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They searched high and low, and had to decipher sometimes-vague clues, but some Senatobia residents have finally found what they were looking for.

The Senatobia Dental Care Sesquicentennial Scavenger Hunt has ended, and the search, as they say, is over. The cotton picker's spindle was found by Renee King on April 13 and presented to Dr. Brant Kairit at his Senatobia office. She won a $1,500 U.S. Savings Bond for her sleuthing.

The clues began earlier this year, and were designed to get local residents thinking about the city's 150 year history. They were distributed by local businesses, the location of which was hidden each week in the pages of The Democrat. Readers would then take the page with the clue location to that business and register for a prize drawing there.

Each clue required the searcher to learn a little about Senatobia history to decode it.

The clues narrowed down the spindle's location, until King, a first grade teacher at Senatobia Elementary School, found it in the gravel due east of Dr. Kairit's office, south of AutoZone on Highway 51.

"I drove it down into the gravel like a nail," said Dr. Kairit. "The spindle top was sticking up about an inch. I didn't want someone to just stumble upon it, but for the person who found it to be really looking for it."

Renee King was certainly looking for it when she found it. She went looking three or four times during the contest, but her husband, Jeremy, went every week. They spent about half an hour per week on the hunt.

Renee, who is from this area, says she had no trouble figuring out the clues when she picked them up each week from the participating businesses.

As for any plans for the savings bond, she says they plan to "save it."

Pete Erber, who, along with his wife Suzan spent many hours on the hunt, says that only a couple of clues tripped them up. Although not originally from Senatobia, their 30 years here served them well.

For instance, they, like many others, searched south of Bethesda Cemetery on Highway 51, and didn't think of the small burial place near the railroad tracks at the north edge of town.

"We probably spent two to five hours a week on the hunt," he says.

Participating businesses included Guaranty Bank and Trust, The Democrat, First Tennessee Bank, Mimi's on Main, Sycamore Bank, Rita's Petites, Bob Leigh and Associates of Senatobia, Nelson Reed's, The Other Side, McCrary's, Upstairs Closet, JH Mize Alfa Insurance, Penny's Pantry, and Graham Equipment Napa.      

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