Bulletin Staff Report

Brownwood Bulletin staff members received six writing and photography awards Saturday at Texas Press Association’s convention in San Antonio. Five individual category awards earned the Bulletin 325 points and qualified it for fourth place in sweepstakes competition at the 128th annual TPA convention.

Gene Bering, paginator for the Bulletin, received a second place award for headline writing. Reporter Candace Cooksey Fulton placed second in news writing and Bulletin sports editor Derrick Stuckly was named the second place winner in sports photography.

The Bulletin also received a second place award in news photos. Reporter Steve Nash’s shot of a fully engulfed fire at Lake Brownwood, that ran on the front page of the Sept. 13, 2006, edition of the Bulletin, and Fulton’s photo of the Marine honor guard with Cpl. M. Craig Ledsome’s casket at his funeral, that ran on Page 1 Dec. 4, 2006, made up the news photo entry.

“Two solid shots … Nice use of color, flag,” judges wrote as commentary on the entry.

Fourth place honors went to the Bulletin for its editorials, one written by associate publisher Bill Crist after the raid on a puppy mill outside Blanket last May, and the other by Gene Deason, managing editor, on the South Elementary property that the Boys and Girls Club was seeking to lease long-term.

Two samples of work make up a single entry in each category. All entries had to be from the 2006 calendar year and a requirement for several of the entries was that one of the samples be from the months of April or September.

The Bulletin qualifies as a Division 3, or small daily with circulation of 7,000 or less, TPA member.

Bering’s winning headlines were both for columns written by Fulton, one on the Central United Methodist Church pumpkin patch, and the second on her broken down washing machine.

One of Fulton’s news story entries was her coverage of Ledsome’s funeral and the other was of the puppy mill raid, when 87 dogs were seized from the Blanket woman last May. “Thorough with good attention to telling details,” wrote the judge.

Stuckly’s photos included a “great action shot at the plate” from a baseball game and a shot putter, that judges wrote got their nod, “because of his expression, not because of his action.”