The Keizertimes brought home 17 awards for news coverage and advertising in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper and Best Ad Ideas contests last week. Seven of the awards were for first place.

“It goes to show that when it comes to Keizer news, there’s no better source than the award-winning Keizertimes,” said Lyndon Zaitz, publisher.

Editors Jason Cox and Eric A. Howald earned first place in enterprise reporting for a series of stories about the placement of a new big box store in Area C of Keizer Station and the resulting ballot measure.

Cox, the managing editor of the paper, also received first place awards for best headline writing, his fifth consecutive year topping the heap in that category, and first place in coverage of business and economic issues for a story about tourism in Keizer.

Howald, the associate editor, took first place in best feature story for an article about the Keizer women who compete with the Cherry City Derby Girls and first place in best writing for articles about the derby girls, programming at the Mid-Valley Literacy Center and a McNary High School graduate’s struggles and triumphs after the death of his younger brother.

Cox, Howald and Andrew Jackson, Keizertimes production manager, took first place in best page one design. Jackson was also awarded first place for best advertising headline for a Color Me Mine advertisement.

Howald and Jackson took second place in best special section for the paper’s first ever McNary Fall Sports Preview. Cox took second place in enterprise reporting for a story about water contamination at McNary Oaks Mobile Villa. Howald took second place in best sports story for an article about Celt alum Kacey McCallister being inducted into the national Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Jackson took second place for best black and white ad for a Jazzercise advert and second place for most effective use of small space for a Jones Farm Produce ad.

Howald took third place in education coverage for two stories about the benefits and drawbacks of student cell phone use at McNary High School and third place in best sports story for the derby girls story. Intern Joce DeWitt, Zaitz, Cox and Howald took third place in best photo essay for the Iris Festival in Review. Jackson, Cox and Howald took third in best graphics for an infographic on how 9-1-1 funds are distributed.

The paper also took third in general excellence.