Newspaper chimes in with a big ‘Attaboy’ for KPA summer intern

Allison Evans

From Allison Evans, The Crittenden Press

If you like a buffet, this installment of Write Now is for you. It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Attaboy Blake

Let’s start with a huge attaboy to our summer intern Blake Sandlin.

First off, choosing an intern is like choosing a piece of candy from an assortment box of Russell  Stovers chocolates. You can look at it and give it the smell test, but you don’t know if you’re going to like it until you’re already committed and take a bite.

Our Kentucky Press Association supplies a list of potential interns in late spring and tells publishers to have at it – start calling, interview a few. Sounds easy enough, but you have no way of knowing how well they will fit into your community or how valuable they will be to your staff until they’re on site and on the clock.

Blake Sandlin almost didn’t accept the internship with us this summer, because he had only completed his freshman year at Murray State and, to be honest, he thought he might just lifeguard this summer.

But boy are we glad he chose us over the pool in Marshall County. Blake’s age fooled us and his work ethic amazed us.  He’s the youngest intern we have ever had, and quite possibly the best.

He definitely raised the bar for interns to follow, and we will certainly miss him when he returns to Murray to begin his sophomore year.

That’s all about Blake from Allison’s column but she writes in segments too and with what’s going to be happening in that part of the state come Monday (August 21, does that date right a bell to the rest of you?), thought I’d include Allison’s eclipse observations.

Eclipsing opinion

I’m interested in hearing opinions from parents about the Crittenden County Schools’ decision to hold school on Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse. I know some prefer their children be home – which is well and good if they will be home with them.

I, for one, know that by being in school, my children will be able to share their knowledge of the celestial event with me that evening rather than camping out on a Bellville Street sidewalk, which will be the extent of their experience if they hang out with me at work that day.

I know keeping protective eyewear on young children – and ornery older kids – is a concern for some; however, hopefully there will be plenty of parents volunteer to view the eclipse at the school and help ensure kids keep their eyes properly protected while trained at the historic event.

I think it will be a safer environment – and certainly more educational – if kids witness the experience the eclipse with their teachers and administrators than many would find at home, potentially sans adult supervision. Just my two cents worth.

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