The Purcell Register was announced Monday as the winner of the 2019 Better Newspaper Contest for the large weekly division.

The summer Oklahoma Press Convention was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, where the awards are normally presented.

This year, the OPA held a virtual awards presentation Monday morning.

The Sequoyah Award, the highest honor in the OPA Better Newspaper Contest, for The Register was the newspaper’s sixth in the past nine years.

The Register won first place awards for page design, advertising, news content, sports reporting and community leadership and finished second in digital media with all Oklahoma weekly newspapers combined for that category. 

It was for purcellregister.com, Facebook and Twitter.

The Register finished with 530 total points in the competition with OKC Friday finishing second with 280 points. The Eufaula Indian Journal was third with 230 points.

The video is available to view at www.okpress.com/contest.

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