The Commerce News received 13 awards for participation in the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for issues published during 2007.
The awards were presented at the annual GPA summer convention last Friday night at Jekyll Island.
The News won first-place awards for education coverage, editorial writing, editorial page, business coverage, and sports sections or pages. In addition, editor Mark Beardsley captured first-place awards for sports photograph and photo essay.
The News won second place in General Excellence, and Beardsley received second-place awards for feature photograph, photo essay and serious column.
The News won a third-place award for local news coverage and columnist Willis Cook won a third-place award for humorous columns.