The Allied News, The Herald and associated publications picked up eight 2013 Keystone Press Awards recognizing staffers' superlative efforts in 2012.
Publisher Sharon Sorg said of the awards, "We have an incredibly talented team that puts together all of our products, and it is very rewarding to see their dedication to community journalism recognized."
Allied News Editor Kim Curry won a first-place award for headline writing and picked up an honorable mention for page design for the Jan. 4, 2012, edition of the Grove City paper, published on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Curry won a first place Keystone award last year for headline writing and has won previously for writing.
Allied News correspondent Corey Corbin picked up an honorable mention award for sports event coverage for work on high school wrestling "Mercer matmen top GC."
Herald page designer Richard Young picked up a second-place award for headline writing. Young's winning entries graced Sunday feature stories. Young has won multiple Keystones over the years for design and writing work.
Nick Hildebrand, a Herald news editor, won a second-place honor for distinguished writing, a specialty category, for his columns.: "Let's mourn Craig's death rather than start gun debate;" "I told you so: Santorum has what Romney sorely lacks;" "Politicians don't practice kitchen table accounting."
This is the first Keystone for Hildebrand.
In a separate competition, the veteran desk editor was named Columnist of the Year in an annual news competition open to all newspapers owned by CNHI, The Herald's parent company.
Views & Voices Editor Lauren K. Mylo took second place for personality profile in the April issue of Life and Times, The Herald's senior magazine, about Larry Kilbert who has traveled the world, worked with Mother Teresa and was the second-oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Mylo is a repeat Keystone winner.
Views and Voices won a second-place award for niche publication for its April, August and November issues. This is the third year the magazine has placed in the state wide contest
Lynn Saternow, longtime Herald sports editor, was recognized with an honorable mention for sports/outdoors columns for: "So Jesus couldn't play softball in the Grove City Church League;" "Don't panic Penn State penalties may not be that bad;" "PIAA change for the finals was not well received by coaches, fans."
Saternow has won a number of Keystone awards throughout the years and was recently awarded the Media Award of Excellence for his work covering high school wrestling by the Pennsylvania Wrestling Roundup.
The Keystone wins come on top of The Herald winning first place for general and departmental news coverage in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's 2012 Newspaper of the Year Contest.
The association also awarded The Herald top honors for diversity and second place for newswriting excellence.
In both contests, The Herald and Allied News competed against papers of similar circulation. In the Keystone specialty categories, writers compete against journalists from all of the state's newspapers. This year, more than 4,400 entries were received from 138 PNA newspapers in 29 categories across seven circulation divisions were judged by the Illinois Press Association.
"It's very gratifying to see the hours of dedicated effort by our staff members get the statewide recognition that they truly deserve," said Herald Executive Editor James A. Raykie Jr.
Published April 3, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.