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.


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.

Briefly in good living

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.


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.


Baked chicken makes an easy weeknight staple

People often ask me what my most-used kitchen tool is (a high-speed blender). But if you were to ask my mom that same question 30 years ago, I am sure she would have answered her Pyrex baking dish.

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Gardening specialist

The Denton County Soil and Water Conservation District recently handed out its 2016 Cooperator of the Year Award to the Denton County Master Gardner Association.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle band director Johnson elected to prestigious group

Argyle ISD director of bands Kathy Johnson was recently elected to the American Bandmasters Association.

Courtney Davis: What food labels really mean

Ever wonder what the dates on a food package really mean? Is it ever safe to use the product after the date stamped on the package?

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Spring brings seasonal titles to Argyle Little Free Library

To celebrate the coming of spring, Argyle Little Free Libraries are stocked with books about baby animals, nature and gardening.

David Annis: Develop a relationship with your vets

For as long as I’ve been working around Texas and Oklahoma, I’ve encouraged our livestock producers to develop a relationship with their veterinarian(s).

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Up and down weather playing a role in Argyle

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Janet Laminack: Texas a surprising home to strong wine production

When you think of wine-producing areas, your first thought is probably not of Texas. However, Texas has some important history in wine grape production.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: New courthouse to accommodate many departments

Groundbreaking for the new Denton County Southwest Courthouse in Flower Mound paved the way for a modern 32,000-square-foot facility.

Courtney Davis: Although delicious, snack packs are far from nutritious

As you walk the grocery aisles, you can’t miss those 100-calorie snack packs that many manufacturers are offering. The size of the packaging seems to suggest “prized possessions” and that you should savor each bite.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Road reconstruction ahead of schedule

The reconstruction of Country Club Road near Argyle is Denton County’s largest county road project and county Commissioner Andy Eads said the work is ahead of schedule.

David Annis: Last chance to earn CEUs for pesticide licenses

For most of us, it’s that time. The end of the month is rolling around and our restricted use pesticide licenses are expiring. The question on everyone’s mind is, “Do I have all the continuing education units needed to get my new RUP license?”