From wire reports
COLUMBUS- Members of the news staff of The Marietta Times won four awards for its work in 2011 from The Associated Press Society of Ohio newspaper competition.
Awards presented Sunday:
General Excellence awards for 2011 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The (Canton) Repository, the Sandusky Register, The (East Liverpool) Review and The (Fremont) News-Messenger.
The Sidney Daily News won the First Amendment Award for outstanding accomplishments in pursuing freedom of information. The Daily News won with its entry "Sheriff Kimpel."
Sixty-seven daily newspapers submitted 2,928 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2011.
Entries were judged by editors from The Washington (D.C.) Post, Division V; The New York (N.Y.) Times Syndicate, Division IV; the News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown, Ky., and the Kileen (Texas) Daily Herald, Division III; The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va., and The Statesboro (Ga.) Herald Division II; and The Daily Times, Marysville, Tenn., and The Lake Sun, Camdenton, Mo., Division I.
The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,500 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Members of AP include 87 daily newspapers in Ohio.