Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle candidates file for local May election

Two council members and a mayor will be elected to serve two-year terms in Argyle’s local election, Saturday, May 6.

Janet Laminack: Timing key to planting vegetable garden

Now is the time to start your spring vegetable garden, but keep reading, because it is not time for tomatoes yet.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle’s first City Hall was in city secretary’s home

When Argyle was incorporated in 1964, it was named the Town of Argyle. In 1973, when J. R. Schoppaul was mayor, Argyle became the City of Argyle.

Courtney Davis: Reading to your kids regularly can make impact on their life

One of the things I love most in this world is watching my husband interact with our daughters.

Bob Moos: Medicare’s hospice benefit helps people cope with final stages of terminal illnesses

Choosing hospice care isn’t about giving up. It’s about making every day count. Terminally ill people who make the choice receive care for their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Valentine cupcakes come in different shapes and sizes

One year on Valentine’s Day, when I was teaching an elementary class in the lower grades, a classroom mother walked into the room carrying a large box. She appeared quite distraught and said, “I am just sick having to bring these weird-looking cupcakes for the Valentine Party, but I didn’t have time to remake them. I did bring some valentine candy and another room mother will be bringing punch.”

Jessica Kimbro: Why showing livestock matters

The barns have been cleaned out, stalls torn down, and trailers are headed for the house. Market animals have been sold, and breeding stock are ready to hit the pastures. Tack boxes are getting restocked, trailers will be cleaned out and the ribbons and trophies will be displayed. With that, as we close out the first of many major livestock shows in Texas, there are some things on many of our minds.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Valentine’s Day dinner, dance to benefit charities

The Argyle Lions Club will host a Mother Son Valentines Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road in Argyle.

David Annis: Free soil testing offers agreat service to consumers

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and the Denton County AgriLife Extension is teaming up to have a soil testing meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, Room 115, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle’s older homes replaced with new development

The Argyle homes once owned by citizens who paved the way to establish Argyle as a city are now gone, opening the way for The Highlands of Argyle.

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Becca Dickstein: Consider planting the chinquapin oak, a medium-large shade tree

Chinquapin oak, Quercus muehlenbergii, was designated a Texas Superstar by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, which has noted that it is underused as a shade tree and should be planted more.

Janet Laminack: Improve water quality by protecting Denton County’s watershed

What is a watershed? You may have heard that term before but may not actually know what it is.

Courtney Davis: Cutting down on wasted food helps environment, can save money

I cleaned out the refrigerator this evening and was amazed at how much food ended up in the trash.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Hilltop takes top honors at 2016 UIL district meet

Argyle’s Hilltop Elementary took first place in the 2016 Argyle UIL district scholastic meet last month. The event was hosted by Hilltop Elementary and included grades 2 through 5.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Make Friday the 13th a Good Day

No one seems to know why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky, but most of the population thinks it is.

Jessica Kimbro: 4-H participation makes better grades, civic engagement likely

Research has shown that young people who participate in 4-H are more likely to make better grades in school, attend college, be physically active and become engaged citizens. And we believe that means a better Texas.

David Annis: Pledge to practice better pasture management in 2017

Each January we make New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions. Of course, we all promise to eat better and exercise more but have you ever given any thought to making resolutions about your pastures? Plan now to practice better pasture management in 2017.

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Predictions and resolutions for 2017

Superintendent Telena Wright believes 2017 will be a bright and prosperous year for Argyle ISD. Wright says, “More families will be welcomed into the school family, and the students will continue to experience a nurturing, enriched learning environment.”

Matt Gohlke: Now is the time to plan outdoor home projects

Before we know it, warm weather will arrive and pool owners will be enjoying their pool. Believe it or not, now is the time to start planning that backyard project.

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Janet Laminack: Gardening a worthy resolution for the new year

A new year is a time for transformation when many people commonly think of getting more exercise, learning something new and having more fun. And I do indeed have the silver bullet answer for all your...

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle Christmas festival a big success

The annual Argyle Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting was a success in spite of the cold, drizzling rain. The Festival of Trees made more than $600 to benefit Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary in Argyle, and the unsold trees and wreaths are being sold online through the Keep Argyle Beautiful Facebook page.

Michael Cook: Pairing wine with your holiday meal

The holidays are upon us and that means there will soon be a cornucopia of dishes lining the dinner table. So you may be asking yourself what exactly is the best wine to pair with these dishes? After all, a glass of wine has the ability to enhance the meal and elevate the get-together, making it that much more enjoyable.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle Little Free Library stocked for the holidays

All four of the Argyle Little Free Libraries are stocked for the holidays.

Jessica Kimbro: 4-H STEM: Charging stations for the youth of today

It’s no secret that our economy is rapidly shifting, and as 4-H agents, we are starting to become aware of the fact that computer science is a “new basic skill” essential for economic opportunity and mobility.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Package thieves hit Argyle

This is part of a poem I wrote in my children’s book Bo and the Christmas Bandit, and sadly, it describes what is happening in Argyle and around the country. Packages are being stolen from front yards, porches and entrance gates.

David Annis: Be prepared for tornadoes, floods

Are you prepared for a disaster? No, I am not talking about an asteroid striking earth, end-of-life-as-we-know-it disaster. I am talking about being prepared around your house, farm, ranch or business for disasters that can and do occur in Texas such as floods or tornadoes.

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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.