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Rust Communications names regional vice-presidents

September 1, 2010

Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Rust Communications has elevated three of its veteran group publishers to roles as regional vice-presidents, working with Rust newspaper publishers in different regions of the country.

Ron Kemp, based in Arkansas, has added the responsibilities of papers in southwest Missouri, central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Idaho. Bud Hunt, based in southeast Missouri, has added responsibilities there as well as in western Tennessee. Randy List, based in Indiana, has added responsibilities in central Tennessee and Iowa.

The announcement was made August 31 by Rust Communications co-presidents Rex Rust and Jon K. Rust.

“The secret to our company’s success has long been excellent publishers who are committed to their communities,” said Jon K. Rust. “Maintaining the special culture here – hardworking, respectful, faithful, fun, innovative, familial and open – was vital to us in determining our management structure for the future.”

“We have great confidence in Ron, Bud and Randy,” said Rex Rust. “We look forward to them taking expanded leadership roles throughout Rust. This is a management transition, which we developed over the past year, but sadly implemented earlier than planned.”

Former chief operating officer Wally Lage died unexpectedly in August.

Rust Communications is a family-owned media company with 19 daily and more than 30 weekly newspapers in eight states. Besides newspapers and related web sites, the company publishes numerous niche magazines, operates commercial printing operations and is partial owner of 17 radio stations. The new positions of regional vice-president will report directly to the co-presidents. Gary W. Rust is chairman of the board.

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Associate publisher named at Southeast Missourian newspaper

July 15, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Southeast Missourian


A newspaper veteran with a history of new media innovation has been named associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian, said Jon K. Rust, publisher of the newspaper. The executive, Jim Maxwell, is currently president and publisher of the Pocono Mountains Media Group, which includes a 20,000-circulation daily in eastern Pennsylvania and several nearby weeklies.

Maxwell has also been named vice president of operations for Rust Communications, a family media group based in Cape Girardeau with 18 daily and more than 30 weekly newspapers in eight states.

“Jim is coming on board not only to provide additional management strength in Cape Girardeau and other regional newspapers, but we have identified him as the next chief operating officer of Rust Communications,” Rust said. “For the next 18 months, he will be working closely with current JIM MAXWELL COO Wally Lage, who will transition to a consulting role in 2010.”

The chief operating officer and vice president of operations both report to brothers Rex Rust and Jon K. Rust, co-presidents of Rust Communications. Gary W. Rust is chairman of the board.

“Jim has a great understanding of what makes dynamic communities tick and how important a community newspaper is to area progress,” Rex Rust said. “For the past eight years, he has played vital leadership roles with the Ottaway newspaper group, a division of News Corporation, which also owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox TV.

“We’re excited about Jim and his wife Patty joining our newspaper family,” Rust added.

Maxwell is a native of Oregon and a former teacher and high school coach before entering radio and newspaper sales. He has worked in newspaper markets both much larger and smaller than Cape Girardeau, and he is a former corporate advertising director for Ottaway, a publicly traded company. As publisher of the Pocono Record, he was recognized by the American Press Institute for his newspaper’s initiatives in mobile news delivery and the Internet.

“We conducted an extensive search process before hiring Jim,” Wally Lage said. “Several publishers from throughout our company were involved, and we’re thrilled to have him join the team. I really think the folks within the Rust organization and the communities we serve will determine quickly that Jim is a quality guy.”

The Maxwells have one daughter who attends school and works in the New York City area. Jim Maxwell will begin at the Missourian next Wednesday.

Nevada Daily Mail switches to morning

March 31, 2008

The Nevada Daily Mail and Sunday Herald-Tribune and their partner, the Fort Scott Tribune in Kansas, switched from afternoon to morning publication on March 1.
Publisher Julie Righter said the change will give readers news earlier in the day, including sports results from the previous evening. Papers will be on vending racks by 6 a.m., she said.
The papers also switched from delivering subscriber copies by carrier to using the mail. The Sunday Herald-Tribune has become a weekend paper and is delivered in the Saturday mail.
The Monday edition of the Fort Scott Tribune has been discontinued. Classified sections of the Nevada and Fort Scott papers have been combined.
Rust Communications, Cape Girardeau, owns the papers.