No purchase necessary. Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules.

This contest is officially sponsored by Halifax Media Group Inc.

You must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this Promotion.

The Washington County News (WCN) and Holmes County Times-Advertiser (HCTA)  reserve the right to monitor all nominations and voting.

Nominations will be accepted from May 18, 2013 through May 27, 2013.  Nominations must be submitted by May 27, 2013 before 11:59 a.m. Any nominations submitted after the deadline will not be posted or accepted.

Voting runs May 28, 2013 through June 6, 2013.  All voting is online and open to the public.  The public can only vote one time per day, per category. 

Each category will identify a first, second, and third place winner.  If there is only one name in any category, only a first place winner will be identified.  If there are only two names in any category, only a first and second place winner will be identified. 

The top three winners in each category will be chosen by the most votes received from the public. 

Winners will be published in the Best of Tri-County special section produced and published by the WCN and HCTA on June 26, 2013.  

The Best of Tri-County logo is an official logo of the WCN's and HCTA's Best of Tri-County Contest and should not be reproduced.

Only the first place winner may advertise or display the “2013 Best of Tri-County” logo on marquees, marketing or advertising materials, promotions  and commercials.  Second and Third Place recipients may use the “2013 Best Of Tri-County  Finalist” logo on marquees, marketing or advertising materials, promotions and commercials.

Employees of the WCN and HCTA and their immediate family members of each are not eligible.

Winners further grant to the WCN and HCTA the right to use and publish their proper name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Promotion.

The WCN and HCTA reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Promotion, including information on contestants obtained through the Promotion, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

Each winner, by acceptance of the recognition for  first, second or third places Best of Tri-County categories, agrees to release the WCN, HCTA and all Sponsors, from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize.