This is the first time in history that both the County Press and the Beeville Bee-Picayune won the coveted “sweepstakes” awards for their respective divisions in South Texas.
The sweepstakes winner is determined by taking into account all of the awards won for each newspaper.
In addition to being named the overall winner in its weekly division, the County Press received awards in nine categories, including two first places in feature writing and headline writing.
Second place wins included editorial writing, serious column writing and humorous column writing.
Four third place awards were received in general excellence, news coverage, page design and best advertising.
This is the second best all-around award the paper has won in the last three years.
Editor Kenda Nelson’s first place features include a story entitled, “‘Voice of the Bobcats’ falls silent Friday” in the Nov. 5 issue; and another titled, “Paying tribute, Woodsboro honors soldiers on Memorial Day” in the May 28 issue.
The judges had this to say, “Makes the reader miss Mr. (Jack) Sportsman without having known him”; and in the other article on Vince Cantu’s talk on Memorial Day, the judge simply said, “Pay tribute – awesome article.”
Nelson’s serious columns, “Jorge’s journey” in the July 16 issue chronicling the plight of an illegal immigrant, and “Simple resolution: Stop to smell the roses” in the Dec. 31 issue garnered the comments, “pulled readers in immediately. Love the tie in of lead and conclusion. Nice job.” On Simple resolution, the judge said, “very cool family history. Nice voice on both.”
In Nelson’s editorial, “Back on Third Street,” the judge said, “timely and important.”
In the general excellence category, the judge said, “Good work. Eye-catching front page. Good photos and clear writing.”
In Andy Pate’s humorous column, “Nicknaming was better than raging and ranting” in the Sept. 24 issue, the judge said, “Nicknaming cute localization of topic when building. Nice use of alternative style.”
The judges also commented that the County Press had “a couple of really standout ads and good overall.”