The Charleston City Paper won several 2009 South Carolina Press Association Awards. Winners were announced Saturday in Columbia.

Among all weekly papers, Scott Suchy won first place for his “Zombie Economy” cover illustration for a feature on foreclosures in the housing market. He also won third place for the cover illustration for a feature on Sen. Robert Ford’s endorsement of public money going to private schools.

Josh Curry and Ryan Brown won first place for online videos with one on the Polar Plunge. Curry also won third place for a video of PBR Bull Riding.

Regular cartoonist Steve Stegelin won second place for weekly cartoons, including the cover image for our “Don’t Cry For Me South Carolina” feature after Gov. Mark Sanford’s Argentinian trip was exposed.

The City Paper also won second place for its website and second in lifestyle and feature special editions for the first issue of our annual Spoleto coverage in 2009.

In the division among weeklies with a circulation over 6,000, the City Paper won several awards. Greg Hambrick won first place for enterprise reporting for “Sanford’s Albatross,” a story chronicling Sanford’s seven-year struggle with the state’s unemployment rate.

T. Ballard Lesemann won first place for lifestyle feature writing with his story on Band of Horses, “Band Together.” Erica Jackson won third place in the same category for “After the Runway,” a look at local designers who took a chance on reality TV.

Chris Haire also won first place in humor column writing for his weekly Haire of the Dog column.

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