For the fourth year in a row The Macleod Gazette has been judged the best paper of its size in Alberta.
The Gazette was honoured Friday during the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association’s annual Spring Meeting at Edmonton.
Selection as best all-around was one of three awards the Gazette won in the 2009 Better Newspapers Competition.
The Gazette was judged best all-around among newspapers in Alberta that circulated 1,200 to 1,999 copies.
The Inuvik Drum placed second and Claresholm Local Press placed third for best all-around.
The Macleod Gazette also placed first for best front page, followed by Sundre Round-Up and Crowsnest Pass Promoter.
The Gazette also earned a second-place award for best sports pages, placing behind High Prairie South Peace News and ahead of Valleyview Valley Views.
The Gazette placed fourth in judging of editorial pages behind Slave River Journal, Sundre Round-Up and Claresholm Local Press. Other papers honoured as best all-around were Wainwright Star Chronicle, Class A; The Taber Times, Class C; Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer, Class D; Canmore-Banff Rocky Mountain Outlook, Class E; and St. Albert Gazette, Class F.