Last week I promised you some big news, and you shall have it. But first I want to join with many other voices throughout the community in expressing my sorrow over the tragedy of lives lost in the tornadoes last week. Certainly our hearts go out to the many recovering from injuries and struggling to rebuild as well. No doubt it will take a long time for Mayflower and Vilonia to be fully restored, but fortunately everyone is pulling together to help.


I’m more than a little excited to announce I am returning to the news team at the Log Cabin Democrat starting Monday.

If you’re confused, don’t feel bad. You are not alone. As this column has continued to run and my byline has appeared in the Women’s Inc. magazine over the years, many readers (maybe even a majority of them) have not realized that it has been more than four years since I have worked full-time at the Log Cabin. Starting in January 2010, I began working from home as a freelance writer. My workload diminished a great deal, but so did my interaction with people. Kind of a baby-with-the-bathwater situation, if you follow me.

So I guess you’d say that, over the years, the thing I began to miss the most was all of you. Every day, coming to your places of business or your homes or schools, sitting down and chatting, listening to your stories or watching your special events unfold — those things were really enjoyable to me. Just getting to know all of you a little bit was my favorite part of the job. So when an opportunity became available for me to do that again, I had to take it.

In the next week or so, I’ll have a new email address and phone number at the Log Cabin, and you will be able to reach me there to tell me all your ideas for stories (as well as tidbits for this column).


•I noticed a sign up on Salem Road indicating an Asian market called New Dragon is coming soon next to Moe’s Southwest Grill.

•We should see activity soon on the restaurant coming to Rogers Plaza, as well as the business next door to the restaurant. I’ll let you know when I have more information.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist.)