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Old school's conditionPosted Friday, June 4, 2010, at 12:57 PM
Couple of unrelated things bouncing around in my mind:
Those empty halls: Will the old Central High School on Elm Street just sit forever?
What brought it to mind was doing Photoshop work on some photos for Sunday's Times-Gazette. Many photos shot at Central High, Community Middle and Liberty schools have an irritating yellow tint due to a combination of lighting and "institutional yellow" walls. I have to max out Photoshop sometimes just to return the colors to what you'd see in person as opposed to the camera's view.
Anyway, that reminded me of the tan brick walls at the old Central High, and got me to wondering what shape the interior's in today.
The last time I heard anything about it was back in the winter when vandals broke in, and indications were that things were deteriorating. Winter's cold and Southern heat and humidity can take their toll quickly in an unused building.
I keep imagining a horror cell of vermin, rats and shelter-seeking drug addicts roaming dark, spider-webbed mold-covered halls after climbing in through broken windows.
I also wonder about the condition of the old hospital on Union Street.
Texting and smoking at the wheel: I'm driving along Madison Street, look over at the car in the next lane and notice that he's driving, texting and smoking at the same time - cigarette and cell phone in the same hand. Not a good combination.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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