The editor of the Nixa News-Enterprise takes home first place for general excellence among weekly newspapers in its class, an award bestowed by the Missouri Press Association during its 139th convention, held at the Lodge of the Four Seasons.
Hadsall, a former reporter and assistant editor for 417 Magazine, also grabbed a first-place award for best news story in Class 1 of the weeklies.
Other local and regional newspapers did quite well -- among them, the Lawrence County Record, the Christian County Headliner News, the Cedar County Republican and the Webster County Citizen. We're gigging Hadsall because he happens to especially deserve it, and the awards.
Over on the daily side, the Springfield News-Leader got one first-place award -- for "best family living coverage." In the general excellence category, the News-Leader got an honorable mention, behind St. Louis, Kansas City -- and St. Joseph.
Read all the results here.