The Howard County Sun has won eight awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland chapter.

In announcements made last week, five first-place and three second-place awards in the 1990-1991competition went to the twice-weekly paper.

The Howard County Sun, competing with weekly newspapers with a circulation of 100,000 and over, swept the public service category.

First-place winners were:

* Jed Kirschbaum, photographer, in general photography, for an April 1990 color photograph from the funeral of Maryland State Trooper Theodore T. Wolf.

* Marc LeGoff, staff writer, in arts and entertainment writing, for a July 1990 profile of former Inkspot Herb Kenny, a Columbia resident.

* Lorraine Mirabella, staff writer, in public service writing, for a July 1990 article on Howard County's vanishing farmland.

* Erik Nelson, staff writer,in business reporting, for an April 1990 article about a Columbia firm working toward marketing home strep test kits.

* Rob Snyder, free-lance cartoonist, in cartooning, for two political cartoons. "Giving the Tree a Shake," about incumbents losing in the November generalelection, appeared in November 1990; "Bobocop," about then-County ExecutiveM. Elizabeth Bobo's handling of growth control measures, appeared in August 1990.

Joining the staff of The Carroll County Sun inwinning a first-place award for investigative reporting was Howard County Sun staff writer Jackie Powder. The special issue of The HowardCounty Sun's sister publication took a detailed look at a crisis in affordable housing in Carroll County.

Second-place winners were:

* Gary Lambrecht, sports writer, in sports reporting, for a summer 1990 series of seven articles on high school varsity coaches threatening to strike if their salaries were not increased.

* Deidre Nerreau McCabe, staff writer, in public service, for an October 1990 package of articles on drunken driving. The stories indicated that judges in the county frequently sentence defendants charged with drunken driving to probation before judgment. That sentence is not a conviction;these drivers face no real punishment.

* Deidre Nerreau McCabe, staff writer, in general reporting, for an April 1990 article that stemmed from a civil court case. An elderly couple's failure to obtain a$40 permit for renting out their town house lead a county judge to order them to return all $1,800 in rental fees to the young lawyers who had rented the house.

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