Reading newspaper may lead lucky to the #039;Good Book#039;

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 6, 2005

Anybody who believes newspapers are not interactive, boy, we have got news for you - pun intended.

Starting Friday, readers should grab their best detective hat and their Holy Bible because we have a mystery that will reward our best sleuths.

Friday, The Ironton Tribune will kick-off its first Bible Verse Search page. Readers will notice an extra page in the paper that looks like it is filled to the top with nothing but ads.

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But, wait! Don't breeze right on by because this will be the start of our 16-week contest that will produce 35 winners each week with us giving away 560 King James Version, deluxe edition Bibles. We think this will be a fun way to get our readers involved, promote local businesses and maybe learn a little about the Bible all at the same time.

Each Friday during the contest, the verse search page will present 35 ads. Each ad will contain a Bible verse and a clue where it is found. Readers, Sunday School classes, civic groups and others must identify where in the Bible any three of these verses come from, fill out the entry form at the top and bring or mail it to the paper by Wednesday of the following week.

On Thursdays, 35 winners will be drawn from the returned entries. The names of those winners will appear in the Friday edition below the newest verse.

Each winner goes the business in whose ad they are listed to receive their free Holy Bible. We aren't talking about a pocket-edition Bible, either. These are fancy versions that include a variety of specials such as the words of Christ in red, color presentation pages and a dictionary.

But if you don't win one week, keep trying because everyone will have 560 chances to add to their collection.

But that is not all. At the end of the 16-week contest, the individual or group that submitted the most entries will win a deluxe, family-edition, oversized altar Bible.

Some people have said we are crazy for mixing religion with business but we don't see it that way. We aren't telling anyone what to believe or pushing our beliefs. This is simply a way to get the community involved and give away some Bibles - something we know many of our readers hold dear to their hearts.

So, follow the clues, have some fun and good luck.

Michael Caldwell is managing editor at The Ironton Tribune. To contact Mike, call (740) 532-1445 ext. 24 or by e-mail at