Vickey Wiggins, who retired from the Paris Express on Friday, Sept. 7, was honored by a proclamation from Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers.

Rogers honored Wiggins by the proclamation which named Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 as Vickey Wiggins Day in Paris.

Wiggins retired after 42 years with the newspaper and 22 years as publisher. Wiggins also served as publisher of the Booneville Democrat for 15 years, from 2001 until 2016.

At a retirement event for Wiggins, held last Friday afternoon at the Grapevine Restaurant, Rogers read the proclamation and presented a framed copy of it to her. That followed a public reception at the Paris Express office Friday morning.

Also last week, it was announced that newspaper employees Editor Pat McHughes, Graphic Designer Jan Voglepohl and Advertising Manger Crystal Buchanan have assumed new duties in the wake of Wiggins’ retirement. McHughes has been named operations manager, in addition to continuing as editor.

McHughes also announced an additonal honor for Wiggins.

“Honestly, replacing Vickey Wiggins is next to impossible, so we won’t,” McHughes said. “Her name will continue to appear on our masthead as publisher emeritus. That is a honor and designation her work and service have certainly earned.”

The Paris Express is one of hundreds of newspapers owned by Gatehouse Media, including other local papers like the Times Record, Booneville Democrat, Charleston Express, Greenwood Democrat and the Press Argus. Wiggins also worked as part of this team, contributing to group projects and initiatives.

“We will all miss Vickey’s passion and dedication,” said Crystal Costa, senior group publisher for the aforementioned newspapers. “Her enthusiasm for the Paris community was contagious, and she always kept her readers at the forefront of every discussion. The task of filling her shoes will not be easy.”