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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.

Westerman: Good-paying jobs are available but hard to fill

Published Sep. 22 2017

The U.S. economy has improved, but employers are having difficulty finding people who want to work, according to U.S. Rep....

State sends travelers a big 'welcome' with new center

Published Sep. 19 2017

The new Red River Arkansas Welcome Center north of Texarkana was dedicated Monday with entertainment from the Ashdown High School...

Room to grow: Little River County buys building to expand its offices

Published Sep. 19 2017

The recent purchase of the First Guaranty Insurance Building, a two-building campus across the street from the Little River County...

New exhibit to honor area man's baseball career

Published Sep. 17 2017

A baseball memorabilia display will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Two Rivers Museum in Ashdown, Ark.,...

Proposal to split costs of election equipment heads to Quorum Court

Published Sep. 13 2017

A resolution calling for the state of Arkansas and Miller County to split the cost of new election equipment for...

Annual Four States Fair gets underway today

Published Sep. 7 2017

The Four States Fair and Rodeo, which runs today through Sept. 17, is summarized in one word—fun.

Report concludes shooting was justified

Published Sep. 3 2017

The officer-involved fatal shooting of a man in McCurtain County, Okla., was justified, according to a statement from District 17...

Hospital loses 16 workers

Published Sep. 2 2017

A change in operations at the hospital in De Queen, Ark., resulted in 16 employees resigning Wednesday.

Local groups offering support to Harvey victims

Published Aug. 30 2017

Local, regional and national groups have mobilized to provide help to those in the wake of Harvey's destruction.

Four-year-old deputy dies

Published Aug. 30 2017

The end of the watch for 4-year-old Hempstead County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Keen, badge number 699, was 08/27/2017 announced Hempstead...

Suspect pleads guilty to Mineral Springs bank robbery

Published Aug. 25 2017

In a plea bargain agreement, a suspect, who helped rob the Mineral Springs, Ark., bank pleaded guilty recently and was...

Two men accused of trafficking meth get their trial dates

Published Aug. 24 2017

Two drug trafficking suspects accused of carrying meth valued at $140,000 will soon stand trial.

Miller County Quorum Court OKs ordinance for school election budget

Published Aug. 23 2017

In a called meeting, the Miller County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Tuesday creating a $20,574 budget for the Nov....

Miller County directors OK voluntary tax contributions

Published Aug. 22 2017

Miller County and City of Texarkana, Ark., taxpayers now have the option to contribute $10 on every tax statement issued...

State alcohol board makes historic choice

Published Aug. 17 2017

Two applicants were selected Wednesday for permits allowing the construction of liquor stores in Little River County, Ark.

Four are charged in fatal drive-by shooting

Published Aug. 16 2017

Three adult suspects and a juvenile, accused in a fatal drive-by shooting, were charged Tuesday in the 9th Circuit Court...

Miller County group eyes voluntary tax

Published Aug. 16 2017

The Miller County, Ark., budget and finance committee approved a plan Tuesday for working with the City of Texarkana, Ark.,...

Ashdown unearths 1992 time capsule

Published Aug. 15 2017

A time capsule from 1992 was unearthed Saturday in Ashdown, Ark., by the same man who buried it 25 years...

Authorities offer reward for federal jail escapee sighted near Arkansas border

Published Aug. 15 2017

The U.S. Marshals are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Choctaw County, Okla., jail...

Charges expected Tuesday in fatal drive-by shooting

Published Aug. 14 2017

Three suspects accused in a fatal drive-by shooting could be charged Tuesday when they return to the 9th Judicial District...