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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place Is Argyle

Club spreads word about pickleball

The Argyle Community Pickleball Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Argyle United Methodist Church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive.

Pickleball started in 1965 when Washington state Congressman Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell returned home from a summer golf game and found their families wanting something to do.

The Pritchards’ property had an old badminton court, and after not finding badminton equipment, the men created four wooden paddles. They happened upon a perforated plastic ball and learned the ball bounced well on asphalt.

The men lowered the net to 36 inches and created a set of rules fashioned after badminton. Once they began playing the game, whenever the ball went past Pickles, the Pritchards’ cocker spaniel, the dog grabbed it and ran off. The ball belonged to Pickles, giving the game’s name, pickleball.

For the past three years, Robson Ranch resident Ellen M. Gilgore, an ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association, and other volunteers have taught pickleball to students at Argyle Intermediate School. After they organized an after-school club, Gilgore planned to rent the school’s gym for the summer but found the cost of liability insurance prohibitive.

She then asked her church for space to play pickleball, and the Argyle United Methodist Church painted a 20-by-44-foot court in the church parking lot.

The game is designed for all ages. Robson Ranch has almost 200 members who play on four lighted outdoor courts, and Gilgore hopes Argyle residents will get involved in playing the game.

For more information, visit  and watch a video, or contact Ellen Gilgore at .


Graham-Argyle Cemetery board elects officers

The Graham-Argyle Cemetery Association Board of Directors met recently at the cemetery on Country Club Road to elect new officers: Scott Norton, president; Maureen Meyer, vice president; and Marlene Tackett, secretary/treasurer. Other board members include Dan Owens, Martha Beavers, Bobby Channel and Temple Cottle.

Norton announced that the new postal address for the association is P.O. Box 573, Argyle, TX 76226.

He also asked members for assistance when visiting the cemetery to help keep it picked up by bringing a plastic bag to remove flowers that are no longer serviceable from their loved ones’ gravesites and to dispose of them at home since the receptacles at the cemetery are quickly filled.

For more information, call 940-464-7256 or 940-206-4802.

Coming up

The Argyle Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 308 Denton St. For more information, call 940-464-7273.

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall Community Room. An exercise class starts at 10 a.m., followed by card games at 11 a.m.

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 or 940-464-3368.