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Jim Williamson (Reporter)

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Jim Williamson is a reporter and photographer for the Texarkana Gazette who covers Southwest Arkansas. Williamson is a graduate of University of North Texas in Denton. He interned at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, worked at the Arlington, Texas, Citizen-Journal and helped start the Grand Prairie Urbanite, both owned by the Star-Telegram. In 1976, when his uncle wanted to retire as publisher and editor of the Little River News in Ashdown, Ark., none of his children was interested in the business. Jim worked with him and purchased the newspaper in 1978. He was co-publisher and editor of the family-owned publication, with his brother-in-law as ad manager and his sister as a reporter. Jim was hired by the Gazette in 2003 when the family sold the Ashdown newspaper.

Grant helps county's records go digital

Published Feb. 17 2018

Little River County, Ark., Circuit Clerk's Office in Ashdown is preserving history and opening the future for research with a...

Trial dates change for suspects in fatal drive-by shooting in Ashdown

Published Feb. 17 2018

Trial dates have been changed for three adult suspects accused in a fatal drive-by shooting in Ashdown, Ark.

De Queen police laud rise in security checks as safety measure

Published Feb. 16 2018

De Queen, Ark., police responded to 5,389 calls in 2017, up from 4,613 in 2016, according to the year-end report...

Committee to study solutions for jail

Published Feb. 11 2018

A 38-member committee has been appointed to study the operation of the Little River County, Ark., jail and make suggestions...

Man charged after marijuana seizure

Published Feb. 6 2018

A Texarkana, Ark., man was arrested when police reportedly found marijuana and more than $30,000 cash in his possession.

Suspect in bank robbery found mentally competent to stand trial

Published Feb. 3 2018

A suspect in the Mineral Springs, Ark., bank robbery has been found mentally competent to stand trial, according to Howard...

Community foundation's auction brings in $57,000

Published Feb. 3 2018

The Ashdown Community Foundation's seventh annual auction brought the community together to raise $57,000, said committee member Tammy Waters.

Ranch owner says tornado left $1 million in damages

Published Jan. 30 2018

A tornado touching down Jan. 21 near Foreman, Ark., with winds of about 110 mph caused an estimated $1 million...

Country legend spreads love of reading through new library

Published Jan. 29 2018

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has opened for children in Little River County and the Ashdown School District.

National Weather Service confirms tornado hit in Little River County

Published Jan. 26 2018

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado with top winds at 110 miles per hour touched down Sunday...

Chamber vows changes after director's arrest

Published Jan. 24 2018

Little River Chamber of Commerce President Danny Young has pledged to revitalize the chamber of commerce amid the arrest of...

Asdown woman faces theft trial

Published Jan. 23 2018

A trial date of March 12 has been scheduled for Kiley Huddleston, 32, of Ashdown, Ark., who is charged with...

De Queen reviews disaster plan for data recovery

Published Jan. 20 2018

Each January, the city of De Queen, Ark., reviews its disaster recovery procedures as part of a continuity-of-operations plan, according...

Public official faces charge of property theft

Published Jan. 19 2018

Fonda Hawthorne, a former Arkansas state representative, has been arrested on a theft of property charge for allegedly making several...

Quorum Court set to discuss possible development of park

Published Jan. 16 2018

The Quorum Court will consider a resolution tonight showing support for an effort to develop Smith Park and public recreation...

County takes steps to conserve 110-year-old courthouse columns

Published Jan. 16 2018

Mid-Continental Restoration will start an inspection assessment of the twin columns on the east side of the Little River County...

County garners $788K in delinquent taxes

Published Jan. 11 2018

Hiring a delinquent tax investigator has paid off for Miller County, Ark., as $788,510.92 have been collected in 20 months,...

Trial dates re-set for suspects in drive-by

Published Jan. 11 2018

Trial dates have been re-scheduled for three suspects accused in a fatal drive-by shooting in Ashdown, Ark.

Suspect in baby daughter's death to undergo mental evaluation

Published Jan. 9 2018

A father who allegedly caused the death of his 2-month-old baby daughter was granted a mental evaluation Monday at the...

City reports first killing of 2018

Published Jan. 6 2018

A local man was shot to death Friday afternoon, and another man who lives nearby was questioned in the investigation.