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The Record-Courier received three awards from the Associated Press on Sunday during the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition in Columbus.
Sixty-four daily newspapers submitted 2,599 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2013.
Record-Courier Editor Roger DiPaolo was named Best Editorial Writer, coming in first place in Division III for his editorials on removal of bus shelters in downtown Ravenna, block parties in Kent, Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane and former Ohio State President Gordon Gee.
DiPaolo has been with the Record-Courier since 1977 and has served as editor since 1991. He previously was Kent city editor for eight years.
DiPaolo also received first place for editorial writing from the Associated Press in 2005. He also has been recognized for his editorial writing by United Press International, including a first-place award.
He is the author of two books of local history, "Rooted in Kent" and "Ravenna Record."
News Editor Chad Murphy received third place for Best Full-Page Layout. Murphy has been with the R-C since 2000 and was named news editor in 2005.
The R-C sports department, under the direction of Sports Editor Tom Nader, won third place for Best Daily Sports Section. Nader was hired in 2005 and has been sports editor since 2007.