Vyron Mitchell, 64, general manager/editor of The Cadiz Record, and Cindy Mitchell, 66, advertising manager, celebrated their retirement with a reception from last Thursday at the Renaissance Center.
The pair’s last day at the Record will be Feb. 27. The next day it’s off to Florida to visit Cindy’s parents and then wherever their love of camping takes them.
“When we get down there we’ll figure out what we want to do,” Cindy Mitchell said.
The couple’s lives seem to have revolved around newspapers. They even met at one. Cindy worked in the front office of The Fulton Daily Leader, which Vyron’s parents owned.
Vyron said he never seriously considered any other career except newspapers.
“Newspapers just get in your blood,” he said. “It’s always different. You never know what’s going to take place.”
He began as a substitute delivery boy on a bicycle route when he was about 9.
“And if you threw one on the roof, you’d better get it down or get them another paper,” he said.
After Vyron’s brother William took over the Leader’s operation, Vyron and Cindy moved to Barnsdall, Okla., to take over the Barnsdall Times. They lived over the print shop, their only heat from a wood stove.
Cindy recalled crying over the dingy surroundings when they arrived, but she said they made so many close friends in their year in Barnsdall that she cried again when they left.
From Oklahoma, they traveled to Florida, where Vyron managed the St. Cloud News. That trip, too, was an adventure.
(For the rest of the story, see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.)