Christy Wrather, a columnist and correspondent for the Payson Roundup recently won several awards from the Arizona Press Women.
Wrather writes the Focus on Pets and Focus on Pine-Strawberry columns for the paper.
She won a first place in the category of special articles, social issues, and a second place in the specialized personal column contest at the May 1 program.
The first place was awarded for the columns "Pet overpopulation is a serious problem" and "Obesity in pets reaches epidemic proportions." The second-place award was for the columns "The evolution of the family dog" and "Javelina attacks, a response to pursuit."
"The fun thing was they let you know you were an award winner by e-mail, saying your entry has been selected for either first through honorable mention, but you didn't find out what place you won until the award program," Wrather said.
Last fall, Wrather also won an award from the Arizona Author's Association for a short story.
Carol Osman Brown, another Rim country resident, also won awards from the Arizona Press Women. She won a first place in the non-fiction book, history category for "Victory and Beyond," a chapter she wrote for the book "Arizona Goes to War."
Another first place was awarded Osman Brown in the category for photographer-writer for her story "New England's Literary Destinations" which appeared in the September/October 2003 issue of AAA Highroads.
The first-place entries in the Arizona Press Women's contest are automatically entered in the organization's national competition.