The Apalachicola and Carrabelle Times took home four awards in the 2012 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest when winners were announced at the 2013 Florida Press Association / Florida Society of News Editors’ annual convention July 18-19 in Orlando.

All four awards were in Division C, which encompassed weekly newspapers throughout the state with a circulation of under 7,000. Judging of the Florida Press Association contest was completed by out-of-state industry executives.

Staff writer Lois Swoboda won second place in the Outdoor & Recreation category for “A whale of a fish tale,” a feature about three Georgia fishermen who encountered a rare whale shark about 30 miles offshore of Franklin County.

City editor David Adlerstein took home three awards. In the category of Health, Medical & Science, he won third place for “First step toward the moon,” a story about how former high school teacher and Clerk of Courts Pal Rivers helped teach astronaut Neil Armstrong how to fly Navy jets.

Adlerstein won second place for Feature Photo for “High-wire act,” an image of workmen stringing transmission lines on the new power poles across the Apalachicola River.

He won a first place award for Best Headline, for three entries. “Ladies in wading,” about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition; “Residents call to throttle the bottle,” about Carrabelle debating restrictions to alcohol sales; and “High hopes hang on hangar,” about new construction at the Apalachicola Regional Airport