Brenda Whitaker (standing) speaks to a group of C-CHS students about the use and abuse of certain drugs and their impact on the community. (Photo by Kim Popham)
CORRIGAN – Brenda Whitaker of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council recently visited Corrigan-Camden High School students to discuss different drugs, which are abused in today's world. Whitaker, who is also a resident of Corrigan, expressed to the students her concern about drugs and alcohol use in our community during her presentation.
Whitaker focused on the drug called "wet" which is a street named for marijuana cigarettes dipped in embalming fluid. The embalming fluid that is used to preserve the dead is becoming an increasingly popular drug for users looking for a new and different high, one that often comes with violent and psychotic side effects.
Teens and young adults are buying tobacco or marijuana cigarettes that have been soaked in embalming fluid and then dried. They cost about twenty dollars apiece and are called by nearly a dozen names nationwide, including "wet," "fry" and "illy." "Some people around here think it's just a city problem but it's not," said Whitaker. Many users who want embalming fluid often get it with phenylcyclidine (PCP) mixed in. Embalming fluid is a compound of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents. Adding to the confusion is that PCP has gone by the street name "embalming fluid" since the 1970s. Some of the effects include visual and auditory hallucinations, euphoria, a feeling of invincibility, increased pain tolerance, anger, forgetfulness and paranoia. Stranger symptoms reported include an overwhelming desire to disrobe and a strong distaste for meat, according to information Whitaker presented, which was obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice literature.
Other symptoms may include coma, seizures, renal failure and stroke. The high lasts from six hours to three days. The other main drug she focused on was K-2, which is a mixture of herbal and spice plant products, but it is sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance that is causing many adverse effects. This K2 compound was first created in the mid-1990s in the lab of organic chemist John W. Huffman of Clemson University, who studies cannabinoid receptors. He's not sure how the recipe for what is named JWH-018 (his initials) got picked up. A user can experience an intense high on the substance. It is about 10 times more active than THC the active ingredient in marijuana. The compound works on the brain in the same way as marijuana's active ingredient THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Since K2 acts like marijuana, you'd expect to see the same effects, including sleepiness, relaxation, reduced blood pressure, and at high doses, hallucinations and delusions, but some users have reported symptoms such as increased agitation and elevated blood pressure and heart rates that don't match up with marijuana's effects.
It also is believed to affect the central nervous system, causing severe, potentially life-threatening hallucinations and in some cases, seizures.
There have been many deaths associated with K-2 use. Just a few weeks ago a student from Longview died from smoking a K-2 cigarette.
She also discussed the use of meth, alcohol, cocaine, and various other drugs. Whitaker urged the students to avoid drug use, and told the students to be aware that there is a drug problem in our community, as well as in surrounding communities.
The Corrigan Lions Club was awarded the Governor's Club Excellence Award for the 2014-15 year. The club was given this award for the outstanding contributions it has made to the community of Corrigan, and within District 2S-1.
The Corrigan Lions meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. We meet in the Corrigan Senior Center on City Office Street. We meet for a meal and fellowship, followed by a program.
The Corrigan Lions are part of Lions Club International, the world's largest service organization. Our motto is "We Serve". If you have a serving heart and willing hands to help, come join us in serving the needs of our community.
The week of rain and sunshine, blessings and more blessings, what a mighty GOD we serve; We are now at the end of the fifth month of this wonderful year 2015. Can you believe it is half gone? School is stepping out for a short while and the children nothing to do. (Say what about lets getting together with the children and go back to the days of active ball games) Let me know " like yesterday" I'm all for it.
With the week starting off with another great holiday made the week past faster than we expected but all was well. Even with the wind and rain many wonderful programs came into being.
The Shiloh Baptist District Association had a wonderful bible institute teaching and the message coming form from the police chief was wonderful. I really didn't know he was a minister, now that I know I can say he not only have been nice to me now I can say, he brings a good message from the Bible. CCISD 's and many other schools gave recognition to their graduating students with scholarship programs presentations. CCISD received a great number of scholarships and a massive number of $$$$ with some of its students receiving the full four year scholarships.
I was really impressed with the youngster that received his recognition from the United States Navy, he was the only one still I was glad to see jut that only one. Many of the students was in recognition for almost enough college hours to be graduating the AA degree in a year. However almost all of the student did have acquired college hours. What a wonderful blessing and should have proud parents and instructors in high school neighbors, friends and relatives. CISD celebrated with an outstanding Baccalaureate message and wonderful fellowship with family, friends and neighbors. The class is small but the education scholarships and college hours are large, something else to be thankful for. Bro Mark gave a message to be remembered by each student both on the graduating list and not. It takes courage to choose, accept and work toward the plans God has for your life, don't you know?
Well! Some have cried about the rain, I guess now the tears will continue with the sun and the heat. I was just thinking, If, God pleased each of us with the weather we like all the time, each one of us as well like it, (some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it not hot not cold) and we walked around every day the way we like it with each one in his/her weather, what a messed up world we would have.
How is Molly Locke I'm asked. Well! I had to ask that question myself. The answer is, she is better and getting around on her own. I do wish I could see her sometime. An Old Class Motto: You can't see without looking, but you can look without seeing, and you can do both without focusing, however focusing is the most important. You can look toward and miss, however while looking you don't always see just what you're looking at, but Focusing is Important. When you enter your prayer closet this week please remember my good friend Richard Thompson, Shirley Thompson, nursing home residents, friend and neighbors not for getting our government representatives.
Thought: When thing go wrong as they sometimes will; When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, when funds are low and debts get high, and you want to smile but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must , but don't quit. God is still in control and your faith in Him try to follow His will in your life, you'll see the difference. Don't Quit, Remember GOD loves you. and so do I. Prayer: We thank you our Father for you have been and are merciful and loving daily, moment by moment, heart beat by heart beat, and for this we are thankful, for last nights lying down and this mornings arising. We ask just a closer walk with the holding us as we walk the walk that you have assigned for us one by one. We ask a special blessing for our children as they take this new step in life for the home in high school and the colleges to different world. We realize June is the month so many have chosen for the new life called weddings. We ask your blessing there as well. Thanking you for the blessing in illness and mis-understandings of family, friends and employers. and we ask the safety of all in the precious name of your Son our savior Jesus Christ.... Amen.....
ACT GRANT – Beverly Cockrell, an English teacher at Corrigan-Camden High School, received the first annual Active Teacher Grant from the Polk County Retired Teachers’ Association. The money will be used to purchase the novel “Unbroken” for her classes to study.
LIVINGSTON– Beverly Cockrell, an English I teacher at Corrigan-Camden High School was awarded the first annual Active Teachers' Grant on March 5 by the Polk County Retired Teachers' Association.
Cockrell plans to buy the novel, "Unbroken," the story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner and an Army hero in World War II. She said she "believes the study of this novel will elevate the students' learning about life, dedication, conviction, faith and perseverance." The novel will be used for years increasing the impact of this grant. She was among numerous applicants from Polk County schools for the ACT Grant. The selection committee considered the number of students the grant would impact, depth and creativity of the students' learning experiences and if it would have the ability to be used for more than one year.
Polk County Retired Teachers' Association is proud to support active teachers as they endeavor to provide quality education for their students.
Typical 1950’s/60’s Corrigan night scene, facing north, as depicted by talented local artist Paula Adams Schoenemann. On the left is Essie’s Café and Lack’s Furniture, across the street shows Thomas Fruit, Corrigan Theater, Essie’s Courts, Cobb’s Feed Store (building still standing) and Manry’s Café.
Editor's Note: The following feature is a welcome new addition to the Corrigan Times' cache of regular features. Sheila Kirkland's column will expound upon the goings-on of the Corrigan Area Heritage Center and will work to enlighten readers on aspects of local history on a bi-weekly basis. Enjoy.
By Shelia Kirkland
When people think of hidden treasure an image comes to mind of pirates, sunken ships and chests filled with gold, jewels and other valuables. Well, we have a treasure trove right here in our neck of the woods that is just as exciting and valuable as gold and jewels...our own heritage.
The Corrigan Area Heritage Center (CAHC) is becoming a reality with a Grand Opening planned for Saturday, May 23. At the heart of this is our treasures, artifacts if you will, of our lives in areas around Corrigan Moscow, Camden and dozens of small communities such as Stryker, Carmona, Skinnertown and many others.
When I first became actively involved in the Corrigan Area Heritage Center I was hesitant, thinking, "What can I bring to the table? I don't really have anything of historical value."
After helping sift through and documenting boxes of memorabilia area citizens have already donated I now realize that EVERYTHING has value. Everything has a story behind it that links itself to our area and our people. A church bulletin reminds us of a revival or somebody's baptism. A school report card reminds us of how important the "3R's" were and gives us a flashback to a favorite teacher. An old dress pattern recalls clothes lovingly sewed for special occasions, or costumes created for school plays. A story told orally and passed down to another generation gives us a personal tie to an event in our area.
This is our treasure and we must preserve it. Twenty years from now our children or grandchildren will ask us to tell them a story about "the old days"—which differs from one generation to another. They will be amazed at what we take for granted today.
A free drink coupon at a local fast food place for making the honor roll will become part of the "treasure". Its value is not monetary, but is intrinsic. In perusing the CAHC inventory, I see reward coupons from yesteryear and remember the old Freezette and Dairy Queen. I remember walking (from the old school) to Sirman's Drugstore for a scoop of ice-cream, courtesy of our teacher, for a job well done. Although these establishments have long since vanished, the memories remain. The upcoming generation will one day be the guardians of these memories and will have the Heritage Center to preserve these treasures.
As an example, while going through a donation box recently, I happened upon some old movie theater guides for the Corrigan Movie Theater. Wow! I had to giggle at some of the famous movie stars of that era such as Claudette Colbert, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando. The list goes on and on. I quickly sobered when I realized if I asked any 12 year old today if they had ever seen a movie starring Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Demi Moore, Ryan O'Neal, Angelica Huston or Michelle Pfeiffer, they would say, "WHO?".
Corrigan was home to a movie house, theater or "show" for over 40 years. Occupying three different locations and several different owners before finally closing its doors in the early 70's, this form of entertainment was a huge part of the social life in Corrigan. The theater, or "show", as many of us called it, had a nightly feature movie from 7-9:30. There was also a weekend "Midnight Show" from 9:30 to midnight, if you were of an age to stay up late or were the proud owner of a driver's license. This was considered "Date Night". (The theater was closed on Sunday.) The small concession stand had a brisk business offering popcorn, soft drinks and candy. A number of young teenagers made extra money working in the concession stand.
Teenage angst was often played out during a movie intermission or if the film projector had a glitch. Many Saturday nights my friends and I would pay admission for a ticket to watch a movie, when in fact, all we really did was talk and see who sat by who. It was an unspoken rule that 3 week-ends of consecutively sitting by the same member of the opposite sex constituted a serious relationship. If said boy or girl was caught conversing in the lobby with another boy or girl, the inevitable "break-up" drama was played out right there in the lobby for all by-standers to see. The accusations flew, the denial repeated until the climax when the girl was rushed to the restroom to be consoled by her girlfriend's claims that the boy was "not good enough for her". Meanwhile, the boy--with his dutiful sidekicks--sought refuge across the street at Essie's Café, easing his sorrows with a cheeseburger and Cherry Coke.
Fortunately the theater's audience was spared having their movie interrupted by this on-going cycle thanks to "movie monitors". Adults or "responsible" high school students removed you from the auditorium if you were too loud or disruptive. Your parents were called to retrieve you, or if you were of an age to drive, you were escorted to your—actually your parent's—vehicle and asked to depart the premises.
This memory was all the result of seeing an old movie guide. When people are encouraged to share their memorabilia with the Corrigan Area Heritage Center they usually ask, "What do you want?"
There is no answer to that except, "If it relates to the Corrigan area we want it ALL!"
Something you think is of little significance, or just a "doo-dad" is of interest merely because you have it and it has a local story or is part of the local story. Kelly Shadix refers to these as "puzzle pieces". You may have a small piece that fits in with another item or story which will then connect to another topic of interest. Will our puzzle ever be finished? No. Each generation adds to it. Each part of Corrigan and its 10 mile radius need representation in this puzzle.
I ran across a Johnson School yearbook. Who can tell us about or bring items that represent this school? Our local churches have a history of their own. How will we know when, or how, they were founded? Etcetera, etcetera. Plenty of questions in need of answers.
Your connection to this area is important. It is your heritage. Pictures, school programs, church bulletins, recipes, quilt patterns with a local tie, etc., would add to our treasure. An interesting story could be written, or recorded, and paired with some other person's account or picture to expound on the same event. I foresee our treasure chest growing. Again, this is not just about the town of Corrigan, or a certain handful of people. All surrounding areas and citizens need to be represented in this effort.
I plan to periodically write an article to keep the community updated on events and the "jewels" of the CAHC. I urge you to get involved with the Corrigan Area Heritage Center. Join us on Facebook "Corrigan Happenings Between 1900 and 1980 and weigh in on some of the discussions that take place. (That is not to suggest that our treasure gathering stops at 1980. It is hard to imagine that 1980 was 35 years ago, and to a young person today, that was the old days!)
, or deposit to Corrigan Community Service League/CAHC History account at Citizens State Bank (see Thelma Stanford).
[Shelia Kirkland is a native Corriganite, the daughter of Maxine (Loving) and Henry Kirkland, and retired Corrigan-Camden ISD Texas History Teacher.]