News staff wins state press awards

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The Grant County News captured seven awards during a meeting last week of the Kentucky Press Association in Lexington.

The News competed in the Weekly Class III division, which is for larger Kentucky weekly newspapers.

Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor, Bryan Marshall, staff writer and Linda Lawrence, editorial assistant for the Grant County News, all received recognition.

Lawrence won three awards including a first place for photography, a third place for feature writing and an honorable mention for column writing.

Lawrence won first in the feature news photography category for a photograph of barrel racing at Horse Heritage Days.

The judge’s comments included “Lots of drama here, from the rider’s face to the horses turn to the cloud of dust.”

Lawrence also won a third place award for featuring writing for a story she wrote about a reunion of a South Carolina man and his two sisters, who live in Grant County and Northern Kentucky. The trio were separated after his birth and reunited over 63 years later.

The judge’s commented, “nice storytelling.”

Lawrence also received an honorable mention for column writing.

“Your writing put me in the moment,” the judge’s wrote of Lawrence’s entry.

Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor of the Grant County News, also won two awards.
Baker-Nantz was awarded a first place award for column writing. Her entry consisted of three columns concerning a group of local boy scouts attending a city council meeting, strange things happening during a full moon and believing in Santa Claus.

“Good citizenship is important,” the judge’s commented.

Baker-Nantz also was awarded a third place award for best spot news coverage for a story she wrote about the stabbing of Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Burke and the burning of two sheriff’s cars believed to have been in retaliation for Burke shooting and killing his attacker.

Bryan Marshall, staff writer, also won a third place award for best feature picture for a photo he took of Williamstown schools and Bengalmania.

The judge’s comments included “wonderful colors and expression.”

The News staff also received an honorable mention for best editorial page.