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County newspapers earn Associated Press honors

Staff members of the three Columbiana County newspapers were among journalists statewide honored Sunday during the annual Ohio APME annual awards banquet in Columbus.

Awards in different categories were based on circulation classes. First-through-third places recognition was given.

Salem News staff reporter Mary Ann Greier received a first place award for her coverage of the ICE raid of the Fresh Mark Salem plant.

Morning Journal staff writer Katie White received third place in Best Enterprise Reporting for her coverage of the Columbiana basketball controversy.

Staff photographer Patti Schaeffer received both first place and second place awards in Best News Photo for fire coverage in Lisbon and East Liverpool.

Sports editor Ron Firth, assistant sports editor Mike Burich and sports staffer Chris Rambo received a second place award for Best Daily Sports Section for the Morning Journal.

The sports staff members received a third place award for Best Sports Section published in The Review.

J.D. Creer, executive editor of the Salem News, Morning Journal and East Liverpool Review, received a second place award as Best Editorial Writer for multiple opinions. Among those were columns on the Urban Meyer controversy, on downtown Salem of yore, on local weather hardships compared to other parts of the country, and on the revelry surrounding the Super Bowl.

The three county newspapers are members of the Ogden Newspapers Group.

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