Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Activities show Argyle cares about its citizens

Argyle residents care about their community. Argyle civic and nonprofit organizations show that they care with activities and events that benefit everyone.

Maggie Jover: People, programs made job rewarding

There is an old saying that “time flies when you are having fun.” I have found this to be true.

Callie Rainosek: Microchipping a safe, painless way to help identify lost pets

Many of us take every precaution we can to protect our pets.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Historical markers offer look into past

Ilike reading historical markers and learning about the history of a particular area. Argyle has five — the Argyle historical marker is at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.; Johns’ Well and Campground historical marker is on Old Justin Road and C. Taylor Road; Graham-Argyle Cemetery historical marker is on Country Club Road; Prairie Mound Cemetery historical marker is a half of a mile north of FM407 on Prairie Mound Cemetery Road; and the Argyle United Methodist Church historical marker is at 9033 U.S. Highway 377.

Janet Laminack: Master Naturalists give chance to learn about nature, world

Are you a bird watcher, a trail hiker or a rock hound? Do you think bats are cute? Do you love learning about the natural world and all the subjects it has to offer: entomology, geology, botany, meteorology, ornithology, and the list goes on? The Master Naturalists program might be the perfect fit.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Take steps to keep your dog cool in the heat

Brian Hall, who is contracted with the town of Argyle to handle animal control duties and is known as “Brian, the animal guy,” advises during these hot summer months dog owners be sure to provide their dogs with plenty of water.

David Annis: ‘Safe levels’ of substances differ greatly

One of the exciting things about being a county extension agent is that we are constantly getting new and interesting questions.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Police offer some tips to curb vehicle break-ins

In Argyle last week, a rash of vehicle burglaries were reported.

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Callie Rainosek: Consider canine’s needs when getting dog house

For many centuries, dogs have been referred to as “man’s best friend.” Many of us consider our dogs a part of the family and would do anything to protect them. Whether your dog stays primarily outside...

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle chamber’s new office opens today

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce’s new office inside Point Bank, 302 US Hwy. 377, opens today at 9 a.m. The chamber events scheduled for this month are:

Mike Weaver: Budgets help reveal spending habits

At the end of the month, are you running short on money? Do you have any savings in case of an emergency? Do you have a plan for getting out of debt? Maybe budgeting can help.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Making a phone call wasn't always so convenient

Argyle’s early telephones were privately owned and the date the telephone was introduced to Argyle is not known, but in a 2008 interview I had with 100-year-old Mary George Billingsley Sullivan, who was born and raised in Argyle, she remembered having a telephone from the time she was a little girl.

Janet Laminack: Hands, mulch can help cure what ails your yard

Who would have imagined we would be talking about too much water in our landscapes in July in Texas? The record-breaking amount of rainfall we have received has actually ended our drought and filled up our lakes. This is wonderful, but it does bring with it a few horticultural issues.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Summer reading activity program geared for families

After receiving another large children’s book donation recently, the Argyle Little Free Library has created a summer reading activity program for children that is meant to be fun for both the parent and the child.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Youngster is a sure shot

Riley Milam began participating in archery in the third grade at Argyle Hilltop Elementary. This year, as a fifth-grader at Argyle Intermediate School, she competed in two different archery associations.

David Annis: Abundance of rain affects agriculture

Rain. Many years we don’t have enough. This year we’ve been more than blessed.


Author: Tactics help bullied parents reclaim lost power

NEW YORK — There’s a difference in parenting between a little backtalk and kids actually bullying their grown-ups.

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.


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.