Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Exercise caution approaching school buses

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Members of the Argyle Intermediate School Pickleball Clup are shown promoting its upcoming pickleball doubles tournament, scheduled for Friday at the school gymnasium.

The Place is Argyle

With the ending of the school year and summer vacation beginning, schoolchildren are excited and sometimes forget to take the necessary safety precautions while getting on or off school buses.

“We have received complaints about vehicles passing school buses when they are actively loading or unloading,” said Officer Steven Wallace of the Argyle Police Department.

He cautions citizens that it is against state law to pass a school bus in either direction when the red lights are flashing. Your vehicle needs to remain stopped until the school bus moves, the bus driver signals you to move, or the visual signal on the bus is deactivated.

“The Argyle Police Department wants to wish everyone a safe and fun summer,” Wallace said.

Pickleball tournament set

The public is invited to attend the Argyle Intermediate School pickleball doubles tournament scheduled at 3 p.m. Friday in the school gym, 800 Eagle Drive.

During the month of April, members of the Robson Ranch Pickleball Club demonstrated the sport in two assemblies at Argyle Intermediate School. They also taught pickleball to physical education classes for two days and supervised the after-school club every Friday. Thirty-six students participated in the club.

In 1965, Joel Pritchard, a Washington state representative at the time, and businessman Bill Bell invented pickleball by improvising the game from some broken badminton equipment and an old ball. Their purpose for the game, similar to badminton, was to provide a sport the whole family could play together. Some sources claim that once they began playing the game, the Pritchards’ cocker spaniel, Pickles, watched, and whenever the ball came his way, he would pick it up and run off with it. It was Pickles’ ball, thus giving the game the name pickleball.

Events schedule

*Argyle Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St.

*The Argyle Senior Center meets every Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St. Exercise begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. For more information, call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438, or visit the website at

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at

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