer garnered four awards in the ONPA's Better Newspaper Contest.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - A photograph of law enforcement officers chasing a suspect across the train trestle, taken by Madras Pioneer Managing Editor Holly Gill, won first place in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association 2018 Best Newspaper Contest in the category of Best News Photo.The Madras Pioneer garnered four awards in the Oregon Newspapers Association Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented July 20, at the summer convention at the Brasada Ranch.

The Pioneer was judged against Oregon weekly newspapers with circulations of 3,001 or more.

Last summer's eclipse edition of "Sageland Magazine" won a third-place award in the Special Sections category.

Managing Editor Holly Gill received a first-place award in the Best News Photo category for her photo "Dangerous Chase," showing officers pursuing a kidnapping suspect across the Willow Canyon train trestle.

Former sports editor Will Denner won a third-place award in the Best Sports Story category for his story "Memories of Todd Beamer;" and placed third in the Best Sports Photo category for his photo "Records Fall, Duff's best of all," which showed Culver student Catylynn Duff hugging her coach after winning the 2A girls discus state title.

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