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Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place is Argyle

Paul Lumpkins pitches a horseshoe at the Argyle Senior Center Halloween Party as Cleo Beddingfield and Lyn and  Jimmy Porter watch.Courtesy photo
Paul Lumpkins pitches a horseshoe at the Argyle Senior Center Halloween Party as Cleo Beddingfield and Lyn and Jimmy Porter watch.
Courtesy photo

New Argyle schools police chief excited about job

The Argyle Independent School Board recently hired Ralph Price as the school district’s police chief to begin the new Argyle ISD Police Department.

“I’m very excited about the new position as the AISD police chief,” Price said.

When asked how he planned to implement the new Argyle ISD Police Department, Price said, “As to what plans and programs I will be looking at, I will have to get into the new position and evaluate where I can do the most good for the school, both in the security of the AISD schools and property and also integrating myself into the school community.”

Price was raised in Wichita Falls and graduated from Wichita Falls High School. While growing up, he enjoyed the outdoors doing a lot of fishing and camping. After he finished high school, he served in the United States Air Force for four and a half years.

He began his police career in the small town of Iowa Park, west of Wichita Falls, and then went to the Addison Police Department in Addison. He was on the SWAT team for 17 years and served as a training coordinator, as well as team leader.

In 1999, he became a school resource officer for the Addison Police Department and worked at the Greenhill School. In 2005, Price was offered the position of director of security for the Greenhill School and retired from the Addison Police Department to work full time at the Greenhill School. He continued to be an active reserve officer for the Addison Police Department and will remain in that position until he begins his duties as chief of the Argyle ISD Police Department on Dec. 1.

Price is married and his wife, Debbie, is a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. His 18-year-old daughter, Hayley, graduated from Plano West High School and is a freshman at Collin College. His son, Logan, is 15 years old and attends Shepton High School in Plano, where he is on the freshman football team.

The Prices’ have a dog named Hanna and a frog named Froggy.

As a family, they like to camp, fish and take family cruises. Price and his family are members of Parkway Hills Baptist Church in Plano.


Upcoming events

*A Veterans Day celebration sponsored by the Argyle Middle School Student Council will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 8, in the auditorium at the Argyle High School, 191 S. U.S. Highway 377. The program will include the national anthem performed by Malia May, Pledge of Allegiance led by Naomi Brooks, “Marches of the Armed Forces” performed by the Argyle Middle School band and a Veterans Day poem by Lizzie Dagg. Guest speaker is Jim Furgerson, a retired lieutenant colonel and naval aviator with the U.S. Marine Corps. “God Bless America” will be performed by Katie and Carly Haynes. A reception will follow and the public is invited to attend.

*A Holiday Shopping Extravaganza that includes clothing, jewelry, home decor, books, raffles, prizes and baked goods is slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Argyle High School cafeteria, 191 S. U.S. 377. The event will benefit Argyle High School project graduation 2017. Admission is free.


Ongoing events

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall community room. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. For more information, visit the Argyle Senior Center 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. She can be reached at or 940-464-3368.