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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.

Freeze warning is in effect, NWS says

Published Nov. 10 2018

A freeze warning is in effect this morning for extreme Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, and all of Southwest Arkansas, according...

Cranford wins another term as county judge

Published Nov. 8 2018

In Little River County, 55 percent of the 7,160 registered voters cast their ballots Tuesday in the midterm election.

Incumbent wins Fouke mayor's race

Published Nov. 7 2018

Incumbent Fouke, Ark., Mayor Terry Purvis won re-election Tuesday by collecting 56 percent of the votes cast.

City, county at odds over prisoner costs

Published Nov. 6 2018

Texarkana, Ark., pays a .25 percent sales tax for Miller County Jail operations and county officials wanting money to house...

Momentous Memories: Rondo Cemetery gets needed attention

Published Nov. 5 2018

Shared memories of the Rondo Cemetery east of Texarkana, Ark., has inspired volunteers to start revitalizing the historical cemetery and...

Three sentenced in Ashdown killing

Published Oct. 31 2018

Two adult suspects in a 2017 fatal shooting in Ashdown, Ark., have changed their pleas to guilty and were recently...

'Get involved'

Published Oct. 29 2018

The message to help communities is simple—get involved. Tracy Steele had a simple message during his speech at the 2018 Freedom...

Foreman left with no first responders

Published Oct. 29 2018

In July 2009, Foreman, Ark., had 18 medical first responders. Today, Foreman has none.

Downtown Fall Festival

Published Oct. 28 2018

Elijah West, wearing a Power Ranger costume, enjoys the third annual Downtown Fall Festival on Saturday in Texarkana. Cars, motorcycles...

Nashville taps its next police chief

Published Oct. 27 2018

Amy Marion was recently appointed as Nashville, Ark., police chief effective Jan. 1.

Arkansas AG pays tribute to first responders

Published Oct. 26 2018

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge praised the the first responders and law enforcement agencies for providing a "safe community."

Trial date set for man suspected of assault, burglary, kidnapping

Published Oct. 23 2018

A trial date of Feb. 25, 2019, has been scheduled for Michael Paul Schaeffer, 37, of Texarkana, Ark., for allegedly...

It's a crowded field in Fouke mayor's race

Published Oct. 22 2018

Five Fouke, Ark., residents have registered as candidates to become the next mayor of Fouke, Ark., in the Nov. 6...

Industrial training center readies students for practical employment

Published Oct. 20 2018

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said attending the open house Friday on the campus of the Lockesburg Industrial Maintenance Institute...

Work in Progress

Published Oct. 14 2018

Performance Proppants of Shreveport, La., remains on schedule to open a Red River sand mining operation by March 1 near...

Courthouse lights to get safety upgrade thanks to $21K grant

Published Oct. 14 2018

Improvements in technology will help reduce costs and improve the safety of lights decorating the historic Little River County Courthouse...

Paving process will protect state highways, reduce hydroplaning

Published Oct. 11 2018

LOCKESBURG, Ark.—The crews of Redstone Construction Group are on the road again near here, paving portions of U.S. Highway 71...

Probe continues in Clow crash fatalities

Published Oct. 9 2018

A woman allegedly driving a car involved in a fatal, one-vehicle rollover crash Thursday is no longer missing and no...

Survey expected to guide Ashdown improvements

Published Oct. 8 2018

A survey is expected to help Little River County create a plan to attract housing, industry and correct community flaws.

Pretrial hearing scheduled for Dallas man accused of stealing scissor lift

Published Oct. 6 2018

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10 in Howard County, Ark., for a Dallas man accused of stealing a...