Advocate-Messenger Sports Editor Larry Vaught received the Kentucky School for the Deaf Distinguished Service Award Thursday night at the school's annual athletic banquet.
The award recognized Vaught for "faithful and meritorious service to KSD student athletes."
KSD Athletic Director Paul Smiley, who presented the award, said it had been presented to only three other people - longtime KSD coaches Arlen Finke, Roger Coyer and Judy Mohan. Vaught is the first hearing person to receive the award, Smiley said.
"During my 25 years here, we have always been the smallest school in the nine-school area the Advocate covers," Smiley said. "Eighty-five percent of our students don't live in this area and their parents aren't subscribers to the paper. Yet Larry Vaught has always given us equal sports press, including features, statistics and all-area teams.
"We appreciate everything he's done. He truly deserves the Distinguished Service Award. "If you look at a lot of the areas around Kentucky, the little schools are left out. This school is never left out."