The Mercury won the following awards in the under-30,000 circulation category for daily newspapers:
WRITINGThe contests were judged by editors at AP member newspapers in Colorado. The great thing about the PAPME contest is that cash awards are presented to the first-place winners in addition to a plaque.
First Place: Nancy March, The Mercury, Pottstown, "State budget plan built like a straw house"
First Place: Evan Brandt, The Mercury, Pottstown, "Remember kids, don't be a smartass"
Second Place: Evan Brandt and Nancy March, The Mercury, Pottstown, "Keeping local officials on track"
Second Place: Daniel Creighton, The Mercury, Pottstown, "Fire ravages 3 buildings"