From staff reports
OAK HILL —
The Fayette Tribune of Oak Hill won first place in General Excellence among small weekly newspapers at the West Virginia Press Association annual Advertising Awards Contest at the WVPA convention at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.
The contest honors excellence in newspaper advertising sales and design.
The Tribune, owned by Beckley Newspapers, took home seven first-place awards in Division IV for weeklies with 4,000 or fewer circulation for ads by Kim Frye, Tammy Harris, Debbie Maxwell, Lisa Stadelman and the staff.
It was also awarded 12 seconds and eight thirds.
The Register-Herald was second in General Excellence in Division I for daily newspapers with 16,000 or greater circulation. In that division, the advertising department walked off with two first-place awards, seven seconds and six thirds.
The first-place campaigns were Best Political Ad, The Biggest Loser, Paula Shrewsberry, and Best Agency Ad, Got Country Class, Darlene Hodges.
Also recognized with multiple second- and third-place ads in both divisions was Peggy Weidensall.
The Register-Herald editorial department competed in WVPA’s Better Newspapers Contest, also in Division I, for excellence in reporting and design. There are 26 categories.
Taking home second-place awards were Lisa Shrewsberry for Best Lifestyles Feature Writing (The Continuing Dance) and John Blankenship for Best Columnist.
Receiving third-place awards were Wendy Holdren, Best Coverage of Legal Issues/Courts; Lisa Shrewsberry and Brenda Pinnell, Best Lifestyle Pages (Franken Flu); and F. Brian Ferguson, Best Photography-Photo Essay (Run for the Wall).