A highlight was a return victory for the newspaper in the community service category for Division 3.
This past year, the newspaper tackled the topic of water and the city’s effort to keep the area supplied with the liquid necessary for continued growth.
“Great mix of pics, stories and editorials. Love the appearance too. Glad to see a good use of photos to emphasize your point. Way to be on top of a huge issue,” a judge from the Panhandle Press Association wrote.
The awards were presented during the convention Saturday, May 18, in Galveston.
In the news photo category, one judge wrote, “Wow. Really brings out the emotion in the reader.”
Two photos were submitted in this category. The one of which the judges were writing showed a child’s sock hanging from a barbed wire fence. Editor Jason Collins captured this image during his coverage of the tragedy that left 15 dead on the Goliad/ Bee County border.
The second photo entered in this category was of A.C. Jones High School teacher Scott Jones being honored with the Trojan flag.
Co-Publishers Chip Latcham and Jeff Latcham won a plaque for their editorial writing ability.
“Good points on local issue. Very well written,” a judge wrote of Chip Latcham’s discussion of the city manager’s six-goal plan to improve the city.
“Important explanation that this church isn’t representative of others. Well written,” the judge wrote of Jeff Latcham’s editorial about the threatened protest of a soldier’s funeral in Three Rivers.
Collins also received first place recognition for his headline writing.
Writer Bill Clough won an honorable mention for his two entries in the serious column writing category.
“This columnist is skilled in using national or state issues to examine local issues. The columnist’s skills are enhanced by his obvious awareness of national and state news.”
Overall, the newspaper also took home a third place in the sweepstakes category. This is awarded based upon a point system given for winnings in other categories of the contest.