Lincoln, Nebraska - TownNews.com customers won first place for best website in all five circulation categories of the Nebraska Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The award-winning sites are hosted on TownNews.com’s cloud-based publishing platform designed specifically for news and media publishing organizations.

Awards were announced Saturday night (4/13/2013) at the conclusion of the NPA's annual convention in Lincoln. Honorees include:

The Gering Courier won first place in Class A Weekly, the smallest newspapers.

The Creighton News won first place in Class B Weekly.

The Neligh News & Leader won first place in Class C Weekly.

The Blair Washington County Pilot Tribune & Enterprise placed first in Class D Weekly, and the Seward County Independent finished third.

And TownNews.com customers swept the daily competition with the Kearney Hub first, the North Platte Telegraph second, and the Grand Island Independent third. Kearney, North Platte, Grand Island and Gering all are part of the BH Media Midwest Division, formerly Midlands Newspapers.

Creighton and Neligh are owned by J.D. Printing and Publishing, Joan and David Wright publishers.

The Blair and Seward County newspapers are owned by Enterprise Publishing Co., the Rhoades family.

About TownNews.com (www.townnews.com)

TownNews.com provides state-of-the-art online, publishing and revenue solutions. We work with more than 1,500 news websites, producing more than 1 billion ad impressions, and nearly three quarters of one billion page views monthly. Member newspapers include dailies, weeklies, shoppers and specialty publications from groups and independents in all 50 states and Canada. TownNews.com was founded as the International Newspaper Network (I.N.N.) in 1989. The firm’s founder, Marc Wilson, serves as CEO and general manager. Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE) of Davenport, Iowa, became majority partner in 1996. We are headquartered in Moline, IL.

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