About Us

First called “The Sumner Free-Trader” in 1884, then “The Worth County Local” in 1886, “The Sylvester Local” in 1924, and finally, in 1984, renamed “The Sylvester Local News”, our community newspaper has continued for more than 125 years holding the distinct honor of being the oldest business establishment in Worth County. We pride ourselves in not only being the Legal Organ of Worth County, but it’s COMMUNITY news source. Inside our pages you’ll find all the exciting and positive stories about our community.

We also strive to hold our public officials accountable, pushing for openness in government, acting as the mouthpiece for our local citizens. We understand that information is power and the more accurate and reliable the information we provide, the more informed decisions our community can make.

The Newspaper Man

By: Edgar A. Guest

Bit of a priest and a bit of sailor,
Bit of a doctor and bit of a tailor,
Bit of a lawyer, and bit of detective,
Bit of a judge, for his work is corrective;
True to his paper and true to his clan —
Just look him over, the newspaper man.

Sleep! There are times that he’ll do with a little,
Work till his nerves and his temper are brittle;
Fire cannot daunt him, nor long hours disturb him,
Gold cannot buy him and threats cannot curb him;
Highbrow or lowbrow, your own speech he’ll hand you,
Talk as you will to him, he’ll understand you;
He’ll go wherever another man can —
That is the way of the newspaper man.

Gentle and kind with the weak and the weary,
Which is proved now and then when his keen eye grows teary;
Facing all things in life’s curious plan —
That is the way of the newspaper man.

One night a week may he rest from his labor,
One night at home to be father and neighbor;
Just a few hours for his own bit of leisure,
All the rest’s gazing at other men’s pleasure,
All the rest’s toiling, and yet he rejoices,
All the world is, and that men do, he voices —
Who knows a calling more glorious than
The day-by-day work of the newspaper man?