OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) – A secret donor is reenergizing downtown Osceola and teaching residents about the history of the city.
The community hunt started a few weeks ago when a good samaritan who wants to call himself 'Pass it on Pete' decided to publish in The Osceola Times clues that would lead people to finding $100 hidden in historic sites around the city.
Brandon Haynes and his son figured out the second of three clues, which said, "Back in the day, you had to go through me if you wanted to talk to Earnestine." They found their $100 dollars under the stairs of the Old Bell Telephone Building.
Sandra Brand, the Osceola Times editor, is the only person who knows the identity of Pass it on Pete. She had a text message to deliver from the good samaritan.
"Well, I'm not rich. I got my own bills, but I do know that there are people out there that are worse off than me. Through my job I see families throughout Mississippi County struggling. This is fun and brings me joy. I only wish that I could see their faces when they find it. LOL."
Ammi Tucker, the executive director of the Osceola South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce, said she loves that people are having fun downtown and learning Osceola history.
"What's great about it is that there have been so many people I've seen out," she said. "Different groups of people, different groups of friends that I've seen that are out and about on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons after they get off work that are getting together and looking as a group."
"(Pete will give a) very obscure reference to something that's either directly tied to the area or that you have to think outside of the box a little bit to then find something that's directly tied to the area."
No one knows how long Pete will continue to hide cash around the city.
"I am anonymous. My own family doesn't even know that I am doing this. LOL. And if they find out… LOL."