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The Corydon Democrat received 27 awards Saturday in a variety of categories and finished second for the top prize, the Blue Ribbon.
The plaques and certificates in 30 categories for six divisions, based on newspaper circulation (two divisions for nondailies and four for dailies), were distributed at the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Newsroom Seminar & Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon held at the Indianapolis Marriott North.
The entries, based on stories and photographs published between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, were judged by out-of-state newspaper staffs.
For the Blue Ribbon, which The Corydon Democrat has received a record-number 15 times since the award was established in 1972, the judges said, "Clean newspaper. Well-designed. Strong local content. Overall solid newspaper."
This year's recipient of the Blue Ribbon for nondailies went to the Brown County Democrat, which last received the award in 2010.
The Lafayette Courier & Journal received the Blue Ribbon for dailies. It is the first time that newspaper has been honored with the award.
The Corydon Democrat also finished second in General Excellence, which is based on points earned for first-, second- and third-place awards. This is a repeat of last year.
Among those awards were:
Brian Smith — first for Best Sports Section; first, Best Sports Event Coverage about Corydon Central High School girls' basketball team's win of the Class 3A Scottsburg Sectional; first, Best Sports Feature Photo of the South Central Junior-Senior High School's baseball team's win in the sectional final vs. Borden; first, Best Sports Commentary; second, Best Sports Action Photo of CCHS baseball shortstop Robbie Morrow making a diving catch; second, Headline Writing; and third, Best Sports News or Feature Coverage for a story about CCHS graduate Meghan Bussabarger's basketball career at Austin Peay University.
Alan Stewart — Photo of the Year Finalist for Division 2 (large nondailies) for his first-place photo in Best General News Photo of Lane King, 6, at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids' Sake; first and second, Best Picture Story with Audio or Video Story for 2012 Light Up Corydon and Flags Over Corydon, respectively; first, Best General Commentary; third, Best News Coverage With No Deadline Pressure about two deer that wreaked havoc at a Corydon shopping center; and third, Best Profile Feature for a story about 100-year-old Pearl Rainbolt of Palmyra.
Ross Schulz — third for Best Business/Economic News Coverage for a story about drought conditions and third in Best Feature Photo of a boy at the Carnival for Cancer fundraiser.
Schulz and Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor's teamwork of the Old Capitol Saddle Club's 100-mile trail ride placed third in the Best Multiple Picture Group.
Judy O'Bannon — third for Best General Commentary.
The staff also won numerous awards in other categories in addition to the Blue Ribbon and General Excellence: first, Headline Writing; first, Best Special Section, for the This Is Harrison County magazine produced for the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County; second, Best Newspaper Design; second Best Feature Section; second, Best Business Section or Pages; and third, Best Editorial Page.
Former Corydon resident Wade Coggeshall, a staff writer for the Hendricks County Flyer, earned a third place for Best Short Feature Story.