General Info/Awards

Lewis Owens Community Service Award

Presented annually by the Lexington Herald-Leader to a Kentucky newspaper person performing the most outstanding community service. The award was originally established in memory of Edwards M. Templin, promotion director of the Lexington Herald-Leader and president-elect of the Kentucky Press Association when he died in 1967. It was renamed the Lewis Owens Community Service Award in 1996 to honor the publisher emeritus of the Lexington Herald-Leader for his many years of service to community and service organizations and to Kentucky newspaper’s industry.

Past Recipients

2013 - Bennie Ivory
2012 - Earl Kinner
2011 - Tim Kelly
2010 - Bill Barleman & Herb Brock
2009 - Edmund Shelby and Cheryle Walton of the Beattyville Enterprise
2008 - Byron Crawford and Bob Hill
2007 - Brannon Family
2006 - Donn Wimmer
2005 - Chuck/Donna Stinnett
2004 - Carl West
2003 - Bob White
2002 - Gary Ball
2001 - Albert P. Smith Jr.
2000 - Mary Schurz
1999 - Judith Clabes
1998 - Fred Paxton
1997 - Staff of the Falmouth Outlook
1996 - Lewis Owens
1995 - Merv Aubespin
1994 - No Award Given
1993 - Tom & Pat Gish
1992 - Russ Metz
1991 - Max Heath
1990 - Warren Fisher
1989 - David McBride
1988 - Betty Berryman
1987 - Louise Hatmaker
1986 - Don Towles
1985 - George Joplin III
1984 - Elizabeth Spalding
1983 - Niles Dillingham
1982 - Creed C. Black
1981 - Floe Bowles
1980 - John B. Gaines & Ray Gaines
1979 - Thomas L. Adams
1978 - Larry Stone
1977 - Enos Swain
1976 - Jane Bird Hutton
1975 - Mrs. George Joplin, Jr. & Mrs. May Rogers
1974 - John L. Crawford
1973 - Ben E. Boone III
1972 - Barry Bingham, Sr.
1971 - Roscoe I. Downs
1970 - James T. Norris, Sr.
1969 - Lawrence W. Hager, Sr.
1968 - Albert E. Dix