Real 'ghostbusters' plan class at SCCC on ghost hunting

Monday, January 26, 2009

Interest in the paranormal is as old as civilization, but has risen to new heights in the last 10 years or so.

Virtually every television network has at least one program on the subject -- from the Sci-Fi Channel to Discovery, A&E and National Geographic.

Books on the subject abound -- more than 17,000 titles can be found on alone.

This is a topic that interests many and has many believers. A poll at A&E TV's Web site suggests that more than 65 percent of respondents believe in haunted houses, with only 5 percent saying they don't exist.

No matter what side of the fence you're on, a class scheduled for March 21 at Saline County Career Center may help resolve the question.

Michelle Hanson, adult education coordinator at SCCC, said the class, "Missouri Haunts: Ghost Stories & Ghost Hunting in Missouri," is filling up quickly.

Hanson heard about Greg Myers and The Paranormal Task Force of St. Louis from another adult education coordinator who scheduled a very successful class with the group.

"I'm always looking for new ideas for classes," said Hanson. "We've never done anything like this, but I'm an open-minded person."

Hanson said she's "thrilled" that so many people are interested, adding that the potential for another class exists.

In addition to discussing their investigation experiences, Myers and his crew will present demonstrations of their equipment and the techniques they use. The three-hour class will be followed by an off-site "interactive investigational tour," Hanson said. In other words, the class will be looking for ghosts at a site somewhere in the area.

"We're looking at a couple of local sites," she said. "And I've heard of a lot of places," she added, but the selection process is still open. Hanson said she'd like to hear from people who can suggest a site they believe is haunted.

"In or close to Marshall would be best," she said, "but we can go further if we have to."

Registration for the class is still open. Participants can register online, in person at Saline County Career Center, 900 W. Vest St., by mail, by phone at 660-886-6958, by fax to 660-886-3092 or by e-mail to

For more information on Myers and his group, go to their Web site at

Contact Kathy Fairchild at

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  • I've heard stories that the Marshall Cinema is haunted. Some friends of mine (who used to work there) have told me some interesting tales.

    -- Posted by Green Eyes on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 1:14 PM
  • I've heard several rumors about the Hab center being haunted. Especially the 3rd floor of L building.

    -- Posted by speedfingers on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 2:54 PM
  • Rumor has it that Bueker Middle School is haunted

    -- Posted by tommob on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 3:40 PM
  • there are 3 ghosts in bueker middle school, 2 men and 1 mvc there is a man on the 4th floor of young hall,awoman in mcdonald hall and a woman in porterhouse

    -- Posted by okie mike on Mon, Jan 26, 2009, at 7:31 PM
  • I almost forgot,the old Saline county nursing home has a few ghosts. Ask the rodeo kids that stay out there. The basement area and the second floor is the spookiest.Also the old Blosser childrens home has a few cold spots too.We do a lot of repairs and upgrades in the summer and the students tell us all kind of stories.

    -- Posted by okie mike on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 12:03 AM
  • I'm sure the Courthouse is haunted, too. I mean...why not?

    -- Posted by Green Eyes on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 8:50 AM
  • There is a house outside of Sweet Springs that has had a paranormal investigation done before, and the owner suposably will allow anyone who wants to investigate to come check it out. The house is even posted on millers paranormal web site. The owner's name is Ron Tieman. The house was a plantation home and there were people hung from the tree, there have been orbs seen, and a woman that died in the house doesn't seem to care for men and makes it known now.

    -- Posted by speedfingers on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 1:12 PM
  • This is Greg from PTF, the instructor for this class. If anyone wants to email me futher information about haunted locations in this area with the haunting/legend stories and history, it would be greatly appreciated.

    I have also heard that Arrow Rock is a very well known haunted location as well, but do not have the details of such.

    Are any of the Hotels or B & B's haunted there?

    I look forward to meeting all who attends the class!

    Greg Myers

    President, Paranormal Task Force



    -- Posted by catchmyghost on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 2:06 PM
  • has anyone even taken the time to look at ptf's evedence it is so obviously botched it isint even funny i mean cmon im a skeptic but not a disbeliver but this crap he creats with photoshop is a disgrace to the paranormal comunity and all ledgit investigators and teams in the feild anyone involved with steven lachance should be closely examined and should definately not be teaching a class

    -- Posted by squirly on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 6:46 PM
  • I cant believe that tax dollars is being wasted on a group that clearly fakes evidence. They photo shop pictures and claim that it is paranormal. Look for your self

    I dont have a problem with people wanting to learn about the paranormal, but dont you think you could find a better group of people to get that information from. With people like this its no wonder the paranormal wont be taken seriously in the scientific community. Now I know why it gets labeled as Pseudo science.

    -- Posted by oldschoolriders on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 6:52 PM
  • Sounds like a good scam.

    Fee: $39

    Optional Book Fee: $15

    Never trust people who charge money to teach the paranormal.

    -- Posted by oldschoolriders on Wed, Jan 28, 2009, at 12:37 PM
  • Old School Rider ... I will not let this area fall to debating such accusations. I will just state that the person you mentioned has not been affiliated or associated with this organization for about 2 years or so.

    If you have any other "issues" then please email me privately to discuss such.

    -- Posted by catchmyghost on Wed, Jan 28, 2009, at 1:35 PM
  • well for one thing catchmyghost old school riders didint mention anything about lachance i did and even though he may not be affiliated with your organization it still doesent change the fact that your evedence posted on your website is so hilariously fake now dont get me wrog im not saying everything you have ever captured is fake but for instance you photos of zombie road cmon man your making a fool of yourself and your team by having fake evedence posted and dont try to deny that they are photoshopped because its quite clear and why does your evedence look different than any thing else ever captured explain that its not right real teams spend hours and days reviewing evedence for that split second of activity and you guys make your own evedence

    -- Posted by squirly on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 3:26 PM
  • here is the fake evedence go look for yourelf training people how to conduct a paranormal investigation should be non profit and anyone who charges to counduct an investigation is a fraud look for yourself

    -- Posted by squirly on Thu, Jan 29, 2009, at 3:30 PM
  • I agree, it is unethical to charge a client to conduct an investigation and that is something we also advocate to others. PTF has never charged any client for such services.

    Also, the page referred to is a photo analysis page contain pictures submitted by others to PTF with the exception of a few. One who takes time to actually "read" the text above or below the photographs would realize such.

    Public events at times include instruction, education, power point presentation, hands on with equipment, training, tours, access to locations with purported haunted history or legends, etc. The host(s) of such receives the majority of the proceeds for their educational institution, historical society, etc. which follows PTF's mission statement(s). One can not expect such a facility or society to give free public use to their facilities as they are also a non-profit organization that has to pay overhead and other bills to maintain their facility, properties, preservation, etc. PTF is also a non profit organization incorporated legally in Missouri. Many other such organizations will state they are "non-profit or not-for-profit" and are not incorporated legally within their state and do not maintain the legal paperwork while advocating "improperly" they are such which would be in violation of various State Statutes.

    One also has to remember that instructing such events comes with various associated cost; such as travel, lodging, maintenance of equipment, consumable cost, etc. Unless one is independently wealthy the coverage of such cost has to be raised from various source(s). Should a reiki healer, piano instructor, historical tour guide or other person teach classes or give tours with the cost coming out of their pocket each time?

    Even the optional text book/guide for this class is offered at a lower cost than the listed price such can be obtained by the author by $1.95 and without any shipping or handling fee as well for the attendees of the class.

    Furthermore, Greg Myers of PTF is a Missouri representative for the American Ghost Society (AGS) which is one of the most credible and long standing societies of such in the United States and headed by the renown paranormal investigator and author Troy Taylor.

    It is good to have skeptics and non-believers when it concerns the paranormal when they provide "intelligent" feedback. However, those who make allegations without proper thought, analysis or fact and disseminates such statements as truths serves no "positive" purpose to any community.

    You may want to take the class yourself and see first hand the professionalism, hard work, etc. that is put into such a class. Your concerns are appreciated and I hope such have been thoroughly addressed as well.

    -- Posted by catchmyghost on Sat, Jan 31, 2009, at 12:05 AM
  • P.S. "Evedence" has an "i" in it.

    -- Posted by catchmyghost on Sat, Jan 31, 2009, at 12:06 AM
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