LEXINGTON — The Independent’s editorial staff collected 10 awards, including three first places, at the Kentucky Press Association banquet on Friday night at the Hyatt Regency.
Editor Mark Maynard had two firsts and Opinion Page Editor John Cannon had a first and second.
Sports Editor Aaron Snyder had a second, an honorable mention and he and his staff, sportswriters Rocky Stanley and Kyle Hobstetter, garnered a second-place award for a special section.
News reporters Ken Hart and Tim Preston gained seconds as did night copy editor Adam VanKirk.
Maynard’s first-place awards came for Best Spot News for his coverage of Amy Compston at the tragedy-marred Boston Marathon. He also took first for Best Sports Column, which included three entries.
Cannon’s first came for Best Column, a collection of three entries, and his second was for editorial writing.
Snyder’s second was for Best Sports Column, a three-entry package. He also received an honorable mention for Best Sports Feature about a story on Fairview football player Joel Wardle.
The High School Basketball Preview section, put together by the sports department, was also second.
Hart’s second was for Best Spot News on his reporting of a standoff in Boyd County.
Preston’s second was for Best Feature for a story on the Preston Grocery in Preston, Ky.
VanKirk took second for Best Sports Page design.