The Nueces County-Record Star received two awards from the Texas Press Association last weekend at the association's annual conference in San Antonio.
The NCRS received a third place award for News Writing for two articles written by Managing Editor Christopher Maher and News Editor Tim Olmeda.
Maher's article, "Candidate for Robstown mayor arrested," covered the arrest of Robstown mayoral candidate J.C. Gonzalez on a warrant for a Motion to Revoke Probation. The arrest came just hours after he filed an application to be on the ballot for the May 9, 2009 election. Gonzalez was eventually defeated by incumbent mayor Rodrigo Ramon Jr. in the election. In comments submitted with the award, judges said, "Good story, good job getting explanations from police and candidate."
Olmeda's article, "RADC failed to file tax returns," was an investigative piece into accounting practices at the Robstown Area Development Commission.
Written in April 2009, the article covered the failure by RADC officials to have annual audits performed and to file tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service over a four-year period.
The discovery ultimately led to the resignations of two RADC board members and a cut in funding by the City of Robstown. Judges said the article was, "a good explanation of the story."
The NCRS also received a fourth place award from the Texas Press Association for Feature Photos. The award was given for a photo Olmeda took at a team roping event and a photo Maher took at a high school welding class.
The Nueces County Record Star competes in the Medium Large Weekly category, with other newspapers from around the state.