Congratulations, Hays Daily News for winning the Kansas Press Association's Sweepstakes Award.

For the third time in four years, our local Hays paper won this Sweepstakes Award.

Our Hays Daily News won this top honor in the 2013 mid-sized daily newspaper category. This included 47 staff awards for excellence during the calendar year. Our Hays community is blessed with excellence in so many areas and ways.

"It is no surprise these professionals epitomize what community journalism is all about," states Patrick Lowry, the editor and publisher.

We, the community, couldn't agree more. We, too, are proud of them. And this includes you too, Mr. Editor.

Special thanks for including not only Hays news, but also that of our surrounding areas, as well. The old chamber slogan used to say it well: "To advance Hays and its neighbors!"

Our Hays Daily News does this to an exemplary degree. Thank you!

Jean Ross