The Valley Town Crier and sister publications The Edinburg Review and the Original Winter Texan were recently recognized for excellence by the Texas Community Newspaper Association.

In addition, Publisher Dennis Wade was elected president for the upcoming year of the state association.

The Valley Town Crier graphics department received a first place award in the Original Cover Design competition for the newspaper’s 2010 Hurricane Preparedness Guide. Staff writer Roda Grubb received a third place award in the Feature Story competition for her story, “Building Holds Fascinating Piece of History,” on the old bubblegum factory in McAllen.

The Town Crier also received a second place award in the Community Service competition for support of the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

The Edinburg Review received a third place award in the sports headline category, while the Original Winter Texan received a third place award for overall excellence.

The awards were presented during TCNA’s annual convention April 1 and 2 in San Antonio.

Wade, publisher of the three newspapers and vice president for American Consolidated Media’s South Texas Newspapers, will serve as president of the Texas Community Newspaper Association for the upcoming year. The association is made up of over 75 free circulation newspaper and shopping guides from across the state of Texas.