The winners were announced Friday at the TGCPA Convention in Port Aransas.
The County Press won four first-place plaques in general excellence, feature photos, headline writing and display advertising; second in editorial writing and feature writing; third in news writing, sports photos, humorous columns, and the Farris Block Memorial Community Service award; and honorable mention in serious columns.
In general excellence, the Press was rated excellent in overall appearance, quality of local copy and quality of photos and drew the comment, “Great covers! Local copy excellent. Great job on a wonderful picture cover.”
On Editor Kenda Nelson’s feature photo of a 9-year-old boy sitting on the porch of his family’s home, which had been destroyed by fire, the judge wrote, “I want to reach in and give the young man a hug.” Of her photo, Saluting the Veterans, the judge wrote, “Very, very nice, Great photo.”
Nelson’s headline, Woodsboro water woes waxing wearisome, the judge commented, “Clever! This one won it for you.” In her headline, “Bobcats buckle Buckaroos in rueful flummoxing,” the judge wrote, “Nice work. I have never seen ‘flummoxing’ in a headline.” The headlines drew three excellent ratings.
Nelson’s feature on Calvin Robinson’s World War II service drew the remark, “Great story. The reader can feel the emotion and you did a nice job.”
The judge’s comments on Nelson’s editorial on the criticism of the Bobcats’ high scores include, “A good editorial on a local issue. You handled this very nicely.”
The community service award on Woodsboro’s water problem drew the judge’s comment, “Good coverage of a problem.”
On Nelson’s two news stories – one on a pushing incident in Elderly Services and the other on a sex offender who died during his attack, the judges said, “Wonderful testimony and supporting quotes on incident – solid information and plenty from all sides.”
On the sexual attack, the judge said, “Very interesting story reported with much professionalism – good background information as well.”
Neil Tucker’s sports photo of the Bobcat catcher attempting to catch a foul ball earned a third and drew the comment, “Great photo! Tells a story.”
The newspaper’s sister paper, the Beeville Bee-Picayune, also won Sweepstakes in the bi-weekly division and earned 610 points as well.