The awards were presented in mid-April at the STPA annual convention. The Uvalde Leader-News competed in Division 3 for semi-weekly newspapers. It also received a third-place award for page design.
The South Texas Press Association is the largest regional newspaper organization in the United States.
In a brief note, Garnett said:
We had never won the general excellence division until undergoing the redesign that you completed for us. We now get extremely positive comments from judges regarding the overall appearance of the Leader-News.