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September 3, 2002

We often hear about people who lie, cheat, and steal to get a quick dollar. And it makes you wonder if you can find an honest person anywhere, anymore.

Cara Day has a reminder of the good ole days close at hand-her high school class ring. "It brings back a lot of memories of the friends I grew up with," she said. Four doors down in her office building, her supervisor hasn't had his class ring for at least 15 years.

"I just assumed that I lost it somewhere around the house." said Kenny McBrayer, who lost the ring. Come to find out the ring was far from his Tifton, Georgia home. It was found sitting on a rock on the banks of the Crane's Nest River near Clintwood, Virginia where a fisherman saw it, took it, put it is gun cabinet where it stayed for 15 years because the fisherman didn't know how to return the ring to its rightful owner.

The fisherman's son has lost his high school class ring, and learned how to trace one. Inside a manufacturer's symbol, and the owner's initials. They contacted the lost ring's manufacturer who told them where to call.

They were close to finding the owner. Only one 1981 graduate of TiftArea Academy had the initials K.E.M.--- Kenny McBrayer. "I've never been to Virginia where it was found," McBrayer said. But, he knew where his long-lost ring was, and the fisherman had sent it to him without asking for any reward. "I just don't know what shape it will be in," he said.

There was only one way to tell, and he was about to get that question answered. It looked almost brand new. The ring found its way back home, "That's just amazing. I can't believe after all these years..."

Six-hundred miles from where it was found on the riverbank in a state he never visited. "Kind of like being re-acquainted with an old friend," Kenny said. And re-acquainted with an old saying-- there's good in every person-- that still has a ring of truth to it.

When asked why he didn't sell the ring and pocket the money, the fisherman who found it said, " I didn't want anything that didn't belong to me."


posted at 4:00PM by Joe Courson