GREENWOOD — The Princeton Daily Clarion earned two first place distinctions in the 53rd annual Hooser State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon Saturday in Greenwood.

The newspaper website, www.pdclarion.com, earned first place among small daily newspapers, and Editor Andrea Howe earned first place among small daily newspapers for a photo story, "New Home for New Life," showing the congregation of New Life Nazarene Church carrying the altars of the church through Princeton from the old sanctuary to the new home on North Embree Street last summer.

Howe also won third place among small daily newspapers for headline writing.

Newspapers in neighboring communities also earned HSPA honors.

Janice Barniak, former Daily Clarion reporter, now with the South Gibson Star-Times, earned second place for best news coverage with no deadline pressure among small weekly newspapers. The newspaper also earned second place among small weekly papers for best general news photo.

Gayle Robbins, editor of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial (sister paper of The Daily Clarion) earned third place among dailies for best general commentary.

Andy Heuring, editor of the Petersburg Press Dispatch, earned third place in larger weeklies division for best profile feature. The newspaper also earned first place among larger weeklies for best general news photo.

Former Daily Clarion photojournalist Michael Caterina, now at The South Bend Tribune, earned third place in large dailies division for best portrait photo.

Former Daily Clarion reporter B.J. Hargis, now with The Sullivan Daily Times, shared a third-place award for best newspaper design among small dailies.

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