The Enquirer-Herald earned nine South Carolina Press Association awards in 2009 including a first place win for General Excellence for weekly newspapers with a circulation of 6,000 or less.
The paper also dominated the Sports Action Photo category in its division, earning two of three awards including first place for a photo taken by freelance reporter and photographer Mike Laughlin, and third place for a photo taken by freelance contributor Chris Bowmar.
Editor Jonathan Allen won a second place award for Feature Headline Writing and a third place award for News Headline Writing. Allen also won a third place award for Photo Series or Photo Story for coverage of the Clover Scotch-Irish Games.
Page designer Kitty Muccigrosso also earned a second place award for Sports Page Deisgn.
Longtime York and Clover sports writer Gene Graham won a third place award for Spot Sports Story for an article detailing the hoops both schools athletic directors had to jump through to reschedule several games that were rained out in the fall sports season.
The paper also won a third place award for Public Service for the Care for Coats winter coat drive program spearheaded by Fort Mill Times reporter Toya Graham.
The Enquirer-Herald’s sister weekly papers, the Fort Mill Times and Lake Wylie Pilot each won seven 2009 SCPA awards, and the Rock Hill Herald brought home 27 awards. The 2009 SCPA contest was judged by editors and reporters affiliated with the Alabama Press Association. The awards were given out during the SCPA Spring meeting held in Columbia Saturday, March 27.