News wins state press awards

The White County News picked up five more awards in the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The newspaper’s accolades included third place for business writing and second place for lifestyle coverage.

“I really love the content of this lifestyle section. It’s engaging and dynamic and makes the community come to life,” a judge commented.

First-place honors for lifestyle column went to Abigail Cutchshaw for her advice column, Ask Lula Belle. (Cutchshaw announced she was retiring her column earlier this year to focus on family and career demands.)

A judge remarked that her column offered “sensible advice delivered with kindness.”

Sports editor Mark Turner won second place in the sports photograph division for his image of White County High School wrestler Matt Jenkins holding down an opponent with an expressive grimace.

“Mark’s excellence in local sports coverage includes an eye for capturing photos that can help tell a story,” said Wayne Hardy, editor and publisher. “It’s great for judges to recognize the quality of his camera work.”

Hardy also received third-place honors in the serious column category. A judge commented that the entries were “concisely written on universal topics.”

Judging was done by members of the South Carolina Press Association, based on issues published in 2018. The awards were announced Friday, May 31, during the Georgia Press Association’s 133rd annual convention.

The White County News is published by Athens-based Community Newspapers, Inc.

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