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Diamond ring wins 'most unusual litter' prize

Posted November 30, 2010

— A Wendell man who found a diamond ring in its box won the state Department of Transportation's "Most Unusual Litter" award during the agency's fall Litter Sweep.

Joseph Scoggins was clearing a section of N.C. Highway 231 in Wendell with a group from St. Eugene Catholic Church when he found the ring. Winning the contest earned him a $250 prize.

Birch McMurray of Morganton took second place and a $100 prize for a complete door knob set found along Bost Road in Burke County.

Veronica Sellars of Elkin and Jerry Jordan or Merry Hill tied for the $50 third-place award. Sellars created a “litter boy” from clothing, shoes, a hat, gloves and water bottle she discovered in downtown Elkin, while Jordan located a $200 20-inch chrome wheel and tire along Jamestown Road in Bertie County.

Other entries in the contest included a pool ball, a table lamp, a ceramic cow, a shopping cart, a stroller, a straw hat and an old car.

The contest is sponsored by the DOT, Keep North Carolina Beautiful and the North Carolina Beverage Association and is held during the fall and spring Litter Sweep cleanup events.


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  • 3stoogesfan Nov 30, 2010

    Thanks for your great sense of humor sis (ascutler2)! It's refreshing!

  • Karenp Nov 30, 2010

    I pick up litter in our neighborhood all the time, my best prize was a $100 bill that was folded with a deck of cards. I think they must have set it on the top of their car and it blew off. Finders keepers!

  • Karenp Nov 30, 2010

    So...did they find the owner of the diamond ring or not?

  • KniftyKnitter Nov 30, 2010

    Is it "finder's keepers" or did these people try to find the owner??

  • myself Nov 30, 2010

    Guess the proposal didn't go as well as planned!

  • illegals--GO HOME Nov 30, 2010

    I did a litter cleanup once and saved the bottle caps with codes and entered them online in a Mountain Dew contest and won an XBox360 console before they were even out in the stores!! It was sweet.....

  • rdmcswai Nov 30, 2010

    GOFIGURE - Maybe instead of complaining you COULD get out there and pick up some litter too!

  • ascutler2 Nov 30, 2010

    I thought it was funny...SIS, since it was my toilet lid that flew off. Sorry for the confusion, 'Vineyard' & 'Deathrow'.

  • 3stoogesfan Nov 30, 2010

    For explanation purposes, I know of someone who lost the lid part to a commode. Evidently, it became dislodged from the toilet. It still has the ring part...just no lid. Sorry for the confusion. I guess my part to inject a little humor failed.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 30, 2010

    3stoogesfan, still trying to comprehend your post.