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A quarter-century later, Hedgesville grad finds lost class ring

April 29, 2007

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Lynne Everhart has her 1979 Hedgesville High School class ring back a quarter-century after it went missing.

"Of course, I cried," Everhart said. "I still look down. I can't believe it."

An unidentified man on Wednesday brought the ring to the school, where Everhart works as a secretary. The man apparently had found the ring more than 20 years ago and kept it in a box for safekeeping, but it wasn't immediately known why he waited so long to return it.

The gold ring adorned with the Hedgesville Eagle mascot and Everhart's amethyst birthstone ring was passed on to Principal Don Dellinger.

The inscription on the inside of the ring included Everhart's maiden name, but Dellinger, who grew up in the same area and around the same time as Everhart, instantly knew it was hers.

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"It fell in the right person's hands," Everhart said.

Everhart said it isn't uncommon for missing rings to be returned to the school, but those that come in are usually 2 to 3 years old.

Everhart believes the ring slipped off the pinkie finger of her husband around 1982 and she had joked that he pawned it.

Another class ring bought for one of Everhart's sons in 2006 also was lost, but is protected under a replacement plan offered by the jeweler.

"After finding this ring, I'm probably going to turn around and order my son's," she said. "You don't think it means much to you, but it really does."

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