Two Rim country writers recently received first place awards for stories in the Payson Roundup during the Arizona Press Women's annual awards presentations in Phoenix. The winners were Christine Powers Wrather and Carol Osman Brown.
Wrather won her prize in the category of "Special Articles dealing with Social Issues" for her columns "Dogs are best exercise partners" and "The catastrophe of pet overpopulation."
Brown's award was for the stories "Rim country beckons birders" and "Birders discover migrating species," which appeared in Roundup special seasonal supplements.
Wrather also received a second place award in the specialized personal category for her column titled "Create story time for children, pets" and "A new pet needs commitment."
Brown received first place awards in two other categories -- "photo essay" and "photographer-writer" for contributions to another publication.