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Skaggs: Fighting for grass in the shade? There are alternatives.

Trying to maintain a thick, healthy lawn in a shady, "light-challenged" location is a losing proposition.

February 05, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Taco Bell’s Border Bowl is borderline with the guys

How convenient that this time of year Taco Bell is featuring its lighter fat, lighter calorie "Fresco" menu. Yes, this is the same franchise that also promotes eating four meals a day and stuffing your stomach for 99 cents (both of which we Lunch Guys fully support).

February 03, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Wilburn: Winter squash liven up this season’s table

I love fresh vegetables, but they are not as plentiful or as affordable in winter. But thank goodness for winter squash.

February 03, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A man, if he's the right one, will wait

Upfront, I'll tell you: This is a column that somebody out there - maybe more than one somebody - needs to read.

Today's your lucky day.

February 02, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Poinsettia can bring holiday cheer

Along with evergreens, poinsettias embody the holiday spirit and help create festive displays. The challenge is deciding how many, what color, leaf shape, plant size and form to buy.

February 02, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant this fall with drought in mind

With the ongoing drought and water restrictions, gardeners across North Georgia are wondering what, if anything, they can plant this fall.

January 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Skaggs: Conserve water by mulching and weeding

With the ongoing drought, water conservation should be a priority for us all. I hope you are doing everything you can to save water around your home as well as in the landscape. Here are some water conservation tips and suggestions for the landscape and garden.

January 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Toasted subs score big at Arby's drive-through

Who knew it was National Drive-Through Month? No wonder we Lunch Guys feel so giddy. This magical, mythical month is part of Arby's push for its Toasted Subs, showing an edge in car accessibility over those toasted subs at Subway and Quiznos.

October 21, 2007 | | Columnists


Wilburn: Walk off those funnel cakes at the fair

I am sure with fall right around the corner that you will be heading to some of our wonderful North Georgia festivals and fairs, and of course you will be faced with many food temptations.

October 21, 2007 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Family tradition sits up with the dead

When I visited the funeral home to pay respects to a friend's mother, the deceased was all alone in the viewing room. She was lying in a gleaming cherry casket, surrounded only by flowers.

October 20, 2007 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Drama boils over into mom’s psyche

Question: My daughter has several friends in her fourth-grade class who seem to love drama.

October 19, 2007 | John Rosemond | Columnists


MYERS: ‘I love you’ can be a powerful message

At the time I write this article, Chloe is 6 months old.

She's able to do many things, but there are also many things she's not able to do. I have to admit to a little impatience regarding one thing in particular, though. I know she'll do it eventually, but I want her to do it now.

October 18, 2007 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


THOMPSON: Online bill pay could save you from a scam

Do you still write checks by hand each month? If so, you're not alone. It was recently reported that more than 90 percent of Americans still write checks by hand.

I was actually shocked by this percentage. I personally love online bill pay. It has made a chore I used to hate into something that's a breeze. If you're afraid to try it, go to your bank's local office and have them show you how it works. It's very secure.

October 18, 2007 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


SKAGGS: Collect valuable rain in a barrel

With the ongoing drought, the Extension Office has received many calls, questions and suggestions regarding landscape water conservation. Some have been good, others perhaps a bit extreme.
But one conservation practice in particular can greatly increase the chances of your ornamental plants surviving - rain barrels.
With the drought restrictions now facing all of North Georgia and the likelihood of such in the future, more and more homeowners are looking at harvesting or collecting rainwater to save money and their landscapes.
As the drought calls attention to an increasing water crisis, people are seeking ways to minimize the impact on their ...

October 16, 2007 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


ENGLAND: Spiders are a welcome addition to fall gardens

Question: It seems to me that I have an unusually large number of spiders in my garden. Should I be concerned?
Answer: Having numerous spiders in your garden should be seen as a good thing, and not something to be concerned about. The main downside is the somewhat unpleasant experience of walking into the webs and getting the silk smeared all over your face.
This time of year, perhaps the most prominent spider we see in our gardens is the yellow argiope (Argiope aurantia), also known as the yellow garden spider, yellow orb weaver or zipper spider.
These large garden ...

October 16, 2007 | Russell England | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Pound of perfection

Let's discuss the pound cake.

July 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Respect your veterinarian

In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.

July 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Listening to God like children do to parents

The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."

July 20, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: A war against obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is an epidemic in the United States.

July 14, 2014 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Canines can handle ice water

I occasionally suffer from sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. You might have it, too. And your pet could, too.

July 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Crape myrtle hardy, colorful blooming accent tree

With different shades of lavender, pink, purple and red, the crape myrtle is a popular flowering tree.

July 11, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Expectantly waiting for Jesus' return

I came home late, because Amy had given me a night to myself.

June 22, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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