Two Gardner News writers will be recognized in the 2011 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence competition for stories they wrote in 2010.

Reporter Corbin H. Crable received a first place finish in the “Series” category for three articles about southwest Johnson County’s ties to the Clutter murders. His series, called “The Origins of Evil” appeared in three editions of The Gardner News in June 2010.

Reporter Danedri Thompson earned a second place in the “Government/Political” category for a Jan. 6, 2010 story, “Political committee likely in violation of campaign finance laws.”

The KPA sponsors the Awards of Excellence competition to recognize outstanding work by Kansas newspapers. In 2010, 77 Kansas newspapers submitted more than 3,500 entries in 53 categories that focused on writing, photography, design, advertising and newspaper websites.
Crable and Thompson will receive plaques for their work during an awards ceremony on April 30 in Junction City.