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The Times earns 12 awards at Georgia AP contest
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The Times earned 12 awards in the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors contest for 2018 competing among the state’s largest daily papers, including first place for editorial writing, best business writing, best picture story and best feature photo.

The awards were announced at the Georgia AP Media Editors awards banquet, Saturday, June 22, in Atlanta.

Photographer Scott Rogers won first place for best picture story for a series on young men participating in the Gainesville Jaycees "Gut Check" endurance program.

Rogers also won first place for best feature photo, earned second place for best overall portfolio and third place for best sports action photo.

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Waddell Williams, of Richmond Va., shakes powdered sugar on a funnel cake Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, during day one of the annual Mule Camp Market in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

Photographer Austin Steele earned third place honors for best sports feature photo and third place for best overall portfolio.

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Gainesville's Brent Kelly celebrates after making a basket during a game against Cherokee Bluff on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 at Chestatee High School during the Lanierland tournament. - photo by Austin Steele

Features reporter Layne Saliba won first place for best business writing for a story on the Southern Baked Pie Company in Gainesville.

Saliba also won third place for best feature story about how one Gainesville barber helps shape the look of the Atlanta United.

Life editor Nick Bowman won second place for best photo illustration.

Meanwhile, The Times staff won first and third place for its editorial writing for pieces on leadership at the Hall County fire department and Gainesville's $10M land purchase

The staff was also awarded for general excellence in newswriting.

"Our ongoing priority at The Times is to provide quality, credible journalism for the community we serve,” said Norman Baggs, general manager of The Times. “To that end, we have on staff some extremely dedicated and talented journalists who take their jobs very seriously. It's always rewarding to see them recognized for the excellent work they do. We're very proud of our staff and the job done everyday by The Times newsroom."