The Smithfield Times Editor and Publisher John Edwards won the Virginia Press Association’s top editorial honor — the D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership in the Community.
This is the fifth time Edwards has won the Mims, having received it in 1998-99, 2002, 2007 and 2011.
Edwards received the award Saturday at the VPA’s annual banquet in Roanoke.
The Smithfield Times also took home numerous news writing and advertising awards.
The paper came in third overall in its category for advertising.