COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Morning News and its affiliated weekly newspapers collected 15 awards Saturday at the South Carolina Press Association’s annual journalism awards program.

That total included two first-place awards.

The Morning News and The Hartsville Messenger won second-place awards for general excellence in their circulation categories.

In the open division, Morning News Editor Don Kausler Jr. won a first-place award for feature headlines.

In the all-weekly division, The Hartsville messenger Editor Kent Mahoney won first place for sports column writing. Mahoney’s three columns were “You have got to see this,” “Red Foxes runners-up at state, again,” and “Title may hinge on a couple of games.”

Other individuals who won awards were reporters Ardie Arvidson, Andrew Boardwine, Scott Chancey, Rebecca Cross and Shamira McCray; Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise Editor Naeem Mcfadden; and page designers James Ruff and Matthew Sheffield.

The Morning News won second place in an all-daily division for news special section for “Moving Forward: Progress 2018.”

The Morning News also won second place in its circulation division (12,000 to 30,000) for breaking news reporting for its coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Arvidson won second place in the profile feature writing category for dailies 12,000 to 30,000 for an article on a breast cancer survivor (“It started with a 'cat' scan”).

Boardwine won second place in the short story category for dailies 12,000 to 30,000 for “Lidl? Say it the way you like, ja?”

McCray won third place in the enterprise reporting category for dailies 12,000 to 30,000 for “Body cam video contradicts NAACP president's racial profiling claims.”

Cross won third place in the education beat reporting category for dailies 12,000 to 30,000.

Chancey won third place in the sports feature photo category for dailies 12,000 to 30,000 for a photo of a dog that roamed the field during a high school baseball playoff game at Lake View.

McFadden won third place in the sports feature writing category for weeklies under 4,500 for “Marion's Brown named Class 2A Wrestler of the Year.”

Ruff won two third-place awards for page design: one in the Single Page One Design category for dailies 12,000 to 30,000 for his Sept. 19 page in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and one for photo page design in the all-daily division.

Sheffield won second place in the photo page design in the all-daily division.

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