Great Bend Three Journal-World employees won awards at the Kansas Press Women's spring conference here Saturday.
Ann Gardner, editorial page editor, received second- and third-place awards for editorial writing.
Area reporter Sharon Dickinson won second- and third-place awards for feature writing.
Business editor Gwyn Mellinger got a second-place award for business writing.
Three other local women also received awards at the conference.
Nora Cleland, Baldwin, a member of Kansas University's Office of University Relations, won first place and honorable mention in news reporting; honorable mention in feature writing; and second-place awards in publication editing, government magazine editing and nonprofit newsletter editing.
Sherry Pigg, a Topeka Capital-Journal writer, won third-place awards in news reporting and feature writing.
Freelance writer Carol Francis won a first-place award for a speech, second place for direct mail advertising and two honorable mentions for radio ads.
Hutchinson News reporter Jan Biles won the Kansas Press Women's communications contest sweepstakes for the second time.
Biles, who also is serving as the newspaper's interim Focus editor, was presented the annual award by The Wichita Eagle at the spring conference.
In addition, 71 first-place awards were presented to 37 members, all of whom will be entered in the National Federation of Press Women communications contest. The national awards will be announced June 19 at the organization's annual convention in Kansas City.
Runners-up for the Kansas sweepstakes were Barbara Oringderff, editor and publisher of Territorial Magazine, in Garden City; and Paula Rhodes, an editor at The Southwest Daily Times, in Liberal.