The Times newspapers take home top honors including 'General Excellence,' ranking it among the best newspapers in the state.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Photos from this year's Tigard Festival of Balloons were among the honorees at the Oregon Newspaper Awards ceremony. The Times took home the first-place plaque for general excellence.The Times

The Times newspapers, which serve Beaverton, King City, Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin, took home an array of honors this past week from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

The papers received first and second place in the category of General Excellence, which rates story content, photos, headlines, page design and more.

The awards are for 2017, when the Beaverton community was served by the Beaverton Valley Times and the Tigard-Tualatin-Sherwood community was served by The Times. In January, the papers merged into one, called The Times for home delivery, and a different, zoned edition called The Washington County Times for newspaper racks.

The Beaverton paper took first place and the Tigard-Tualatin-Sherwood paper took second place in 2017 General Excellence.

The newsroom staff also won several individual awards for 2017, including first-place honors:

• Best Editorial: "Westside Bypass proposal should get shelved" by Dana Haynes

• Best Spot News Coverage: "Home on the Streets" by Mandy Feder-Sawyer

• Best Feature Photo: "World War II vet celebrates his years of milestones" by Jaime Valdez

• Best Feature Story, General: "After CPR, Beaverton nurse reunites with fellow marathoner" by Mark Miller

• Best Photo Essay: "The view from above..." by Jaime Valdez

Second-place honors include:

• Best Government Coverage: A package of stories and an editorial to kick off the 2017 legislative session, written by Dana Haynes, Claire Withycombe and Paris Achen.

• Best Special Section or Issue: Portrait — Heroes

• Best News Photo: "Fade to Black" by Jonathan House

• Best Sports Photo: "High Fliers" by Jonathan House

• Best Feature Story: "Winona Grange celebrates its history the old-fashioned way" by Mark Miller

• Best Sports Photo: "So, so close" by Dan Brood

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