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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

Lady Eagles soar to second straight state appearance

The Argyle Lady Eagles basketball team will play Waco La Vega in the UIL state semifinals in San Antonio today. This is the second straight year for the Lady Eagles to go to state. Last year, they came in second, falling to Waco La Vega in the championship game.

The team is coached by Skip Townsend, who graduated from what is now Texas A&M University-Commerce and has been coaching for 42 years. Before coming to Argyle, Townsend won six state titles in 10 years at Brock and at Copperas Cove, where he had the No. 1 team in the nation, led by Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today Player of the Year Shereka Wright. Wright went on to graduate from Purdue University, was a member of the WNBA and is now an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Alabama.

This will be Townsend’s ninth state tournament. As to the prospects of the tournament, he says the team has playoff experience and “pride ourselves on defense and try to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”


Town names new director of community development

Matthew Jones is the new director of community development for the town of Argyle.

He began his planning career in 2007 as a planner in Abilene. He worked on long-range and planning projects that included a citywide hike-and-bike plan, as well as a comprehensive overlay zoning district for Fort Phantom Hill Lake.

In 2011, he took a position with the city of Southlake in the community development department. He worked on many development projects and was a member of the city manager’s economic development committee.

In 2013, Jones moved to Abilene and worked in the private sector for an engineering firm as a planner and project manager. Before coming to Argyle, he was with the town of Trophy Club and served as its senior planner overseeing the planning and development department.

Jones has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Texas State University in San Marcos and is currently working on a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Texas-Pan American that he will complete this fall. He is a certified planner from the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the American Planning Association and the Texas City Management Association.

He has been married for six years to his wife, Crystal, and they have two children — a daughter, Collins, 3; and a son, Judge, born in January. They live in Keller.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work for and look forward to overseeing the future growth of the town while preserving the rural integrity and heritage of Argyle,” Jones said.


Ongoing events

The Argyle Community Civic League meets at 6:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at 306 U.S. Highway 377, Suite B, in Settlers Center.

Those interested in joining can contact the league at

The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month and at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (board members meet at 5:30 p.m.) in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St.

For more information, email

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Wednesday and Friday in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St., with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 940-464-7438 or visit

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children's books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at at