Members of the Herald-Press news staff were honored with the receipt of four awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors during their annual conference held at South Padre Island over the weekend.
Staff Writer Grace Gaddy won her first award in journalism — an honorable mention in Feature Writing for the Dec. 11, 2013 story, “Back where she belongs: 'Miracle dog' survives week in car without food, heat.”
Publisher Gary Connor also was awarded an honorable mention in the Comment & Criticism category for his review of the Palestine Community Theatre's production of “Annie,” published in the July 24, 2013 edition of the Herald-Press.
News Editor Mary Rainwater won her eighth individual APME award — receiving second place in the Headline Writing category for her entry that included a set of six selected headlines written during 2013.
Rainwater and Community Editor Cheril Vernon received a third place award, “Star Breaking News Report of the Year,” for their joint coverage of a Sept. 29, 2013 fire that destroyed a downtown building and killed two people.
The Charles E. Green Star Awards for Excellence in Journalism are awarded annually by the Headliners Foundation, in association with the TAPME. First-place winners of that contest receive a cash prize.