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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

Girls basketball program helping Ranch Hand Rescue Inc.

The Argyle Independent School District girls basketball program recently organized a community service project to help Ranch Hand Rescue Inc., located in Argyle at 8827 U.S. Highway 377.

Ranch Hand Rescue is a North Texas nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with local and state law enforcement officials to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected farm animals. The Argyle ISD Girls’ Basketball Program is a community service organization for girls in grades seven through 12 who are Lady Eagles basketball players. The girls, their coaches, the girls’ parents and other family members — an estimate of 150 to 200 people — are participants in the community service organization.

The group worked together to raise money for Ranch Hand Rescue Inc., and the girls set up information tables, passing out Ranch Hand Rescue brochures, asking for donations and selling Ranch Hand Rescue T-shirts and hats at the Tractor Supply in Roanoke and Starbucks in Highland Village. They also wrote the biography on different animals at Ranch Hand Rescue and framed them along with the animal’s photograph to be displayed in the Ranch Hand Rescue facility.

“Our decision to do community service was based on the simple principle of giving back,” said Steve Sheridan, a parent and coordinator for the Argyle Booster Club, Argyle coaches and parents. “All of our parents and coaches realize how lucky we are to be a part of Argyle ISD and all the wonderful things it offers. Not everyone is as fortunate as we are. We wanted to make sure we drove that point home by giving them [the girls] a first-hand view of those who are less fortunate.”

The organization will have a community service workday Saturday at the Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County at the Lewisville facility and, depending upon their schedule, the organization is open to helping any and all groups who need their assistance. For more information, contact Sheridan at

Upcoming events

National Night Out will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Hot dogs, sausage-on-a-stick, chips and drinks, bounce houses, balloon artists and dunking booth (featuring town officials) are all part of National Night Out that is free to the public. Winners for the Hilltop Elementary poster contest will be announced and safety tips on how you can protect yourself will be available.

This is the 30th year for National Night Out and its purpose is to build a strong partnership between the police and the community and to promote crime awareness programs in neighborhoods. It also includes methods to:

*Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

*Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs.

*Strengthen neighborhoods and police-community partnerships.

*Send a message to criminals that we are organized and fighting back.

According to the National Association of Town Watch, last year’s event was the largest ever and involved 34 million people in 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.

Women’s Book Review Club meetings postponed

Due to busy schedules and early holiday plans, the Argyle Woman’s Book Review Club meetings will be postponed until after the first of the year. Members will be notified by telephone or e-mail titles of books they can be reading before the next meeting. For more information, visit the website

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, which are available on her website, She can be reached at