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Janet Laminack: Indulging in pecans for the holidays nutritious, tasty

All over Texas this holiday season, meals will end with a pecan pie. I’m here to give you several wonderful reasons to indulge in that pie and offset any fretting over calories.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Christmas in Argyle is a time for giving

The First Baptist Church Argyle recently filled more than 110 shoe boxes with goodies and necessities to be distributed to children in need all over the world.

Courtney Davis: Take care when giving food gifts

It’s Black Friday and a great time to start your holiday shopping, if you haven’t done so already.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle Angel Tree gets book donations

The Argyle Angel Tree program is the recipient of 30 children’s books for young children from the Argyle Little Free Library.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: High stakes a hopeful give away

The other evening when my husband walked into the bedroom, he found me sitting in the middle of the floor surrounded by sweepstake entries. In fact, the whole room — the bed and the floor included— was covered with stickers, envelopes, code numbers and special offers including everything from a ceramic skillet to a half-pound of pennies.

Jessica Kimbro: 4-H finds more youth want 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.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Festival, tree lighting slated

The annual Argyle Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

David Annis: Your county agent is much better than the internet

I got to thinking how your AgriLife County Extension agent is better than the internet. It all started with my 10-year-old truck experiencing mechanical problems.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Keep Argyle Beautiful clean-up day scheduled

Argyle residents are encouraged to participate in the annual clean-up and recycle day scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon Saturday.

Janet Laminack: With Arbor Day ahead, plant trees now

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, but the second best time to plant one is now. Specifically the fall is the perfect time for planting trees in our area; in fact Arbor Day in Texas is the first Friday of November. Fall planting allows a tree to establish itself in the cooler temperatures of winter and spring.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Angel Tree program assists 67 students

Argyle Communities Civic League, Inc. recently sponsored its annual “ACCL Angel Tree Back-to-School” program for 67 students with financial needs living in the Argyle area.

Courtney Davis: Cooking season on the horizon

It’s reaching that time of year again, the cooking season. Family get-togethers, holidays and celebrations are just around the corner. As these special events approach, and you begin planning your events, be sure to keep food safety in mind.

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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 www.dcmga.com 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.

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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.