Herald Democrat columnist Donna Hunt and local author, Debbie Reece, of Howe, were recognized for their writing in the annual Press Women of Texas communication contest recently.

Herald Democrat columnist Donna Hunt and local author, Debbie Reece, of Howe, were recognized for their writing in the annual Press Women of Texas communication contest recently.


Hunt, who writes a twice-weekly column for the Herald Democrat focusing primarily on Denison and area history, received five first-place awards: special series, specialty articles — business, specialty articles — food, columns — general, columns — informational; two second-place awards: specialty articles — reviews and columns — general; and one third place: personality profile — more than 500 words.


Hunt’s eight winning entries earned the HD second place among publishers.


"Donna is a great asset to the Herald Democrat and its readers," Herald Democrat Editor Jonathan Cannon said. "She consistently finds fascinating and timely pieces of the area’s history that enlighten and delight readers."


Reece was recognized with a first place award for her children’s book, "The Worst Day Ever." In a recent interview with the Herald Democrat, Reece said she was inspired to write the book after her 5-year-old son, Matthew had a bad day at school.


"He is not the only child having days like this," she in the May interview. "Children have these days all the time, and it’s helpful to know that there is someone who will hug you and love you. You are not a bad child; you’re learning school rules; you’re learning about friendship."


Reece’s book was also recognized at the North Texas Book Festival recently.


"Texoma is fortunate to have a number of talented writers in the area, including these two women and countless others, who are dedicated to telling stories that educate and entertain," Cannon said.