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Local program targeting juvenile drug, alcohol use
CORRIGAN — A host of speakers gathered at the Corrigan Housing Authority's Cockrell Center on Magnolia Street Tuesday to discuss the pitfalls of drug and alcohol use in youth. Joe Walker Sr. is leading the group, who has chosen the name Youth Overcomers, (YO), and about 100 people gathered to hear the program on drug education and preven-tion. The free summer youth program is for boys and girls ages 8 and up.Pastor Kenneth Jackson in-troduced the program and nu-merous speakers to the audi-ence. Speakerst included City Manager, Darian Hudman, Chief of Police Darrell Gib-son, CPD Officer James Hight, Canine Police Leigh, Time for Harvest Associate Pastor Jonathan Clark, Faith Temple Youth Pastor Jamey Brooks, City Councilwoman Johnnie Brooks, Mayor Pro Tem Johnna Lowe, ADAC counselor Brenda Whitaker, and special guest Bill Safford. Each speaker presented a va-riety of programs concerning drug abuse and safety issues. Those in attendance were treat-ed to hot dogs and drinks. Canine Officer James Hight and K9 Leigh demonstrated a variety of commands and dem-onstrated police tactics concern-ing the use of canine Leigh in drug interdiction and arrest pro-cedures. Chief Darrell Gibson informed the group of local curfew rules and regulations. He also spoke regarding the freedoms we en-joy and how easy it is to lose when breaking the law. "We hope to have even more people in attendance on July 9," Lowe said. Everyone is invited to attend the July 9 program designed to discourage drug and alcohol us-age by local youth.Gift cards to Wal-Mart, 13 door prizes in all, were giv-en away as door prizes at the event. Corrigan Housing Authority sponsored the program and sev-eral businesses that offered addi-tional support. The July 9 meet-ing will be held at the Corrigan Housing Authority Community Center, across from Public Li-brary thereafter; meetings will be second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.For more information, please call Joe Walker at 936-417-5009 or 936-635-7605 or the Corrigan Housing Authority at 936-398-5351.