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Rich: Some life lessons just won’t stick

One day I ran into my precious second-grade teacher, Mrs. Rudeseal, in what used to be called the dime store but in these times of economic advancement is now called the dollar store.

February 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn, Family Ties: To make a relationship work, it takes two

Both partners in a marriage are equally responsible for nurturing the relationship and "keeping the spark alive."

February 14, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: Hearing child’s sweet words means more than the universe

I'll remember Friday for a long time. It's a day that I'll remember because it's a day when two significant events occurred.

February 13, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: One simple call can save you phone time

Do you hate getting calls where the caller ID shows, "Private Number" or "Unknown?" Odds are it's either a sales call or something worse. Here's a neat trick to block these types of calls. Simply dial *77 on your phone. The service will automatically block them. To turn the service off, simply dial *87. Check with your phone service provider to see if there's a charge. (Whatever the charge, it's worth it!)

February 13, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Native plants mean less water use

In last week's article, I discussed the plight of those lawn and garden enthusiasts who have, some for many years, tried to grow grass in the shade. If you've attempted to establish a lawn in a shady location, you understand where I'm coming from.

February 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Hearty whole grains reduce health risks

Currently most Americans consume less than a single serving of whole grains daily. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 diet recommends eating 6 ounces of grain products every day, and at least half (3 ounces) of this amount should be whole grains.

February 10, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Whopper better than Big Mac, eat that

How much weight can you lose eating Big Macs? A new best-selling diet book called "Eat This, Not That" has a Big Mac and a Whopper on its cover, with the happy arrow pointing at the Big Mac under the promise of "Thousands of simple food swaps that can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds - or more!"

February 10, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Today’s fast pace keeps us from a visit

Just as I tore past them, hurrying - always hurrying - into the small general store, I heard the old man speak to the younger one sitting beside him.

February 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Longer shirts help plug that crack

Does your father or husband suffer from "plumbers' butt"? This is the condition where a man's T-shirt is too short. When they bend over, the world gets to see part of their backside. It's not a pretty sight. Here's the solution. Got to Duluth Trading, where they have special T-shirts designed to combat this problem. The T-shirts have an extra three inches in length! (I'm just doing my part to make Gainesville a better place to live).

February 07, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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


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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


For Your Health: Missing the signs of sepsis

You know, you always hear people saying "life is funny sometimes." Things happen to us that are so ironic they are hard to comprehend sometimes.

September 01, 2014 | Susan Irick Columnist | Columnists


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