The awards were presented at the TPA’s convention in Austin on Saturday.
The award was presented to the County Press for its series on “Dog Bite Attacks.”
The judge wrote “Critical issue for the community. Great pictures and good use of the paper as a forum to instigate positive change.”
Editor Kenda Nelson also won a third place for news writing on her story about “103-year-old bridge scrapped” and “Valiant Petroleum picks Refugio for new plant.”
The judge wrote, “well-structured, well written.”
TPA reported that 192 newspapers submitted 1,896 entries in the contest.
This is the third and final contest entered by the local newspaper.
In addition to the first place in community service in the TPA contest, the County Press won three first place awards in the 2009 South Texas Press Association contest for news coverage, feature writing and feature photo; and two first place awards in the 2009 Texas Gulf Coast Press Association’s contest including the Farris Block Memorial Community Service Award and a first in headline writing.