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The Bell Tower has tolled through happy and sad times at UNC-Chapel Hill

CB3Media's owner wins 2015 national award for Column Writing

Barnes editorial wins national top honor

CapitalSportsNC.com wins national award

Take a look at Clifton Barnes' increasingly popular sports site.

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Barnes wins national Web writing award

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Barnes receives 2011 national writing honors

Barnes wins two 2010 national writing awards

Barnes wins pair of 2009 national writing awards

2016 Apex Award.

2015 Apex Award.

Apex Award 2014.

Apex Award 2013.

Apex Award 2013.

Apex Award 2012.

Apex Awards 2011.

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Barnes' e-book wins national award
CB3Media's owner tells history of UNC's Order of the Bell Tower

Clifton Barnes, owner of CB3Media.com, has won a national award for an online book he wrote.

An e-book telling the history of the Order of the Bell Tower at the University of North Carolina won an Award of Excellence from the DC area-based Communications Concepts through its 2018  Awards for Publication Excellence competition.

Barnes, a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism and political science grad who is originally from Rocky Mount, was one of only seven people across the nation to win  Awards of Excellence in the Best Electronic Publications category.

The e-book goes through the history of the Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, opened in 1931, and the student-alumni group which started 50 years later.

A panel of judges, who said they had a challenging time selecting winners because of the exceptional quality of entries, appreciated the author's attention to detail and his commitment to preserving history.

"It's important and rewarding to look back at the way things were and how iconic symbols like the Bell Tower started," Barnes said. "Students and alumni preserve traditions through the Order of the Bell Tower. This book honors them and the traditions."

This was the first time Barnes has won an  award  for an e-book, but he has now won a writing  award  in the  APEX  national competition nine years in a row, including four awards for his website CapitalSportsNC.com. That site features articles from all the top media outlets and sports team in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area along with his own original sports commentary.

2018 Apex Winner GraphicBarnes served as director of communications for the N.C. Bar Association for 15 years and, before that, was a newspaper writer and editor. He also worked part-time for the News & Observer's community papers for more than a decade.

Today he is a freelance writer, editor and Web developer who owns several websites, including one that chronicles each UNC basketball game.

Also in 2018, Barnes put together a highway marker dedication ceremony which honored Rocky Mount native Kay Kyser, the popular comedic bandleader from the 1930s-40s. Barnes is also credited with the idea for and implementation of the Town of Cary's Hometown Spirit Award, given each year since 2009 to honor those who promote small-town Southern values.

Along with his wife Andrea, he raises their 12-year-old son Will Griffin. Barnes is the son of W.C. and Lorraine Barnes of Atlantic Beach. Nov. '18

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Apex Award 2010. Apex Award 2008. Apex Award 2007. Apex Award 2006. Apex Award 2005.