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Herald Wins State Newspaper Awards

Herald reporter Jack Gurner won first place for Best Feature Photo with this picture of a frozen water pipe at the cemetery spraying water in January 2010.

The Heat Monster won the second place award in Best Feature Photo.

A January fire on Clay Street won second in Best Spot News photo.

BILOXI – The North Mississippi Herald won five awards, including a first place in the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards, for work published during 2010, were announced Saturday at the MPA annual convention.

Herald reporter Jack Gurner earned the top award for best feature photograph with a picture of an ice-covered facet spewing water that appeared in January. Gurner also took second place in the same category with a photo of a cloud formation over downtown in August called “heat monster.”

In the spot news category, Gurner won second place for a photo of a house fire on Clay Street that appeared in January.

Gurner also took two awards, a second and a third place, in the general news category for a photo of downtown taken only by moonlight while the power was off and a photo of a young girl competing in the Marketfest hula-hoop competition.

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