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Skaggs: Quality of water affected by runoff

With the ongoing coverage of our lingering drought, much of the "water talk" has focused on water quantity. And while quantity is important, we must not forget water quality.

March 04, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Hardy yellow flowers of winter aconite works well in sun

Question: What is winter aconite?Answer: Winter aconite (Eranthis species) is a tiny ephemeral that bears yellow flowers on 2- to 3-inch stems. Sometimes called wolf's bane, it blooms in late winter about the same time as the very earliest daffodils in zone seven.

March 04, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Lunch guys: Wendy’s Fish Filet picks fight with McDonald’s

There actually aren't that many more fish in the sea, at least when we're talking the Sea of Lunch. McDonald's has had the Filet-o-Fish since the dawn of fish itself, but besides that, only a few national chains have dipped their toe in the water.

March 02, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Wilburn: A few extra tools in the kitchen can simplify cooking

Have you ever felt like a circus juggler trying to do everything at the same time in your kitchen without dropping the ball? Here are some kitchen items you might want to add to your kitchen to reduce the number of balls you're trying to keep in the air!

March 02, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Great marriages don’t need fancy weddings

My friend, Susan, married the other day. Been claiming that she was going to. Then, she up and did it. Just like that.

March 01, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Trust helps us accept the reality of suffering

It is a question that many people, Christian and non-Christian alike, struggle with. It is a question that I myself have struggled with for many years. Even after seminary and almost 10 years as a pastor, I find no easy answers.

February 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Tired of crooked picture frames? This tip will fix that

Here's a great tip on how to keep pictures on your walls level. On the back side of the picture, insert straight pins into the four corners. Clip off the heads of the pins leaving about a quarter inch sticking out. Put the picture on the wall and position it. When the picture is level, push the pins into the drywall. No more re-leveling the picture!

February 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Celebrate Arbor Day by planting one of these trees

Today is Arbor Day in Georgia. Arbor Day provides us with an opportunity to educate and inform all people, young and old, about the benefits of trees and tree planting.

February 26, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: 20 tips for higher fiber meals

1. To determine whether a product is made from a whole grain, always look for the word "whole." Check the ingredient list for the words "whole grain" or "whole-wheat." Look for "100 percent whole-wheat" on the package when buying bread and other whole-wheat products.

February 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Chick-fil-A packs taste into sublime sandwich

Chicken is a beautiful, versatile thing. And no one works it better than Chick-fil-A. That we Lunch Guys can agree on.

February 24, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Southern jewels shine with wisdom

Not long ago, I found myself in the midst of one of life's great treasures.

February 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Beware of bogus tips from the Internet

I want to start today's column by thanking all of you who have been sending me tips. Without your assistance, it would be very difficult to write this column each week. If a tip I receive is not intuitively obvious, I'll test it for legitimacy. Probably half of the tips I get turn out to be bogus. Here are two that I recently received that fall into that category.

February 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Bot canker can plague Leyland cypress trees

Question: The tips of several branches on my Leyland cypress have turned brown. Is this insect damage or some kind of disease, and how should I treat it?Answer: There are two diseases of Leyland cypress that cause branches to turn brown and die on otherwise healthy-looking trees. The most common of these is bot canker, caused by the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea (you can see why they just call it bot canker).

February 21, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Winning plants are cream of the crop

Each year, green industry professionals from throughout Georgia select a slate of outstanding ornamental plants in five categories: annual flower, herbaceous perennial, vine, shrub and tree.

February 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Get in the pink with your wines this Valentine’s Day

Writing about wine is a dirty job. But, somebody has to stand up and embrace the responsibility.

February 17, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Setting challenges Mexico City’s quality of life, safety

The capital of Mexico is a place of contrasts.

August 30, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Handling the nuisance of webworms and their nests

It has begun. The annual appearance of webbing in trees along the roadways and woods in the county has started.

August 29, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'November Man' one worth seeing

It's been a dozen years since Pierce Brosnan played Bond, James Bond, in "Die Another Day."

August 28, 2014 | By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee | Columnists


Around the Home: Walk, eat way to healthier version

Whether you like walking, aerobics, dancing or a variety of sports, UGA Extension's Walk Georgia can help you find tools to stay fit.

August 27, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Follow your veterinarian’s advice

I recently enjoyed a day of whitewater rafting near Clayton.

August 24, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: When unexpected heavy rains occur, move to higher ground

Superstorm Sandy, which covered the East Coast with floodwaters from Florida to Maine in 2012, is still a household name. But memories of Sandy were overshadowed by the torrential rains that hit Baltimore, Long Island and Connecticut on Aug. 12.

August 24, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Interested in becoming a Georgia Master Gardener?

Around this time of year, I begin sending out applications to individuals interested in taking our Georgia Master Gardener classes at the Hall County Extension office.

August 22, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Bacall, Bogart's chemistry ignites

Last week was a sad one in Hollywood. One day after comedian Robin Williams was found dead, legendary actress Lauren Bacall died.

August 21, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


From the film archives: Parallels between Williams, role of "Patch Adams"

Last week, we lost a comedic icon. The death of Robin Williams is a bitter ending to a man who delighted millions through entertainment.

August 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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