Kentucky Group wins 70 awards in contest

Kentucky Group wins 70 awards in contest

The Kentucky Group won 70 awards in the Kentucky Press Association Editorial contest including first place for General Excellence by the Danville Advocate-Messenger and the Jessamine Journal.
The competition was by circulation categories with Danville competing in  the Daily Class 2 division , the Winchester Sun in the Daily Class 1 division, the Jessamine Journal in the Weekly Class 3 division and the Interior Journal in the Weekly Class 2 division.
The Advocate-Messenger won 20 individual awards including eight firsts, five seconds, five thirds and two honorable mentions.
The Sun won 17 awards including four firsts, seven seconds, five thirds and one honorable mention.
The Jessamine Journal won 20 awards including eight firsts, four seconds, five thirds and three honorable mentions.
The Interior Journal took a third in General Excellence while winning 13 individual awards including four firsts, three seconds, four thirds and two honorable mentions.
The Advocate-Messenger won three section first place awards for Best Special Section, Best Sports Special Section and Best Front Page. Kasey Hill, who won the Best Front Page award, also took second in the category. Todd Kleefman and David Brock turned in outstanding performances in the writing categories, winning three firsts, three seconds, two thirds and an honorable mention between them.
The Winchester Sun had several outstanding individual performances. David Stone took two firsts for Best Lifestyle Page and Best front page plus two seconds. Keith Taylor won a first for best sports column plus two seconds and a third, James Mann won four awards in the photo competition
The Jessamine Journal had three outstanding individual performances. Jonathan Stark won eight awards including firsts for Best Sports Story, Best Sports Picture Essay, Best Sports Picture, Best Graphic and Best Sports Page/Section plus a second, a third and an honorable mention. Jonathan Kleppinger won nine awards including firsts for Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, Best Sports Picture Essay and Best Lifestyle Page plus a second, three thirds and two honorable mentions. Mike Moore won three awards including firsts for Best General News Picture and Best Feature Picture and a third.
The Interior Journal had two outstanding individual performances. Ben Kleppinger won six awards including firsts for Best Enterprise or Analytical Story and Best General News Picture, plus two seconds, a third and an honorable mention. Nancy Leedy won four awards including firsts for Best Sports Story and Best Sports Section plus a third and an honorable mention.
The individual award winners by newspaper were:

DANVILLE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER (DAILY CLASS 2)
Firsts –  Best General News Story, Todd Kleefman; Best Column, Joanna King; Best Sports Feature Story, Larry Vaught; Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story, David Brock; Best Business/Agribusiness Story, Todd Kleefman; Best Special Section, Staff; Best Sports Special Section, Staff; Best Front Page, Kasey Hill;
Seconds – Best Spot News Coverage, Todd Kleefman; Best General News Story, Todd Kleefman; Best Investigative Story of Series, Todd Kleefman; Best Feature Picture, Clay Jackson; Best Front Page, Kasey Hill;
Thirds – Best Feature Story, David Brock; Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, David Brock; Best Sports Picture Essay, Clay Jackson; Best Graphic, Kasey Hill; Best Editorial Page, John Nelson;
Honorable Mentions – Best Spot News Coverage, David Brock; Best Business/Agribusiness Story – Joanna King.

WINCHESTER SUN (DAILY CLASS 1)
Firsts – Best Sports Column, Keith Taylor; Best Sports Feature Story  Bob Flynn; Best Lifestyle Page, David Stone; Best Front Page, David Stone; Best Sports Column, Keith Taylor;
Seconds – Best General News Story, Rachel Parsons Gilliam and Bob Flynn; Best Sports Column – Keith Taylor; Best Headline, David Stone; Best Spot News Picture, James Mann; Best Special Section, Staff; Best Sports Section, Keith Taylor; Best Lifestyle Page, David Stone;
Thirds – Best Sports Feature Story, Keith Taylor; Best On-Going/Extended Coverage Story, Fred Petke and Rachel Parsons Gilliam; Best Picture Essay, James Mann; Best Sports Picture, James Mann; Best Sports Picture Essay, James Mann;
Honorable Mention —  Best Feature Story, Bob Flynn;

JESSAMINE JOURNAL (WEEKLY CLASS 3)
Firsts – Best Sports Story, Jonathan Stark; Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, Jonathan Kleppinger; Best General News Picture, Mike Moore; Best Feature Picture, Mike Moore; Best Sports Picture Essay, Jonathan Kleppinger and Jonathan Stark; Best Graphic, Jonathan Stark; Best Sports Page/Section, Jonathan Stark; Best Lifestyle Page, Jonathan Kleppinger;
Seconds – Best Feature Story, Benjamin S. Rossi; Best Sports Picture, Jonathan Stark; Best Graphic, Staff; Best Front Page, Jonathan Kleppinger;
Thirds – Best Investigative Story Of Series, Mike Moore; Best Headline, Jonathan Kleppinger; Best Graphic, Jonathan Kleppinger; Best Sports Page/Section, Jonathan Stark; Best Lifestyle Page, Jonathan Kleppinger;
Honorable Mentions – Best General News Story, Jonathan Kleppinger; Best Sports Story, Jonathan Stark; Best Special Section, Jonathan Kleppinger;

INTERIOR JOURNAL
First – Best Sports Story, Nancy Leedy; Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, Ben Kleppinger; Best General News Picture, Ben Kleppinger; Best Sports Page/Section, Nancy Leedy;
Second – Best Investigative Story or Series, Ben Kleppinger; Best Graphic, Ben Kleppinger;
Third – Best Sports Picture, Nancy Leedy; Best Graphic, Ben Klepoinger; Best Newspaper Website – Staff.
Honorable Mention – Best Enterprise or Analytical Story, Ben Kleppinger; Best General News Picture, Nancy Leedy;