Last updated: August 08. 2013 7:40PM - 817 Views
By Kelly Gaskins



Rick Bacon | Daily JournalSteven Nunley, Jessica Schoonover, Debbie Smith, and Phillip Shepard with the Golden Seashell.
Rick Bacon | Daily JournalSteven Nunley, Jessica Schoonover, Debbie Smith, and Phillip Shepard with the Golden Seashell.
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After only 8 clues, the highly sought after Daily Journal Golden Seashell has been discovered.


Golden contest explorers Steven Nunley, Jessica Schoonover, Debbie Smith, and Phillip Shepard — minus fellow seeker “Little Man” Richard Blakely — walked into the Richmond County Daily Journal holding the coveted Golden Seashell.


Happy to have finally found a “Golden” object, Debbie Smith remarked on their fortune. “Three times we’ve come close to winning,” said Smith. “One year, when it was at the Millstone camp, we were looking on the left side of the road and another group found it on the right side of the road.”


This year, Smith’s family followed clues to ball-fields in Ellerbe and Hamlet. They even briefly searched Richmond Senior High School before getting spooked off by a Garder snake.


They eventually found the shell in the bushes behind the brick Richmond Community College sign, just on the edge of the school’s campus in Hamlet.


Daily Journal Publisher Rick Bacon said, “I’m glad that the family was able to decipher the clues and find the gold.”


The group won the $500 prize and when asked how they planned on spending the money, Debbie Smith said, “My grandson Issac has a birthday coming up and I wanted to do something big for his birthday, like rent a bouncy house.”


When asked about her favorite part of the search, Smith said, “To me, the best thing about the contest is bonding with family and getting outside. We make it into family outings and have a lot of fun.”


For those who did not get to win the contest, do not get discouraged. According to Bacon, “If you didn’t find the gold this time, fear not, more gold will be hidden soon.”


So keep sharpening those detective skills and keep a look out for the next Richmond County Daily Journal “Golden” contest.


This latest seashell contest was sponsored by Carolina Jewelry and Pawn, Gandy Animal Hospital, Cascades Tissue Group, Ellerbe Pharmacy, and Dreamworx Day Spa.


Staff Writer Kelly Gaskins can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 16, or by email to kgaskins@civitasmedia.com.

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