The Coastal Star has been honored by the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with three awards for feature and editorial writing.
    The Coastal Star competed against daily newspapers.
    Executive Editor Mary Kate Leming won second place in editorial writing for her columns advocating open government and easier access to public records.
    Randy Schultz and Leming won a third-place award in feature writing for a look at the 1984 Delray Beach murder of a 14-year-old babysitter. Three decades later, her killer remains on Florida’s death row.
    Writer Ron Hayes received a second-place honor in profile reporting for introducing readers to karaoke entertainer Jacqie Jackson; veterinarian Harold “Doc” Burton, who ferried horses to Europe after World War II; and the late book collector and philanthropist Dr. Arthur Jaffe.
    The awards were presented July 9 at the chapter’s annual Sunshine State Awards.

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