Lynn Sheffield Simmons: UNT student group mulls plans at Argyle retreat

The University of North Texas Student Athlete Advisory Council recently went on a retreat at the Argyle home of Jerry Thomas, dean of the College of Education, and his wife, Katherine Thomas, UNT kinesiology professor.

Janet Laminack: Earth-Kind landscaping good choice for region

Trying to have an attractive landscape in North Texas can often feel like a losing battle. There are droughts, heat waves, cold snaps, insects, disease and weeds, just to name a few challenges we face.

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This has been a relatively mild summer thus far — especially compared to the last few summers we’ve experienced. But one concern we’ve had to deal with for the last few years is limited rainfall. The current drought, combined with the continued influx of new residents to North Texas

Becca Dickstein: Big red sage fragrant, pretty and hard to find

Although big red sage, Salvia pentstemonoides, was thought to be extinct in the 1950s, it was rediscovered growing in the Texas Hill Country in the 1980s and you can grow it in North Texas today.

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Independence Day weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for swimming pool use. If you are the pool owner, hopefully by now your plans are in place for this weekend — the yard is mowed, the food is planned, the guests are invited and the pool is ready.

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Most area schools let out for the summer this week. As a matter of fact, all three Denton high schools — Denton High, Ryan High and Guyer High — are holding their graduation ceremonies today. Congratulations to all students on what I hope was a great year, but a special congratulation to this year’s graduates.

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