The Fort Mill Times won nine awards -- including six first-place prizes -- at the S.C. Press Association's annual winter meeting Saturday in Myrtle Beach.
First-place awards are: Business Reporting (Jonathan Allen); Sports Headline Writing (Mac Banks); Lifestyle/Feature Special Edition or Section (staff, for "Fort Mill Township Focus"); Series of Articles (Jonathan Allen and Jenny Overman on the subject of local infrastructure needs); Beat Reporting (Jenny Overman, for covering Indian Land); and Page One Design (Chaney Baltz).
Competing in a division for newspapers with circulations over 6,000, the paper's second-place prizes were for Sports Enterprise Reporting (Mac Banks, on the need for new high school sports facilities) and Short Story (Michael Harrison, for a piece about church members preaching to motorists and passersby in downtown Fort Mill). It also received a third-place award for News Headline Writing (Michael Harrison).
The Times' local sister papers -- all owned by the Sacramento, Calif.-based McClatchy Co. -- also brought home awards. The Herald, a daily, won a total of 17 awards and two weeklies, the Lake Wylie Pilot, and the Enquirer-Herald, won a total of 12 between them.