Thank you, Fort Bend Star readers!

Michael Sudhalter

Michael Sudhalter

As we prepare for Christmas, it’s time to count our blessings.

Almost a month ago, we asked you, the readers, to support our publication through the Voluntary Pay program to assist the newspaper and its carriers.

We were very pleased with the response and humbled to know that the community considers the Fort Bend Star a valuable part of Fort Bend.

Earlier this year, we were honored to receive three awards from the Texas Community Newspaper Association, including a first place award for photography and third place in General Excellence.

It was a prestigious honor, but it pales in comparison to the many notes, letters and phone calls from readers who told us that a Star story made a difference or brightened their day.

Our goal is to be one of the pre-eminent community newspapers in the United States, and an integral part of that is the relationship between the editorial staff and our wonderful community.

We’ve introduced the Civil Servant of the Week to honor the folks who keep us safe and the people who educate our sons and daughters.

The Star of the Year is a tradition – now in its second year – that honors a volunteer and valued community member. We hope you enjoy reading the front page story about Larry Lobue, our 2015 Star of the Year. Lobue is a Missouri City resident who volunteers with special needs children throughout the county.

The addition of coverage on Fort Bend ISD and Sugar Land Skeeters athletics is something we’re proud of. Athletics is a character-building and community-building endeavor, and we’re proud to support it.

If you like what you see in The Star, please share those thoughts with friends, family and neighbors.

When you’re visiting businesses that you frequent, put in a good word for us and encourage them to promote their businesses inside The Star.

We want to continue telling the stories of the people who live and work here, and the rapid changes that continue to affect our county.

While we have a dedicated editorial staff, we can’t do it alone.

We welcome your fresh ideas, input and feedback. We have an open door policy and your thoughts/ideas could easily go from your brain to the pages of The Star in a short period of time.

Enjoy the holiday season, and thank you again for supporting the Fort Bend Star!

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