The Merced County Times said the Board of Supervisors gave a special recognition to the Times during its most recent regular session to honor the newspaper's efforts to improve the community.
Supervisor Hub Wash noted that the Times won a second-place award in a statewide news competition for its coverage of the Kiddieland closure and the newspaper's advocacy to see the popular amusement park reopened last year.
The weekly newspaper, owned by Mid Valley Publications, won in the public service category in the annual Better Newspapers Contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
The Times used feature stories, editorial columns, photography and a fundraising campaign to focus public awareness on a community problem and needed improvement.
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John Derby is the Times’ longtime publisher.