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COFFEE WITH KEITH

Since 1906, The Boerne Star has been the official source of news for our great city and county. During those 100-plus years, no one has done it better.

Today, we continue to strive to be the best (and actually only trusted) source of information.

Whether it’s city, county, school, crime or other news, we have it covered.

True, we can’t tell you we cover everything. It’s just not possible. But, our staff works very hard every day to bring you the information you want and need to know.

If you look at our staff list, you will see it’s quite small. We have Publisher Jeff Parra, a truly experienced newspaper and business man who knows his way around both sides of the ledger – advertising and editorial. We have dynamic reporter Elena Tucker, who runs around our city and county like no one else covering meetings and chasing down stories. We have copy editor and page designer Kit Brenner, a longtime employee and savvy veteran newsroom hound who knows just about everyone and everything. And then there’s Mr. Sports, Kerry Barboza. He ... knows ... sports!

We also have talented advertising rep Erica Gomez and dedicated office manager Kolleen Roe, who handle ads and other business matters. Front office receptionist Dana Smith is the friendly voice that greets you, answers your questions and takes your classified ads. Circulation Manager Stephen Bartell makes sure you get your paper in a timely fashion.

And you have me. The editor. The guy who does a little bit of everything.

We also have a handful of folks who write columns for us and occasionally may take a picture or two.

But that’s it.

That’s a huge responsibility for so few people.

But, we make it work, and make it work well – and we’re proud of the product we publish.

However, in reality, all that is just the tip of the iceberg.

If we truly would count all the people who make this newspaper possible, there would not be enough space to list their names. Countless people send us news items, press releases, pictures and other tidbits of information.

People like you. And we need you.

In fact, we can’t survive without you.

A successful newspaper is all about teamwork. And all of you are part of our team.

Parents, educators, businessmen and women, city officials, county employees, public relations experts, military personnel, club sponsors, service organizations, friends, neighbors and passers-by all contribute to the success of this paper. Thank you. We wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re all sources. You’re all part of the team. Our internal staff doing their jobs is only half the battle. The other half is you. We … want … your … news. Whether it’s a club accomplishment, student graduation, military appointment, organization promotion, scout recognition, wedding, engagement, anniversary or birth announcement, we want it. Yes, we do charge for certain celebrations, like engagement and wedding announcements and birth announcements. We have to in order to make a living. And we want those to keep coming. But many other good news offerings are printed as a free service to our readers and community. Did your child make Eagle Scout? Did a son or daughter graduate from college with honors? Did a relative get named CEO of a company? Did a friend receive an award for doing something special? Tell us. Please. It may take a while for some news to reach our pages. And we never can promise everything will get published. But, we’re a community newspaper and our focus is our community. And that’s you. When I took over the editorial reins here three weeks ago, I knew this was a quality publication. But we can do better, and my promise to you is that we will do our best to be better. … If … If we get your help. Webster describes a community as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. That’s who we are. And we’re your community newspaper and proud of it. It remains an honor and a privilege to serve you. Again, we just can’t do it without you. As always, thanks for reading.