The News of Orange County won three North Carolina Press Association awards for 2020. The weekly community paper won second place for Sports Feature Writing; second place for Ledes; and first place for Appearance and Design. The awards were the most ever for the News of Orange, and its first since 2018. Executive Editor Dale Edwards, who joined the paper in January 2020, wrote each of the winning entries and is responsible for the paper’s appearance and design.
The first place for Appearance and Design is the first-ever top NCPA award for the paper.
“I’m proud of the work I’ve done at the News of Orange and appreciate the opportunity I have each week to help tell the stories of the people, events, businesses and organizations in this town and county,” said Dale Edwards. “I look forward to it each day.”
Edwards’ story about an Orange County resident and former racer who was reunited with his racecar after 35 years apart won second place for Sports Feature Writing. He won second place for his story ledes about a local teen completing an 18,240-piece puzzle; Uniquitiques store owner; and the challenges facing Matthew’s Chocolates in the early days of COVID-19.
The News of Orange County is owned by Womack Publishing Co., which is based in Chatham, Va.