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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: County honey tasting reveals contrasts

The first Denton County Honey Tasting was held Sept. 29 at D&L Farm and Home in Denton and hosted by owners Rex and Jennifer Sanders and beekeeper Candi Pardue of Open Range Honey.

Jessica Kimbro: Youths learn how to solve problems in 4-H

The new school year is in session, you joined 4-H and now the question is, “Now what do I do?”

David Annis: Know your land management system

I recently had a client in my office asking questions about starting a haying enterprise. They began by saying that the pasture management had to be “organic.” Even though this isn’t the first time someone has asked for organic recommendations, it made me pause for a second. This can mean different things to different people.

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Janet Laminack: Insect hurting crape myrtles

Crape myrtles are a favorite shrub and tree for our area. They have gorgeous blooms in the heat of summer and many varieities have lovely exfoliating (peeling) bark. Yes, the bark shedding off like that is considered an ornamental feature.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle’s National Night Out set

Argyle’s National Night Out will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.The National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by the town of Argyle, the Argyle Crime Control and Prevention District and the Argyle Police Department.

Ann Sammons: Leptospirosis a concern among animals, people

Leptospirosis, or lepto, is a bacteria that is readily shed in the urine of wildlife (raccoons, opossums, mice, rats, etc.), allowing it to persist in the soil and water for extended periods of time. It thrives in areas of moisture and is seen where flooding occurs (sound familiar?).

Courtney Davis: Mealtime brings big benefits

What is the best thing you can do as a parent for your children? Eat family meals together. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been celebrating our annual family mealtime initiative this September to encourage families to gather around the dinner table, turn off all electronics, enjoy each other’s company and reap the many benefits of eating meals together.

Home decor showcase this weekend

Old-fashioned signs, refurbished furniture and the scent of kettle corn popping will mark Denton’s first Vintage Market Days, a three-day vendor showcase this coming weekend.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Run for Our Sons raises awareness of Duchenne

The Argyle Run for Our Sons 5K/1-Mile Fun Run will be held Oct. 15 at Hilltop Elementary School, 1050 Harrison Lane, to raise funds and awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Jessica Kimbro: 4-H equips young people to become leaders

America is facing a critical need for more leaders — true leaders — prepared with the skills to deal with the problems of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle council approves addition of CVS Pharmacy

The Argyle Town Council recently approved a 14,600-square-foot CVS Pharmacy with a drive-through to be located on 2.2 acres at the northeast corner of FM407 and U.S. Highway 377 south of Earl’s 377 Pizza. The building is expected to be completed by April.

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Cenizo, a purple-flowering shrub, perfect for sun, Texas

Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens) is probably familiar to many North Texans as this West Texas-native shrub is widely used in local landscapes. And with good reason: It is beautiful and is well suited to our region.

David Annis: October poultry meeting slated

Excellent speakers, a trade show and a chance to network with other poultry producers in Denton County can be found when the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office plays host to a “Backyard Poultry Production” meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Pests plague Denton, Argyle

Through the years, Denton and Argyle residents have contended with all kinds of pests that could be harmful to their health.

Janet Laminack: Fall gardening in Texas favorable

Fall is a great time to garden in Texas. Consider trying that vegetable garden again. We have great information about how to get started in vegetable gardening in this area on the Master Gardener website at under the North Texas Gardening tab.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle chamber honors Argyle ISD, Liberty Christian teachers

New teachers from Argyle ISD and Liberty Christian School recently attended the Argyle Chamber of Commerce’s annual New Teacher Welcome Breakfast at Lantana Golf Club. The 72 teachers were introduced and given bags containing classroom supplies.

Courtney Davis: Bagging lunch that makes the grade

Back to school is one of my most favorite times of the year. I am one of those rare individuals who loves shopping for school supplies, and I really enjoy seeing all of the back to school pictures on social media. Back-to-school time also means remembering to pack safe and healthy lunches for our kids.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Denton’s Little Free Library featured on show

Denton’s Little Free Library in the Southridge neighborhood was featured recently on WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas. Judy Watkins, the owner of the Little Free Library, has two libraries in her front yard — one for adults and one for children.

Jessica Kimbro: 4-H program hands out annual awards

Each year, the Denton County 4-H program hosts the Gold Star Banquet to recognize the accomplishments of 4-H members throughout the past year.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Selwyn College Preparatory School headed to Argyle

Selwyn College Preparatory School will be moving to 10 acres at 2020 Long Tail Trail on the outskirts of Argyle after making the necessary renovations to a 15,000-square-foot building that had previously been a technology company.

David Annis: Zika and its effect on Denton County

Zika — What does it mean to Denton County? The past couple of weeks I’ve had more than a few questions about what Zika virus is and what it means to those of us in Denton County.

Janet Laminack: Small acreage farming becomes more relevant in Denton County

Although interest in local food has been on the rise, there has not been a clear definition of what constitutes “local.”

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle Lions Club meets all four of year’s challenges

From July 2015 through June 2016, the Argyle Lions Club met all four Centennial Service Challenges of youth, vision, hunger and environment, according to officials.

Ukulele player gets legal break to perform with reggae star

HONOLULU — A Maui ukulele player who unwittingly sang a duet with reggae artist Matisyahu will be performing with the singer in Hollywood.

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Matt Gohlke: Six ways to cool your pool water

Although our 100 degree temperatures came a bit later this summer than they typically do, it is still very hot this time of year.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: August named Western month

Argyle Little Free Library is designating August as Western Month with books by Elmer Kelton and Louie L’Amour.

Courtney Davis: Learning to cook with herbs

The heat of the summer is upon us and hopefully you thought ahead to plant and grow your own herbs.


Small town New Hampshire post office celebrates 200 years

HINSDALE, N.H. — When the small town of Hinsdale’s post office opened in 1816, it didn’t need all the space in the two-story wooden building on Main Street.

Comic book containing Superman’s debut sold for $956,000

Dallas Superman’s comic book debut sold for $956,000A rare copy of Superman’s 1938 comic-book debut sold at auction for almost $1 million.

Jessica Kimbro: New school year provides chances with 4-H program

The new school year is rapidly approaching, and with that comes a new 4-H year. Come discover 4-H and discover a world of opportunity.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Route 66 filled with things to see in 90th year

Route 66 will be celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Historically, Route 66 was part of the National Old Trails Road that stretches 3,096 miles across the United States from Baltimore to California.

Memorial to slain Navy Seal Chris Kyle unveiled in Texas

A memorial for slain Navy Seal and American Sniper author Chris Kyle has been unveiled in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Traveling fire plug returns home

The Argyle Volunteer Fire Department’s first pumper truck is back home in Argyle and parked in front of the remodeled AVFD building at 427 U.S. Highway 377. The renovated building is now Earl’s 377 Pizza.

David Annis: Carrying capacity, stocking rates top talks for agriculture this week

I was making farm visits on a couple of different operations last week when it occurred to me to talk about carrying capacity and stocking rates.

Brief: Food manager course scheduled for August

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be offering a certified food manager course on Aug. 16-17 at the Joseph A. Carroll Building at 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle sees house for sale scam rise

Argyle’s latest crime involves homeowners listing their houses for sale on Craigslist and getting calls from people wanting to rent it.

‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 23 Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES — Power-and-blood fantasy saga Game of Thrones ruled the Emmy Award nominations Thursday with a leading 23 bids, including best drama, while a real-life epic of murder and celebrity, The People v. O.J. Simpson, was close behind with 22 nods.

Janet Laminack: Nature brings people together

If you are a lifelong learner, interested in the natural world and want to give back to your community through volunteer service, I would encourage you to check out the Texas Master Naturalists program.

Courtney Davis: Dangers of leaving children in or around a vehicle

It is summertime in Texas, which means that the temperatures are approaching the triple digits, and we find ourselves spending more time outdoors. It’s also the time of year in which the danger of children being left alone in and around cars increases.


Crews move a historic house, one of the oldest in Randall County

CANYON — She creaks when she moves. Her joints pop as she’s lifted from the spot where she’s lain for decades. Rising up, she protests as any centenarian might. But move she must.

Brief: About 90 ducks, geese at West Texas park to be euthanized

About 100 people have protested plans to kill dozens of ducks and geese that overpopulated a West Texas park.

Jessica Kimbro: 4-H members battle through busy month of activities

June was a busy month for Denton County 4-H members. Along with State 4-H Roundup, members also participated in the District East Region Horse Show in Athens.

Brief: Lions Gate to buy cable channel Starz in $4.4 billion deal

New YorkLions Gate to buy Starz in $4.4 billion deal Film and TV studio Lions Gate is buying cable channel operator Starz in a deal worth $4.4 billion.

Brief: Goat production meeting slated

For those interested in becoming a goat producer, register to attend a goat production meeting Friday, July 8 at the Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church, located at 5926 FM455W in Sanger.

David Annis: Goat producers join in for July meeting

If you are a goat producer, or if you are interested in becoming a goat producer, please join us for our Goat Production Meeting, scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, July 8 at the Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church located at 5926 FM455W in Sanger.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Five citations written for hands-free violations

Five citations have been given to violators of Argyle’s hands-free ordinance that went into effect the first of May.Argyle residents and those driving through town have had plenty of notice.

Brief: Washington, Dunham, Gomez are faces of new LeanIn campaign

Kerry Washington, Lena Dunham, Emma Watson, Selena Gomez and Serena Williams say help from other women has been critical to their success.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Traveling on Texas Route 66 ends at the New Mexico Border

Brief: Rules on GMO crops in Hawaii heads to US appeals court

The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops in three Hawaii counties was back in a federal courtroom as some agricultural giants look to protect their farms from bans against modified food.

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Janet Laminack: Too much rain could lead to poor grounds

It’s happening again, a rainy spring! When we get this much rain, we are happy and thankful, because we know what drought feels like. It’s nice to have a “little extra in the bank” with our lakes full for a change.