Jane Graves, Co-Publisher of the 'Nashville Leader,' Dies

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By: E&P Staff Jane Graves, the co-publisher of the Nashville (Ark.) Leader, died Monday after a long battle with cancer, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported today. She was 58 years old.

Jane Graves was a newspaperwoman for over 35 years. She was president of the Arkansas Press Association, as well as president of the Nashville Rotary Clubs. She was a founder of the annual Howard County Children?s Center benefit golf tournament, and a member of the board of the organization as well. In 1978, Graves received the Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award.

As a journalist, Graves received awards for her news coverage from the National Federation of Press Women, the Arkansas Press Association, the National Newspaper Association, and the American Cancer Society. The latter award was for her series of stories about cancer survivors.

Graves recently walked in the American Cancer Society?s Relay for Life, where she received her fourth Relay for Life medallion, one for each year as a cancer survivor. Her husband, Louie Graves, who is also co-publisher of the Leader, told the Democrat-Gazette that his wife was a strong supporter of the local Howard County Cancer Society as well.

Graves founded the Nashville Leader with her husband, along with John R. Schirmer, Pam McAnelly, and Tracy Denny-Bailey.

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