ROANOKE, W.Va. - The Weirton Daily Times was recognized this weekend with 11 awards from the West Virginia Press Association for its editorial and advertising work.
The awards, for the WVPA's annual Better Newspaper Contest, were presented during the association's annual convention, held Thursday through Saturday at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va.
Eight of the awards were presented in recognition of the work by The Weirton Daily Times' news staff.
"The news staff of The Weirton Daily Times is out in our communities every day working to bring our residents as much local news coverage as possible," said Managing editor Craig Howell. "We thank the West Virginia Press Association and the judges for continuing to recognize that hard work and dedication to our readers."
Business editor Linda Harris received a first-place award in the Best Business/Labor Coverage for an Oct. 30 package focused on efforts to clean up and redevelop the Tri-State Area's brownfields.
Howell also won first place in the category of Best Single Editorial for "Wrong way to start an administration."
Staff writer Angelina Dickson, meanwhile, received third-place recognition in the category of Best Feature Photography.
News editor Fred Rossano received third place for Best Sports Columnist in recognition for his piece "Former Bucs skipper Tanner was special," which served as a tribute to Chuck Tanner, the former Pirates' coach, following his death in February 2011 and chronicled Rossano's numerous meetings with him over the years.
The work of the newspaper's sports staff was recognized with both first and second place awards in the Best Sports Section category.
The first place honor was awarded for the 2011 Pigskin Preview, showcasing the region's high school football teams. Judges declared themselves "impressed" by the publication. The second-place certificate was given to "Farewell Jimmy Carey Stadium," which judges declared a "nice historical piece."
The newspaper's annual "Pride and Progress" edition received second-place honors in the Best Special Section category.
The Weirton Daily Times also received a third-place award in the Best Single Issues category for its Sept. 11 and Nov. 11, 2011 editions.
The newspaper's advertising department also was recognized with three awards, receiving one first-place finish and two third-place honors.
"Our newspaper continues to provide not only great news and sports coverage, but value for our advertisers and readers," Advertising Director Denise Delatore said. "I'm proud of everyone's hard work."
The first-place award was in the category of Best Agency Ad in recognition of an advertisement for Sewickley Spa.
The advertising department received a third-place award for Best Special Section for the "Celebr8 Super 8" publication, as well as in the category of Best Progress Edition for the 2011 Pride and Progress edition.
The Weirton Daily Times is part of Division II for the West Virginia Press Association.