MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Coal Valley News reporter Phil Perry earned five awards from the West Virginia Press Association for his work in 2018 at their annual Better Newspapers Contest banquet this evening in Morgantown.

Perry took home three first place awards, a second place and a third within the paper's division. 

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In the Best News Feature category, Perry’s series on the opioid epidemic (Recovery Roads) which chronicled the path to recovery of three Boone County residents took top honors.

“Woman finds redemption after addiction,” followed by “Danville woman travels new path after addiction,” and “Child's request inspires man to seek help” rounded out the series.

The Recovery Roads series of stories is included in the Boone Opioid Network’s toolkit for prescription opioid and heroin awareness. The series was referenced by NBC News, HBO and by German newspaper Dagblader Information.

For his first place recognition in the Best Investigative News category,

"Boone County's trash dilemma creates environmental concerns" was


In the sports features category, "Lyles grows from summer baseball experience" was recognized with top honors. 

Perry earned a second place award in the Best Feature Photography category for "Woman finds redemption after addiction."

In the Best Sports News category, "Sherman pitcher JT Hensley continues streak" garnered a third place award.

"I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to document the history of the county where I grew up and I take that responsibility very seriously," Perry said. "I'm always honored to be mentioned alongside my talented peers, who make their own unique marks on West Virginia's rich history of quality journalism."