The Examiner has been honored for its annual Women of Distinction luncheon, which honors women across Eastern Jackson County for their contributions to the community.

The Missouri Press Association awarded The Examiner first place in community service among smaller daily newspapers in the state. The award cited Publisher Julie Moreno, Executive Editor Sheila Davis and former Advertising Director Tonya Maddox.

This year’s luncheon was held in March in Independence, and Dr. Bridget McCandless, president and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, was named the Woman of the Year. Barbara Potts, the first woman to serve as mayor of Independence, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and 19 other women were honored as well. The 2016 Woman of the Year was Fort Osage graduate Betty Lennox, who was a rookie of the year in the WNBA and 2004 most valuable player in the NBA finals.

The Missouri Press Association presented its annual Better Newspaper Contest awards on Saturday in Springfield.

The Examiner’s Joe Liccar won first place in editorial cartoons for a cartoon called “Fake news” and third place for a cartoon called “The coffee table.”

Other awards:

• Third place among smaller papers to the Examiner staff for general excellence.

• Mike Genet, second place, in the category of best news story for “Apartment faces issues large, small.”

• Bill Althaus, third place among sports columnists for, among other things, coverage of the Kansas City Mavericks.

• Jeff Fox, second place in stories about history for an article about the Ginger Rogers home in Independence. Also, second place among humorous columnists and third place among serious columnists.