Scott County Times Editor and Publisher Tim Beeland was named the top Newspaper Commentary Columnist among large weekly newspapers in Mississippi last weekend during the Mississippi Press Association’s annual convention in Biloxi.
In addition the newspaper claimed the top award for special sections produced in the state for the annual Profile magazine. This was the fourth time Profile was named best special section and it was Beeland’s fifth time to claim the top writing prize.
“The columnist made clear points throughout each column,” judges from the Kentucky Press Association wrote. “The author uses a light and humorous tone to address serious issues, while relating the issues to his everyday life...”
For the Profile edition, which included the work of former managing editor Chris Allen Baker, the judges wrote, “the quality of writing, the mixture of new and old photographs and the diversity of the profiles paints an interesting picture of your town.”
The paper also claimed a third place award in the same category for the annual Business Women’s edition.
Beeland also brought home a second place award for Community Service for his campaign partnering with the Forest Area Chamber of Commerce to raise money to buy body cameras for the Forest Police Department.
The Times’ In the Neighborhood “B” Section won a second place award for Best Lifestyle Section and the paper took the third place prize for Best Front Page.
The Times competes in the Large Weekly category for papers with circulations over 4,000. This year there were 2089 total entries from 51 different newspapers.