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Gun collection draws visitors to DeRidder's War Memorial Civic Center

BY RYAN KEETON
DERIDDER -- A DeRidder resident's vintage gun collection is drawing visitors at the War Memorial Civic Center.
Velmer Smith, area historian, donated the collection last year.
According to Robert Lilly Jr., construction superintendent at the Civic Center, Smith made the decision to donate her vintage World War II-era guns in an effort to protect the legacy that the guns represent for those who fought in the defining conflict of the 20th century. More HERE.

DeRidder woman hopes to interest others in 'geocaching'

BY ELONA WESTON
DERIDDER -- A challenge -- that's why DeRidder resident Stacy Ranew began geocaching. She's been doing it for about a year now.
Ranew's passion has led her all over the state, traversing through mud holes in the woods, looking behind stop signs and searching under street lights -- even in an old outhouse. More HERE.

Local artist making splash with 'iPhoneography'

BY ELONA WESTON
LEESVILLE -- A local artist is making a splash in online art groups around the globe, using his iPhone to create one-of-a-kind photography.
The artist is Joel Aversing, and the art is called iPhoneography. More HERE.

Local author encourages writers to seek inspiration 'everywhere'

LEESVILLE -- "Watch and observe."
That's the advice local author T.R. Dowden gives aspiring writers in the area.
Dowden has written two books, "Aftermath," and "Delaware Blues." She said she finds inspiration "everywhere" in Leesville. More HERE.


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