The Valley Town Crier and Edinburg Review received a total of 15 awards in the 2009 Texas Community Newspaper Association’s “Best of Texas” competition. The awards were announced July 19 in Austin at the group’s annual convention.

The Valley Town Crier received six honors including a first place for general excellence among weekly, full-color newspapers. The Town Crier was also awarded second place for most improved publication among weekly, full-color newspapers.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from our colleagues in the industry,” said Editor Brad Nibert. “Everyone involved in the production of our newspapers, including our many contributors in the community, deserve credit for helping us continue to improve our publications.”

In the writing awards, feature writer Roda Grubb received a first place award in feature writing. She was honored for a 2009 feature on an animal chiropractor. Former Town Crier Columnist Gina Tiano received second place in the best original column category for her “For What It’s Worth” column.

In the advertising competition, the Valley Town Crier received first place for best display of classifieds and first place for best original ad (b&w, 1-32 square inches) for an ad for Colon Hydrotherapy. The winning ad was produced by Account Executive Nathan Cain and the Town Crier graphics department.

The Edinburg Review received nine honors including a first place for general excellence among weekly, full-color newspapers. The Review also received a first place for most improved publication among weekly, full-color newspapers.

Sports Reporter Greg Selber received six awards including first places honors for a sports feature and sports photo. Selber received second place awards for a sports news story and sports headline and third place honors for a sports feature and sports photo.

Reporter Joey Gomez received a second place award in feature writing for a story on Dee Trevino, a coach and mother battling cancer.

The Texas Community Newspaper Association is an organization of over 75 free-circulation newspapers based in Texas. The awards competitions was judged by faculty members from Texas State University in San Marcos.