The Commercial brought home several top awards from the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest held during the Arkansas Press Association's 2012 Super Convention at Little Rock Saturday. The Commercial competed primarily in the category for Medium Daily Newspapers.

The Commercial brought home several top awards from the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest held during the Arkansas Press Association’s 2012 Super Convention at Little Rock Saturday. The Commercial competed primarily in the category for Medium Daily Newspapers.

Awards included:

1st place

Single feature photograph — Ralph Fitzgerald

Single news photograph — Ralph Fitzgerald

Best feature page for small or medium daily papers — Ralph Fitzgerald

Single sports feature photograph — Ralph Fitzgerald

Best sports page — Robert Turbeville, Ralph Fitzgerald, Joe Stout and I.C. Murrell

Community coverage — The Commercial staff

2nd Place

Freelance writer — Larry Fugate

Picture page/photo essay — Ralph Fitzgerald

Single sports action — Ralph Fitzgerald

3rd Place

General excellence — The Commercial staff

Freelance writer — Larry Fugate

Feature story — Rachel Grant

Coverage of education — Michael S. Lee, Rachel Grant, Amy Widner

Single sports action photograph — Ralph Fitzgerald

Single feature photograph — Ralph Fitzgerald

Sports news story — I.C. Murrell

Honorable mentions

Editorial — Matthew Pate

General interest column — Matthew Pate

News/political column — Scott Loftis

Coverage of Tourism for small/medium daily papers — Michael S. Lee, Rachel Grant, Amy Widner