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Argyle High School presented Lone Star Cup at football game

The University Interscholastic League honored Argyle High School recently with the 2012-13 Class 3A UIL Lone Star Cup trophy. The presentation took place at halftime of the Argyle football game Friday night against Fort Worth Nolan Catholic High School at Eagles Stadium.

“The UIL Lone Star Cup honors the best overall academic and athletic programs in the state of Texas,” said UIL executive director Dr. Charles Breithaupt in a recent press release. “It takes contributions from every student, teacher and coach in all facets of UIL competition to win this outstanding award. The winning schools and communities should be proud of this incredible achievement.”

With state championships in academics and marching band, a state runner-up in boys golf and a state semifinalist volleyball team, Argyle earned 82 total Lone Star Cup points for the 2012-13 school year. The Eagles also earned points in UIL football, boys and girls basketball and baseball. This is the fourth UIL Lone Star Cup victory for Argyle High School.

The UIL Lone Star Cup program that began during the 1997-98 season, the press release continues, is awarded annually to five high schools — one in each of the five UIL classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A) — and is based on their team performance in district and state championships. The winning schools in each classification receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship, also presented by the UIL. UIL director of athletics Dr. Mark Cousins made the presentation.

Reading of the Constitution set for Sept. 17

Constitution Week begins Sept. 17, and the Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites everyone to attend a reading of the U.S. Constitution in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17, designated as Constitution Day.

At 3 p.m. all DAR members, guests, and those participating in the event will stand on the courthouse steps and ring bells.

“This day commemorates the signing of the original Constitution in 1787. The first 10 amendments — the Bill of Rights — came later in 1791. Other amendments have been added to a total of 27,” said Linda Scott, regent of the DAR Benjamin Lyon Chapter.

The DAR chapter will also have a display case at Emily Fowler Central Library with a replica of the original U.S. Constitution. The display case will include books about the creation of the Constitution.

“We hope everyone will take time to read the Constitution and discuss its value. It is important that people remember the liberty we enjoy in this country is guaranteed by the Constitution and our adherence to the governmental structures defined in it,” Scott said.

DAR and the Sons of the American Revolution are the only service organizations that actively promote the celebration of our U.S. Constitution and learning about its content.

DAR was founded in 1890. The nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death, as well as of the Revolutionary War service of her patriot ancestor.

New schedule for Pickleball Club

The Argyle Community Pickleball Club will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the two courts in the parking lot of Argyle United Methodist Church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive.

The ACPC is for all ages, and those interested in joining can be from any of the surrounding communities.

Instruction is available for beginners and all the equipment is provided.

The games will be canceled if the temperature is 100 degrees or higher during the day. For more information, call Ellen M. Gilgore at 940-262-0857.

Ongoing events

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.

Days gone by

Preamble of the Constitution: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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.