Sun places in KPA General Excellence

Published 5:56 pm Monday, February 8, 2021

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For the fifth straight year, the Winchester Sun was named one of the best small daily papers in Kentucky in the annual Kentucky Press Association contest.

The Sun placed second in the General Excellence category after staff members won a total of 20 awards for writing, photography, design, and social media usage.

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Staff writer Randy Patrick won first place awards for best general news story about COVID survivor James Nisbet and best feature story about stone carver Stuart Joynt. Patrick also won second place for best general news picture and third places for best ongoing or extended coverage and best feature photo.

Former sports editor Roman West also carried five awards, including first and third place for best sports picture, second and third place for best sports photo essay and second for best sports page or section.

Former editor Whitney Leggett won first place for best enterprise or analytical story for a look at employment during COVID, second place for best editorial writer and third place for best use of social media and best headline writer.

Former staff writer Lashana Harney earned two first place awards for best feature photo from a fall festival at a local preschool and for best photo essay for a piglet visiting residents at Rose Mary C. Brooks Place.

The Sun staff won first and second places for best special section and second place for best use of social media.

The newspaper also earned a certificate of merit for best editorial page.

The Sun won first place in general excellence in 2019 and 2020, second in 2018 and third in 2017.