TULSA — The News-Record received seven awards — including a pair of firsts — in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest competition during the OPA’s Mid-Winter Convention awards banquet here Friday night.

The News-Record finished first in feature writing and community leadership in Division 2, which is for daily papers with circulation of 4,500 to 8,999.

It also was second in news content and fourth in advertising, sales promotions, in-depth enterprise and personal columns.

The Stillwater News-Press was the Sequoyah Award winner for Division 2.

News-Record sports editor Jim Ellis was one of 21 inductees into the OPA’s Quarter Century Club, an honor for newspaper men and women who have dedicated 25 or more years of professional service to the newspaper industry.

Tom Muchmore, publisher of the Ponca City News, was named the winner of the Milt Phillips Award, the OPA’s highest honor.

Steve Booher, publisher of the Cherokee Messenger & Republican, was the recipient of the Beachy Musselman Award, which recognizes a journalist for his or her contributions to the profession. He currently is the OPA president.