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Skaggs: Collect leaves, seasoned wood

The weather is cool, and the holiday season is in full swing. And while I know many of you have other things on your mind, here are few tips for the home and garden.

March 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: This shower head saves water and cash

There's a really cool shower head out now that you need to see. It's called the Evolve shower head. What makes it so cool? Well, when you turn it on it runs until the water warms up to 95 degrees. At that point the shower head automatically turns off. The benefit of this is that it eliminates the wasted water from between the time the water has heated up until you get in the shower. Even if you're not into water conversation, (but you should be), it's a neat gadget because it lets you know when ...

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Rich: Few words best left not said but spelled

This is the kind of goody-two-shoes friends I have: Whenever Karen, Patti or Susan has a story to tell that involves someone cussing, they will not repeat the word. They spell it out. Unless it's really bad and then they will only give me the first letter of the word.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Object permanence serves as God’s gift to parents, too

In my last article, I wrote about "object permanence." This is the understanding that even though you can't see something, you know it still exists. If Chloe has or wants something we don't think she should have, we remove it from her sight and she forgets about it.

March 20, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t veer for deer — just slam on your brakes

There's a safety campaign out now and its slogan is, "Don't veer for deer." Good advice. I personally don't think you should veer ever. A lot of roll-over accidents are caused by people veering to avoid a car that quickly pulls in front of them. This happened to a good friend of mine last week while he was driving up to Ohio to visit relatives. A car swerved in front of him and he swerved to avoid it. His Tahoe rolled twice, but fortunately no one was injured. My safety slogan is, "Don't veer for anything ...

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Save your dry-erase board with this easy fix

Have you ever written on a white board with a permanent marker? I have and it's a sickening feeling. Well, fear no more. If you make this mistake, simply take a dry-erase marker and scribble over the permanent marker and then erase. It works like magic. This technique also works with stains on your white board caused by dry-erase marks that have stayed on too long.

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Stinky feet? These socks help fight smell

Do your feet stink? Here's a product from Duluth Trading Co. that might help. They're called the X-Static Socks. These socks not only wick away moisture from your feet, but they are also made with a strong anti-microbial yarn that fights odor. These socks actually kill 99.9 percent of the bacteria that causes odor.

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Needle shedding makes ‘evergreen’ moniker a misnomer

Question: I bought a white pine Christmas tree and did not notice until I got it home that it has a lot of brown needles between the outside and the trunk. Did I get a bad tree?

March 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Thompson: Special IV can pump life back into your tree

I recently pointed out how you need to keep your live Christmas tree well watered. If the tree's water reservoir goes dry, the bottom of the tree will close up and it won't accept any more water. If this happens, your tree will start losing its needles and will become a fire hazard. OK, let's say that hypothetically your husband forgets to water the tree for several days and the bottom of the tree closes up. What can you do besides remove the decorated Christmas tree from the stand and re-cut the bottom of it? I've ...

March 20, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Slow cooked dinners can be easy, nutritious

Many consumers prefer the convenience of a slow cooker for preparing soups, stews and other favorites. These appliances cook foods slowly at a low temperature, so vitamins and minerals are retained. Also, less expensive cuts of meat are tenderized and meats shrink less. Best of all, the slow cooker can do all this while you're away from home.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Try a trial run before freezing your pies

As filled pies are higher in moisture content and take longer to cool/heat/reheat than many baked goods, pies can be trickier to freeze than many foods. The best advice: Do a trial run with freezing a favorite pie BEFORE you freeze it for a special event. Here are an assortment of tips that may help you decide how to most successfully freeze your favorite pies.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Winter chores abound in winter

Often the cooler weather gives us the feeling that we should be working inside instead of tending to our landscape. On the coldest days, this certainly makes sense, but there are a number of things that can and should be done now in our landscape to get them ready for the spring flush.

March 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Substitutes for ‘classic’ holly can still bear traditional-looking berries

Question: I want to plant a holly tree that has lots of long-lasting berries. What can you suggest?

March 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Holiday weight gain can come in form of drinks, not just food

During the holiday season, many people expect that they will gain weight. What they may not know is that what they are drinking is affecting those added pounds.

March 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Stranger’s kindness is repaid over time

Christmas never comes to me without a childhood memory that, in turn, throws its arms around another memory and brings it tagging along.

March 20, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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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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