Time to say Goodbye
Time to say goodbye.
As I sit here and ponder the right words to grasp what I’m feeling, they just don’t seem to be coming to me.
Ten years ago, when I was at my lowest point, The Star Group, which at the time owned the Burleson Star, threw me a lifeline after losing my job at another newspaper.
When I joined the Star Group in July 2009 it operated one bi-weekly publication, the Burleson Star, and five weekly publications in Alvarado, Joshua, Crowley, Keene, and Everman. I came on as the sportswriter for the weeklies.
The 10 years here have been some of the best of my life. I’ve made new friends and have come to know some of the best people anyone could meet working in Burleson and the surrounding cities.
When I was hired, the Burleson Star and its sister publications employed more than 20 people full-time. This week, Burleson Star has four full-time employees and two part-timers.
I can’t tell you how much I love and respect the people I work with and what a struggle and burden it is for me to write these words.
My heart aches because I will miss coming in each day and seeing them and hearing about their lives and families.
I’m especially going to miss our advertising representative Kate Gates. She has been my rock since I took over as editor. If something was happening in Burleson, Kate let me know in no uncertain terms that I needed to cover this or that. I can’t tell you how many stories that Kate led me to over the past few years.
To say Kate was a Godsend would not be saying enough. I treasure Kate and wish her all the success a person can have in life. She deserves it.
I also couldn’t have gotten things done without the help of Paul Gnadt. Paul heads our grammar police and also is a walking AP Stylebook. Each Wednesday, Paul arrives at 6:30 a.m. and proofreads the entire paper.
Paul does a great job and has kept me from looking like an idiot more times than I can count.
There are so many in the community I want to thank but there is no way I can name them all.
Thank you, to the boys and girls athletic coordinators at Burleson (Gary McElroy and D’Anna Newton) and Centennial (Kyle Geller and Sara Eden).
You always had time for me through the years and made sure that all your coaches were available to me when I needed to talk to them.
Of course, over the years, some of the coaches have become some of my favorites.
Former coach Ted Tomchesson was someone I could always count on to make me laugh. While Centennial softball coach Shannon Sullivan and Burleson softball coach Summer Owen would always tell you exactly what they thought following a game.
Burleson ISD athletic director Phil Anderson helped me so much through the years. I don’t think people realize all the things Anderson does for the athletes in the Burleson ISD.
Speaking of leaders, Burleson ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson is a great one. The decision to hire Jimerson to shepherd the future of Burleson was a bright one.
This column wouldn’t be complete without thanking Burleson ISD Chief Communications Director Mikala Hill and Communications Coordinator Katelyn Tyler. I’m going to miss talking to both of you and asking crazy questions that somehow you find the answers to.
Though I haven’t worked with her long, I need to give city of Burleson Marketing and Communications Director DeAnna Phillips a shoutout. I can’t count the number of emails I have shot off to Phillips regarding everything from a car wreck to proposed tax rate changes.
Each time she had a reply or pointed me in the direction of someone who could answer my question.
I cannot bid farewell without firing off a salute to Centennial vice principal Scott Shaha. Whenever I needed help with something Shaha was there. I also consider Shaha and Belinda Pettit Lee to be great friends.
Then there is Ralph Linthicum, the ultimate Burleson High School sports fan. Linthicum and his crew will tell you what they think about the Elks and Lady Elks in no uncertain terms. Burleson has a jewel in Linthicum.
Finally a special thanks to Angelique Hays and Tommy Whitworth. Without the photographs by them, the sports pages of the Burleson Star would be dull. Hays and Whitworth are excellent photographers and have never asked to be paid for the photos they provide to the paper. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
Apologies to those I didn’t recognize. There just isn’t room to mention all of you.
On a lighter note, never forget that Burleson and Centennial playing for “The Boot” was brought to you by the Burleson Star brain trust of then-editor Brian Porter and myself.
I designed the original trophy and Brian found the financing to get it built. I wonder whatever happened to that trophy.
Thank you, Burleson, the last 10 years have been amazing.
It’s time to say goodbye.
Ricky Moore is the editor of the Burleson Star. He can be reached at email@example.com