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Local star shines on Shelbyville audience

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Billy Hix presented a program to the Woman's Club on Wednesday about the Star of Wonder.
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Billy Hix, a local educator from Shelbyville who has had a passion for space and science his entire life, visited the Shelbyville Woman's Club Wednesday during the club's monthly meeting held at the Riverbend Country Club.

The many women in attendance paid close attention as Hix presented his program called, "The science behind the star of Bethlehem."

Hix spoke to his mission of producing a science-educated community and also presented some intriguing facts about the universe as they may relate to the Christmas star.

"I'll share with you a few facts and then I'll let you draw your own conclusions," he said.

Top teacher

Hix, a professor at Motlow State Community College who was honored last November as the state's college science teacher of the year, was also selected last year as one of three teacher liaisons across the United States by the Space Foundation.

Hix began his education as a young man in Flat Creek, and recalled the days when teachers urged students to pursue tradition paths like farming, as opposed to radical alternatives like science, he joked.

"I am on a mission now ... to provide something for students that I didn't have," he said.

Club members, including many who've known Hix his entire life, appreciated his unique presentation which included a little humor, plenty of information and lots of ideas for club members to ponder as they left for home on a chilly winter day.

Special treat ahead

Previewing the year to come, Hix also excited members by predicting we may see something very special in the sky next Christmas.

"At the end of 2013 there could be the brightest comet you've ever seen," he said. "Around Christmas we could have a comet that will knock your socks off."

Woman's Club meets the second Wednesday of each month and is open to club members and their guests.

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