A flag found in the desert prompted a story that was honored by the Arizona Newspapers Association.

The Green Valley News won several awards in the Arizona Newspapers Association annual Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising.

The awards were handed out Saturday at the ANA conference in Chandler. For a full list of winners, go to ananews.com/ana-members/awards-contests.


•First place, Editorial Page Excellence

•First place, Best Headline, Dan Shearer for “I do, I do, I do, I do,” about a Green Valley couple married 75 years.

•Second place, Reporting & Newswriting Excellence

•Second place, Best Feature Story, Dan Shearer, “Ivy’s Journey,” about a girl who went missing in Green Valley overnight in 2004, and her life since.

•Third place, Newspaper Website

•Third place, General Excellence

•Third place, Best News Story, Dan Shearer, “A flag in the dirt,” about a veteran whose U.S. flag was ripped down and left in the desert.”


•First place, Most Effective Use of Paid Small Space, Athinia Felix, for “Wanted”

•First place, Best Classified Section, Graham Harrington

•Third place, Best Newspaper Promotion Ad, Series or Section, Graham Harrington, “Thanksgiving”