By LeaAnne Klentzman
Legacy – It has been just over a year since Beverly Carter embarked on her final journey. Beginning with her days as a teacher at Alief High School, followed by her bold and often brash journey into the newspaper business in then rural Fort Bend County she was a woman who gave voice to those who had none. In short, Bev was a woman who had the guts to hunt bear with a switch.
She adopted Fort Bend as her home and was determined to make it a better place. What set Bev and her Fort Bend Southwest Star newspaper apart from existing publications was her commitment to the people of Fort Bend and her audacity to hold officials, especially those elected, accountable to this community. Sometimes that mission is long and painful, but more often than not, unbecoming behavior by community representatives can be modified by shining a little light of exposure in their direction. Frequently that leaves them cranky, but more often than not improves their behavior.
Many times over the years other newspapers and many a political foe tried to put Bev out of business by pushing her advertisers to drop her…never did that work; not in the days of Juanita Jean nor Bev’s Burner. Like it or hate it, the Legacy of Bev Carter and the Star she left behind is the commitment to expose what is lurking under the glossy public relations of the Fort Bend Community. That along with the city council happenings, school board updates, what crime is happening in your area, and of course Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings.
Since its inception over 30 years ago the Fort Bend Southwest Star has been a success because of its unabashed and unapologetic courage to give voice to those in Fort Bend County who had none.
FBISD – The Bond- In the coming months voters will be asked to vote on school bonds for FBISD in the millions, millions and millions. These bonds are to build new schools, repair old ones, buy new technology, replace the old and create a total and whole law enforcement agency. Pay close attention in the weeks to come as the Star delineates the different aspects of the FBISD bonds and what it will cost.
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to LeaAnne Klentzman
Fort Bend Star
4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300
Stafford Texas 77477