WHEELING - The annual West Virginia Press Association Convention was held last weekend at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Jackson Newspapers garnered two first place awards for published work in 2012.

In Division IV, which awards weekly publications, Jackson Newspapers' Editor/General Manager/Photographer Greg Matics was awarded first place in the "Best News Photo" category.

Reporter/Columnist/Photographer Phil Perry brought home first place hardware in the "Best Sports Photo" category.
"If you look back at the archives of the Jackson Herald and the Star News, you will find some incredible photography in our papers over the years. I am honored to be a small part of that tradition and to be recognized statewide for my work," said Perry.

Both Matics and Perry have won and/or placed in past calendar years in either photography or editorial categories.