To help with my story telling, Iﾒve decided to feature a little something on each person who works at the Pocahontas Times on my blog by shadowing them while theyﾒre working. (They may not know this yet, but weﾒll see who reads my blog!) So first up is Jaclyn Hollandsworth.
Jaclyn runs the front desk of the Pocahontas Times. She greeted me on my first day by saying, ﾓHi, you must be Melanie!ﾔ Since then, Iﾒve fallen victim to her competitiveness at Uno (sheﾒs a sore loser and a sore winner), watched her sing (live!) songs she had not sung in 20 years (at Pearl BucksﾒBirthplace, too -- poor Pearl), and creeped on Facebook with her. Sheﾒs awesome.
So when she asked me if I wanted to go with her while she drops off the newly printed, stuffed-with-inserts, and labeled papers, I jumped on it. She has about 10 stops on her trip. The stops are all around Marlinton ﾖ the Fastcheck, the Foodland, the Dollar General, the Marlinton Motor Inn, and a few others. She normally drops the new editions off in a stand or wherever the store keeps them and heads to the cashier who hands her the cash for how many papers were sold.
She knows all the cashiers by name and gives them a friendly greeting. Once weﾒd get into the car, sheﾒd tell me the backstory on how she knew them. It was a pretty unique experience, and reminded me of the most important concept of a community newspaper ﾖ the community.