The Lexington Herald-Leader won the first-place general excellence award for its class in the Kentucky Press Association awards, presented Friday in Lexington.
The Herald-Leader also won first place in these categories: best spot news coverage, best sports column, best sports story, best sports feature story, best enterprise or analytical story, best investigative story or series, best ongoing/extended coverage story, best business/agribusiness story, best spot news picture, best general news picture, best feature picture, best picture essay, best sports picture, best graphic, best sports page/section, best sports special section, best business/agribusiness page, best lifestyle page and best front page.
Among smaller newspapers, first-place general excellence award winners were the Todd County Standard, Grant County News, The Jessamine Journal, The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown, The Madisonvile Messenger, Bowling Green Daily News, Chevy Chaser Magazine and the College Heights Herald at Western Kentucky University.
Bennie Ivory, retired editor of The Courier-Journal, received the Herald-Leader's Lewis Owens Community Service Award. The award is named after a former Herald-Leader publisher and longtime supporter of the press association, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1998.
Among college newspapers, the Kentucky Kernel at the University of Kentucky won first-place awards for best investigative story or series, best sports special section and best newspaper website. Thorobred News at Kentucky State University won first place for best column and best sports column. The Eastern Progress at Eastern Kentucky University won first place for best lifestyle page.
Western's College Heights Herald took first-place awards in 16 categories. Among them are best general news story, best feature story, best sports story, best headline, best spot news picture, best general news picture, best sports picture and best front page.