Monday, March 28, 2016

Kim Hone-McMahan retiring from BJ

Kim Hone-McMahan
Kim Hone-McMahan, who replaced Jewell Cardwell as a BJ columnist in 2014, will retire from Ol’ Blue Walls on Tuesday, April 5.

The newsroom farewell will begin at 4 p.m. The celebration will begin in earnest at Barley’s in downtown Akron an hour or so later.

Kim was a staff writer for 26 years, but was a correspondent for nine years before that for the BJ, WHBC, a cable TV show and a little local newspaper at the same time.

As for her plans:

“I will travel wherever, whenever and with anyone.”

She adds:

“I have a book with illustrations that's ready to go and have tentative plans to become a court-appointed special adovocate for children.

“Immediate plans are to get the house ready to put on the market. We won't move out of the area because I still want to get my hands on the paper edition of the Beacon Journal :)

“We will either build (most of you know my hubby is a builder) or buy a house that needs some snazzy upgrading. Meanwhile - massive move sale in the works. We have so many treasurers just for you.”
Kim is married to Chris McMahan.
Jewell followed the late, legendary Frances Murphey as a columnist.

She has written children’s books, “Vampire Dreams” and “Hoover and Honeybunch (Find Comfort in a Sometimes Scary World),” which was an attempt to help children deal with TV reports about school shootings.

The Brooke McMahan Memorial Invitational Swim Meet at the Ocasek Natatorium at the University of Akron honors their daughter, a 1999 Green High grad, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 23.

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