The Edinburg Review and Valley Town Crier 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 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.

“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.”

Sports Reporter Greg Selber received six awards including first place honors for a sports feature, “Econ’s Galvan preparing for state track meet,” and sports photo, “Pole Vaulter.” Selber received second place awards for a sports news story, “Bubba’s Slam,” and sports headline and third place honors for a sports feature, “Ramirez grows into prominent role” and sports photo, “Hurdler.”

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

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.

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.

The awards competitions was judged by faculty members from Texas State University in San Marcos.