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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.

Charges still pending against three in fatal drive-by shooting

Published Jul. 26 2017

Charges are still pending against the trio of suspects allegedly involved in a fatal drive-by shooting in Ashdown, Ark.

Authorities think they have ID of body found burned in Oklahoma

Published Jul. 26 2017

McCurtain County, Okla., authorities believe they know the identity of a burned body recently discovered by a birdwatcher on federal...

SWADC shuttered after nearly 50 years serving elderly, low-income Arkansans

Published Jul. 25 2017

An agency that helped the elderly and low-income residents for 48 years in 12 Southwest Arkansas counties was shuttered Friday.

Three charged in drive-by shooting: Ashdown teen killed

Published Jul. 22 2017

Criminal charges have been filed against two men and a woman accused of a fatal drive-by shooting in Ashdown, Ark.

Tyson Foods to pay for road fix: Business volunteers $337,000 to county

Published Jul. 21 2017

When Tyson Foods volunteered to pay $337,000 to replace a collapsed Miller County road and culvert, it was like Christmas...

Hempstead County planning fundraisers for Christmas program

Published Jul. 20 2017

The Hempstead County Sheriff's Office is planning its Operation Christmas initiative to help needy children.

Authorities believe fatal drive-by is gang related

Published Jul. 19 2017

Four suspects who allegedly instigated a fatal drive-by shooting appeared Tuesday in Little River County Circuit Court in Ashdown, Ark.,...

County treasurer comes to aid of stabbing victim before Monday meeting

Published Jul. 18 2017

Miller County Treasurer Teresa Reed was waiting outside the courthouse for the Quorum Court meeting to start Monday night when...

JP: Miller County's revenues declining

Published Jul. 18 2017

Miller County, Ark., revenues have been declining, and Justice of the Peace John Haltom wanted the Quorum Court to be...

Names released of victim who died and survivor in Ashdown drive-by shooting

Published Jul. 17 2017

Ashdown, Ark., police have released the names of two gunshot victims in a drive-by shooting early Sunday.

One dead, one injured after drive-by shooting

Published Jul. 17 2017

A person is dead and second is recovering after a drive-by shooting early Sunday in Ashdown, Ark.

Texarkana man who disconnected train car receives probation

Published Jul. 12 2017

The man who rode a Kansas City Southern freight train from Texarkana to near Winthrop, Ark., and disconnected a train...

Police investigate burglary at Cossatot in Ashdown, Ark.

Published Jul. 11 2017

A suspect triggered a surveillance camera Sunday night during the burglary of the University of Arkansas Cossatot Community College campus...

County sees results from tax crackdown

Published Jul. 8 2017

Miller County Tax Collector Cathy Hardin Harrison and Delinquent Tax Investigator Sheila Sinyard strive to collect taxes for the county...

Bridge building weathers recent rains

Published Jul. 8 2017

Recent flooding of the Little River hampered work on the state Highway 41 bridge near the border of Little River...

Floods damage roads

Published Jul. 7 2017

Flooding in Southwest Arkansas from Wednesday's rain caused extensive road damage throughout Little River County, Ark., and put the brakes...

Groups eye Hope for medical pot cultivation

Published Jul. 5 2017

Two groups have shown interest in opening a medical cannabis cultivation center in Hope, Ark., which could be used in...

LIFE-LASTING IMPRESSIONS: Youth development organization Junior Marines aims to create positive experiences for participants

Published Jul. 4 2017

The Junior Marines have experienced "life-lasting impressions," from visiting Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to visiting the Dr. Martin Luther King's...

Texarkana's Landmark Building temporarily evacuated because of smoke from basement fan motor

Published Jul. 3 2017

A vent fan motor in a basement restroom became hot and created smoke, but no fire at downtown Texarkana's Landmark...

Man gets life for rape of girls

Published Jun. 29 2017

An Ashdown, Ark., man found guilty of raping two girls when one was as young as 5 was sentenced Tuesday...