The Glen Rose Reporter recently received accolades from the North East Texas Press Association (NETPA).

Editor Amanda Kimble, who relocated to Glen Rose in late July, was awarded first place Journalist of the Year. To qualify for the honor, Kimble was required to submit five sample stories - news and features - published in the Reporter in 2012.

The newspaper also received first place for General Excellence. Judges reviewed two complete editions of the Reporter during a specified time frame - both published under the leadership of Kimble and Sports Editor Tye Chandler.

"I am proud to have Amanda and Tye heading up publication of the Glen Rose Reporter," Publisher Jerry Pye said. "These awards solidify their dedication to the community and the vision of ACM (American Consolidated Media) to be a leader in the multimedia industry."

Meanwhile, the Reporter won first place for Special Section for the "2012 On Track Visitors and Newcomers Guide," which was published in June of last year.

Other awards included second place column writing, for submissions by Kimble; second place page design; third place sports coverage, for submissions by Chandler; and fourth place headline writing, for submissions by Kimble and Chandler.

The Reporter was judged alongside newspapers with similar circulation, including the Dublin Citizen, Pilot Point Post-Signal, Lake Country Sun, Tri County Leader, Farmersville Times and others.

NETPA's annual Better Newspaper Contest judged entries submitted by Reporter staff which were generated during 2012. The awards were presented at the NETPA annual convention and awards banquet was held April 18-20 at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla.