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We have an award-winning staff and work very hard to make each edition better than the last. We compete each year in the Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest against the best newspapers in the state.

2014 Awards Include:

Most Improved

First Place for Best Lifestyle Pages
First Place for Best Sports Photo by Denise DuBois
First Place for Best Headline by Katherine Haas
Second Place for Best Layout and Design
Second Place Best Editorial by Denise DuBois
Second Place Best News Photo by Blenda Copeland
Second Place for Best Sports Story by Mark Clark
Third Place Best Sports Column by Mark Clark​

 2013 Awards include:
First place for Best Use of Photographs/Editorial Content
First place for Best Spot News Story for Katherine Haas’s story about growth on Moon Lake
Second place for Best Feature Photo for Katherine Haas’s photos of soldiers deploying
Third place for Best Sports Photo for Denise DuBois’s photo of the Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament
Third place for Best Special Section for the annual football guide
Third place for Best Headline for “Police pursue perpetrator in pit bull puppy pilfer”

 2012 Awards include:
First place for Best Sports Feature Story for Mark Clark’s story of Lewis Colbert
Second place for Best Sports page
Second place for Best Presswork
Second place for Best Local News Coverage
Second place for Best Feature photo for Denise DuBois’s photo of a saluting soldier
Second place for Best Feature Story for Denise DuBois’s story of a soldier serving in Afghanistan
Third place for Best Use of Photos/Editorial Content
Third place for Best Layout and Design
Third place for Best Human Interest Column for a column by Mark Clark
Third place for Best Sports Single Event Story for Mark Clark’s story about the Central/Smiths Station rivalry
Third place for Best Headline for “Cabbage patch kid has one big head”
Second place advertising award for Best Signature Page
Second place advertising award for Best Regularly Scheduled Special Section
Third place advertising award for Best Original/Creative Idea

 2011 Awards include:
First place for Best News Feature Story for Mark Clark’s Christmas story
First place for Best Headline for “Law firm has the Hurtsboro library crying ‘Wii, Wii, Wii’
Second place for Best Sports Feature Story for a story by Mark Clark

 2010 Awards include:
First place for Best Presswork
Second place for Best Sports Page
Second place for Best Sports Photo by Mark Clark
Second place for Best Feature Story for Blenda Copeland’s fruit story
Third place for Best Editorial Column or Commentary for a Mark Clark column
Third place for Best Feature Photo for Mark Clark’s photo

 2009 Awards include:
First place for Best Sports Single Event Story for Mark Clark’s story on Leroy Propst
Second place for Best Presswork
Second place for Best Sports Photo by Glenn Peppers
Second place for Best Spot News Story for a tornado story by Mark Clark
Second place for Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage for a story by Mark Clark

 2008 Awards include:
Most Improved Award
First place for Best Presswork
Second place for Best Sports News In-Depth Coverage for a story by Mark Clark
Second place for Best Spot News Photo by Mark Clark
Second place for Best Headline for “Hughston, you have solved our problem”
Third place for Best Sports Photo by Mark Clark
Third place for Best Humorous Column by Mark Clark
Third place for Best Editorial Column or Commentary by Mark Clark

 2007 Awards include:
Third place for Best Feature Photo by Mark Clark

Denise DuBois

Executive Editor/Co-Publisher
Denise started with The Citizen in 2007 and assumed position as Executive Editor in March 2012. She is an award-winning writer, photographer, and designer. She continues to write and photograph news and features for the newspaper and has a weekly column where she shares her thoughts on life, faith, and family.

Our Staff

Awards

Baxley Oswalt
Assistant to the Editor
​Baxley has worked on and off for The Citizen for more than 50 years. In the 1970s, he was responsible for drawing grocery store ads in the newspaper. Now, he continues to help by proof-reading the paper before it goes to print.

Darlene Spears
Advertising Executive
​Darlene has been selling advertising for The Citizen since 2010 and continues to bring new clients into the newspaper.

Rainbow Foods (Hwy 431)
Big Cat (Hwy 431)
Dollar General (Hwy 431)
Chester's
Drop Zone
Big Cat Kountry Cooking (Hwy 165)
Regional Rehab
Chick-Fil-A
Phenix City Library
Chamber of Commerce
Jack Houston Memorial Hospital
Phenix City HealthCare
Lakewood Senior Living in Smiths
Smiths Station City Hall
McDonalds (By BB&T)

Blenda Copeland
 Staff Writer
Blenda has been a reporter for The Citizen since 2008. She is an award-winning writer and continues to cover news and feature stories in the Russell County, Phenix City and Smiths Station/southern Lee County area. She highlights the educational, governmental, devotional and agricultural sectors.
 

Roy Greene started The Citizen in 1954. It had many names throughout the years including the Phenix-Herald, The Citizen News and finally, The Citizen of East Alabama. Today, The Citizen is the largest circulating weekly newspaper in Alabama. It reaches Russell and southern Lee counties and is part of the Alabama Press Association.  Our vision is to be the voice of East Alabama. We strive to educate the community on local events and news, as well as feature people who live here. As a locally owned and operated business, we encourage others to live, shop, and play in East Alabama.           


The majority of our newspapers are mailed through the US Postal Service. We do have racks throughout Russell and Lee counties where you can pick up a copy for fifty cents. 

U save it Pharmacy in Smiths
Piggly Wiggly (13th St.)
Terry's Grocery
Dixie Wings
Piggly Wiggly (Hwy 80)
Cable TV of East Alabama
CVCC Student Center
Troy University
Canterbury HealthCare
Rainbow Foods (Ft. Mitchell)

​Parkwood HealthCare
Phenix City Housing Authority
Bleeker Junction
Piggly Wiggly (Hwy 280)

Tammy Harman

Advertising Manager
​Tammy became the Advertising Manager in 2014 and helps set goals for the sales team. She is also the Business Sales Manager for CTV-Beam. 

About

Karnell Harris
Graphics Designer
Karnell has been with The Citizen since 2009 and creates all the advertising that appears in the newspaper. He is an award-winning graphics designer and continues to help the paper strive to the excellence and quality that our readers expect week after week.​

Lee Sharpe
Advertising Executive
Lee has been selling advertising for The Citizen since 2007 and works with business owners to make sure they have the best ads in the newspaper.