The Log Cabin Democrat news department took home 25 awards from the Associated Press managing Editors Association during its 2013 Newspaper contest, including top honors in sports coverage and beat reporting.

The Log Cabin Democrat won nine first place awards, nine second place awards and seven third place awards. David McCollum scored two trifectas by taking the top spots in the categories Sports Column, Sports Story and Sports Feature. He also placed second and third in the Sports Story category.

For the second year in a row, the Log Cabin Democrat won the Service to the Freedom of Information Act for work done on the jail escape at the Faulkner County Detention Center.

Courtney Spradlin won first place for her now-viral photo of an oil-covered duck, a photo circulated around the world by the Associated Press and appearing on television shows such as "The Colbert Report."

Angela Spencer won first place in the category Special Project-Community Service for her work on the water and soil testing in and around Lake Conway following the Mayflower oil spill. Spencer also won first place for Beat Reporting for her work on technology in the classroom.

Other members of the news department honored included Stewart Cole for headline writing and graphics, Ricky Duke for editorial writing, Eric White for his photographer’s portfolio and Lee Hogan for political reporting. The Log Cabin Democrat staff also won six awards in the categories Digital Storytelling, Website, Non-traditional News Item, Page Design and News Coverage.

With two major awards still to be determined, the staff will attend the APME convention held May 4-5 in Little Rock.