LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The Sentinel-Echo news team proudly took home 15 individual awards in its class in the Kentucky Press Association’s Newspapers in Excellence annual competition in Lexington Friday.
The KPA excellence contest is held each year. Newspapers of similar size competed for awards in writing, photography and design work published between October 2012 and September 2013.
Sentinel staff brought home three first place, six second place, and six third place awards this year. In addition, staff received four honorable mentions.
Sentinel-Echo staff won second place in Best Special Section for their Fall 2012 SILVER Magazine honoring local veterans.
Individual winners were:
Sports Editor Denis House won first place for Best Sports Feature Story, “Bowling turns disabilities into abilities on soccer pitch.” Judges said “Very enjoyable read. Excellent job. Story is captivating and gets to the heart of this exceptional player.”
The August 2013 Fall Sports Preview won third place for Best Sports Special Section. Judges said “Denis House and Mitch Howard put in quite a few hours on this section, and it shows! The psychedelic 60s cover and mixing fall sports football and soccer isn't something we see in the Deep South, but House and Howard mix it well and turned out a strong, well-done section.”
House also won an honorable mention for Best Sports Page.
Sports Writer Mitch Howard won third place in Best Sports Column; third place in Best Sports Picture; and an honorable mention for Best Sports Feature Story, for “Many records will stay when Carson leaves.”
The Sentinel-Echo swept first, second and third place in Best Sports Picture Essay (two or more photos). Denis House won first; Staff Writer Rob McDaniel won second; and Mitch Howard won third place in this category.
Staff Writer Nita Johnson won third place for Best On-Going/Extended Coverage regarding the shooting death of a terminally ill woman in August 2013; third place for Best Spot News Picture; and an honorable mention in Best Spot News Coverage for her November 19, 2012 coverage of a 21-arrest drug roundup.
Former Staff Writer Magen McCrarey won second place awards for Best Spot News Picture and Best General News Picture.
Former Staff Writer Carol Mills won an honorable mention for Best Picture Essay (two or more photos) of a cicada shedding its skin.
Lifestyles Editor Sue Minton won first place for design in Best Business Page.
Managing Editor Carrie Dillard won two second place awards in design — Best Opinion Page and Best Front Page. Judges said “Sharp photos and use of graphics push the Sentinel Echo's reporters' efforts into the forefront. Good reads, nice variety and an open layout which is complimented by the consistent use of white space makes the Sentinel Echo a really nice paper to look at and to do what follows next, read it and be glad you did!”