‘Perfect, authentic, small-town, Americana’

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By Paige Taylor

I thought that I knew this place. When I packed up my bags and came home from Lexington for the summer to be an intern at the Grant County News, I thought I knew what I was doing. I thought that I already knew all of the people and places. I thought I knew it like the back of my hand.

So, it turns out that this is a big county. It turns out that this place is over 260 square miles big full of stories that are waiting to be told. When I started this summer I only knew a portion of it and now that I’ve been with the News for awhile I’m proud to say that I know a little more.

From the first day I walked into the Grant County News office, this internship has been  professional. Unlike some interns who are relegated to the sidelines of the news business, I haven’t had to make any coffee runs or get lunch for anyone, and I won’t have to. The News staff has been kind to me and I’ve had the chance to see what it would be like if I did this for a living. I get the chance to walk outside with my camera in one hand and steno book in the other every day. I get to be a storyteller.

My assignments have been fantastic. I have had the privilege of going to all of the Grant County schools and taking pictures of a lot of interesting kids. I also met some teachers that had great stories to tell me about their professional lives. I’m grateful.

I get to peek just for a second into the lives of others. I’ve been able to sit down with pageant princesses, bug catchers, gardeners and so many more and they tell me their stories. In turn, I tell their stories to you. I am proud that when someone picks up a copy of the Grant County News there’s a story in there that completes another piece of the puzzle that makes up this place.

Perfect, authentic, small-town Americana. That is how I would describe it here after really seeing it for the first time.

This place is full of layers and layers, there isn’t just one side to Grant County, there are too many to count. I’m proud to say that I’ve seen many sides of Grant County since being an intern with the News this summer. It’s an experience that I will carry with me forever.

(Paige Taylor is an intern at the Grant County News. She is a student at the University of Kentucky.)