Greetings from your publisher, Gilbert Hoffman, and our dedicated staff at Grafikpress Corp. that publish community newspapers around the Houston area.
We are pleased to bring a new newspaper, the North Channel Star, to the North Shore communities of Channelview, Sheldon, Cloverleaf, Galena Park, and Jacinto City. It has been over three years since you had your own newspaper that is interested in your stories, your schools, your businesses, your clubs, churches and organizations.
We have been publishing community newspapers since our first paper, the Highlands Star-Courier was purchased in 1994. We now publish five newspapers, including this new one.
The newspaper is an important member of the community, giving it a voice and helping it to have an identity. It also serves commerce, and we welcome your advertising support. It is important that if we do a good job, you help us remain financially strong.
We all know that the newspaper business has changed over the years, and you will be able to find our paper on the internet and your smart phone, at www.northchannelstar.com, as well as in print.
When we were considering the establishment of a newspaper for the North Channel area, a number of people asked us to proceed. This included business people such as Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry, Rotarians of the North Shore Club, Charles Grant and Margie Buentello of the North Channel Chamber, and quite a few others. We thank them for their encouragement and suggestions.
It is especially appropriate that we have the support of the Rotary Club, since the Highlands Star was started in 1955 after Alton Neatherlin and James Brazzil met with that Rotary Club and were encouraged to found a paper, and join the community.