Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle police field traffic law questions

Through the years, I have heard Argyle residents ask these questions, “Why is there a 30 mph speed limit on this road?” Or “Who sets these speed limits, anyway?”

Red yucca excellent choice for landscape

I’ll bet that most of you already know red yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora, which is widely used in North Texas. That’s because it is such an outstanding choice for the xeric, low-maintenance landscape, needing no supplemental water and almost no attention in North Texas.

Agency plans for future

We are barely into summer, but the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office is already planning for the new 4-H 2015-16 year that starts Aug. 15.

Anna Love: Forgo fad diets this summer for new trend

Each spring and summer, people get more serious about losing weight. This is a great time of the year to do it — you have better weather, longer days, more outdoor activities and more fresh produce in season.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle’s first residences located in center of town

The first homes in Argyle were located in the center of town that is now called “Old Town Argyle.”

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Little free library gets children’s books

Argyle Little Free Library recently received a donation of approximately 50 children’s books from Lantana resident Jennette Mears.

Janet Laminack: Herbs good for kitchen use, landscaping

You’re not supposed to pick favorites, but herbs are my favorites when it comes to plants.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Tourney winners get awards

Hilltop Elementary School counselor and Chess Club instructor Michael Ball said this year’s Chess Club season and recent tournament could not have happened without the support of so many helpers.

David Annis: Tips offered to curb mosquitoes

One of these days when it quits raining, we’re going to have problems with mosquitoes. The recipe for producing mosquitoes is a few leaves or other small organic material (food) and standing water. Shortly, you’ll have babies.

Bob Moos: Protect benefits by fighting against Medicare fraud

The owner of a Houston area ambulance company receives a 97-month prison sentence for submitting $2.4 million in claims to Medicare for services that weren’t necessary and, in some cases, never even provided.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Recent rains displace many wild animals

All of the rain we have experienced recently has displaced many wild animals, and although water snakes like it, the land-kind do not.

Aaron Gray: Denton County 4-H Dessert Auction to benefit local clubs

Denton County 4-H is gearing up for our summer events, and we could not be more excited.

Staking plants properly can help promote strong growth

“Grow up.” That’s what I tell some of my plants.

Floral prints bring spring indoors

Floral motifs pop up every spring in home-furnishing collections, and after a long winter they’re always a welcome sight. But this year, there seem to be more of them than ever, and they feel particularly fresh.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Donation of children’s books bolsters selection

The Argyle Little Free Libraries recently received a large donation of children’s books, according to coordinator Patti Smith.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Rains bring flood of memories

The recent heavy rains caused Old Justin Road in Argyle to close this week while the town construction crew made repairs on the bridge crossing the Graveyard Branch Creek.

Janet Laminack: Proper care can help trees rebound from rough weather

We have had quite the exciting weather lately. The rain, high winds and tornadoes have taken a toll on our plant life.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Shoot for the Stars event scheduled for Saturday

The annual Shoot for the Stars basketball tournament and community event in memory of Alex Betzhold, who died in January 2012, will be Saturday at Argyle High School, 191 U.S. Highway 377.

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Knowing your turf essential to proper lawn car

Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawn mower and buzzing around the yard.

Anna Love: Simple steps can help treat, prevent metabolic syndrome

Working community events throughout Denton County, I try to raise awareness about metabolic syndrome. Ask people around you if they have ever heard of it, and by far the most common answer is, “No, what is metabolic syndrome?”

Argyle senior recalls how war changed her life

Argyle resident and Senior Center member Ona Grudzinskas Kildisas was born May 1, 1922, in Marijampole, Lithuania, an Eastern European country bordering the Baltic Sea. She was born a few years after a...

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle senior recalls how war changed her life

As our summer forages begin to appear, we need to start doing more than think about our forage fertility program.

Janet Laminack: Upcoming events promote native water conservation

We face many challenges in North Texas for gardening and growing plants, with one of the biggest being water.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Have a coyote problem?

Anumber of Argyle residents and those living around the area own livestock. A common predator also living in and around Argyle is the coyote that does most of its hunting alone at night.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Traffic official urges extra caution during rainy season

“Exercising caution when driving in the rain begins with vehicle maintenance,” said Officer Steve Wallace, traffic enforcement/accident investigator for the Argyle Police Department. He advised motorists to be sure to have good tires and that the tires are rotated as recommended by the manufacturer.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: The Place is Argyle

An anonymous donor recently placed approximately 20 new children’s books in the Real Estate Station’s Little Free Library.

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Becca Dickstein / Native Roots

Engelmann daisy (Engelmannia peristenia) is a great choice for xeric landscaping. Its deep taproot is what gives it outstanding drought resistance and also makes it valuable for erosion control. It can be found blooming from February through November, with the peak of bloom in March through June in North Texas with cheerful bright yellow flowers.

Matt Gohlke / Pools

Pool season is coming soon. The odds are definitely with us that the last freeze has already occurred. According to the National Weather Service, the average last freeze in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is...

Janet Laminack / Horticulture

Now that the first day of spring has passed, it’s time to start competing with the Joneses on the greenest, most lush lawn and beautiful landscape in the neighborhood.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Spring cleanup set for April 18

The town of Argyle will sponsor a free drop-off for Argyle residents (proof of residency required) for broken, unused or unwanted items from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt planned April 4

The town of Argyle will have its second annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, at Argyle High School.

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Freshness, not thickness, matters when buying asparagus

When shopping for asparagus, people often focus on the wrong thing — how thick the stalks are. They think thinner is better.

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Keep Argyle Beautiful will receive the 2015 Governor’s Community Achievement Award for Category 2 at Keep Texas Beautiful’s 48th Annual Conference on June 16 in Fort Worth. The Argyle organization will...

Anna Love: Challenge yourself to improve health

March is National Nutrition Month and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ slogan for this year is “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

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Concrete gains ground as decorative material

The Pantheon. The Panama Canal. The Hoover Dam.When you think of concrete, you might imagine great feats of engineering, or at least highway overpasses and other sturdy, stolid structures.But concrete...

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Day of superstition has religious roots

Many people consider Friday the 13th an unlucky day. The number 13 has been so disliked that some buildings don’t have a 13th floor, some airports don’t have gate number 13, some hospitals don’t have rooms labeled 13, some cities don’t have a 13th street and it is thought to be unlucky to make major life changes on Friday the 13th, such as a marriage, birth or surgery.

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Matt Gohlke: Research key to hiring right contractor

Now is a busy time for most building contractors — whether they are a home builder, home remodeler or swimming pool builder.

Barbara Brown: Understanding mulch helpful when landscaping

In North Texas, mulch added to your landscape beds and vegetable gardens can be your best gardening friend.

County 4-H working to extend reach through initiatives

The presence of Denton County 4-H in the community needs a boost and officials are pushing a trio of initiatives to help that happen.

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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.

Anna Love: Slow cooking good idea

When was the last time you used your slow cooker?

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Brian “The Animal Guy” Hall, who is contracted with the town of Argyle to handle animal control duties, offers suggestions on how to protect your cats and dogs from the cold weather.

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Becca Dickstein: Shrub’s a native sub for crape myrtle

Mexican buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) blooms in late winter to early spring. The pink-rose to mauve flowers emerge at the same time as the light bronze leaves. This native, large multi-trunk shrub should be considered as an alternative to the exotic, overused crape myrtle and red-tip photinia.

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Argyle ISD Police Chief Ralph Price patrols Hilltop Elementary School, Argyle Intermediate School, Argyle Middle School and Argyle High School inside and outside everyday — at least two to three times a day. “I have not had a lot of calls in the school district during the time I have been here,” he said.

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Sharrie Ely: Be alert for rose threat

Mid-February is usually when North Texas gardeners prune roses for spring. As we handle that task this year, it is very important to inspect plants for signs of a deadly rose virus that is sweeping through North Texas.

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Matt Gohlke / Pools

With the hot real estate market that we are experiencing in the North Texas area, many of us in the swimming pool industry are being faced with this question: Is purchasing a house with an existing swimming pool a good idea? The answer really depends on several factors.

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The Argyle Town Hall Community Room will be decorated with hearts and flowers at noon Friday, Feb. 21, for the Argyle Senior Center Valentine luncheon.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

Before Paul Frederiksen became Argyle’s town manager in December, he held positions in Dallas, Shenandoah, Colleyville and Las Colinas.

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Argyle Senior Center member Jack Beddingfield observed his 90th birthday Monday with about 50 family members and friends at Select Rehabilitation Hospital.