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by Bev Barr

Astronomical correction in order - The first get-together for people interested in astronomy will meet from 7 to 8 pm next Thursday, Jan. 21, instead of tonight, as previously published.
The informal astronomical society will provide an opportunity for people to get together and discuss topics related to the cosmos. Retired scientist George Angelos, an astral-photographer, and Scott Hopkins, an amateur astronomer, invite and encourage people who are interested in astronomy to attend the casual gathering, which will be at the library in Medina. Angelos teaches himself about the fields of mathematics and physics "for fun," he said. He is also interested in the history of various fields of science.
So whether you want to learn about the tools that revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos, or simply want an informed explanation about something you have observed with the naked eye - this is the place to get some answers. And remember: There are no prerequisites to observe the heavens with enthusiasm, awe and a curious intellect.
The first get-together will be from 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Medina Community Library.
Helping a child: What a bargain - Fifty-three young people from Medina - 3rd graders through seniors in high school - competed at the Bandera County Live Stock Show last week. Most of the participants placed and were honored with junior and senior showmanship awards, according to Ag teacher Hannah Chambers.
Judges honor showmanship when entrants demonstrate specific knowledge of the animal they are showing, and interact respectfully with other participants and judges.
"Not one kid (from Medina) received less than $800 at auction. One student received $10,000," Chambers said. "The cool thing about it is that the people who buy the auction animals don't get a thing. ... It's a premium sale. The money goes to the student. The only thing they get is the knowledge of knowing that they helped out a kid."
New library board prez - The Medina Community Library Board of Directors unanimously and enthusiastically elected Debra Hopkins to serve as president of the library board at the first meeting of 2016, Jan. 12. David Lackey will continue to serve as vice-president, Don McGehee as treasurer and Perry Lane as secretary. Hopkins graciously accepted the challenge, along with the gratitude of her fellow board members - but we're not losing David Derry! Derry will serve on a soon-to-be-established advisory committee.
More news as it develops.
Medina ISD Board - School board meetings are open to the public. To view agendas and minutes from previous meetings visit and select "School Board" in the tool bar or call 830-589-2855.
Commissioners' Court - 10 am, Bandera County Courthouse, 500 Main St., Bandera. Open to the public.
• Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 - 9 pm, Thursdays; noon - 2 pm, Mondays at the Cottage of Medina United Methodist Church, 266 Reed Avenue.