Bulletin Staff Report

RUIDOSO, N.M. — The Brownwood Bulletin captured the sweepstakes award here Saturday in the Better Newspaper Contest held by the West Texas Press Association.

The Bulletin took four first place and three second place honors in the daily newspaper division. Winners were announced at the conclusion of the 77th annual Summer Convention of the WTPA, the largest regional press association in the nation.

Points are given for placing in each category, and the sweepstakes prize goes to the paper with the most points.

Meanwhile, Bulletin Publisher Bob Brincefield was selected president of the association for the 2007-2008 year.

The Bulletin took first place honors in news writing, sports coverage, column writing and special sections. Second place honors were for editorial writing, photography and advertising.

The contest asked for two news stories for judging, and both were written by staff writer Candace Cooksey Fulton. They were a story published May 19 about action against a Comanche County puppy mill and one on Dec. 4 on the funeral of Marine Cpl. Craig Ledsome.

Sports Editor Derrick Stuckly won first place in sports coverage with a series of different days’ sections submitted to the judges.

Associate Publisher Bill Crist took first place in column writing with an April 26 entry, “Giving Children More,” and “Pondering the Death of Friends” on June 14.

The Bulletin’s 2006 Brown County Visitors and Newcomers Guide captured first place in the special sections category.

Managing Editor Gene Deason’s two editorial entries took second place. They were “Future of South Elementary School” on April 9 and “New Braunfels ordinance sets example” on June 16, about municipal regulation of pet sales.

Newspapers submitted for judging in the photography category also won second place in that category.

Advertisements designed by Crist and Advertising Director Juliet LeMond — for TexasBank and Porter Insurance — collectively captured second place.

Next year’s summer meeting of the association will be held in Fredericksburg.