The Place is Argyle/Lynn Sheffield Simmons

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Watch D.O.G.S. member Brandon Hindman reads a book to students at Hilltop Elementary.

Residents want traffic light installed near school

With traffic tie-ups at the intersection of Old Justin Road and U.S. Highway 377 as cars make trips to and from the Argyle Intermediate School, residents are asking when a traffic light will be installed.

Before one can be put in, specific requirements must be met, according to the Argyle Police Department. These requirements are called warrant studies, which are performed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

The warrant studies include an eight-hour study of traffic volume at the intersection, a four-hour study of the traffic volume, a study of when there is the most traffic, the number of pedestrians using the intersection, the practicability of coordinating the traffic lights along U.S. 377, the number of accidents at the intersection, and the traffic flow on U.S. 377.

“Most people in Argyle are familiar with the new traffic light at the U.S. Highway 377 and Harpole intersection,” Argyle Police Chief Tom Tackett said. “That light is the result of over five years of warrant studies along with a traffic plan suggested by a traffic engineer to reroute traffic in the school parking lot.”

He went on to say that Old Justin Road looked as if it would be a likely candidate for a signal light, but it only meets the peak-hour traffic volumes. In the last signal light study, it did suggest left turn lanes be added at the intersection to improve the traffic flow.

The Argyle Police Department monitors the intersections and requests warrant studies, but only peak-hour traffic warrants meet the requirement at nearly all of the intersections because of the minor amount, less than 1,000 trips per day, of traffic feeding from the roads onto U.S. 377.

“TxDot is still working on the final plans for the widening of U.S. Highway 377 and that process is estimated to start in the next three to five years. Until improvements are made, it is incumbent upon all of us to be patient and drive safely,” Tackett said.

 

School plays host to dads, discusses program

“Donuts with Dad” was held at Hilltop Elementary School on Friday. The students invited their fathers or father figures to enjoy doughnuts with them and meet their teachers and friends. After the students adjourned to class, Hilltop counselor Michael Ball spoke to the men about enrolling in the Watch D.OG.S. program.

On its website, the nationally recognized, nonprofit organization Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is identified as the involvement of fathers or father figures. The program, under the direction of the National Center for Fathering, was created to encourage dads, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures to become more involved in the schools.

The men serve as positive male role models while adding to the school’s security. The volunteers commit to serving at least one full school day each year. On their day of participation, Watch D.O.G.S report to the school office wearing their Watch D.O.G.S. T-shirt, so that they are easily identified.

Last fall, Hilltop Elementary and Argyle Intermediate School began the Watch D.O.G.S. program at a kickoff in November, when the fathers or father figures became involved with the children throughout the school day in such activities as greeting students when they entered the school, reading to students, displaying flash cards, doing volunteer work in the library, resource room, and in physical education classes and having the physical presence of being engaged in student activities.

“I am pleased to report that we already have 81 people registered to serve,” said Ball, who started the program and has worked out a schedule for each day of the week for volunteers to follow. For more information, visit the Hilltop Watch D.O.G.S. Website at http://staff.argyle.esc11.net/Page/2743

 

Upcoming event

The Argyle Senior Center will celebrate Western Day at noon Friday. Those attending are asked to wear Western attire and bring a covered dish that will complement Babe’s fried chicken provided by the Argyle Police Department.

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or visit the Argyle Senior Center website www.ArgyleSeniorCenter.com.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at lynnsheffieldsimmons@gmail.com or 940-464-3368.


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