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Local named among the state’s best mid-sized weeklies

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

Friday night, the Henry County Local was named as one of the top mid-sized weeklies in the state by the Kentucky Press Association.

During the organizations Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers 2012 contest, the Local won 15 individual awards. The combined awards earned the paper 2nd place General Excellence in the mid-sized weekly division.

Individual awards were:

Brad Bowman

First place General News for his story titled Small Voices, about child sexual abuse.

Second place Best Business/Agribusiness story.

Third place General News Photo for a photo from the annual Air Force Junior ROTC Dines Out event.

Honorable Mention for Best Feature Story for his article about a local Amish family.

Greg Woods

First place Best Sports Feature for his story about Jeri Fuller and her Olympic dreams.

First place Best Sports Column for a package including “It’s all about attitude,” “It’s Tour de Henry Time,” and “One is the loneliest number.”

Honorable Mention for Best Sports Column for a package including “Fishing trip turns into big mix up,” “Prepared for Everything? Think again,” and “The greenhorn comes full circle.”

Honorable mention for Best Sports Photo.

Jonna Spelbring Priester

First place Best Headline.

First place Best Sports Special Section for the Winter Sports Preview.

Third place Best Sports Front/Section.

Third place Best Lifestyles Page for a package of History Pages.

Honorable mention for Best Graphic for the Winter Sports preview cover.

Phyllis McLaughlin

Second place Best On-going/Extended Coverage for her coverage of the Terri Smith puppy mill raid.

Honorable Mention Best General News Story for her coverage of the Johnny Lee Gibson trial.

The Local’s sister paper, the Springfield Sun, won 1st place General Excellence in the division.