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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.

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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.

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Becca Dickstein: Blackfoot daisy flowers can thrive in Texas heat

The blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum, also called the Plains blackfoot daisy, is a tough, drought-tolerant Texas native that can thrive in hot places.

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Berry shortcake isn’t short on flavor

Strawberry shortcake has always been a favorite dessert of mine — it reminds me of the carefree days of summer at my grandparent’s house, where we’d buy strawberries by the pound and eat them in just about everything.

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Pick produce for healthy choice

In Texas, three out of four deaths are attributed to a chronic disease. However, studies show an intake of at least 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and fruits per day as part of a healthy eating pattern can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.

Report: FDA taking too long on food recalls

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Giovanni’s launches under new owner

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Giovanni’s Pizza, 100 Country Club Road, Suite 112. The restaurant is now under new ownership.

Candy makers try to shape nutrition science

NEW YORK — It was a startling scientific finding: Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. Less startling was how it came about.

Matt Gohlke: Take steps to protect your eyes, skin and hair this summer

Most area schools let out for the summer this week. As a matter of fact, all three Denton high schools — Denton, Ryan and Guyer — are holding their graduation ceremonies today.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: AISD mountain runner will race in Sun Challenge

Argyle High School graduate and Baylor University sophomore Kelsey Landrum will be one of six amateur runners for Asics Beat the Sun Challenge, a nearly 16-hour relay race to the peak of Mont Blanc, the highest point in the Alps located along the border of France and Italy.

4-H preparing for packed summer events

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

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Highway Route 66 takes Texas travelers back in time

As the school year comes to an end, families are turning their thoughts to summer vacations.

Janet Laminack: Free county contest features homegrown specialties

Are your tomatoes as sweet as candy? Is your basil the envy of the neighborhood? If you find that you would rather brag about your peaches than your grandchildren, I’ve got just the event for you.

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Dr. Beach names Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay best beach in America

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Voting ends today for AISD Mountain Run finalist

The voting ends today for Argyle High School graduate and Baylor University sophomore Kelsey Landrum, who was chosen from 56,000 runners worldwide to be one of 50 finalists for Asics Beat the Sun Challenge.

David Annis: It’s not just hay

“A horse hay buyer purchases hay by what looks and feels the best. A dairy hay buyer purchases the hay according to the forage analysis. The cattle producer just wants the hay…”

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: AISD falls short of Guinness record

Argyle ISD had more than 400 participants, including students from Argyle schools and members of the community, to participate in a “Knock Out” basketball game in an attempt to beat the Dallas Mavericks’ Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest game of its kind that the Mavericks set in 2015 with 701 participants.

Courtney Davis: Preserve foods at home? You can, but do it safely

An abundance of homegrown fruits and vegetables often triggers the desire to can foods at home. While this can be a fun and rewarding way to keep foods long after the season ends, care must be taken to assure that foods canned at home are safe to eat.

David Annis: Learning which herbicides to have

Herbicides come, and herbicides go — all for different reasons. It is now estimated that the cost of getting a herbicide labeled is $250 million. For each herbicide that comes to market, Purdue University had a study that estimated that 14,000 chemicals didn’t make the proverbial cut.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Caller poses as officer in scam

The recent scam affecting Argyle residents is a telephone call from an individual pretending to be a police officer calling to inform the resident there is a warrant for his or her arrest and the resident needs to pay a fine or go to jail.

Matt Gohlke: Pool season kicks off for county

As the weather continues to warm up, pool season kicks off for many of the 30,000-plus swimming pools in Denton County. Swimming is an excellent activity that family and friends can enjoy together, but we must always have respect for the potential danger that exists. Therefore, it is very is important to be aware of pool safety. Towards that effort, May has been designated as National Water Safety Month.

Janet Laminack: Time to use new tech to be water efficient

It’s raining again! This seems pretty obvious, but if it’s raining, you don’t need to water your lawn.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle event looks to set world record

Organizers for the “Shoot for the Stars” event in Argyle will conduct a knockout basketball game on Friday, May 6 at the new Alex Betzhold Memorial Community Outdoor Basketball Court at Argyle High School, 191 U.S. Highway 377, and they are looking to set a world record.

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Simmons: Argyle Special Olympics athlete Logan wins Male Athlete of the Year

David Logan of Argyle received the male athlete of the year award in the 15-21 age group at the Area 11 Spring Games of Greater Fort Worth held April 8-9 in Arlington.

David Annis: Brush in fence lines can be tackled

Spring. Everything is starting to grow. Even the brush in the fence lines.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Stanfield Masonic Lodge was hub of Denton

The Stanfield Masonic Lodge, No. 217 A.F. & A.M. was chartered Jan. 22, 1858 and is the oldest fraternal organization in Denton. It was named in honor of charter member W.W.O. Stanfield.

Janet Laminack: Opportunity arises to find out about gardening

Opportunities abound to learn more about landscapes and gardening this time of year.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Four Masons receive years of service recognition

Four Masons recently received recognition for their many years of service during a special ceremony at the Texas Grand Lodge awards presentation for 50- and 60-year Masons of Stanfield Lodge in Denton.

Courtney Davis: Exercise plays a big role in supporting long, healthy life

Did you know that the No. 1 killer of Denton County residents is heart disease, a disease in which many of the risk factors are actually preventable?

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Becca Dickstein: Red columbine a good perennial for color in shady spots

Perk up a shady spot in your spring garden with red columbine, Aquilegia canadensis. Its lantern-like flowers appear in March or April in North Texas.

David Annis: Agriculture newsletter good for info

One of the challenges that we face at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is providing you with the best, most timely information for your operation that will result in your increased profitability.

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Major businesses stand against state’s anti-discrimination law

RALEIGH, N.C. — Major corporations took stands Thursday against a new North Carolina law that bans anti-discrimination measures based on sexual orientation and gender identity and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their birth certificates.

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Janet Laminack: Mow before fertilizing

The calendar may not say it’s spring yet, but we know in our hearts it is here.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Long-hidden cabin open for tours

The Gibson Log Cabin, 4801 Quail Run Road in Flower Mound, will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.