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After more than eight years as owner and publisher of Covering Katy News, I have decided to move on to life's next challenge.

What does that mean for Covering Katy News and Covering Fort Bend News? It means today, Sunday, March 8, 2020 is the last day that we will publish stories. The site will remain live until the end of the month for people who want to make copies of any articles about their family, friends, or co-worker's accomplishments.

For the past month there has been no charge for monthly subscribers. On Friday we processed prorated refunds for all of our active annual subscribers. Many credit card companies don't immediately post the refunds. It could take about 10 days to be revealed on your statement. 

I can’t stress enough how grateful I’ve been for our subscriber’s support. Our subscriber and advertiser support will always be my most vivid memory of the eight years of Covering Katy. I can't possibly thank them enough.

We published our first article more than eight years ago on Labor Day weekend. The first story promoted the Katy Chamber of Commerce’s need for Rice Harvest Festival volunteers. From that point forward, we always devoted a portion of our resources to helping community organizations, especially our great non-profits that don’t have large advertising budgets. We were happy to be their free publicity source.

The first three years of Covering Katy was a part-time hobby that grew to require my full attention. Over the past five years, it’s been one of the most enjoyable and challenging jobs I’ve had, reporting the news for our readers and running the business side of Covering Katy, LLC.

What I’m most proud of is you. One year ago, when we needed your help, hundreds of people responded to our subscription drive and kept us alive. A special thanks to Helen and Oscar Maldonado who launched that wonderful effort.

Your subscriptions pushed us over the top and made us securely profitable. We did have a huge hiccup over the summer and fall when our new content management provider stopped charging hundreds of subscribers for several months, but most of you have come back and renewed your subscriptions.

With all of these challenges in the rear-view mirror, its allowed me to see that continuing to publish Covering Katy is going to occupy an ever growing percentage of my life. It will be an amount of time that is not sustainable.

There’s been no day off in 5 years. Most days start at 4 a.m. and continue until after 6 p.m. No complaints. I've loved it. I never used an alarm clock. The love for informing a community was enough to wake me, on-time, everyday. But, there are things that suffer with that type of intensity. Eventually it was time to assess where my family is, and where we need to be. After initially planning to take a position that would have required a relocation, we've decided to stay here in Katy. So, we'll probably see you around town.

A special thanks goes to George Slaughter for being my go to reporter who covered evening meetings and other special stories over the years. Jamie Mock, who covered Fort Bend county and kept CoveringFortBend.com populated with news, and Tim Bristow, who worked the overnight shift so that when news happened while you slept, we had a story when you woke up.

God bless you, and our community. Thank you for your support.

Dennis Spellman

Owner, Founder, Covering Katy News

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Dennis, I will be very sorry to lose Covering Katy. I have no idea where I will get my news. I wish you and your family all the best. Kate Diehl

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