The Lexington Herald-Leader won the Daily Class 3 general excellence award in the Kentucky Press Association awards, presented Friday in Louisville.
The Herald-Leader also won first place in these categories: best editorial, best general news story, best sports column, best sports story, best sports feature story, best enterprise or analytical story, best investigative story or series, best on-going/extended coverage story, best business/agribusiness story, best spot news picture, best feature picture, best sports picture, best sports picture essay, special sections, best sports page/section; best lifestyle page, best front page and best newspaper Web site.
The Paducah Sun won first place in categories including best spot news coverage, best feature story, best column, best headline, best general news picture, best picture essay and best graphic.
The Kentucky Kernel at the University of Kentucky won first place for general excellence among university newspapers and also won awards for best editorial, best spot news coverage, best enterprise or analytical story, best investigative story or series, best on-going/extended coverage story, best general news picture, best picture essay, best sports picture essay, best special sections and best lifestyle page.
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Western Kentucky University's College Heights Herald won for best general news story, best spot news picture and best newspaper Web site. Eastern Kentucky University's Eastern Progress won first place for best column, best headline and best editorial page.
Among smaller newspapers, the Todd County Standard won the general excellence award for Weekly Class 1; the Spencer Magnet for Weekly Class 2; the Jessamine Journal for Weekly Class 3; the Appalachian News-Express of Pikeville for multi-weekly; the Richmond Register for Daily Class 1; and Bowling Green Daily News for Daily Class 2.