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The Stories: Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center

Formerly a Methodist church, the building that now serves as the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center is reportedly haunted by what ghost hunters refer to as protectors.

According to Kim Brame, director of the Norcross Ghost Walks, the spirits seem to manifest when changes are being made to the building, such as items removed or renovations done.

James Beck was removing old carpet before one of Lionheart Theatre Company's productions earlier this fall when he had what he deems a ghostly encounter.

"I can't prove any of it," he said. "I just had this really strange sensation of someone in the room with me and I caught something out of the corner of my eye."

But Beck wasn't deterred.

"I just started talking to the ghost," he laughed. "I said, 'I hope you don't mind, we're just trying to make some small changes, nothing too drastic. I know this is your home.' Things seemed to relax after that."

SideBar: If you dare

· What: Norcross ghost tours

· When: Tours begin Thursday and will run at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday until Oct. 31

· Where: Tours start at 54 Jones St. in Norcross

· Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for children 7 to 14 and free for one child age 5 or 6 with a paying adult

· For more information: Visit www.norcrossghost.com