APG Best of 2020


Before we get too far into 2021, I wanted to share a collection of some of our best work from newsrooms across Adams Publishing Group in 2020. It was a challenging year in so many ways, but we should all be proud of how we served our communities at a time when they needed us most.

Local journalism makes a difference. Whether it was holding local governments to account, explaining difficult issues, or featuring extraordinary citizens, our work had an impact.

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Mark Adams

Covid-19 Articles

Greeneville, Tennessee: Making Times Tougher on the Farm

Coverage from The Greeneville Sun

Washington State: Nursing Homes Struggle

Coverage from goskagit.com

Idaho Falls: Portraits from the Pandemic

Coverage from the Post Register

Logan, Utah: The Under-Served

Coverage from The Herald Journal

Data, Investigations and Accountability Articles

Janesville, Wisconsin: Data Reveals Racially Disproportionate Enforcement in Janesville Schools

Coverage from the Gazette | Jonah Beleckis, Benjamin Pierce and Frank Schultz

Maryville, Tennessee: Massive Alcoa Warehouse Proposed is for Amazon

Coverage from The Daily Times | Andrew Jones

Anacortes, Washington: While Costs for a City Project Escalated, Public Was in the Dark

Coverage from the Anacortes American | Richard Walker

Local News

Bozeman, Montana: Bridger Foothills Fire

Coverage from The Daily Chronicle | Rachel Leathe and Helena Dore

Boise, Idaho: Police Force Practices

Coverage from the Idaho Press | Olivia Heersink and Tommy Simmons

Eau Claire, Wisconsin: City Says it Will Shut Down Notorious Hotel

Coverage from the Leader-Telegram | Andrew Dowd

Athens, Ohio: Scoring a Key Interview in State Scandal Case

Coverage from The Athens NEWS and The Athens Messenger

Rexburg, Idaho: A Call for a Diversity Department at BYU-Idaho

Coverage from the Standard Journal | Victoria Varnedoe

Gladwin County, Michigan: Gladwin Floods

Coverage from the Record & Clarion

Lake Mills, Wisconsin: A Protest, Social Media Frenzy, and a Car Accident

Coverage from the Lake Mills Leader | Sarah Welhert

Virginia, Minnesota: GOP-Endorsed Candidate’s Controversial Facebook Post

Coverage from the Mesabi Tribune | Jerry Burnes

Issue Enterprise

Easton, Maryland: New Generation of Oystermen Struggles Not to be the Last

Coverage from the Star Democrat | Bred Dress

Beloit, Wisconsin: A Local Task Force’s Approach to Finding and Fighting Human Trafficking Networks

Coverage from the Beloit Daily News | Austin Montgomery

Klamath, Oregon: ‘Deep Dive’ Explores Klamath Basin and Surrounding Water Issues

Coverage from the Herald and News | Alex Schwartz

Cheyenne, Wyoming: A Fundamental Change in a School District’s Governance

Coverage from Wyoming News | Kathryn Palmer


Pocatello, Idaho: “Sentiment Echoed”

Coverage from the Idaho State Journal | Jordan Kaye

Eau Claire, Wisconsin: ‘Scary as Hell’

Coverage from the Leader-Telegram | Eric Lindquist

Southwest Florida: There Will be Hugs in Florida

Coverage from the Gondolier | Scott Lawson

Southwest Wyoming: Healing and Foregiveness

Coverage from Rocket Miner | Lisa Romero

Special Reports

Greenville, North Carolina’s 5-Part Hemp Series: Untapped Harvest

Coverage from the Reflector

Idaho Falls’ Ongoing Murder Story: A High Utility Timeline

Coverage from The Post Register | Sally Krutzig

Marinette, Wisconsin’s Combat Ship: USS Marinette Launch

Coverage from The Eagle Herald

Minnesota’s Focus on Local Women: Women’s History Month

Coverage from ABC Newspapers (Anoka County Union Herald and the Blaine-Spring Lake Park-Fridley-Columbia Heights Life)

More Noteworthy Stories of 2020


Idaho Newspaper Coalition: A day in the life of Idaho during the pandemic

Defiance, Ohio, Crescent-News, Tim McDonough: Fairview handling remote learners in a different way

Stanwood Camano News, Evan Caldwell: Large COVID-19 outbreak strikes Josephine Caring Center

Waunakee Tribune, Roberta Baumann: Pfizer’s COVID vaccine proves effective, but how to distribute it?

Klamath Herald and News, Becca Robbins: Jail reductions hold off COVID, but what about crime?

Tremonton, The Leader, Jeff DeMoss: Local nurse recounts assignment at New York hospital

Local Enterprise

Star Democrat, Brad Dress: Environmentalists, neighbors fighting big new development in Trappe

Your Sun, Florida, Elaine Allen-Emrich: Homeowners: Know What’s In Your Contract

Watauga Democrat, staff report: Task force recommends state look to legalizing marijuana

Fairbault Daily News, Andrew Deziel: Does pot have a shot?

Lake Mills Leader, Sarah Weihert: Addiction leaves lasting impact

Local News

Athens News, Ben Peters: Athens TikTok star loses job at Sherwin-Williams after paint-mixing videos go viral

Athens Messenger, Heather Willard: Election tampering allegations surface in 94th District Race

NewsWatchman, Ethan Leist: The anthem that went national

Milton Courier, Kim McDarison: Equestrians and an owl visit Milton Senior Living

Milton Courier, Rebecca Kanable: Carolers on horseback

Rocket Miner, Wyoming, Wesley: Magagna: Jaciel’s comeback trumps his setback

Mountain Times, Andrew Cole:  21 guns and 13 folds. American Legion Honor Guard honors High Country veterans

Blowing Rocket, David Rogers: ‘Christmas Spirit’ found in Blowing Rock

Jefferson Star, Samantha Vanderwalker: How Sara Bohon ended up at a table with the president

Rocky Mount Telegram, Patrick Mason: Nash Central’s Norris hasn’t stopped swimming


Wyoming Tribune Eagle: South triad deserves a voice on local school board

Sun Port Charlotte: George Floyd, Matthew Walker: Same fate, different outcome

Eau Claire, Leader-Telegram: Transparency demands release of candidates’ names

Elizabeth City, The Daily Advance: Outrageous raises must spur changes

Boise/Nampa Idaho Press: McGeachin’s undermining is harmful to Idahoans

Digital Initiatives

Rock Springs: YouTube channel

Pocatello: Covering protest live on Facebook