Kenda Nelson won first place in two writing categories, serious column and feature writing, and in headline writing. Nelson’s news photos and feature photos earned second places.
Neil Tucker won second for sports photos and Andy Pate won third for his humorous column, Pipelines by Putt.
The paper also won second place in general excellence; third place for special edition,; and honorable mention for display advertising.
Commenting on Nelson’s County Lines Father’s Day column, the judge wrote, “Nice first graph leads reader into a touching tribute to writer’s father.”
About her feature on World War II veteran Lewis Kilgore, the judge wrote, “Great anecdotes of a man who has many to tell – writer connected with the subject to allow readers to get to know him.” A story about Austwell boot maker Bob Garner drew the comment, “Lots of good history and information come across in an interesting and fresh way.”
Tucker’s sports photo drew the comment, “Excellent clarity on this action shot with great reproduction.”
Two feature photos, one of Woodsboro school children on the Fennessey Ranch and one of volunteer firefighters in Austwell, drew the comments, “Fun shot of all the kids looking underwater. Nice display and well composed,” and “Firefighters: Good colorful shot that stopped each drop. Love some of the expressions.”
The first place headlines are, “Getting the Kinks Out” and “Bobcats boot-scoot Buckaroos with blistering speed.”
The judges wrote, “Getting the kinks out – fun and witty yet still describes the subject well; Bobcats boot-scoot... lots of alliteration but so fun it doesn’t matter – makes you wish you were there before you even read the story.”
The graduation tab drew the comment, “Good crisp photos and advertising. Looks like affordable advertising. Could you not sell the back page full color? Easy to read – I know families love it!”