2017-03-20 / Front Page

Ledger wins 13 SC Press Association awards

The Gaffney Ledger received 13 awards Saturday for its news coverage and photography in the annual South Carolina Press Association contest.

Lifestyles editor Abbie Sossamon received first place for best feature video for “Campo Giorno 2016.” Executive editor Klonie Jordan won first place in General News Photo for his photo of a funeral procession where family and friends made their final goodbyes to a Gaffney High student killed in a Feb. 5, 2016, car crash in York County.

Ledger publisher Cody Sossamon won first place in column writing and second place in humor column writing. He received a third place Harris Award for Editorial Writing.

The Gaffney Ledger news staff received second place in “Series of Articles” for its in-depth look at the proposed Gaffney Performing Arts Center and similar performing arts centers operated by other communities. The Ledger news staff won a third place award in Lifestyles section for its “We Salute Our Veterans” special publication.

The South Carolina Press Association received more than 3,300 entries statewide for the 2016 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. This year’s contest entries were judged by the Tennessee Press Association.

Education reporter Scott Powell received third place awards for Education Beat Reporting and Sports Feature Photo. Ledger sports editor Larry Hilliard and Abbie Sossamon received third place in the categories of sports headline writing and food writing, respectively. Police reporter Tim Gulla won third place in Feature Photo while Cody Sossamon received third in Reporting In Depth.

“Our news staff does an outstanding job covering the news of Cherokee County and these awards show that our peers agree,” Cody Sossamon said. “I couldn’t be prouder of their hard work and dedication. They are all true professionals.”

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