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THE RETURN OF LONG-LOST TREASURE

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SoVaNow.com / February 08, 2018
Two weeks ago while cleaning out her garage in Modesto, California, Krystal Kraft found a school ring inside a box of items she bought at an estate sale in Hot Springs, 20 years earlier.

When Kraft brought several mixed boxes from the sale back with her to California, she did not bother to look inside them before stashing them on a shelf in her garage.

The school ring that she found stashed in her garage has Halifax County High School stamped on the bezel, with 1988 on one side and the name Priscilla on the other. On the inside band is engraved the name Priscilla Ann Logan.

With that discovery, events were set in motion that since have reunited the long-missing ring and its once crestfallen, now thrilled owner.

“If I can bring a little happiness to people while I’m still here, that’s awesome!” said Kraft of returning the ring to Logan, who today lives in Maryland.

Logan grew up in Nathalie and moved to Silver Spring, Md. after her 1988 graduation from Halifax County High School. Her parents presented her with a custom-made class ring.

Logan’s parents, part of a close-knit, hard-working Southside family, sacrificed to be able to afford graduation ring for their daughter. The ring, purchased from a jewelry store in Lynchburg, had, in addition to the graduation date and her name, flag squad symbols to memorialize Priscilla’s participation on the HCHS Flag Team.

Some 25 years ago, while living in Silver Spring, Logan’s graduation ring disappeared. She recalls always taking off her rings to wash her hands, and assumes she must have left it somewhere.

Back when she lost the ring, Logan retraced her steps from the past couple of days, searched the house, the yard, her car, and anywhere else she thought she might have dropped it. Realizing the ring was truly gone, she cried for a few days and then moved on — but she never stopped thinking about it because it symbolized a very important time in her life.

Kraft knew that the ring she found meant a great deal to someone and set about trying to find its rightful owner. First, she posted a picture of the ring on Facebook but got no response.

Next, tried to locate a TV or radio station near Halifax County to help her. On Thursday, Feb. 1, WSET Channel 13 in Lynchburg ran a story with a photo of the ring and asked anyone with information about how to find Logan to contact the station.

While driving home that evening, Logan received a call from her husband telling her that a family friend from her home church in Nathalie, Calissa Tune, called him to say she had seen a story on TV about a school ring that she was certain belonged to Priscilla.

She pulled off to the side of the road because her Facebook account was blowing up with notifications. One of the messages included a picture of the ring that was shown on the news broadcast.

Logan knew it was hers.

The first thing she did when she got home was to call WSET to ask for the contact information for the person claiming to have her ring.

When Logan talked to Kraft, and it finally sank in that yes, her ring had been found. She described the feeling of discovering that her treasure had been found: “Excited, in shock, and overwhelmed with emotion.” Kraft added, “She kept saying, I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it!”

The ring will soon be on its way to Logan, and Kraft is planning to make the package as memorable as the ring.

Happiness may be an understatement because in October, Logan will attend Halifax County High School’s 30-year reunion for the Class of 1988.



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