SPARTANBURG -- The Herald brought home 18 awards from the S.C. Press Association on Friday, including eight first-place awards.
The Herald competed against other daily papers with circulations ranging from 26,001-80,000, including The Sun News in Myrtle Beach and The Herald-Journal in Spartanburg.
First-place winners were:
• Jason Foster, critical writing
• Adam O'Daniel, spot news reporting and short story
• Charles Perry, feature writing, profile feature writing and business reporting
• James Werrell, humor column writing
• Barry Byers and Will C. Franklin, best sports special edition or section
The critical writing and sports special section categories were open to all daily newspapers in South Carolina.
The Herald also won four second-place awards and six third-place awards.
Second-place winners were Jessica Schonberg for education reporting, Gary McCann for spot sports reporting, Barry Byers for sports feature story and John Nielsen for page one design.
Third-place winners were Matt Garfield for spot news reporting, Jennifer Becknell for lifestyle feature writing, Charles Perry for feature writing, James Werrell for column writing, Andrew Dys for humor column writing and Gary McCann for sports column writing.
Weekly papers also win
The Herald's sister papers, the Enquirer-Herald, Fort Mill Times and Lake Wylie Pilot, also fared well, winning a total of 11 awards, five of which were first-place finishes.
At the Enquirer-Herald, Adam MacInnis won first place for a short story and Melissa Oyler won second place for sports page design.
In Fort Mill, Patricia Larson won first place for page design and Mac Banks won first place for sports enterprise reporting. Banks also won second place for spot sports story and sports action photo, as well as third place for sports headline writing.
And in Lake Wylie, Catherine Muccigrosso won first place for photo page design and she and John Marks won first place for in-depth reporting. Marks won second-place for profile feature writing and Muccigrosso won second-place for feature headline writing.
"I'm proud of all of the winners from The Herald and our sister weekly papers," Herald Editor Paul Osmundson said. "They did extraordinary work last year, and I'm glad they have been recognized through the Press Association's contest.
"I'm also proud of everyone at our papers. We have a strong team devoted to providing the best coverage possible in York, Chester and Lancaster counties."
The Herald and its sister papers are owned by the Sacramento, Calif.-based McClatchy Co.