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CERT Classes to Start This Month

The Argyle Volunteer Fire Department plans to offer CERT classes in July.

Police Chief William Tackett said the CERT teams have an important role in any community.

“CERT is Community Emergency Response Teams and it is a group of volunteers who learn how to help their families and their neighbor’s in crisis situations,” Tackett said. “We’re safer and we’re more efficient when we know what to do, and we’re certainly a lot more comfortable if we know our own family members are safe.”

Tackett added that CERT teams have also been used in other ways in Argyle.

“We have used CERT teams here for lost children searches,” Tackett said. “CERT also does a lot of damage assessments after a disaster.”

The dates of the classes will July 15-16 and July 22-23..

Contact the AVFD at (940) 464-7102 for more information on the CERT classes.

Local Qualifies for Quarter Horse World Championship

Jaclyn White of Argyle and her American Quarter Horses, Versionary and Joe Sudden, have qualified for the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show August 5-13 in Oklahoma City.

White will compete for the Western Riding, Western Pleasure and Trail youth world champion title at the Ford Youth World.

White is a student at Coram Deo Academy in Flower Mound.

Keenan Commits To Tech

Though courted by the likes of Michigan, Arkansas, Arizona, Mississippi State, and Tennessee; Argyle High School Offensive lineman Trey Keenan opted to stay closer to home.

According to, “The Texas Tech Red Raiders are in the midst of a hot streak on the recruiting trail, and on Tuesday [June 21] their commit list swelled again when Argyle offensive tackle Trey Keenan announced his intention to play in Lubbock.”

The 6′ 6”, 270 pound Keenan benches 345-pounds, squats 425 and has a 28-inch vertical jump according to the site, but said he still wants to get bigger.

“I’m trying to get some weight on and I want to learn to play with a wider base,” Keenan said.

Yard of the Month
The Keep Argyle Beautiful committee has chosen the Argyle ISD schools as July’s Yard of the Month.

Argyle High School/Middle School has recently enhanced their landscaping. Eagle Plaza, between the football stadium and field house was recently given a makeover using mostly private donations and sponsors. They now have an inviting sitting area in addition to the native plants and seasonal color.

The district has also added beautiful landscaping and trees to the front entrance and installed the Joy Stewart Memorial Garden near the gymnasium/cafeteria entrance. It is tastefully done and utilizes native and adapted low maintenance plants such as red yucca, salvia, rosemary, knockout roses and others.

Joy Stewart was a founding board member of Keep Argyle Beautiful, an accomplished Master Gardener, and very active and dedicated to Argyle and Denton County during her life.  

Argyle Intermediate school has a walking/jogging trail needing to be revived and enhanced (a project  KAB and the school would like to pursue) plus several very nice landscaped sitting areas.  

Hilltop Elementary school has pleasant landscaping around it and a beautiful arbor and outdoor learning garden behind the school.

Argyle ISD is to be commended on their conscious efforts to beautify our town and showcase our district.

If you would like to nominate someone in Argyle for Yard of the Month, please send their contact information and address to Debbie Ingram at [email protected]

National Amateur Radio Day Kicks Off

National Amateur Radio Field Day 2011 was held on June 25 & 26 in Argyle, and Police Chief William Tackett said it has become quite the event.

“It’s an annual event, and it is really kind of a time for amateur radio operators to set up and basically test their emergency equipment,” Tackett said. “It has been turned into kind of a contest. You just sit around and try to contact as many other amateur radio operators that you can in about a 24-hour period.”

Tackett said the Amateur Radio Field Day national event is really big for enthusiasts, as well.

“It’s been going on for a long time,” Tackett said. “It is probably the most popular annual radio event that goes on in the United States.”



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