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DRC wins five TAPME awards

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The Denton Record-Chronicle has won five awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Headliners Foundation, including first-place awards for investigative reporting and photography.

The awards were handed out at the group’s convention in South Texas on Saturday and Sunday for work done in 2013. The awards are grouped so that newspapers with similar circulations compete against each other.

The Headliners awards are selected by a separate panel of judges selected by the Headliners Foundation.

“Our mission is to provide thorough, quality local content and these awards underscore our ongoing efforts,” said Dawn Cobb, managing editor of the Record-Chronicle.

Staff writer John D. Harden won a first-place award in the Class AA Headliners Star Investigative Report of the Year category for a series of articles about the proliferation of special districts in Denton County and the billions in debt they are accumulating.

Longtime Record-Chronicle photographer Al Key won first place from the Texas APME for spot news photography for a photo taken of a storm.

Staff writer Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe won third place in the short-feature category and received an honorable mention in the Headliners Freedom of Information category.

Sportswriter Brett Vito, who covers University of North Texas athletics, received an honorable mention in the sports features category.