In addition to Outstanding Young Journalist, Beth Sherard-Fennel also took second place in Spot News Photo for turtles lined up on a log in McCook Lake.

“So many turtles all in a row provice an unsuspected and unusual image – the definition of news,” the judges wrote.

Rochelle Pfeifer also received a second-place award for Photo Series – pictures from Christmas at the Homestead.

Publisher Bruce Odson took third place in Editorial Writing.

“The writer did a good job or relating what is happening on the national stage.”

Susan Odson, editor of a sister publication, the Southern Union County Leader-Courier, won five awards – first place for Sports Reporting and two second place and two third place awards for writing and photography.