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Lunch Guys: Sonic’s new macaroni bites are pure heaven

We Lunch Guys are too hungry for mere "snacks" when noon comes. Yet when Sonic released its fried Mac & Cheese Snacks, we figured we could order as many snacks as it took to get through the lunch hour.

March 20, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Myers: God’s always watching, showing his love

Amy has an old TV/VCR combo she's owned since before we got married. She never uses it anymore, so one day her father took it and hooked up a neat little contraption to it. A small, box with an antennae sat on top of the unit, receiving a wireless signal from a camera he mounted on the wall over Chloe's bed.

March 20, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Lunch Guys: 2007 Noonie awards

"Did we actually eat all that?!" Such was our reaction as we Lunch Guys looked back on our 50 columns of 2007, covering everything from the Aloha Burger at Applebee's to the XL Bacon Cheesesteak at Sonic, with a couple Pizza Hut P'zones in between. Now it all comes down to this, our 2007 Noonie Awards in honor of the best and worst lunches of the year. (Please hold your applause until the end.)

March 20, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Skaggs: Arborists perform surgery on trees

At this point, we are all well aware of the seriousness of the ongoing drought. Water conservation efforts are ongoing, and hopefully all citizens are doing their part.

March 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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


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Ask a Vet: Tricks can improve pets mental health

One of my favorite quotes is from the 1990s. "Snoop Doggy Dogg. Need to get a jobby job."

November 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Getting in the ‘Holiday’ mood

The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.

November 20, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Around the Home: Serving up a safe turkey for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving dinner countdown clock has reached less than 10 days.

November 19, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Tackle health issue at first sign

I don't play college football. I am the size of a smaller linebacker, but have the speed of an elderly penguin. So I am one of the many fans who puts my heart into it then complains when what I'd hoped for doesn't happen.

November 16, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Temperature inversions create bubbles that affect sound, smoke

Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.

November 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Camellias flowering with fall and winter blooms

No other flowering Southern plant ushers in cooler weather better than the lovely American camellia.

November 14, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Slow cooking some sweet potatoes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all know the celebration is not complete until the sweet potatoes are on the table.

November 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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