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Ghost stories, spooky drawings haunt T-G

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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(By Caleb Williamson, 11)
Kimberly Tapley's tale of a mysterious image took first place in the adult division of the Times-Gazette's annual ghost story contest, while 11-year-old Jaydah Curry took top honors in the age 9-13 division with a story involving a frightening dog.

Caleb Williamson, also 11, won the annual "spooky drawing" contest with his profile of a witch. The drawing contest is for fifth grade and below.

Each of the winners will receive a $25 gift card.

The contest was judged by various members of the T-G newsroom.

Young readers

Although there were plenty of entries in the three categories mentioned above, Bedford County's teenagers were otherwise engaged, and we received no entries in the age 14-17 division.

Tapley's story makes reference to a real incident -- a very early daguerrotype print of what was in reality a busy city street, but in which only one man is visible, due to the fact that he was the only person standing still long enough to be captured by the long exposure time. But Tapley puts a supernatural twist on the story.

Feature-packed

The winning stories, as well as several other contest stories, are featured in today's Times-Gazette, along with numerous other features.

Also included are ghost stories submitted independently of the contest and longer than the contest's 750-word limit. Two of those are from frequent contributor Julio Francesconi, who is kind enough to supply us with his short fiction several times a year.