The Log Cabin Democrat earned 11 awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors during its annual convention Saturday in Hot Springs. The news department won eight first place awards in the medium daily division.

Education reporter Scarlet Sims won first place in the Service to the Freedom of Information Act for her work involving master keys at the University of Central Arkansas and the internal audit completed by the school. Sims also won first place in education reporting for the report about the master keys.

Courtney Spradlin won two first place awards, one for news photographer’s portfolio, and the other for political reporting involving the campaign for Faulkner County Sheriff. Spradlin also won third place for her feature photo, "Cinderella’s Closet find."

David McCollum took home his seventh first place award in a row for his sports column involving Bobby Petrino. He also won second place for sports feature.

Richard Duke won first place for editorial writing, and he and Adam Sweeney won first place for page design.

The entire news team won second place for community service with its Community Christmas Card program, and website won first place for the second straight year.