Daily Home journalists won nine awards, including the Sweepstakes Award for Newswriting, in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by Alabama Associated Press Media Editors.

The awards were presented Saturday at a luncheon in Birmingham.

The winning staff members were:

* Emily Adams McLain, staff writer; deadline reporting, first place, "'Smiley' Leonard killed in train accident;" non-deadline reporting, third place, "Questions remain about future of abandoned waste treatment facility;" news features, second place, "Daycare worker injured protecting children from falling tree limb 'would do it again';" education news, first place, "Area services strive to break language barriers.”

* Bill Kimber, staff writer; news features, first place, "Group assembling hundreds of bicycles for foster children."

* Shane Dunaway: staff writer; education news, second place, "Active shooter training presented at school for the blind."

* Brian Schoenhals: staff photographer, spot news, first place, "National Guard homecoming."

* Bob Crisp, chief photographer; spot news, third place, "Relay for Life prayer."

The Sweepstakes Award for Newswriting was presented for overall performance in the contest.

McLain is now employed by the Talladega County Board of Education as an English teacher at Winterboro School, and Kimber is now the newspaper’s assistant editor.

“The Daily Home has a proud tradition of dedication and caring for the communities we serve, and I think that shows in the work we do every day,” said Daily Home Editor Jimmy Creed. “We don’t do what we do to win awards, but we appreciate knowing that when we do it well, recognition follows.”

The newspaper competes in Division 3 among small Alabama dailies.

The Daily Home’s sister paper, The Anniston Star, also won eight awards in the contest, competing against larger daily newspapers.