The Howard County Times was named a newspaper of the year last week in the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association's 2011 editorial contest.

At a luncheon Friday, April 20, the Times was honored as the top award-winner in Division E, non-dailies with a circulation from 10,000 to 20,000.


The Howard County Times is published by the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which overall won 93 awards.

The newspaper's 2011 awards included:

• Reporter Sara Toth shared a first-place award for multimedia storytelling/feature with former reporter Charles Schelle for "Ice Road Truckers." Toth also won a second-place award for business reporting with her article, "Educating the public on cupcakes," as well as a second-place award for arts/entertainment reporting for "The wall of the wild."

• Reporter Kevin Rector won a first-place award for investigative reporting for his article, "Housing shortage afflicts mentally ill." He also won a second-place award for environmental reporting for "St. Paul's 200-year-old White Oak to come down."

• Photographer Jen Rynda won first place in the photo series category — and a best-in-show honor — for her photographs of the Howard County Fair.

• Former opinion page editor Doug Miller won first place for online commentary or blog for "Dugout Chatter." He also won second place for his editorial, "Board sanction of Dyer goes too far."

• Sports editor Carol Gralia won first place for sports story with her article, "Dogged determination results in a finisher's medal."

• The newspaper staff won a second-place award for general website excellence.

• Sports reporter Andrew Conrad won second place for sports feature story for "Years later, Colts fans still seek out Art DeCarlo."

• Editorial cartoonist Glenn Foden won second place for editorial cartoon.

• Former features editor Mary Phelan won second place for feature profile for her article, "A mother's wish."

• News editor Pete Pichaske won a second-place award for religion reporting for his article, "Just Friends: Quakers have long history in Howard County."

The Times' sister newspaper, the Columbia Flier, competed in Division D, non-dailies with a circulation over 20,000, and won the following awards:

• Photographer Jen Rynda won a first-place award for feature photo for "Church embraces community's kids."


• Photographer Brian Krista won a second-place award for spot news photo for "Man, woman killed in separate attacks."