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Skaggs: Like your veggies? Grow your own

If you're a gardening novice and a vegetable lover, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

May 06, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Beauty lies in the heart of beholder

Sophie Rose was not, in the assessment of other women, what you would call "pretty."

May 03, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t toss worn out long-sleeved shirts; recycle them instead

Men, here's something you may not have thought of. Instead of throwing out long-sleeved shirts that have frayed cuffs or soiled elbows, turn them into short-sleeve shirts. Most tailors can do the work and it's fairly inexpensive. (Contributed by Mark Mele).

May 01, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Beware of bees looking for wood

The carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica, normally attracts quite a bit of attention in Georgia in the spring of the year.

April 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Dainty English flower thrives in mediocre soil

Question: Do English bluebells require any special growing conditions?

April 29, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Spring means a new crop of fresh asparagus

I have many reasons to love spring, but there are certain foods that always come to mind this time of year: eggs, corned beef and cabbage and, of course, asparagus.

April 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A proper send-off includes wailing

It is not certain how we got on the subject but somehow a friend mentioned that when he dies, he wants "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong to be played at his funeral.

April 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: A new perspective is sometimes all we need

I spent part of my day today under the dining room table. Why? Because apparently I've got that kind of time on my hands.

April 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Web site keeps track of sex offenders

If you want to know if there are any sex offenders living near you, go to the Family Watchdog Web site. You simply type in your address and it shows you on a map where the nearest offenders are located. The Web site also gives you a picture and information on the offenders. You can also set it up so that you'll be notified if an offender moves within five miles of your address. The Web site is free.

April 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Get your grass off to a healthy start

Warm-season turfgrasses such as Bermuda, centipede and zoysia often suffer some common problems with springtime green-up. Here are a few of the more common management issues.

April 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Prime rib shouldn’t have to compete

Quiznos goes high-end yet again with the launch of yet another spin on its premium beef lineup. This time, it's the Prime Rib Ranchero, promising to merge "steakhouse taste" with the "flavors of the Southwest."

April 20, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Wilburn: Handle cantaloupe carefully to avoid salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert regarding cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because fruit from this company appears to be associated with a salmonella litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

April 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Feeling a heartache is better than nothing

Once when I was young and love had broken my heart for the first time, I thought I would never recover from the agony resulting when the bliss had been sucker punched and sent packing.

April 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Free time during spring break may lead to risky behavior

Thoughts of spring are on everyone's mind. However, this time of year brings with it opportunities for teens to make choices that are potentially dangerous. Spring break parties, trips and proms all pose situations where teens need to make choices.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Blackwood: One big confession or little white lies?

The new governor of New York, David Paterson, decided after taking office that he would go ahead and confess all of his sins. It was a pretty good list. Before it was over he had 'fessed up to everything except burying Jimmy Hoffa and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

April 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: ‘Wonderful Life’ charms Scrooge

I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.

December 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Fit in time for holiday fitness

You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.

December 17, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

December 15, 2014 | By Sherry Davis For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Let go of the past and live in the present

As a guy, I think remote controls are wonderful things. I love the look and feel of them. They seem to fit so perfectly, so comfortably in my hand.

December 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research pet store before purchase

Singer Taylor Swift has said a player's gonna play, play, play, play, play. And similar is true for a baker (gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake).

December 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Roundabouts could reduce fuel waste, collisions and air pollution

You're doing your Christmas shopping. Traffic is heavy. On the main streets, two or more lanes are completely filled with cars. Slow forward movement in your lane ensures a stop at every traffic light.

December 14, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Winter is the ideal time for bird-watching

Spotting and identifying the different birds in the Northeast Georgia landscape can be exciting and educational. So grab a pair of binoculars and see how many you can identify.

December 12, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Baking memories with pound cake, peppermint

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

December 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Play with pets but practice caution

If you read my column regularly, you're aware I'm a nerd, a nerd of many colors.

December 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Repairing frozen pipes within skill set of many homeowners

Most North Georgia homeowners have had this unpleasant experience. You step into the garage or some other room with outside walls after a cold night, and are greeted by a waterfall coming out of the drywall. After turning off the water supply at the meter and using every available towel to mop up the lake that has formed, there are two immediate goals: Fix the damage, and do something that will prevent this from happening again.

December 07, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Drinking in the memory of my first taste of wine

I had an "aha" moment recently. I pinpointed the precise moment I began to listen to the siren call of wine, and it predates my previous landmark by a few years.

December 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Take time to grieve for your lost pet

My vocation can make you a bit nutty. Or maybe you have to be eccentric to even get involved.

November 30, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Greatest gift from God is eternal life

We were sitting in the sanctuary, waiting for the evening service to begin. My Bible was in my lap, and Chloe asked me if she could see it.

November 30, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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