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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Hilltop chess tourney draws 60

The Place Is Argyle

The 2014 Hilltop Elementary Chess Tournament had 60 students participating in the two-day event last week. Each player received a certificate. The top three winners from each grade level grouping received medals, and the gold medal winners also received trophies.

The medal winners were:

First and second grades: gold, Alex Hartman; silver, Ben Nichols, and bronze, Sam Carver;

Third grade: gold, Evan Harbach; silver, Travis Bitter, and bronze, Alex Dauphinee; and

Fourth grade: gold, Tristan Ball; silver, Logan King, and bronze, Corbin Fanning.

The bonus point winner was Anna Hoover, who received a wooden chess set. Bonus points are not judged on wins or losses, but by the player’s sportsmanship, good deeds, attendance and behavior.

“The tournament went extremely well,” said Michael Ball, Hilltop’s counselor and chess coach. “They [chess players] came a long way this season in regard to their chess abilities, and they also demonstrated significant growth in regard to sportsmanship and integrity.”


Graham-Argyle Cemetery cleanup day set for May 17

The Graham-Argyle Cemetery Association will sponsor its annual Cleanup and Decoration Day on Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the cemetery on Country Club Road in Argyle. Bring rakes, hoes, shovels and any necessary tools, and remember to wear hats, gloves and long-sleeve shirts.

The work day will include cleaning up the grounds, dinner on the grounds with ham furnished by the association and side dishes brought by attendees, and a business meeting concluding the day.

Membership in the association is open to any concerned resident who wants to support the preservation of the cemetery, those who have a burial plot in the Graham-Argyle Cemetery, or anyone with a family member buried there. To qualify for the board of directors, a person must have a plot in the cemetery or a family member buried there.

For more information, call Scott Norton at 940-464-7256 or Maureen Meyer at 940-206-4802.


Argyle Senior Center plans luau party May 17

Argyle Senior Center members and friends can expect to enjoy a good time at the Hawaiian Luau at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the home of Senior Center president Stella McDaniel. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish.

For more information, call McDaniel at 940-464-7438.

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 about the center, call McDaniel or visit

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. She can be reached at