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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.”   

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