Monday, May 9, 2016

The Nashville, Ark., newspaper war is over

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Arkansas Business reports the end of newspaper competition that pitted members of the same family on opposite sides of competition in tiny Nashville, Ark.

John Robert Schirmer, editor of the 13-year-old Nashville Leader, is buying assets of Graves Publishing from the children of Louis "Swampy" Graves, including the 138-year-old Nashville News. It will be succeeded by a singe paper, the Nashville News-Leader. Schirmer helped publisher Louie Graves create the Leader 13 years ago. They competed with papers of siblings, with Lawrence Graves publishing the News. It published twice a week in the town of 5,000 while the Leader published weekly.

Lots of details and history at the Arkansas Business link. Note to long-time blog readers: No word on impact on Louie's mobile emporium.

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