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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.

Cookie Monster Pumpkin

Published Oct. 27 2017

Nancy Herron checks the level of chocolate chip cookies on her decorated pumpkin Wednesday in the lobby at Miller County...

Judging Pumpkins

Published Oct. 27 2017

A tribute to Miller County's three circuit court judges displayed Wednesday included pumpkins carved by Penny Kilcrease in the image...

Making finance fun: Arkansas official promotes financial literacy program

Published Oct. 26 2017

The lesson plan was all about the money Wednesday morning at College Hill Elementary School in Texarkana, Ark.

Death of man in burning truck an accident: Victim died from smoke inhalation, according to autopsy results

Published Oct. 26 2017

The cause of death of a man whose body was found Saturday in a burning truck was smoke inhalation, according...

Arkansas side to honor veterans of World War I with Memorial Tree

Published Oct. 24 2017

The City of Texarkana, Ark., will sponsor a World War I Memorial Tree.

Miller County works to restructure personnel policy

Published Oct. 24 2017

A Miller County Quorum Court committee is expected to finish revamping its personnel policy for county employees in a couple...

Stamps gains first African-American mayor

Published Oct. 20 2017

Brenda Davis became the first African-American mayor of Stamps, Ark., on Sept. 19. Days later, two tributes to the town's...

TASD discusses support of plan for new school

Published Oct. 18 2017

The theme and goal of the Texarkana, Ark., School Board was expressed in two words Tuesday during a presentation called...

Fire In The Hole

Published Oct. 17 2017

Texarkana, Texas, firefighters lower a smoke ejector into the basement of the former Capitol One Bank building to remove smoke....

Miller County expresses support for TASD plan for school

Published Oct. 17 2017

The Miller County Quorum Court approved a resolution Monday supporting the Texarkana, Ark., School District's plans to seek voter approval...

State program teaches people how to resist wildfire threat

Published Oct. 16 2017

The Arkansas FireWise program educates residents about preparing their homes and buildings to resist wildfires, said Adriane Barnes, spokeswoman for...

Local lawmaker calls on Congress to fight wildfires: Westerman, a forestry expert, says current method 'unsustainable'

Published Oct. 16 2017

As millions of acres burn in the West —nearly four times the land mass of Puerto Rico—a local lawmaker says...

Ashdown appreciation

Published Oct. 7 2017

Garrison's Airstrip between Ashdown and Wilton, Ark., is a big field for small airplanes and helicopters.

Tank cars to replace bridge over bayou

Published Oct. 6 2017

The Sanderson Lane bridge over McKinney Bayou in Texarkana, Ark., is expected to be replaced with railroad tank cars in...

Company enters $3.5B agreement to acquire Ash Grove

Published Oct. 4 2017

Ash Grove Cement Co. has entered into a merger agreement with CRH plc, which will acquire Ash Grove in a...

'Catching babies': Midwife says she's guided by the Holy Spirit to help families who can't afford hospital births

Published Oct. 3 2017

Midwife Gabrielle Thrailkill loves her babies, and delivering more than 1,000 of them has given her a life-changing perspective.

'One community, many people': Hispanic influx creates opportunity; integration a process

Published Oct. 2 2017

Driving by the Herman Dierks Park in De Queen, Ark., recently, Robert Martinez noticed a group of white children playing...

Dolly Parton helps honor Ashdown native

Published Oct. 1 2017

When country singing legend Dolly Parton entered the Ashdown, Ark., High School cafeteria and gym Saturday evening, it was a...

Dolly Parton to perform Saturday in Ashdown

Published Sep. 26 2017

Country music legend Dolly Parton will sing the praises of musician Kent Wells Saturday night during the 11th annual Alumni...

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....