The Adair County Community Voice took home 14 awards and placed in the top three newspapers of similar size across Kentucky during the Kentucky Press Association annual meeting last week.
The Voice earned two first-place awards, five second-place and three third-place awards, also earning the third place General Excellence Award in the News Excellence in Kentucky Newspaper Contest, announced Friday night.
The Voice also earned a first place and three second-place awards in the Advertising Excellence in Newspaper Awards announced Thursday night.
The Voice’s coverage of the deadly journey of Lawrence “Larry” Chrisman, whose body was found near the parkway in Columbia in January 2017, earned Sharon Burton a first place award in best investigative story or series.
Beth Holmes’ photo when Chrisman’s body was recovered also earned a first place in the breaking news category. Holmes also took home the second place award in the same category, this time with a photo in September 2017 when local citizen Mike Bell was hit by an automobile while he was crossing the street in a wheelchair.
Burton garnered a second place award in best breaking news, with coverage of a March 2017 wreck that took the life of Alesha Morrison and resulted in a murder conviction of the driver, Sam Edwards. She also received a second place for her weekly column, One Voice.
Adam Capps earned second place in the agribusiness category for a feature on Tree Alchemy, a local maple syrup provider. Burton received third place in the same category for coverage on the Green River CREP program.
Capps also earned a third place for his extensive coverage of the community’s struggle with opioid abuse, including articles about local residents who have successfully beaten addiction.
Capps and Burton teamed up for a second place award in best enterprise or analytical story with a special report on the school district’s boundaries and their impact on local elections.
The entire staff was recognized with a third place award in the special section category for the Discover Columbia/Adair magazine.
The contest marks the first time the Community Voice earned a General Excellence award, earning third place, after Oldham Era and Grant County News.
In the advertising contest, Beth Holmes and Mindy Yarberry shared a first place award for an ad designed for Beyond Blessed. They also shared a second place award for an ad designed for Betty’s Country Cooking. Beth Holmes and Diana Withers shared a second place award for an ad designed for Day and Day Feed and Pet.