The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram won the first-place general excellence awards Saturday in the Maine Press Association’s 2017 Better Newspaper Contest.

The Press Herald won in the category of daily print newspaper, while the Sunday Telegram won for weekend print publication.

“So many good things to say about the Maine Sunday Telegram,” the judges wrote. “Great writing, well organized, elegant design. Important news stories and lifestyle features. This is the total package.”

The judges praised the Press Herald for its “strong writing and beautiful photography” and also said its “Lost” series – about the victims of opioid addiction – “made for compelling journalism.”

Also Saturday, the press association named Carla McGuire of the Kennebec Journal its salesperson of the year.

The honors were announced Saturday night at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor, during the association’s annual fall conference.

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