Celinda Hawkins, managing editor of the Runnels County Register, recently won two awards in the Texas Press Association 2017 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced June 21.

Editor wins TPA awards

Celinda Hawkins, managing editor of the Runnels County Register, recently won two awards in the Texas Press Association 2017 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced June 21.

Hawkins received second place in column writing and second place in feature writing for stories last fall involving the placement of "Minions" around Ballinger and for a report on agribusiness in Runnels County.

The columns titled "A little brush with great music," and "Remembering dangerous toys from back in the day," were selected as winners.

The awards were for stories that ran in the Ballinger Ledger, prior to the merger of the Ledger and the Winters Enterprise.

"I am honored and delighted to have won these awards," Hawkins said. "It is a pleasure to report on all things in Runnels County."

This year, 143 newspapers submitted 1,410 entries in the contest.

Sweepstakes winners were the Victoria Advocate, Division 2; Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Division 3; Hood County News, Grandbury, Division 4; Kilgore News Herald, Division 5; Rockdale Reporter, Division 6; Azle News, Division 7; The Canadian Record, Division 8; Westlake Picayune, Division 9; and Big Lake Wildcat, Division 10.

The Frank Mayborn Award for Community Service was presented to Jim Moser of Moser Community Media. The award was presented by Moser’s father, Charles Moser, who is a past recipient of the award. TPA President Randy Keck noted that they are the only father and son recipients in the history of the award.
The Fred Hartman Award for Excellence in Sports Writing was presented to Mike Forman of the Victoria Advocate.

The 2017 Texas Better Newspaper Contest was judged by members of the Louisiana Press Association as part of the annual BNC “swap.” In 2018,the contest will be judged by members of the Nebraska Press Association.