The Alvarado Star and its sister publications, The Burleson Star, Crowley Star, Joshua Star and Keene Star were honored for excellence by the North East Texas Press Association this past weekend. The Alvarado Star won first-place awards in column writing, Candy McMichen, journalist; feature photo, Candy McMichen, photographer and news photo with Candy McMichen and former editor Christopher Amos, photographers. The Alvarado Star also captured second-place awards for sports writing and sweepstakes — the grand prize, — third place for page design and general excellence and fourth place for news writing. Star Group Media garnered 37 awards in all. Star Group Media is a subsidiary of Graham Newspapers Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MediaNews Group, the second-largest newspaper company by circulation in the country. Star Group Media is also a member of the Texas Press Association and the West Texas Press Association, both of which will be announcing their annual honors for excellence in the coming weeks.