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Sun staff earn honors from Kentucky Press Association

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By The Staff


The editorial staff of The Springfield Sun was named one of the top two mid-sized weekly newspapers in the state on Friday by the Kentucky Press Association (KPA).

The Sun nabbed second place overall in its class, accumulating 16 awards among staff members.
The LaRue County Herald News was named the best overall mid-sized weekly newspaper.
Sun editor Jesse Osbourne won 11 awards outright, and shared one with former Sun publisher Jeff Moreland.
Osbourne placed second in best spot news coverage with the account of the search and rescue of Randall Chesser, a seven-year-old boy who went missing for nearly two days.
“This writer got around the eternal non-daily challenge of reporting spot news a week later by employing storytelling techniques,” the judges wrote. “The approach presented the newest news and then put readers in the tale by relaying it chronologically, helping to capture the parents’ fears and the boy’s unexpected resilience.”
Osbourne placed first in best feature story for his story about Manton store closing.
“A clear stand-out in a category with a lot of competition, and a perfect example of what a feature story should be,” the judges wrote. “I’ve never been to this store, but after reading this story, I’m as sad to see it close as if I had gone there every day. A joy to read.”
Osbourne placed first and second for best sports column. Columns are entered as three columns per one entry.
“This batch of columns was the clear winner,” the judges wrote about the first place entry. “There are no wasted words in Osbourne’s work. All three columns were short, focused, clearly conveyed his point and were very readable.”
Osbourne placed third for best business / agribusiness story for a story about agriculture conditions after a tough summer.
“A lot of reporting here on farm conditions in the area,” the judges wrote.
A photo package of students swimming at Centre College’s natatorium earned Osbourne first place in the best picture essay category.
“By far this entry was the best, tightly edited collection of photos in the category with some really fun moments,” the judges wrote. “Photographer did a good job to find a variety of angles, light and moments. Package didn’t suffer from repetitive photos.”
Osbourne also nabbed second place for best sports picture.
Two photo pages of Washington County High School girls’ basketball photos earned first and third place for Osbourne in the best sports picture essay category.
“Great job capturing a complete variety of images, using different angles. Easy choice for first place,” the judges wrote.
Osbourne earned a first place award in best sports page / section with a selection of three sports pages.
“Solid writing and photos. Consistent layout makes good use of white space. In a category where one person typically does it all, it all comes together nicely here,” the judges wrote.
Moreland won four awards, including the one shared with Osbourne.
Moreland nabbed second place for best feature story with a story about a dog that went missing and found his way home after two-and-a-half years.
“Heartwarming tale from a wonderful storyteller. Entertaining from start to finish,” the judges wrote.
Moreland’s coverage of the local fire protection association earned a third place award in the best on-going / extended coverage story. Osbourne shared the award, contributing one story, a fiscal court meeting account, to the 10-story series.
“Sheer amount of coverage on the topic is impressive, including the excellent explanation of ISO ratings,” judges wrote. “Overall, these stories present the problem at hand and offer several solutions and different perspectives. Only constructive criticism is stories could have been more succinct.”
Moreland earned the top two spots in the best general news picture category.
First place was a photo of a candlelight vigil held for Roman Lopez, a 14-year-old student who died in an accidental shooting.
“Nice image, very telling of the out pouring of support from the community,” the judges wrote.
Second place was a photo of former Washington County High School senior Seth Mattingly mimicking a game-winning kick he made during his football career while on the stage to receive his high school diploma.
“Quick thinking to capture the moment and to understand the significance,” the judges wrote.
Sun columnist Ken Begley earned his first-ever KPA award, nabbing third place in the best column category.
“Ken Begley showed he can be both funny and serious, a talent I admire,” the judges wrote. “The competition in this category was close. Congratulations.”
James Mann, the chief photographer for The Winchester Sun in Winchester, Ky. won four first place awards, two second place awards and an honorable mention in the 2011 Kentucky Press Association’s Daily Class 1 contest.
Mann, a 1972 graduate of Washington County High School, won first place for spot news photo, feature photo, picture essay and sports photo.
He won second place awards for general news photo and picture essay.
He won an honorable mention in general news photo.
Mann is the son of the late Earl and Martha Mann of  Springfield, and is married to Charlene Carrico Mann, the daughter of Clarine Carrico and the late Maurice Carrico of Springfield.
Mann has been the chief photographer for The Winchester Sun for 35 years.