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The People’s Choice Awards Best of Columbus Contest and Random Drawing for a $50 Visa Gift Card are officially sponsored by The News Reporter.

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This contest and/or drawing is void where prohibited by law.

The News Reporter reserves the right to change the rules at any time.

People’s Choice Awards Best of Columbus Contest


Voting for The People’s Choice Awards Best of Columbus Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. July 11, 2019. The contest ends August 23, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

Valid ballots contain name, email address, phone number, zip code, gender, age, and current subscriber status. 

To be eligible, print and online ballots must contain a minimum of 30 categories voted on. 

The News Reporter reserves the right to restrict the local Best of Columbus winners to only persons/businesses whose primary residence is within a 60-mile radius of NC.

The News Reporter reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

The Contest and all of the related pages, contents are copyright The News Reporter. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

To be counted, paper ballots need to be postmarked no later than August 23, 2019.


People’s Choice Awards Best of Columbus Random Drawing 

The News Reporter reserves the right to substitute any drawing prize with another prize of equal or greater value.

Drawing entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of The News Reporter, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.

Entrants further grant to The News Reporter the right to use and publish their proper name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest.
Drawing winners will be notified by email. If a winner is unreachable after seven (7) days, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, an alternate winner will be selected. If an eligible winner cannot be found for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.