On Monday, Nov. 10, Anthony Garza of Lewisburg finally got his money back, almost a year after losing his wallet "in the middle of nowhere."
In a story The Tribune told in its April 30 edition, Garza lost his wallet in November 2007, while he was out riding four-wheelers with friends. Blake Fralix who was helping his dad clear brush on land leased for hunting found it five months later.
The paper money in the wallet had been almost destroyed by the damp conditions it had lain in since November.
Garza took it to his bank, Ascend Federal Credit Union, and they sent the wallet, containing scraps and shreds of money, to a mutilated currency examiner at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C.
The examiner used scientific techniques to determine how much money was there, authorized the credit union to issue new bills, and today Garza picked up $203.