Ideas for articles are all around us and one of the easiest ways I know to be inspired and find something to write an article (or several) about is to scour the local papers - there's enough fodder in there to keep you in articles for months! It's like your journalistic Christmas, Birthday and Easter Diwali, Hanukkah and whichever festival you can name all come at once! Even the nationals have plenty to offer too. Is there a national issue that has implications in your locality too?
If you're ever stuck for a topic to write an article on you know where to go - and it's also a good excuse to put your feet up, have a cuppa and read - all in the name of research, of course!