The News-Enterprise swept two categories in Landmark Community Newspaper’s 2018 News/Editorial Contest.

N-E staffers took home first through third place in feature writing and special sections categories in results from its companywide contest announced last week.

In all, The News-Enterprise won 13 awards, including four first-place honors.

In feature writing, reporter Andrew Critchelow won first for his entries in the daily division, prompting judges to comment, “This is a nice collection of stories, and Critchelow does a great job of finding the ‘wow’ factor. He also does a really nice job of getting the human connection just right.”

News Editor Jeff D’Alessio was second in the category and reporter Mary Alford place third.

The News-Enterprise also won first place in the daily division for its special section, Discover Hardin County. Heartland Magazine and 8 Is Enough, were second and third, respectively.

D’Alessio also won first place in news writing with his entry including a piece on the number of traffic fatalities on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown in the daily division.

“Failure to Yield goes beyond a quick official assessment of a dangerous stretch of highway to look more closely at factors like lighting and lack of crosswalks at certain points,” the judges’ comments said in part. “At the very least, this report raises public awareness in ways that only a news organization can do. Good public service.“

D’Alessio also receive first in column writing in the daily/triweekly and semiweekly division where judges said of the entires, “These columns are definitely personal, but the star of each one if a member of the community — a person who fought cancer for years; a local leader and even a wandering goat.”

Editor Ben Sheroan received a third place in editorial writing. Copy Editor Melissa Vessels was recognized with a second-place award for A1 design in the daily category.

Sheroan and Vessels also were second and third, respectively, in the daily general page design contest.

Alford also won an honorable mention in news photography.