Staff members of Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC, publisher of the Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy and other papers, were recognized with several awards at last weekend’s Kansas Press Association convention in Manhattan. There were entries from all three of the company’s weekly papers – the Star-Argosy, The Times-Sentinel, and the Haysville Sun-Times.
Following is a list of the awards.
• Travis Mounts, First Place News Story, Non-Daily Division I – Star-Argosy, “Storm pounds the area.” This story covered the late summer storm that caused more than $1 million damage to Argonia school buildings.
• Michael Buhler, First Place Series, Non-Daily Division I – Star-Argosy. The “What’s In A Name” series looked at the stories behind the names of buildings, streets and institutions in our communities.
• Travis Mounts, Second Place Government/Political Story, Non-Daily Division I – Star-Argsoy, “Police chief out of one job, into another.” The article chronicled Conway Springs Mayor Dee Pettegrew’s decision to not re-appoint police chief April Addis, and the city council’s split decision to create a new position for Addis.
• Travis Mounts, Second Place Feature Story, Non-Daily Division I – Sun-Times, “Radio legend to forge a new career.” This feature profiled local radio legend Dan Dillon’s transition out of broadcasting and into a communications role for newly-elected Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett. This story ran in several Times-Sentinel papers.
• Travis Mounts, Third Place Government/Political Story, Non-Daily Division I – Sun-Times, “State Rep. Edwards disputes hotel claim, media reports.” This story received statewide coverage in early 2013 when Rep. George “Joe” Edwards reported a robbery in his Topeka hotel room during the 2013 Legislative session. The hotel disputed Edwards’ claim that we was robbed, saying its security showed no one other than Edward entered the room. Topeka police investigated, but no charges were filed.
• Anne Tjaden, Third Place Feature Photo, Non-Daily Division II – The Times-Sentinel, “Wheat harvest going strong.” The photo showed a combine harvesting wheat under a setting sun.
• Travis Mounts, Third Place Feature Story, Non-Daily Division II – The Times-Sentinel, “Looking back: School shooting in Goddard marks anniversary.” This story looked back more than two decades to Goddard Junior High School shooting committed by ninth-grade student James Alan Kearbey. Principal James McGee was killed, and two teachers and a student were injured.
• Staff, Third Place Best Front Page, Non-Daily Division II – The Times-Sentinel. This category recognizes layout excellence on a newspaper’s front page.