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Ledger earns 9 SCPA awards

The Gaffney Ledger received nine awards Saturday for its news coverage and photography in the annual South Carolina Press Association contest.

The Gaffney Ledger news staff received first place in Public Service for its “Community Matters” article series. The newspaper has won first place in public service twice in the past three years. In 2014, The Ledger was recognized for its KNOW(2) coverage.

In “Community Matters,” each story takes an in-depth look at an issue which impacts the Cherokee County community. Topics covered so far include methamphetamine, diversity of local police forces and political offices, the cost of dying, and pawn shops.

“Nice job tackling topics that are relevant to most communities,” judges wrote.

Education reporter Scott Powell won first place in Feature Photo for a color run organized by Gaffney High teacher cadets last spring. Powell received second place in the Humorous Photo category for a photo of a school administrator kissing a pig.

Police beat reporter Tim Gulla won first place in the Spot News Photo for his silhouette photo of a firefighter at a Ninth Street fire scene.

“Good eye to spot this unusual picture of a firefighter cooling down hot spots,” judges commented about Gulla’s photo. “Well composed. Nice feel to it.”

The South Carolina Press Association received more than 3,600 entries statewide in a contest recognizing the best in South Carolina newspaper journalism. The association includes the state’s 15 daily newspapers and 88 of its weekly newspapers.

The Gaffney Ledger news staff competed in the 2 or 3 Times Weekly Division. Entries were judged by the Virginia Press Association.

Powell and Ledger government reporter Larry Hilliard won second place in Reporting in Depth.

Powell received third place in Education Beat Reporting along with an honorable mention in Lifestyle Feature Writing. Gulla earned honorable mention in Breaking News Reporting.

The Ledger sports staff received third place in Sports Section for its 2015 high school football season preview.

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