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Valley Times earns top honor for non-daily newspaper

Paper takes home 17 awards from publishers meeting

The Beaverton Valley Times was named the best non-daily newspaper in its circulation category Friday night during the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association meeting in Welches.

The Valley Times received the Elmo Smith Award for General Excellence for weekly newspapers with circulation of 3,501 or more. The first-place honor was on top of 16 other awards the newspaper and its reporters picked up during the annual ONPA Better Newspaper Contest.

The annual competition included entries by 57 of the association's eligible 88 newspapers of all sizes across the state. Journalists from the Mississippi Press Association judged this year's contest.

The Valley Times earned first-place awards for page design, special section (which it shared with The Times serving Tigard and Tualatin), lifestyle stories, sports and news photography and enterprise reporting.

The paper also received second-place honors for its sports pages, religion coverage and unusual stories. Third-place and honorable mention awards were given for business writing, education coverage, feature story and writing.

Reporters Christina Lent, Ray Pitz, Nancy Townsley and AmyJo Brown received the awards. Sports Editor Miles Vance and photographer Jaime Valdez also were honored in the contest.

Association officials announced the awards Friday during the first day of the group's annual meeting of newspaper pub lishers.