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Union Leader Corp., Neighborood News win press awards

The New Hampshire Sunday News and New Hampshire Union Leader won several awards in the New Hampshire Press Association annual contest, including a first-place honor, presented at an awards ceremony Friday evening.

The papers competed with other daily newspapers across the state. This year, the judges were journalists from the Maine Press Association.

Neighborhood News Inc., which publishes four weekly newspapers and is run by the Union Leader Corp., also took several awards, including three first-place honors.

The New Hampshire Sunday News won first place in the investigative news category for its coverage of DWI repeat offenders topping 14,000; the award went to staff writers Nancy West, Shawne Wickham and Paul Feely and correspondents Jason Schreiber, Kathy Remillard and Kimberly Houghton.

The Sunday News also won the following:

- Spot news story, third place, for &#';Burn victim runs to police chief after attack,&#'; staff writers Wickham and Michael Cousineau.

- Feature story, third place, for &#';Just that second,&#'; Shawne Wickham.

- Sports section/page, second place, staff.

- The Union Leader took third place for the sports news story &#';Islands Apart,&#'; staff writer Kevin Gray.

- Neighborood News' weeklies — The Bedford Bulletin, The Goffstown News, The Hooksett Banner and The Salem Observer — won first place for best freelance story, by writer Kathy Remillard on food allergies.

- Remillard also won freelance writer of the year.

- In business/economic writing, The Goffstown News took first place, freelance writer Kathy Remillard.

- Neighborhood News Executive Editor and Hooksett Banner editor Ginger Kozlowski won second place for government reporting in The Hooksett Banner and second place, picture story, for Lights on the Hill in The Hooksett Banner.

- Goffstown News editor Sarah Lebrun won second place in the feature story category for The Goffstown News for It's on the Web.

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