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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.

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.

Winthrop fire truck investigation continues

Published Jan. 6 2018

The investigation continues into why a Winthrop, Ark., fire truck rolled into a pond while spraying water on a house...

Person of interest taken into custody in Sugarhill-area shooting death

Published Jan. 6 2018

A man was shot to death Friday afternoon in Texarkana, Ark., and another man who lives about half a mile...

Fire truck ends up in pond on way to help put out blaze

Published Jan. 5 2018

A Winthrop, Ark., fire truck, summoned to a house fire Thursday morning west of Cross Roads, Ark., rolled into a...

Old Blue and Mr. Freeze

Published Jan. 4 2018

Ronny Lindsey wanted to entertain his five grandchildren and their friends to start the new year so he created a...

Museum offered Rocky Comfort as jail

Published Dec. 31 2017

The historic jail in Foreman, Ark., was built in 1902 by local carpenter Bun Hopson, who it's said was the...

Officials say payments for Bowie, Miller property taxes cannot be accepted yet

Published Dec. 29 2017

Bowie and Miller counties' officials cannot accept prepayment of 2018 property taxes because those amounts have not been calculated yet,...

A Flight Through Memories

Published Dec. 28 2017

For the first time in 65 years, Owen Brainard, 92, of Elwood, Neb., cruised in a helicopter Wednesday with the...

Miller County joins opioid abuse fight

Published Dec. 27 2017

Miller County has joined a class action lawsuit to reduce the abuse of opioid painkillers.

Serving up holiday cheer: Annual holiday meal feeds hundreds

Published Dec. 26 2017

Nothing can be better than helping provide a meal Christmas Day, and it was that way Monday in Central Christian...

Ashdown man gets 40-year sentence on drug conviction

Published Dec. 26 2017

A jury recently found a 38-year-old Ashdown, Ark., man guilty of drug charges and sentenced him to 40 years in...

Skull found near Red River is Native American, more than 100 years old

Published Dec. 21 2017

A skull found recently along the Red River in Lafayette County, Ark., was identified as at least a century-old Native...

Hope bank will become courthouse

Published Dec. 21 2017

Farmers Bank & Trust finalized an agreement with the Hempstead County Quorum Court on Wednesday to sell its main bank...

GATOR GLORY: Family with Foreman roots cheers as team snaps up championship

Published Dec. 20 2017

: The Foreman High School Gators were determined to win the Class 2A football state championship last Friday.

Miller County officials approve budget for 2018

Published Dec. 19 2017

The Miller County Quorum Court approved the 2018 budget Monday, and the chairman of the budget committee, Ernest Pender, warned...

Traffic stop yields cash, guns, drugs

Published Dec. 19 2017

The arrest of a man driving erratically in Hope, Ark., and the discovery of 20 weapons, drugs and $11,963 cash...

Man sentenced for stabbing death

Published Dec. 19 2017

Zebulon Aaron of Lafayette County, Ark., pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for the death...