Trend setter
Staff - Editor

Take Me To Post Comment Form

To hear longtime friend Gary Weitman tell it, when Robert Williams Jr. got the call he was being named one of the state’s 100 most influential people, he was more than a little skeptical. He thought someone was trying to pull one over on him.The reality was that Georgia Trend included the Springfield native and newspaper publisher among its annual list, and Weitman pointed out the honor at Tuesday’s Springfield City Council meeting. He’s been a friend to the Herald, too — he got his start in journalism at the Springfield Herald — and when he provides us with one of his well-written and entertaining columns, they are big hits with our readers.Williams now lives in Blackshear and last year, he was elected president of the National Newspaper Association.The Georgia Trend wrote this about Williams: “In 1971, when he was only 20, Williams bought a piece of The Blackshear Times and Pierce County Publishing Company. Five years later, he bought out his partners and now owns the SouthFire Newspaper Group with his wife, Cheryl, the associate publisher. In 2013 he was elected president of the NNA, which was created to protect, promote and enhance community newspapers.”“We’re very proud of Robert,” said Springfield Mayor Barton Alderman. “He’s been a good friend for a long time.”   

Latest Activity: Jan 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Bookmark and Share
Forward This Blog
Print Blog
More Blogs by pdonahue
Send pdonahue a Message
Report Abuse

Blog has been viewed (270) times.

Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by pdonahue
A tradition unlike any other meets social media
April 11, 2014
The power of Twitter was evident Wednesday.Pro golfer Kevin Streelman sent out a tweet that he had two extra passes to Wednesday’s practice round at the Masters. But to claim them, you had to be a junior golfer who had never been to the Augusta National Golf Club and you ...
Read More »
A long forum day's journey into forum night
April 04, 2014
There were some interesting tidbits from the weekend’s forums, starting with Saturday morning’s discussion on ethics, morality and principles at the First Baptist Church of Rincon’s memorial chapel and ending with the acid-toned Senate forum Saturday night at Savannah Arts Academy.I was struck by the first comment of the day, ...
Read More »
Bright and early forum
March 28, 2014
If you get up early enough Saturday morning, you may be interested in a candidates’ forum on ethics, morality and principles.Rincon Mayor Ken Lee will be the moderator, and the event will be held at the First Baptist Church of Rincon Memorial Chapel from 9-11 a.m. It is a nonpartisan ...
Read More »
The races are on
March 22, 2014
Those of us in the Coastal Empire may get a chance to hear what the several Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate have to say next week.The Georgia Republican Party, in conjunction with local GOP groups, will present its fifth debate among the GOP Senate hopefuls March 29 at 6 ...
Read More »
A pro's pro
March 15, 2014
It says a lot about someone when the colleagues and counterparts take time to pay their respects. So it is with Mike Manhatton.As I said in a text to a friend of mine who works at WTOC, Mike was a pro’s pro. For more than 30 years, in places far ...
Read More »
[View More Blogs...]

Powered by
Morris Technology