Bulletin Staff Report

FREDERICKSBURG - The Brownwood Bulletin won three first place awards, a third place prize and two honorable mentions in the 2008 Better Newspaper Contest held by the West Texas Press Association. Contest results were announced Saturday at the association’s 78th annual summer convention in Fredericksburg.

Entries judged were all published during 2007.

The Bulletin won first place in Special Coverage for a 14-day series of stories on drug use, abuse and its effects on people and the community, all published in March and April 2007.

First place was also awarded to the Bulletin in the Advertising and Photography categories.

“Lots of good storytelling and lots of different perspectives - users, prisoners, families, students, law enforcement, rehab,” the judge wrote of the Special Coverage winning entry. “A two-week series is a rare thing today. Good work!”

The winning entry in Advertising was for a two-part entry that featured a full-page memorial naming the people Davis-Morris Funeral Home had served during the past year, and for pecans at Sliger’s Produce.

The first place Photography entries by Calvin Brown were taken during the Vietnam Moving Wall exhibit at Eastlawn Memorial Park and during the Comanche Pow-Wow.

The Bulletin won third place in the Column Writing category. Columns submitted by Gene Deason were about driving behind a slow-moving funeral procession, and about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Brownwood High School.

Honorable mention certificates were presented for in Feature Writing, for articles on Dorothy McIntosh and on military veterans by Candace Cooksey Fulton; and for Editorial Writing.