I first met Zac and Hannah Dunlap a couple years ago when they performed at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart. I covered the concert and did a couple stories for the Stuttgart Daily Leader on them. When I saw they were the band was going to be here in Heber, I got in touch with them to let them know I would be covering the event. As always, their performance was great! I'm not sure about the hot pink shorts with bananas on them that Zac was wearing but hey, I'm not judging!

Everywhere I turn I see the slogan, “Life is Better at the Lake.” I’m still trying to find that out! Lol by this I mean, I haven't gotten to spend much time at the lake since I moved here! I am however, starting to meet a few of you at the events I have been covering in the area. Last night alone I covered the Jeff Jenkins concert at the Wm. Carl Garner Visitor Ceniter, the Ronald Radford concert at the performing arts center and finally, the Zac Dunlap Band at the Rock on the Dock at Dam Site Marina. If you were at that concert, you might have wondered about the overdressed photographer who was sitting on the dock taking pics, feeling right at home with the band. Yeah that was me. Unfortunately, I didn't have time between concerts to go home and put my shorts and bathing suit on, but luckily I didn't end up in the lake fully clothed.

I first met Zac and Hannah Dunlap a couple years ago when they performed at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart. I covered the concert and did a couple stories for the Stuttgart Daily Leader on them. When I saw they were the band was going to be here in Heber, I got in touch with them to let them know I would be covering the event. As always, their performance was great! I'm not sure about the hot pink shorts with bananas on them that Zac was wearing but hey, I'm not judging!

Ron Redford was also awesome, I was ready to start dancing after a few minutes of listening to his Flamenco guitar! It was amazing the sounds that he could make with that guitar.

I didn't get to hear more than a couple tunes at the Visitor Center due to time constraints but I'm always amazed when I hear someone playing the Mountain Dulcimer. Jeff makes the third or fourth time I've heard one and not only is the sound great, but I like the history of the dulcimer. If you don't know it, google i, it’s pretty interesting.

I planted my half of a plot in the community garden Saturday and have some more seed to plant today. I was so excited to be contacted by Rebecca Loftis to tell me I could have half a plot to plant! If you have read my column for awhile you KNOW that gardening and cooking are my therapies. I also joined the community center and hope to spend a lot of time at the aquatic center! Heber Springs is so fortunate to have this awesome community center that is so affordable! For a newcomer like me, who can count on one hand the number of people I actually know here, I look forward to meeting more people through both of these endeavors.

Last week I put on the Facebook page for people to let me know what they liked and what they didn't about The Sun Times. What I have heard overwhelmingly is that you want more local news. What you may not know is that is exactly what I bring to the table! My previous paper was the White Hall Journal who, when I started didn't have much local news, but when I was promoted to here, it was 95% local news. I look forward to bringing you YOUR news but I have to have your help to do it. My favorite line is, “I can't report on it if I don't know about it.” If you know of something happening, let me know! I'm open to you sending me photos and even a story, if you're a writer. I ask you, before you complain too much about the lack of local news, pick up a recent paper, I think you'll see more local news. Now, let me be clear, Social Media is not news, gossin, yes, real news, not so much. The Sun Times’ job is not to spread gossip, but to report facts. So, no, I won't be looking to Facebook for news.

If you see me in the community, please introduce yourself to me. I want to be a part of this community, not just in the community.

Until next time...