The sports section of The Jackson Herald was honored by the Georgia Sports Writers Association during its annual contest.
Mainstreet News reporter Brandon Reed took first place in the Best Local Feature Story category for his story “Jefferson track gone but not forgotten.”
The story recounted the history of the Jackson County Speedway, a half-mile racetrack located along the current Damon Gause Bypass, which operated from 1947 to the early 1950s.
Pioneer NASCAR racer Swayne Pritchett, of Baldwin, lost his life at the track in May of 1948.
The story was also selected as the winner of the Division III Furman Bisher Sweepstakes Award for best story in classification.
Judges for this year’s contest included Mark Blaudschun, sports writer for The Boston Globe and former president of the Football Writers Association of America; Clyde Bolton, former sports writer with The Birmingham News; Corky Simpson, sports writer with The Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen and Dick Rosetta, former sports writer with The Salt Lake City Tribune.