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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.

City manager touts trust at BBB event

Published Apr. 21 2018

Texarkana, Ark., City Manager Dr. Kenny Haskin has the same motto as the Better Business Bureau.

Ashdown High School's Kay York named Principal of the Year

Published Apr. 20 2018

Kay York, principal of the Ashdown, Ark., High School, was recently named 2018 Principal of the Year for the Arkansas...

Suspect faces charges of negligent homicide

Published Apr. 19 2018

An Ashdown, Ark., man has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide involving a fatal collision on U.S. Highway...

Dolly's library to help area children

Published Apr. 16 2018

Since the Dolly Parton Imagination Library opened in January for children in Little River County and the Ashdown School District,...

Blessing Box brings hope, help in area community

Published Apr. 14 2018

The "Blessing Box" in Nashville, Ark., is doing what it's supposed to do—produce inspired blessings.

TC given $465,000 grant

Published Apr. 12 2018

A $465,000 grant the Texarkana College Foundation received Wednesday brings hope for an improved quality of life for students and...

Authorities: Truck driver was under influence of meth

Published Apr. 12 2018

A Shreveport, La., truck driver was arrested late Tuesday in Hempstead County on methamphetamine possession charges.

Jan Morgan campaigns for governor in Ashdown

Published Apr. 7 2018

Jan Morgan used politics and barbecue served at Big Jake's Bar-B-Q Thursday to help explain her goal of defeating incumbent...

A&M-Texarkana to host 'Totally Tomatoes' program

Published Apr. 2 2018

The Bowie County Master Gardeners/Texas A&M-Texarkana will present a program "Totally Tomatoes" April 9, at Texas A&M University from 6...

Cockfighting probe ongoing, sheriff says

Published Apr. 2 2018

The roosters in custody next to the Sevier County jail in De Queen, Ark., provide a symphony of crowing throughout...

Civil War-era letters among missing files

Published Mar. 29 2018

Officials with Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives in Washington, Ark., recently reported missing historical documents including Confederate money and Civil War...

Former state rep arrested

Published Mar. 28 2018

Fonda Hawthorne, 62, a former Arkansas state representative, has been arrested on a theft of property charge for allegedly spending...

Local Walmarts rolls out online grocery pickup

Published Mar. 27 2018

Service will be available 12 hours daily on Arkansas side

Arkansas-side Walmart launches online grocery pickup service

Published Mar. 26 2018

The Texarkana, Ark. Walmart launched a common sense approach Monday to shopping with an online grocery pickup service.

Parade honoring Vietnam veterans is March 29 in Hope

Published Mar. 15 2018

Vietnam veterans in the region will be "welcomed home" with a parade at 6 p.m. March 29 in downtown Hope,...

50th anniversary Vietnam veterans parade is March 29 in Hope

Published Mar. 14 2018

Vietnam veterans in the region will be "welcomed home" with a parade at 6 p.m. March 29 in downtown Hope,...

Group wants to change area city's government

Published Mar. 13 2018

The "Citizens for Change" wants the City of Hope to eliminate the city manager position and become a mayor-council form...

Drug trial is delayed

Published Mar. 10 2018

A drug trial scheduled for Monday in Little River County, Ark., has been delayed indefinitely, according to court documents.

Going Hog Wild

Published Mar. 10 2018

Feral hogs are everywhere in Arkansas and have become "non-native invaders."

Man charged with stealing car during test drive

Published Mar. 8 2018

A McCaskill, Ark., man who attempted to outrun five law enforcement agencies driving a stolen car has been charged with...