The Sandusky Register newsroom staff earned top honors from the Associated Press for best breaking news stories for its coverage of flooding across the region last year.
That award and others were announced Sunday at the annual Associated Press Society of Ohio awards program, which took place in Columbus.
Don Lee, the Register's editorial page editor and cartoonist, took the first-place award as best editorial cartoonist in the state for newspapers with a circulation between 13,000 and 24,900.
Lee, who has earned the best cartoonist award numerous times during the two decades he's been with the Register, also received honorable mention in the best headline category.
The Register photo staff took the top two honors in the best photographer category. Abigail Bobrow was named best photographer in the state in the circulation category, and Register Photo Chief Jason Werling earned the second spot.
Bobrow also earned an award in the best photo essay category for her photographs of Allie LaForce, a 17-year-old Vermilion girl who was crowned Miss Teen USA last year.
Art Price, the Register's design editor, earned the first-place full-page layout award for "From Big Dreams to Big Reality in a New York Minute,'' which featured Bobrow's photos of LaForce.
City Editor Brandi Barhite earned a first-place nod as best feature writer, followed in second place by former Register reporter Evan Goodenow.
Barhite also was awarded second place in the columnist category and won an AP award for best enterprise reporting for stories she wrote last year about the Hancock Street neighborhood.
Register reporter Molly Linn earned second-place honors in the best business reporter category.