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Thompson: GPS is good for more than just directions

Editor's note: Like most things these days, our intrepid tips columnist Tim Thompson is trying to do more with less. Unfortunately, that means he has less time to test and write about tips. Rather than stop the column entirely, he's scaling back his tips to just one or two a week.

January 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little planning prevents diseases

While it may be bitter cold outside, many gardeners are thinking about their spring vegetable gardens.

January 16, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: When can I plant and transplant rose bushes, and when is the best time to prune them?

Rose bushes can be planted in November through March.

January 16, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Learn how to cut your grocery bill

The Department of Labor estimates that the average American family of four spends $8,513 per year on groceries. That averages out to $709 per month.

January 14, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Obituary writers can get you in the paper at least once

It was an interesting brief I saw in a newspaper industry bulletin the other day.

January 13, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Vinegar is magical solvent for pet stains

When a new puppy or kitten "marks a spot" in your house, it's important to get the smell out. One of the best ways to do this is to apply vinegar. Just make sure to test the vinegar on a small, hidden area first to make sure that it won't harm your carpet or wood finish.

January 11, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Your father’s hand gives you safety, balance

Chloe is fascinated by the steep hill we have in our backyard. She likes nothing more than to walk down it, then back up it, repeating the process several times over. I have to admit it helps in getting her tired out before bedtime, and I often use that to my advantage.

January 11, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: This winter, grow a green thumb

A well-tended, fruitful garden is a delight.

January 09, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: A little bit of planning can save time, calories

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience.

January 07, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: You can always rely on the ol' freezer

Mandatory to my mama's generation was the ownership of a deep freezer and a sewing machine. These, remember, were people who believed in self-reliance and independence. You grew what you ate, you froze or canned it and you sewed what you wore.

January 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Focus on cornerstones for a strong marriage

Pause for a moment and think about your marriage.

January 04, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Know difference between date labels

Is the food you buy fresh enough to eat? How long will it remain fresh? The answer to these questions can be found on most food labels.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Black-eyed peas and greens may be perfect for economy

Now, I've been telling y'all for a few years about the importance of eating your black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day and how by doing so, you'll have more money in the coming year.

December 29, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Parents need to stay on course to teach kids

American parents believe in behavior modification. They believe that the same principles that govern the behavior of a rat or a dog also govern the behavior of a human being. Therefore, they think the discipline of a child is a matter of manipulating reward and punishment. Furthermore, they think that if one manipulates reward and punishment properly, the correct behavior will ensue. If it does not, then they reason that they must not have used the proper consequences.

December 28, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Husbands, here’s a tip to do during halftime today

Do you find that you keep missing stains on your clothes when you wash them? The solution may be as simple as improving the lighting next to your washing machine. Either install a brighter bulb or add a spotlight. If you can see your clothes better, you have a better chance of seeing the stains and pre-treating them before they go in the wash. Husbands: During halftime today, go do this for your wives.

December 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Crevolyn Wiley: Missionaries serve world; I serve them homemade meals

When I was a little girl, the highlight of my week was going to big church.

February 09, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


How to hunt for ghosts in the Gainesville library

As the famous theme song goes: "I ain't afraid a no ghost."

February 08, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering a young pet is the responsible thing to do

Lemmy arrives early in the morning, just after the office has opened.

February 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wind produces wildly high tides in Chile

Even though the name sounds like chilly weather, the west coast of Chile was anything but cold last week. While the U.S. Southeast was ...

February 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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