I submitted another article for the local paper. Most likely it will in Wednesday's paper. When I sent him my article via email, I told him I would be willing to do any other articles on topics/or cover events. I said that I hope to branch off from the unpaid articles to a paid writing gig.
I received his email back fairly fast which I was shocked. The email stated that there very well may be some freelance opportunities in the next couple months. The articles are in the lifestyle area (cooking, health, gardening, etc). These articles would be paid articles. He said he will keep me in mind. My dream of being a freelance writer is coming true.