Following dinner last Thursday night, a group of Grenada friends set their sights on finally finding the treasure chest hidden as part of “The Hunt.”
A few hours later, the group was jumping for joy at an unlikely time, as they discovered the small, wooden chest, tucked away in a guard rail on F.S. Hill Drive near the University of Mississippi Medical Center – Grenada, putting an end to The Grenada Star’s summer promotion. Grenada’s Shelia McDaniel’s made the discovery after weeks of picking up clues at local Participating Businesses.
Several weeks back, McDaniel’s stepdaughter, Macey Geiger, came to her asking for assistance in finding the treasure chest. Since that time, the duo, and occasionally a few friends have tagged along to try to locate the chest valued at $1,000 in doubloons – coupons to spend at the Participating Businesses.
McDaniel, Geiger and three others decided last Thursday to go out on one more expedition to locate the treasure after finishing their pizza dinner, which included a supreme and Hawaiian styles.
“We had just finished eating with the girls at my place and we decided to go out to look one more time before it got dark,” McDaniel explained. “Macey came to me a month ago and asked me to help her find the thing. She was very anxious to find it and I could see that.”
The Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce, Dixie Roofing, Guaranty Bank, Star 93.3, Landmark Realty, Kirk Brothers Supercenter, Grocery Basket and The UPS Store teamed up with The Grenada Star as official sponsors of “The Hunt,” which was scheduled to run 10 weeks. McDaniel said Thursday’s clue in Week 10 gave her a “pretty good idea” to where the treasure was hidden.
“We were focused in the area around the hospital and Holmes Community College; that’s where we thought we’d find it because of what the clues read,” McDaniel said.
Last week’s clue read, “As a scholar, Holmes would have discovered the treasure several weeks ago. On a flat road named Hill, check for heavy metal, but be sure to go slow.”
Geiger said she her husband, Cory, were focused on the area of the Arboretum on the HCC campus and looked through every inch of the vegetative area.
McDaniel and her friends Serena Woods, Scarlett Montgomery and Angela Presley said their focal point was F.S. Hill Drive in the UMMC – Grenada, Providence Assistant Living and Grenada Health and Rehab triangle.
“It was something about that guard rail’s banister,” McDaniel said. “Scarlett and I looked over that banister over and over again. As we were about to leave and head to the Arboretum, I decided to look once more time and lodged inside it was something that felt like a box.”
McDaniel said her friends warned her to stop putting her hand inside the banister as they feared it could be an insect’s nest or a fuse box of sorts.
“Now, why would a fuse box be inside there?” McDaniel asked. “I just yanked it out and we all saw it and began to jump and screaming because we found it.”
The four ladies eventually drove to the Arboretum to reveal the find and when they met with Geiger, they began to jump for joy once again.
“There was a woman driving a Ford Explorer on Monroe Street near the college and I just knew she was going to call 911 on me because of the way I was hooting and hollering,” McDaniel said.
It wasn’t an easy journey and Geiger said that was the reason she reached out to McDaniel for help. Both McDaniel and Geiger said they were confident that the treasure chest would be located inside the Lee Tartt Nature Preserve or on the grounds of the Elizabeth Jones Library.
“We were really looking every where for the chest because of the clues we were given,” Geiger said.
A portion of Week 2’s clue read, “Though, you may find me dead where the treasure is hidden at.”
“I walked all through the Yellow Fever Cemetery looking that week,” Geiger said. “I stayed there along time.”
A portion of Week 8’s clue read, “When stranded, this place offers a shoulder to cry on.”
“That week, I was going to need a shoulder that week because we were getting frustrated,” McDaniel said.
Each Thursday, clue sheets were released and available at the 14 Participating Business locations, which were featured on a full-page ad each Thursday, by 10 a.m. Over the weeks, the clues got closer and closer to the treasure.
Participating Businesses include, Cross Country Seeds, KAJCP, Smock-A-Tot, Ohlis Paint & Interior, Pizza Inn, Stubb’s, Kreations Salon, Cork & Bottle, Square Market, No Way Jose, Jewelry, Etc., Yogurt Express, Pap’s and Grenada Dental Associates.
“We would like to truly thank all of our Official Sponsors and Participating Businesses for their support in this fun and enjoyable treasure hunt,” Grenada Star Publisher Adam Prestridge said. “If it was not for the support of these businesses, ‘The Hunt’ would not have been possible. Not only did our readers enjoy following the clues each week and searching for the treasure, but the businesses saw increased foot traffic, which was our goal. It served as a stimulus plan of sorts for our local businesses and we are pleased with its results.”
As for next year’s “The Hunt,” McDaniel, Geiger and their group of friends said they can’t wait to begin searching again.
“We had fun doing this,” McDaniel concluded. “It was fun and exciting in the city during those weeks.”