The Farmersville Times won several awards at the North East Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2016.
The awards were presented at the annual NETPA convention held last week at the Hilton Garden Inn in Longview.
The newspaper competed in the medium weekly category.
News Editor Wyndi Veigel received Photographer of the Year in the weekly category.
Veigel’s entries showcased news photos from the Dec. 26 tornado, the Shattered Dreams mock accident scene, feature photos from Audie Murphy Day and the Summer Reading Program and sports photos of the high jump and pole vault. Veigel also received a second place in the Journalist of the Year weekly category.
The Times received a first place in the sports photo category. Entries included football photos shot by Victor Tapia. Times sports staff member David Jenkins also received first place in the sports coverage category.
A first place news photo award was also received for Veigel’s photos of the Dec. 26 tornado damage and of Police Chief Mike Sullivan winning at the Old Time Saturday tractor pull.
The Times received a second place award in the special section category for their fall sports preview.
A second place award for news writing was also presented to the publication.
Entries included articles written by Veigel about the police department handing out $100 bills at Christmas and the Muslim Cemetery controversy.
The Times also received a third place award in General Excellence for overall coverage and a third place sweepstakes for points earned.
The newspaper received fourth place in headline writing for entries including “ Mums the word: Homecoming tentatively scheduled for Friday pending stadium approval,” “Muslim cemetery: Residents want it dead,” and “DWI De-fence.”
Times staff also received a fourth place award in the feature story division. Entries included stories about the valedictorian and salutatorian and about the Dec. 26 tornado written by Veigel.
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