Publishers retire after newspapering 46 years, 28 on Buffalo Island

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Ron and Nancy Kemp

After 46 years in the newspaper business, Town Crier publishers Ron and Nancy Kemp have retired.

The Kemps acquired the Town Crier from Sherry Wildy and family in 1989 and have served as publishers since that time. The newspaper was established in 1970 by Hazel McKinnon.

The Kemps met at the newspaper office in Russellville in 1971. They worked there and in Wynne before purchasing their own newspaper in Rector in 1977. The Kemps eventually owned five weekly newspapers (including the Town Crier) before becoming a part of the Rust Communications family of newspapers in 1997. Ron Kemp was serving as vice president for operations for Rust's newspapers in eight states at the time of his retirement.

"We want to thank all the readers and advertisers in the Buffalo Island area for their support over the years," Kemp said. "This is a unique community newspaper because of the large area that it covers and it has been very enjoyable being a part of it for 28 years."

Long-time staff members Kaye Farrow, Revis Blaylock and Yvonne Hernandez have been an integral part of the history of the Town Crier. They will continue in their current roles.

"We want to thank our loyal staff for all their hard work over the years," Kemp added. "We know that you will continue to support them as they provide a very good newspaper for the communities served by the Town Crier. You can help them out by providing news tips and sending in items for publication."

The Kemps will continue to produce the regional Delta Crossroads magazine, which focuses on this area, as well as much of Eastern Arkansas. They will continue to live in Rector, but plan to travel extensively in their recreational vehicle.

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