FORT BENNING, Ga., (June 12, 2013) -- Fort Benning's command information newspaper changed its name in April, but The Bayonet finished its more than 70 years in print winning several newspaper awards for 2012.

This weekend, the Georgia Press Association's winners in the Better Newspaper Contest were announced during its convention at Jekyll Island, Ga. In Division I, Nathan Deen took first place in both sports writing and sports column, Cheryl Rodewig took second place in feature writing. The Bayonet's Sports Section took second and third place.

The paper took third place in the Page One category, second place in Lifestyle Coverage and first place in Layout and Design, taking the Hal. M. Stanley Trophy. One of the judges wrote, "This category gets more difficult every year, thanks to the Internet. Y'all are keeping up just fine."

This is the third consecutive year The Bayonet has placed in both the Page One and Layout and Design categories, said John W. Peeler, managing editor for Bayonet and Saber.

"Although our name has changed, our mission to tell the Fort Benning and Maneuver Center of Excellence's story hasn't," Peeler said. "We're your community newspaper."

In May, The Bayonet won the Department of Defense's Thomas Jefferson Award for the best metro format newspaper. A metro format newspaper, also called a broadsheet, is based on size.

The Bayonet won the Army's competition, known as the MG Keith L. Ware Awards Competition, in March to go forward to compete against the best newspapers in the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. The award was presented May 10 at Fort Meade, Md.

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