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2-13-04 Vinnie Williams Worried & Fretted About Oconee Arrow

In my opinion, in Vinnie Williams’ mind, expressed in her attitude and private statements, she “ran Oconee County” and expected everyone to kowtow to her.  Many didn’t kowtow and she set out to carry out her frequent comment, ..  “I will destroy ……!”

 

AVOC Article

 

            Another Voice Oconee County

 

February 13, 2004

 

Vinnie Williams Was Worried About Oconee Arrow

 

By Wendell Dawson, AVOC Editor

 

 Vinnie Williams Special Photo

 

   A Letter From Vinnie Williams

 

Around 1992-1993, Vinnie Williams’s favorite subject was about the Oconee Arrow, a weekly publication in direct competition with the Oconee Enterprise.

 

In my opinion, based on statements she made to me, she literally despised the organizers of the Arrow.  While maintaining a public demeanor of ignoring the Arrow, she spent many waking hours trying to undermine and  kill the paper.  On many occasions, I heard her denigrate the organizers.  Later, as is her pattern, she “made up” with some of them in order to help keep her paper in the “know” on gossip and rumors that she selectively used in her paper.

 

She had been fighting the Chamber leadership until she decided there was a source of ads that she could use and help to overwhelm the Arrow financially.   Many of her letters and conversations throughout the nineties dealt with her intent to keep the paper as a “money-maker” and “power-tool”.  In my opinion, in Vinnie Williams’ mind, expressed in her attitude and private statements, she “ran Oconee County” and expected everyone to kowtow to her.  Many didn’t kowtow and she set out to carry out her frequent comment, ..  “I will destroy ……”

 

After almost 20 years of observing her and working with Vinnie Williams, I never really understood any real strong beliefs or principles she held.  She liked flattery and being “courted”.

 

She also had her targets (this writer has experienced much of her venom since retiring from public office).   Over time, I came to have little confidence Vinnie Williams’s credibility or “news stories”.    For some time now, I have had no confidence in her veracity or personal integrity.

 

The attached letter dated 7-27-93 demonstrates her motives and scheming on the subject of the Oconee Arrow.

 

More Later…….

 

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                       The Oconee Enterprise

P. O. Box 535

Watkinsville, Georgia 30677

 

                                                                                                Thursday

 (7-27-93)

 

Dear Wendell,

 

It was a real pleasure seeing you yesterday at the ODA and learning that you had lost none of your fire or smarts….One moment before you said, more or less, “To Hell with that Chamber Magazine”, I knew you were going to do it.  Something about the way the corner of  your lips tuck in.  I was proud ____  ___ echoed you……

 

As you know, I’ve mended all with the Chamber; I am giving a free subscription for three months to non-subscribers who are COC members----and the Chamber is mailing the initial letter, etc. for me…..

 

Also, I’m doing a big blow-out on Bogart in early October.  Do not mention this or the Arrow might take a shot----but it will be a big supplement and I’ll get advertising from all the Bogart places that don’t normally advertise.      M____  _____ loves the idea, as much as he will admit it.

 

Also, ___ ______ and I are working out a big to-do on their plant expansion.  The same sort of thing as for Bogart---except here I will wring ads from every vendor who drives a nail or pours a bucket of concrete, etc.

 

Plus, this is the 25th Anniversary of the OCHS football team----- and around homecoming I am going to print the biggest send-off on football ever.  As you know, in those early teams, all the present youthful powerhouses, such as _______, played……

 

You may want to know who chartered the Arrow which is having a rough time collecting its bills….  ________,  ___________, _____________, ______________, __________, __________, ___________, _________, __________, ______________, ______________, _____________, ___________, and ____________.

 

I want to point out to you that this contingent is rapidly fading, they are losers….The projects I am doing should devastate them emotionally as well as financially.  It couldn’t happen to a better bunch.

 

                                                                                    Ever,

 

                                                                                    (S) Vinnie

 


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