Post wins 23 Press Association awards

Andy Mooney and Jon C. Lakey won first place for photo illustration for a story on police chases.
Andy Mooney and Jon C. Lakey won first place for photo illustration for a story on police chases.

The Salisbury Post won 23 awards in the annual N.C. Press Association editorial and photojournalism contest, including first-place honors in a dozen categories and second place for general excellence.

Staff members received the awards Thursday at the association’s annual winter institute in Chapel Hill.


The Post won the most awards in its circulation category, competing with other daily newspapers across the state with circulations of 12,500 to 35,000. The contest period was Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.

The General Excellence award is considered the top prize in each circulation category and covers a range of criteria including news coverage, promotion of community interests, graphics and appearance, use of photographs and editorial vigor. The Times-News of Hendersonville won first place in the Post’s division.

Individual awards went to:

• Staff writer Emily Ford won first place in news feature writing for “American Heroes,” stories about Woody and Raka, two bomb-sniffing dogs that served in Iraq, and the local military veterans whose families adopted them; and second place in the video category for her piece on twins and martial arts instructors Ricky and Randy Smith.

• Former Post lifestyle editor Katie Scarvey won several awards, including a first place for her profile of 102-year-old Lula Vestal; second place in feature writing for a story about three deaf orphans from China who wound up being adopted by three families in our area; second place in lighter columns for “Chill bunny,” “Personality types” and “Home ec”; and third place in arts and entertainment reporting for her story about Jeffrey Hargrave, a New York-based artist who grew up in Salisbury.

• Sarah Campbell, the Post’s former education reporter and now lifestyle editor, won first place in education reporting for stories on alternative settings and methods local school systems are using to curb dropout rates; and first place in business writing for stories on the fastest-growing employment fields and how Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is planning to meet demand.

• Page designer and graphic artist Andy Mooney and photography chief Jon Lakey won first place in photo illustration for their collaboration on a project to illustrate how law enforcement considers public safety when determining whether to pursue a suspect.

• Lakey also won first place in videos for his piece on crews unearthing a 200-year-old carved wooden fork while renovating one of Rowan County’s historic homes; first place in sports photography for his shot of a Livingstone College football player getting his helmet knocked off by a hard-hitting defender; and third place in sports feature photo for capturing the South Rowan Raider Rowdies trying to get into the head of a Carson High basketball player.

• Mooney also won second place for his “Miss Cheerwine” photo illustration; and third place in graphics for work that illustrated Fibrant finances, Rowan County health rankings and what can cause a heart attack.

• Columnist Mark Wineka won first place in feature photography for his photo of a woman who had her late husband’s handprint tattooed over her heart; first place in serious columns for “A life filled with loving what she did,” “These days, Happy Valley is sad,” and “King’s time too short”; and second place in business writing for his story about the final days of Bernhardt’s Hardware.

• Editor Elizabeth Cook won first place in lighter columns for “Finding Christmas where I left it,” “Give Ketner an A for business savvy” and “A daughter weds;” and first place in criticism for book reviews, “Haunting images from a scarred landscape,” “ ‘Gone Girl’ a thriller” and “Robert Goolrick’s ‘Wonderful’ full of passion.”

• Sports Editor Ronnie Gallagher won first place in sports columns for “Rules of engagement,” “Two of a kind” and “Hoosier Hysteria.”

• Book page and Online Editor Deirdre Parker Smith won second place in criticism for book reviews “Sure to be a fan favorite: ‘Instant Replay,’ ” “Novel packs a lot of hard punches” and “Fight to save mountain a captivating story.”

• Opinion Page Editor Chris Verner won third place in lighter columns for “Another rite of passage, filed away,” “Welcoming the sounds of spring” and “Losing our liberty, flush by flush.”

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