The North Carolina Press Association recognized the Lincoln Times-News earlier this month for outstanding work in community service and photography.
The newspaper placed in several categories in the organizationâ€™s annual contest, which covered editions published between October 2010 and September 2011.
The Times-News was one of three nondaily newspapers honored March 1 for outstanding community service, as a result of last yearâ€™s initiative to assist the city of Lincolnton in redrawing its election ward boundaries. Managing Editor Frank Taylor and former graphic artist Karla Marsh were named on the award.
Also recognized in three categories was former Times-News photographer Seth Mabry. He took first place for feature photography among large community newspapers for a November 2010 photo of an ROTC member bowing his head while his shiny helmet reflected the Veterans Day parade.
Mabry took second place in sports feature photography for a photo of a goggle-clad youngster at Lincolntonâ€™s summer football camp in 2011 running the gantlet.
In addition, Mabry was awarded the Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year award for his overall body of work.
â€œIâ€™m very proud of what our small team accomplishes each year,â€ Taylor said. â€œItâ€™s very gratifying to be recognized by our peers. For the third straight year, the number of awards weâ€™ve won has increased.â€
He also acknowledged that the newspaper features a mostly new staff.
â€œOther than myself, none of the news team members who were with us at the start of that contest year are still on board,â€ Taylor said. â€œBut I have incredible confidence in the quality of our current team. I believe our commitment to serving the readers of this county has only increased. Iâ€™m very proud to work with this fine group of journalists.â€