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After 60 years John Porter still loves his job

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

SYLVESTER,  GA (WALB) –  While big city newspapers have seen major drops in advertising and circulations, some small town weekly newspapers have managed to remain successful.

They attribute their success to one of they're longest working employees. John Porter has worked at the newspaper for 60 years.

He's never missed a day and never been sick. And he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Meet the 78 year old man behind the success of The Sylvester Local Newspaper.

"Sylvester Local News, This is John Porter can I help you?" said Printing Press Operator John Porter.

"He's got that can do, will do, get it done attitude," said Office Manager Patty Diamond. 

But in the beginning, he wasn't so sure about getting involved with the news machine. "It was Greek to me when I first started. I didn't know anything about a newspaper, but I decided to stick it out. And here I am 60 years later," said Porter. 

During that time he's worn many hats. "I was the advertising manager. I worked with people, and I did sports writing," said Porter. 

Some of his fellow employees really think highly of him. "Dependability, John's the most dependable person you'll find. Versatility, nothing he hasn't done," said Parten. 

"John knows everything. John knows everything their is to know about a newspaper. He knows everything their is to know about Sylvester local," said Diamond.

Porter said what keeps him going is the new challenges that present themselves everyday. "I think the key is, if you like what you're doing, and do your best. Then the rest will take care of itself." 

So whenever news happens, John Porter plans to be there.

Porter still operates one of the oldest printing presses still being used in Georgia. He likes the old press so much he said, "If it's not broke why try and fix it?" 

The Sylvester Local just celebrated their 125th anniversary, and they're still in pretty high demand, printing more than 3,000 papers locally with some of those papers being mailed nationwide.

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