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2014-05-08

Medina students visit courthouse

By Cammie Morgan, Fourth grade teacher

Cammie Morgan's fourth grade class from Medina Elementary traveled to the Bandera County Courthouse as part of the "Keys to the Courthouse" curriculum provided by the Bandera County Extension Service.
Students received a tour of the county clerk's office learning what documents that office provides. County Clerk Candi Wheeler showed students a variety of different documents including the county's record of cattle brands.
Judge Richard Evans visited with the kids for a short time about the history of Bandera County sheriffs. He told them the story about Sheriff Hicks. Sheriff Hicks was shot at Mansfield Park during prohibition by some bootleggers. His deputy, Billy Burns, shot the bootleggers after they tried running him over by car. Deputy Burns then became sheriff where he remained sheriff for many years.
After a little history, Judge Evans invited the class to his courtroom where he talked with them about the justice system.