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Skaggs: Plan your plant buying to keep nice color around

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a glorious flash, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year. It seems to happen almost every year.

April 01, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Protect your water by using plastic bottles for intended purposes only

Recently I had someone e-mail my office with the following concern: "I've heard that it could cause cancer if you froze water repeatedly in a water bottle."

March 30, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: So big, it’s shameful — or puts others to shame

The line of Big Mouth Burgers at Chili's has long been on the Lunch Guys "Best Burgers" short list. The name captures the spirit of these magnificent monstrosities.

March 30, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Easter memories are to be cherished

Two rather disturbing things happened during our family Easter last year, both of which I hope can be corrected this year.

March 29, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


England: Pretty pink grass can do well in drought conditions

March 28, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy fall’s squash treasure: Pumpkins

I love pumpkins! To me, they symbolize fall and the coming of cool weather.

March 28, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: In these dry times, mulch is a plant’s best friend

With many Georgia homeowners wondering if their lawns and landscapes will survive the ongoing drought, folks are looking for a "miracle fix" for their water woes.

March 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: Sometimes, a little boost is all we need

The other day, Chloe was trying to get into a chair so she could sit in it "like a big girl." Unfortunately for her, she wasn't as big a girl as she thought she was.

March 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Rich: Fortunes aren’t always made from money, fame and prestige

If you met my cousin, Melissa, you'd like her immediately.

March 28, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Stop squirrel party with a strobe light

I admire people who come up with ingenious ways to solve problems. Helen Stell of Lula has provided the first two tips. They are definitely ingenious ...

March 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Craving some pumpkin carving? Have I got a tip for you ...

Well, it's time for my SUPERSIZED Halloween tips column. This is my biggest column of the year and I've got a lot of great Halloween tips. Most of them are on how to have a great jack-o-lantern. However, I've also added some on Halloween in general. Look for me when you're out trick-or-treating. This year I'm going as a "duct tape mummy." (What can I say, I love duct tape almost as much as I love Halloween). Have fun and be careful out there!

March 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Lunch guys: Sandwich at Sonic is truly a mouthful

Everyone seems to think making a cheesesteak is as easy as making a ham sandwich. That's why we Lunch Guys have seen franchises from Quiznos to Dominos try their hand at "cheesesteak" lunches - and flounder where Philadelphians flourish.

March 28, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan ahead for landscape additions

Considering the water situation, fall landscape planting is not high on many homeowners' list of things to do.

March 28, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: Preschool might be beneficial distraction

Question: Our family just moved to a new city and my 2 1/2-year-old son won't do anything during the day but follow me around. If I give him something to play with while I unpack boxes, he ignores what I've given him and starts messing with things he knows he's not supposed to touch, like my computer. If I move from one room to another, he moves with me, asking me question after question or getting into everything. Should I try some form of punishment or just cater to his clinginess for the time being?

March 28, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Myers: Parents, listen to your kids while they’re still talking to you

I once heard a story about a little girl who walked into the living room, where her father sat reading the newspaper. She stopped in front of him and started recounting her day's events. Every couple of seconds, from behind the wall of the newspaper, she would hear him mumble things like "Mmm-hmm," "Really?" and "That's nice," but she could tell he wasn't really paying her any attention.

March 27, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Around the Home: Being frugal with food

Need to trim some expenses from your food budget? Luckily, several simple ways can help you get more for your dollar.

September 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Better to pick mutt than purebred

"What is your favorite breed?"

September 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Brokering an exchange with Satan or Christ

Chloe and Cole keep raiding the coin jar - my coin jar.

September 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Stone Mountain a pluton, not an old, extinct volcano

Just 15 miles northeast of Atlanta, a round granite formation stands 800 feet tall. Stone Mountain generates a lot of questions, but also misconceptions.

September 13, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


1, 2, 3s of overseeding lawn for year-round green

For most of us, the fall is the time of year for college football (GO DAWGS!), cool, crisp air in the mountains and raking leaves that seem to get everywhere. It is also a time of year when many people consider overseeding their warm season lawns to produce a green carpet of grass all year long.

September 12, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Finger-licking foods accompany football season

Is everyone as giddy as I am about the start of football season?

September 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask A Vet: Here comes baby; beware pets

Daddy's Little Princess. Bouncing Baby Boy. Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.

September 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Coffee trends continuing to shatter market stereotypes

Pop quiz: Most popular beverage in Germany? If you guessed "beer", you got it wrong. Germans drink more coffee than beer.

September 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Japanese maples are an excellent addition to any garden

Ornamental Japanese maples are some of the most beautiful trees on the planet. As the name suggest, these maple trees are native to Japan and were brought into the U.S. in the 1800s. Now is a great time to choose a few varieties to plant in the fall.

September 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: White County wine country is really jumping!

On a late July road trip sponsored by the White County Chamber of Commerce and hosted by genial Chamber President Cindy Bailey, a group of rowdy food, wine and travel scribes climbed the hills and wandered the valleys of a truly lovely part of North Georgia.

September 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Eyes on the Road: New signal planned for northwest Hall County

A new traffic signal designed to improve safety and increase traffic flow, especially for left-turn movements, could become operational today for two of three legs at the intersection of Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway and Sardis Road in northwest Hall County.

September 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Columnists


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