Real 'ghostbusters' plan class at SCCC on ghost hunting
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 Amazon.com 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 email@example.com.
For more information on Myers and his group, go to their Web site at http://www.paranormaltaskforce.com/