July 8, 2017 10:08:41 PM
The Dispatch took home 15 awards from the Mississippi Press Association's 2016 Better Newspaper Contest, including four first-place honors.
The awards were announced Saturday during a joint convention of the Mississippi and Louisiana press associations in Biloxi.
Dispatch General Manager Peter Imes won both first and second place among all Mississippi daily newspapers for graphic design. His winning entry was an infographic and map noting shooting incidents across Columbus.
Reporter Alex Holloway took top honors for General News Story among newspapers in the Dispatch's circulation division for his article on former Columbus councilman Marty Turner's data usage on a city-paid cellphone plan.
Photographer Deanna Robinson won the circulation division's Spot News Photograph category for a picture of first responders rescuing a cow from the Tombigbee River.
Lifestyles Editor Jan Swoope won first place in the circulation division for Lifestyles Section.
Second place winners included Isabelle Altman, In-Depth/Investigative Coverage; Adam Minichino, Sports Column and Game Story; Slim Smith, General Interest Column; and Scott Walters, Sports Feature.
Third place winners were Matt Garner, Front Page Design; Zack Plair, Feature Story; Slim Smith, Commentary Column; and Scott Walters, Game Story.
The newspaper won third place for General Excellence in its circulation division.
1. Wiggins wins Caledonia by one vote COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. House built by and for freed slaves for sale in Columbus COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Two arrested for child endangerment in marijuana bust COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. Second Baptist deacons to release offering to trustees, finance committee STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. Person shot in home invasion on Tabernacle Road COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY