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Advocate-Messenger wins six state awards at annual press association conference

The Advocate-Messenger earned six awards at the Kentucky Press Association’s annual convention, held in Louisville on Thursday and Friday.
Accent Editor Bobbie Curd took home a first-place award for Best Feature Story in the newspaper’s mid-sized daily division. Curd’s first-place story was about a bereavement dog, Chloe, at Wilder Funeral Home in Perryville (“In Dogs We Trust,” Jan. 24, 2016).
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“Heart-felt, well written and very emotional,” the judges wrote of the story. “Excellent job!”
The paper earned two more first-place awards:
• Former Advocate-Messenger photographer Clay Jackson won the Best Picture Essay category for photos he took of Centre College glass-blower Travis Adams (“No life without glass,” Feb. 21, 2016). Jackson is now a photographer for the Herald & Review in Decatur, Illinois.
“Very well played story, given the right space and the images leap off the page at you,” the judges wrote.
• Former Advocate-Messenger staff writer Todd Kleffman won the Best Business or Agribusiness Story category for his story about the farmers maintaining the tradition of tobacco auctions in Danville (“Still hooked on tobacco,” (Dec. 6, 2015).
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“Great use of imagery and people to tell the story of Kentucky’s faltering tobacco farms,” the judges wrote. “Nice wrap-up at the end.”
Advocate-Messenger Editor Emeritus John Nelson received a second-place award for Best Column, and the paper’s sports staff — Jeremy Schneider and Matt Overing — earned second place for Best Sports Special Section.
Curd also won third place for Best Lifestyle Page.
Two of The Advocate-Messenger’s sister papers won overall general excellence awards. The Winchester Sun won third place in the small daily category; and The Jessamine Journal won second place in the mid-sized weekly category.