ThisWeek Community News publications earned 10 awards from the Ohio News Media Association on Feb. 7 in the annual contest among the state's weekly newspapers.
The honors, announced at the annual ONMA conference in Columbus, included one first-place award, five seconds and four thirds.
The Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Contest judged weekly newspapers in four circulation categories.
ThisWeek's first-place award was in Best Special Edition or Section and went to the sports staff for the Friday Night Live High School Football Preview Guide, which "provided a comprehensive look at every team," the contest judge said.
Second-place awards included:
* Best Sports Feature, division A: Scott Hennen won for his feature about Kathy Lindsey, former girls basketball coach at Hilliard Davidson and Hilliard Bradley high schools. "Nice storytelling -- sharing the origin points really highlighted what drove and inspired Lindsey. Concise injection of details added the state and time-line elements deftly," the judge wrote.
* Best Sports Feature, division B: Hennen won for his feature on former Grandview Heights High School standout James Lachey, who now plays football at Bowling Green. "I really liked the connection to early, formative motivations and echoes between the first day of school and entering college program. This all helped paint a complete picture of the subject."
* Best Original Columns, division A: Margo Bartlett won for three of her Just Thinking columns, which appear on the In Perspective page. "These columns draw the reader in with slow but steady charm," the judge wrote. "Kind of like catching a whiff of warm bread and following your nose to the kitchen."
* Best Sports Coverage, division A: This award went the sports staff of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News. "Excellent coverage of high school sports," the judge said. "Very nice photos, nicely placed in stories. Lively leads for stories."
* Advertising, division A: The staff of the ThisWeek Olentangy Valley News won for "strong design," according to the judge, who added, "the ads are clean and elegant in their simplicity. The designer made good font choices for each situation."
Third-place awards included:
* Best Sports Feature, division A: Hennen won for his feature on Olentangy Orange High School baseball coach Phil Callaghan and his son, Cole. "A nice exploration of the tensions between not wanting to be in his situation but still trying to do the right things and make the best of it," the judge wrote. "It's a sports story, but it's a family story, too."
* In-Depth Reporting, division A: Kevin Corvo won for his Hilliard story on recurring basement flooding. "Very good in-depth report," the judge said. "The article provides ample coverage of homeowners' frustration with inadequate sewerage and the municipality's struggle to acknowledge the problem and find an affordable solution. The article puts the issue on the public agenda in a fair, balanced and well-researched manner."
* Best News Story, division A: Kelley Youman won for a story on development in Liberty Township. "Sure it's a (not in my backyard) story, but it's a nicely told one, with all sides getting a voice on why the township should or shouldn't let someone turn an empty lot into a gas station."
* Best Website, division A: This award went to the ThisWeek staff. "Overall, the design is nice," the judge said. "The site is responsive, which is good for mobile browsers."