Anita Kilgore received word Saturday that she won another award in the 2014 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Kilgore won first place for Best Layout and Design in the state.

Seventy newspapers across the state submitted 2,606 entries in the annual contest.

This latest award is the most recent of numerous awards Kilgore has received during her nearly 30 years with The Jacksonville News. Kilgore came to the News as a 19-year-old. After her children were born, she was a stay-at-home mom for several years and came back to the News in the late 80s. She was initially hired to work in advertisement layout and later added photography and layout to her duties.

“I feel honored after all these years that my work continues to be recognized,” said Kilgore. “I strive for perfection in everything I do, and I’m happy that my peers see this in my layout design and photography.”

News editor and publisher John Alred said he’s happy to see Kilgore recognized for her hard work.

“She puts a lot of effort into her job, and she’s certainly deserving of the awards she receives,” said Alred.

Phil Sanguinetti, president of Consolidated Publishing Company and consultant to the News, said congratulations are in order for Kilgore.

“Anita continues to do a fine job for us,” said Sanguinetti. “She has a variety of jobs at The Jacksonville News and The Piedmont Journal, and her work has always been outstanding. She is one of the top photographers and editors in our company. This is an all encompassing award and means a lot.”

Kilgore earlier won 2nd place in Best Photo Essay for her photos on the 150th anniversary celebration of Maj. John Pelham. She won 3rd place for Best Feature Photo for “Child Praying” and 3rd place Best News Photo for “Warm Welcome.”