Texoma native Reba McEntire hits ACM red carpet with Pottsboro beau

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) -- People who talked to News 12 say while Reba's boyfriend, Pottsboro resident Skeeter Lasuzzo, stays out of the limelight, they've known the two were an item for a couple years because they frequent local places, like Brookshire's in Pottsboro.

They say they hope he gives Reba one more reason to come back home to Texoma more often.

"It's fun, I mean, we got a celebrity that comes in," said Desmond Baker, Manger at North Rig Grill in Denison.

Reba McEntire has hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards 16 times.

But between hosting awards shows, winning awards and dropping new albums, you can find her here in Texoma.

"Reba comes in about every three months. When she does she comes in with friends and family," said Baker.

"Even there, all the people love her, all the people respect her and you could just see that in her actions, in the way they treated her when she went on stage," said Marilyn Bice, Director of Reba's Ranch House, a public foundation started by the singer in Sherman.

Born in McAlester, Reba grew up in Atoka County and went to Kiowa High School.

"Everybody sees her and everybody wants to get a picture and an autograph," said Baker.

And has never forgotten the people who helped launch her success.

"She developed very close ties to all of the people who were instrumental in getting her started on this journey,' said Bice.

People who work closely with her say Texoma has a special place in her heart and that's why pieces of her generosity can be found throughout the region.

"She does give back to this area whenever she can and when she does we appreciate it," said Baker.

People say they hope to see more of her around, now that she is dating a Pottsboro man.

"We're so pleased that she's really happy and enjoying life," said Bice.

But wherever she is, Texomans are proud of her.

"She needs to bring some of those outfits to model for us, don't you think," said Bice.