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Wilburn: Freshmen, avoid bad eating habits

For many college freshmen, the first day of college is the first time in their lives they choose when, where and what they eat for three meals a day.

August 12, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: We’re like you, only smarter

It's sometimes amazing the coincidences that can bring a person into your life. How they can be plopped down into your life, just like they've always belonged there.

August 11, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Get free birthday goodies at this site

Do you have a birthday coming up? If so, you need to check out Freebirthdaytreats.com. The site has a huge listing of discounts and freebies that you can get at retailers and restaurants on your birthday. Note, most restaurants require you to join their online birthday clubs to get free meals.

August 09, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Let go and let God carry that heavy burden for you

We started our little adventure through the neighborhood with Chloe sitting in the wagon and me pulling it. Things quickly went downhill from there.

August 09, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Exotic ants cause big problems

Over the last several weeks, the Extension office has received numerous calls about tiny ants entering homes, primarily in the kitchen and bathroom.

August 07, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Mondavi brother continues history-making tradition

Got a note recently about a wine pioneer named Mondavi who's going to be honored in California later this year.

August 05, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wilburn: Make separation easier

Has your child ever sobbed when you leave him or her at child care?

August 02, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: Remember the way to add counter space?

OK folks, it's time for a quiz. Let's see how well you've been paying attention. If you don't get at least three of the six, you need to send me your duct tape ... I'm serious.

August 02, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: If you have the space, plant a magnolia

What is one of the most handsome and durable native trees in our Southern landscapes?

July 31, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep your food safe when on the road

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!

July 29, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Share love with a pen and paper

Just this morning, I turned the page of a book and was immediately and delightedly reminded of the power of words on paper.

July 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: A brutal killing becomes an act of grace

A couple of years ago, I read a story in this very newspaper about a man named Glen Mitchell. He lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and had a 13-year-old son named Jeff. One day Jeff was shot and killed by four boys while he was waiting for Glen to pick him up from school. One of the boys, Ellis Curry, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and spent 12 years in prison.

July 26, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Some prep keeps burgers from over-plumping

Here's a hamburger grilling tip that I bet you've never heard. Have you ever noticed that when grilling a hamburger it tends to plump in the middle? To avoid this, make an indentation in the center of the patty before you put it on the grill. The indentation should be around two inches in diameter and about half of the thickness of the burger.

July 26, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Watch out! Ambrosia beetles will do damage

Over the last several weeks, I've received numerous calls concerning a particularly damaging pest of landscape trees.

July 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Preserve tomatoes at their summer peak

There are lots of ways to continue enjoying those fresh tomatoes all year.

July 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Worms are gone, but enlarged spleen causes concern

The whipworms are gone. Well, the adult whipworms are gone.

June 19, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia ...

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Keep azaleas in tiptop condition by keeping pests away

When azaleas have blossomed into a big green bush but have lost their spring brilliance, it is easy to forget they are there.

June 16, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Start exercise, physical activity routines this summer

Are you enjoying a more flexible schedule right now? Summertime can really open up spaces or time slots on a calendar and "doing nothing" can ...

June 14, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Behavioral change in dog caused by whipworms

It happens. Despite millions of dollars in research, and detailed testing beforehand, sometimes it happens. Sometimes a side effect occurs when we use a drug ...

June 12, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Senior dog suffers from old-age ailments

Lemmy comes in for his first "senior" visit, with no problems to report.

June 05, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Sip some rosy wines during the summertime

Summer is a mere 20 days away. Time to start thinking about hot-weather quaffing.

May 31, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: The difference between a vaccine and an infection

Lemmy recovers from his bout with apparent "kennel cough" with no complications.

May 29, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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