HOUSTON — The Caller-Times was honored as newspaper of the year for the second year in a row and won other statewide awards in the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest.

Three of the top wins were announced Sunday, the last day of the APME conference.

The contest judges commented that the Caller-Times coverage shows a focus toward enterprise and attention to “providing useful information and public service news.”

On Saturday, the Caller-Times won three star awards, three first place awards, and 15 more honors. In all, the newspaper and its staff earned 24 awards this weekend. It competed against 13 newspapers in Class AAA.

Editor Tim Archuleta said the wins reflect the Caller-Times staff’s enduring commitment to help make Corpus Christi a better place to live.

“Our staff faced a challenging year but it remained focused on doing the best it could to serve our Corpus Christi audience,” Archuleta said. “All our major efforts, including domestic violence, low voter turnout, city water woes and breaking news, were recognized among Texas journalism excellence.”

The top honors Sunday included:

A first place win in community service for the Caller-Times staff for the Behind Broken Doors series, which examines the effects of domestic violence. Another first place honor for team effort was for Democracy At Risk, a series on Nueces County’s history of low voter turnout.

On Saturday, the Caller-Times also took first place in several categories that recognized storytelling, video and design work.

Among those top wins was first place for star breaking news report of the year for the Caller-Times staff’s days long coverage of the city’s tap water boil notice in May 2016.

Photographers Gabe Hernandez and Courtney Sacco each won first place in video categories along with other nods in photography categories. Designer Jodi Miskell took first place in news page design by an individual for a package of front pages including one on the port’s efforts to widen and deepen the channel.

Kirsten Crow took second place as star reporter of the year for her work on Behind Broken Doors along with Democracy At Risk.

Krista M. Torralva earned an honorable mention in the Michael Brick Storytelling Award contest for her story called “Why He Killed,” also part of the Behind Broken Doors series. Entries for this new award came from newspapers of all sizes from across Texas.

Class AAA had more than 1,000 entries submitted for judging this year.