MINERAL WELLS – For the second year in a row, the Glen Rose Reporter won first place for general excellence in the West Texas Press Association annual awards, and Editor Kathryn Jones was named “Journalist of the Year” for a weekly newspaper.

The Reporter brought home a total of five first places in the WTPA's “Better Newspaper” contest. The awards ceremony was held Saturday at the WTPA's annual conference in Mineral Wells.

Jones received the top awards in the “large weekly” category for news writing for her coverage of last year's record wildfires and an enterprise piece about Glen Rose's reputation as a “speed trap."

She won first place for column writing for columns about the legacy of Jack Kilby, the co-inventor of the integrated circuit, and a transparent look at a newspaper's striving for accuracy.

Jones also won first place in the feature writing for a story about Curtis Childers, who overcame his addiction to drugs and near-death experience to become a sought-after public speaker.

Jones also won first place for news writing last year.

In the sweepstakes, the Reporter captured second place with its point totals.

Sports coverage received third place and advertising received honorable mention.

The West Texas Press Association is the world's largest regional press association.

“It's wonderful to receive such recognition from our peers, but our best reward is serving our community with our print edition and our Web site, www.yourglenrosetx.com,” Jones said. “We are no longer a weekly newspaper but a daily presence in our readers' lives.

“Thanks go to our entire staff for putting out a quality product,” she added.

Linda Rowe handles advertising, Carrie Lytle oversees classified advertising and office management and Beau Sauls is the sports editor.

The newspaper is owned by American Consolidated Media based in Irving.