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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.

Arkansas agency honors local Realtor

Published Aug. 11 2018

Salena Pruitt of Texarkana has been named the area's Consumer of the Year by Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division...

Senator talks jobs, helping RRAD

Published Aug. 8 2018

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said the federal government's main recent accomplishment is the improvement of the national economy.

Governor tours region

Published Aug. 7 2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson started his rural community tour Monday in Southwest Arkansas to learn about the progress the state is...

Trials set for suspects in killing

Published Aug. 4 2018

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

Chickens need home to roost

Published Aug. 2 2018

Owners of cockfighting roosters have been scheduled for a pretrial hearing Aug. 9 and a trial Aug. 20 at Sevier...

Area woman gets 73-year sentence for drug conviction

Published Jul. 29 2018

A 56-year-old Little River County, Ark., woman was found guilty recently by a Sevier County jury for possession of a...

Sprucing Up

Published Jul. 24 2018

A subcontractor power sprays and washes clean the side of the Bi-State Justice Building Monday afternoon in downtown Texarkana.

Discussion of fracking plan slated tonight

Published Jul. 24 2018

A community meeting about a plan to use 61.8 million tons of sand from the Red River near Doddridge, Ark.,...

No explosives required to mine Red River sand in Miller County

Published Jul. 19 2018

Mining 61.8 million tons of sand from the Red River near Doddridge, Ark., for hydraulic fracturing in Texas and Louisiana...

Area braces for triple-digit temps

Published Jul. 19 2018

For the first time this summer, area temperatures will reach—and most likely exceed—100 degrees on Friday, and triple-digit temperatures will...

'Gold on the ground': Fracking company looks to tap Miller County site for river sand

Published Jul. 17 2018

A company's plan to use about 61.8 million tons of sand from the Red River near Doddridge, Ark., for fracking...

County judge is on a mission to repair roads, including his

Published Jul. 7 2018

Miller County Judge Roy John McNatt intends to repair and pave county roads during the next six months, including the...

State police release details about Ashdown wreck that killed two

Published Jul. 5 2018

A 79-year-old man and a minor died in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 71 Wednesday afternoon in Ashdown, Ark.,...

Two die in Ashdown wreck

Published Jul. 4 2018

ASHDOWN, Ark.—Two Southwest Ark., residents were killed Wednesday in a four-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 71.

Arkansas agency takes critical look at turtle harvest after petition

Published Jul. 1 2018

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is considering regulations in response to a petition to end commercial turtle harvest in...

Police arrest four in raids, confiscate money, cars

Published Jun. 29 2018

Law enforcement agencies conducted four simultaneous raids Wednesday afternoon at a Hope, Ark., business and three apartments, where $16,000 in...

High speed chase on Interstate 30 near Prescott leads to hunt for suspect

Published Jun. 25 2018

A search continues for a suspect who attempted to elude Arkansas State Police during a chase on Interstate 30 nearly...

Man gets 25 years for rape

Published Jun. 23 2018

After a two-day trial, a Little River County, Ark., jury found Joseph Bowman, 29, of Ashdown guilty of raping an...

Hempstead officials probe disappearances

Published Jun. 21 2018

Hempstead County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on three Hempstead County residents who have disappeared over the last six years.

Dierks police return to duty

Published Jun. 19 2018

On Monday, the Dierks, Ark., Police Department completed its required training to be recertified with the Commission on Law Enforcement...