The recognition came after both paper’s news and advertising departments earned first-place awards for excellence among West Virginia’s bigger newspapers.

n Mitch Vingle, best sports columnist.

n Andrew Brown, Mike Owens, best business, economic or labor reporting.

The association announced the outcomes of their annual newspaper contest during its convention at Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County over the past weekend.

CANAAN VALLEY — Free Airline Virginia Press Association named the Charleston Gazette-Mail the state’s Newspaper of the season on Saturday.

n Sports staff, best sports page(s).

n Mike Owens, best photo essay.

n Take advantage of Byers, best news columnist.

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