Special to the Reporter

The Glen Rose Reporter was honored Saturday with four first-place awards at the North and East Texas Press Association’s convention in Fort Worth.

The Reporter scored wins in its division — medium weekly newspaper — for news photography, headline writing and special section for its “On Tracks” visitor guide.

Managing Editor Kathryn Jones also won first place for column writing in the “Better Newspaper” contest.

In addition, the Reporter won two second place awards for the “sweepstakes” category — a compilation of all the award totals — and for news writing. The news writing entries were two investigative articles about the criminal history of a former city employee and the troubled background of a man convicted of aggravated kidnapping in the attempted abduction at gunpoint of a woman in the parking lot of Brookshire’s.

The newspaper also took third place in feature photography for a photos by Jones and Kelly Hoodenpyle.

“It’s gratifying to be recognized by your peers for excellence, but the best recognition is when a reader calls and says ‘thank you’ for story that touched his or her life,” Jones said.

She added that she was especially pleased that On Tracks received top recognition because it was a strong collaboration between Linda Rowe in advertising, Jeri Martin, who did the layout and designunder deadline pressure — Hoodenpyle, who did the photography, and Jones, who wrote the articles.

“This free publication not only is beautiful, but it also tells the world why Glen Rose is a great place to visit and to live,” Jones said. “It’s such a good feeling to have a positive impact on the community and to receive honors from our fellow journalists at the same time.”

Anyone interested is welcome to stop by the Reporter’s office and pick up a copy.