- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - John B. Edwards, editor and publisher of The Smithfield Times, was named Saturday as the winner of the Virginia Press Association’s D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership in the Community, the fifth time he has been so honored.

The award was announced at the association’s annual meeting in Roanoke.

The award, presented for work published during the 2014 calendar year, is named for the late D. Lathan Mims, a former editor and general manager of the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg and a former president of the press association. The award was first presented in 1988 for the 1986-87 contest year.

Edwards previously won the award in 1998-99, 2002, 2007 and 2011.

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