Kansas Press Association recognizes local paper

The Butler County Times-Gazette won 14 awards at this year’s Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence contest.

The staff won five first place awards, including Best Newspaper Web Site.

Two of the other first place awards in writing categories went to Belinda Larsen in Agricultural Story and Jeremy Costello for Sports Columns.

Larsen’s story was on a Beaumont rancher who promotes wind power in addition to his ranching operations. Costello’s columns included entries on adding a dual state tournament in high school wrestling, athletes’ commitment and developing leaders on a team.

The other two first place awards came in a category the Times-Gazette swept.

Costello won first place for feature videos for his highlights including a buzzer beater during the Andover-Andover Central crosstown showdown in basketball in December. He also placed third for his video of the Augusta girls basketball team’s run through the playoffs last season. Costello, Kent Bush, Josh Prim and T.J. Rigg combined to take second in that category with the Game Night highlights package from Week 3 of the 2013 football season.

Bush took first place in Best News Video with footage from the Space Station Storage Center Fire. He also won second place in that category with his highlights from the Andover Advantage Foundation Prize Patrol grant awards.

Kari Adams won two awards this year. She placed third in Best Environmental Story with her piece on the county’s final decision on the landfill. She also placed second in Education Story with her feature on Rick Voison’s presentation to the Circle Schools. Bush placed third in Education reporting with his story about Andover’s eCademy.

In addition to her first place award for Agriculture reporting, Larsen also placed second in Local Business Reporting for her story with Judy Miller on Miller’s Five closing.

The Times Gazette also placed third in Best Editorial Pages and third in Best Special Sections for the Butler County Resource Guide magazine.

The awards will be presented in Manhattan in April. At that time, the Sweepstakes award winners for the best all around paper in each division will also be announced.