At the North and East Texas Press Association’s annual competition, the Azle News came away with the top prize, the coveted Sweepstakes plaque.
The News placed in most categories and won several, finishing with 750 points, 75 more than the runner-up, the Mineola Monitor.
Azle won feature writing, column writing, sports coverage, and special section.
Carla Noah Stutsman’s feature on a heart transplant and Chase Carter’s story on a long distance bone marrow recipient were deemed the best in the feature writing division.
Columns from Mark K. Campbell – “Test tube meat” and “Making the politically correct decision” – won top honors as did Campbell’s sports coverage.
The Health Care section published in May was tops, too.
The News placed second in general excellence, advertising, news writing, and sports photos.
Azle took third in headline writing and feature photo.
Because the grouping of the News’ division was based on circulation, Azle competed against its sister paper, the Springtown Epigraph.
In six different areas of competition, both papers placed, including going 1-2 in sports coverage.
Editor Campbell lauded the staff’s efforts. “It’s always nice when hard work is rewarded and that’s the case here. No staff works harder to cover its town.”