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1-25-04 Vinnie Williams Is A Narcissist Who Has Written Fiction Since the Forties

To Understand the Performance of the Oconee Enterprise for the Last 20 Years, One Has to Understand the Personality of Vinnie Williams and Her Propensity for Fiction

AVOC Article

January 25, 2004

Vinnie Williams On The Internet

A Fiction Writer Who Has Been Around For Decades

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc. (Another Voice Oconee County)

A cursory review of the World Wide Web reveals that Vinnie Williams has been writing fiction since most of us were born.  She apparently sold some of the books but apparently none ever became classics.

In more recent decades (since 1982 Ca) she has been the owner and publisher of the Oconee Enterprise.   Over the years, I have heard people criticize the coverage, errors and bias of her newspaper.   It has been the butt of endless jokes.  I have heard many people speak venomously about her.   A number of people in Oconee County have frequently said they hated her.   Often, people said she could not win an election herself in Oconee County.

To understand her and her “journalistic pursuits”, one has to understand her love of fiction, insincerity,  lack of attention to detail and her very narcissistic personality.

Anybody who really knows Vinnie Williams and her reporting knows that fiction slips into her stories frequently.   I came to recognize a person with a huge ego, few real principles and a real narcissist.   She seemed to have few real friends.  Persons wanting publicity for themselves or their children would curry favor with her and “she ate that up”.   She encouraged ‘moles’ in various areas for information she could or would not seek out in an open, above board manner.  As a result many stories were inaccurate, uninformed and well off the mark.

While in office, I maintained a professional relationship with Vinnie Williams and the Oconee Enterprise.  Over the years, I held many press releases until Tues noon at least to give the Oconee Enterprise a crack at it.  She had a reputation of not printing anything that first appeared in the Athens newspapers.   She wrote me numerous letters (probably weekly) over the years most of which I have saved.    At least 90% of the letters were positive, complimentary and appreciative.  It is my intent to demonstrate  this by publishing many of these letters in a Vinnie Williams series.

During my last two years in office, I (along with others)  felt that Vinnie Williams was “slipping” in her judgment and actions.  She had gotten well into her 9th decade.  She made frequent mistakes in stories.  She would frequently misunderstand the whole issue she was reporting.

When I left public office, the Oconee Enterprise attacked me viciously.  Since then it has printed numerous distorted and inaccurate articles about me.   I am “a big boy “.  I experienced many mean-spirited attacks by several persons during my incumbency.   I can take legitimate, factually based criticism.  However, no official or citizen deserves unending abuse of the local newspaper.

I love Oconee County and worked tirelessly for three decades in advancing its interests.  It is difficult to sit back and watch irresponsible people abuse the county and waste its resources and opportunities.

Vinnie Williams owned the County Paper during some crucial times as the County emerged from a small, rural, agricultural county to a leading county in the area and state.  I personally think that she has been a big negative for Oconee County.   Oconee County’s success has been achieved in spite of the Oconee Enterprise under Vinnie Williams’s ownership.

The day has long passed since Vinnie Williams should have left “her stage” in Oconee County.  That day will eventually come and certainly not too soon for most Oconee County Citizens.

Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc. (Another Voice Oconee County)



The Atlantic Monthly

A U G U S T   1 9 6 0

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

A review by Phoebe Adams

Copyright © 1960 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly;
August, 1960; Reader's Choice; Volume 206, No. 2; pages 98-99.

Two other novels have turned up which may be classified as respectable hammock reading, if anybody reads in hammocks anymore. Walk Egypt by Vinnie Williams is well-written soap opera, and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is sugar-water served with humor. . . .

To Kill A Mockingbird is a more successful piece of work. It is frankly and completely impossible, being told in the first person by a six-year-old girl with the prose style of a well-educated adult. Miss Lee has, to be sure, made an attempt to confine the information in the text to what Scout would actually know, but it is no more than a casual gesture toward plausibility.

The book's setting is a small town in Alabama, and the action behind Scout's tale is her father's determination, as a lawyer, liberal, and honest man, to defend a Negro accused of raping a white girl. What happens is, naturally, never seen directly by the narrator. The surface of the story is an Alcottish filigree of games, mischief, squabbles with an older brother, troubles at school, and the like. None of it is painful, for Scout and Jem are happy children, brought up with angelic cleverness by their father and his old Negro housekeeper. Nothing fazes them much or long. Even the new first-grade teacher, a devotee of the "Dewey decimal system" who is outraged to discover that Scout can already read and write, proves endurable in the long run.

A variety of adults, mostly eccentric in Scout's judgment, and a continual bubble of incident make To Kill A Mockingbird pleasant, undemanding reading.



Walk Egypt
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Williams, Vinnie, --A Matter of the Tax Payers's Money, October, 1949. (author's
first publication) --Dodie and the Boogerman, #139, June, 1955. ...



Florida State Times



1941  FSU Graduate

Vivian Ahlsweh Williams (B.A., L.I. '61), owner and publisher of the Oconee Enterprise, Watkinsville, Ga., was named Sharon Johnson volunteer of the year for her annual banquet for volunteer firefighters and sponsorship of the Watkinsville Christmas Parade.