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October 11, 2012

Is old Eton school haunted?

Ghost tours continue through October

Those looking for a brush with the paranormal are invited to come to the old Eton school — now Mountain Creek Academy — for guided ghost tours each weekend through October.

The North Georgia Paranormal Group is partnering with the Secret Santa program to provide Christmas for needy families by donating a portion of the $3 fees from the tours for the program. The tours kicked off a couple of weeks ago with Brian J. Cano, one of the stars on the SyFy Channel’s “Haunted Collector,” coming to Murray County for a weekend to sign autographs and lead a few tours.

Tickets are $3 for ghost tours beginning at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each Saturday. Children 6 and under are admitted free.

Paranormal Group founder J.W. McDonald of Chatsworth said the old Eton school is definitely haunted.

“There’s a lot of great people like the ghost of Jessica in the auditorium, the claims of Mrs. Macie Jackson, the running man who was caught on video running, and kids,” McDonald said. “The school was made in 1938 to later... My team (the Paranormal Group) investigated the school back in 2008 and 2009 looking for answers to the ghost above and others as well. We were asked to come and investigated the school four to five times. Besides the running man and the ghost lady I have seen, I would say the foot steps in the hall is the best. You hear it and — boom! — no one’s there. Funny thing is it’s just you and your teammate in that part of the school and no one else.”

McDonald’s group offers free services, including using techniques to address houses or buildings inhabited by demons, he said. He said he doesn’t use Ouija Boards or seances.

“I am really a priest of the Catholic church,” he said. “We bless the evil out of the home where the family can live in peace.”

Cano said he was interested in the occult since he was young but still considered himself a skeptic when he became seriously involved.

“We live in a huge universe, and we understand so little of it that we’re just kind of scrambling for answers,” Cano said. “As I got into it more with more research and more investigations, it’s like opening a door and seeing what’s behind it. Once you’ve seen what’s behind a door, you can’t quite close it again.”

He said paranormal explanations help solve some of life’s mysteries such as psychic powers, including the ability to anticipate or almost will into existence something you want. Sometimes, for instance, he’ll want badly to hear a specific artist or song, and then all of a sudden it’ll shuffle through to that song on his iPod, he said. Yet exactly how that works is unknown, he added.

“Who knows? Maybe we’re all tapped into this collective unconsciousness,” he said. “Thought is energy. Energy is matter. So you can almost create something out of nothing. Even though it’s a very small value, you can really affect your reality, and people need to start doing that more in a positive way.”

For more information about the tours, contact McDonald at northgeorgiaparanormalgroup@yahoo.com.

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