The Medallion Hunt officially ended Monday morning when Rhonda Ratts came to the Globe offices, but the clue that came out in the Saturday paper was the actual signal of the annual treasure hunt's end.
Ratts said she had been thinking about the storm water drains in the parks when she had read the clues in the Globe, but everything came to a focal point when she read clue number 6. Bell Avenue is near her home on Burr Parkway. The medallion was hidden in the drainage area of Spiers Park toward 14th Street.
Ratts said she headed out in sandals "I started down the walking trail, looking in all the drains, but decided I had better change my shoes. She said she went back home to put on sneakers and went back to the hunt. "I went out my back yard gate and I just stumbled right on it."
Ratts said she and her family always get excited about the medallion hunt and they had always said because there are five of them, they would split the $500 prize five ways.
The medallion hunt began back in the "early nineties" according to Ed O'Neal. Then publisher, Terry Cochran, came up with the idea. After Cochran left the Globe O'Neal took on hiding the medallion and writing the clues. Each year, he is the only one to know the medallions whereabouts. He tries to find a spot that would be similar to other spots so that the clues give clear direction, but could point several different ways.
One of the traditions is explaining the clues after the medallion has been found:
1. Always keep your eyes focused on the ground while hunting for the medallion.
The medallion in on the ground.
2. Looking for the Medallion and sweating like water down a drain.
The medallion is in a drainage area.
3. Not far from a spot to go have some fun.
The medallion is in a park.
4. Better to be near the start than close to the end.
The medallion is on the upper end of the drainage area.
5. You need to channel your thoughts.
The medallion is in the drain channel.
6. When you figure it out it will Ring a Bell.
The medallion is at the end of Bell Avenue.
7. Something found between two banks.
The medallion is between the banks of the drainage area -- and the area was between Centera Bank and Landmark Bank.