Sports editor Becky Taylor, editor Stuart Taylor, layout paginator Mary Beth Yeary and reporter Eve Copeland-Brechbiel accepting awards at the Georgia Press Association banquet May 31.

Sports editor Becky Taylor, editor Stuart Taylor, layout paginator Mary Beth Yeary and reporter Eve Copeland-Brechbiel accepting awards at the Georgia Press Association banquet May 31.

JEYKLL ISLAND — The Tifton Gazette received multiple honors from the Georgia Press Association at a ceremony May 31 at Jekyll Island.

The newspaper received third in the GPA General Excellence Award.

The General Excellence Award is based on the total number of awards won in each division.

Reporter Eve Copeland-Brechbiel won first place and third place honors for in-depth enterprise reporting.

Correspondent Shelby Evans won a first-place award for her Tifton Scene story about her own THIS IS SHE art exhibit.

First place honors also went to editor Stuart Taylor for business writing.

Sports editor Becky Taylor won both second and third place for sports photography.

Second place awards also went to Copeland-Brechbiel and Stuart Taylor for religion writing, as well as Stuart Taylor for editorial writing.

The Gazette placed third in the annual Community Service Award that recognizes the newspaper that does the most throughout the year to improve its coverage area through solutions journalism. The award focused on the Gazette’s coverage of and editorials related to Ruth’s Cottage and the Patticake House’s efforts to build a new facility.

Other third place awards went to Mary Beth Yeary and Becky Taylor for layout and design, and Copeland-Brechbiel for investigative reporting and breaking news photograph.

“I am extremely proud of our editorial department team which consists of Stuart Taylor, Eve Copeland-Brechbiel, Becky Taylor and Mary Beth Yeary,” said Tifton Gazette publisher Dan Sutton. “This is the most GPA awards we have won in many years, and all four staffers shared in the winnings.

“These four dedicated award-winning journalists work tirelessly each and every day to bring you, our readers, the latest local news, sports, and happenings in our community. Hard work pays off in the end and it shows.”

“We’re one of many Georgia newspapers doing the day-to-day work of journalism in our communities,” said Stuart Taylor. “It’s an honor to be recognized with them.

“I’m thrilled the work of our editorial department, including sports editor Becky Taylor, news reporter Eve Copeland-Brechbiel, and paginator Mary Beth Yeary, is being recognized. I see the stellar work they do every day; I’m glad the judges could see it too.”

There were 622 awards presented in 46 categories to 71 newspapers during the awards ceremony. Judging was done by members of the South Carolina Press Association in February and early March. A total of 80 newspapers entered at least one category in this year’s contest.

Entries were judged in seven divisions based on circulation. The daily divisions are Division A (circulation of 10,000 or more), Division B (6,000 to 9,999) and Division C (circulation less than 6,000). Weekly divisions are Division D (circulation of 6,000 to 15,000), Division E (weeklies with circulation of 3,000 to 5,999), Division F (circulation less than 3,000) and Division G (all weekly newspapers of more than 15,000 in circulation and all associate media members of GPA).

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