The Howard County Sun has won six awards -- including first-place honors for sports reporting and sports commentary, arts and entertainment reporting, and cartooning -- from the Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland chapter.
The newspaper, competing against weekly newspapers in Maryland with a circulation of 100,000 and more, also won awards for graphic design and editorial commentary.
First-place winners were:
* Gary Lambrecht, staff writer, who won awards in sports reporting and sports commentary. A package of stories published in October that featured disabled athlete Larry Hughes won the reporting award. The commentary honor was for Lambrecht's column "Extra Innings."
* Rona Hirsch, staff writer, in arts and entertainment reporting, for a July 1991 story featuring Dorothy "Dottie" Fried, co-founder and former artistic director of Kinetics Dance Theatre.
* Rob Snyder, free-lance cartoonist, for a cartoon published in November that depicted political redistricting problems in Howard County.
Second-place winners were:
* Andrea Siegel, former editor of The Howard County Sun, in editorial commentary for an editorial in April 1991 criticizing county Councilman Vernon Gray's efforts to limit public access to county audits.
* Lee Horwich, editor of The Howard County Sun, and makeup editor David Zeiler, in graphic design for "Season of Champions," a package of sports stories featuring state championship teams from Howard County schools.