The staff of the Press Argus-Courier received awards at the 2014 Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper contest Saturday.

Awards were presented in Hot Springs as part of APA’s 2014 SuperConvention. Press Argus-Courier staff placed in 18 categories overall and received three honorable mentions in the newspaper contest.

The Press Argus-Courier received first place in the Single Feature Photograph category for the photo "4-H donor appreciation day," taken by editor Kenneth Fry.

In the photo, 4-H kids make chocolate-covered peanut butter crackers to put in goodie bags for donors. A contest judge commented, "Photo take eye [sic] right into the gooey mess and facial expression is perfect complement."

Sports editor George "Clay" Mitchell and editorial assistant Jenny McClure earned a first-place award for Best Web Design for

The newspaper also received third place in overall General Excellence in medium weeklies.

Other awards for Press Argus-Courier newsroom staff members include:

• Reporter Taniah Tudor won third place in News Story for "Future of volunteer fire department."

• Fry and Tudor received second place in In-Depth Series Reporting for "JPs to air status of detention A."

• Tudor received third place in In-Depth Series Reporting for "Bomb threats reported."

• Tudor won second place for Best Beat Reporter.

• Mitchell placed third in Sports News Story for "Airedales face Batesville in semis."

• In the category of Sports Feature Story, contributor Kevin Taylor received second place for "Webb helps out Airedale coaches," while freelancer Walter Woodie received third place for "Nhamnhouane keeps on winning."

• Mitchell won second place in Sports Column for "Goodell, NFL need to be more proactive."

• Fry placed third in Headline Writing for "Art center goes to dogs."

• Fry received second place in Single News Photograph for "Weather plays havoc."

• Mitchell received third place in Single Sports Action Photograph for "Alma’s Alyssa Hoyle high jumper."

• Fry won third place in Picture Page/Photo Essay for "Kohl’s helps Torch Club."

• Mitchell placed second for Best Sports Page.

• Fry and Tudor won third place for Coverage of Business/Agriculture.

• Tudor placed second for Coverage of Health/Medical, and third for Coverage of Education.

• Fry received honorable mention in News Story for "Van Buren man sentenced for murder."

• Tudor received honorable mention in Feature Story for "Little Renny’s memory lives on."

• Mitchell received honorable mention in Single Sports Action Photograph for "Van Buren’s Smith jumps."

Members of the Tennessee Press Association selected winners out of 820 entries from 21 daily newspapers and 1,045 entries from 32 weekly newspapers.

The Arkansas Press Association was founded in 1873 to serve Arkansas and its weekly and daily newspapers.