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Earth Sense: Windows have better energy efficiency now

A look around local building supply stores shows that window glass has changed considerably since the last century.

August 06, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Robin Friedman: Volunteer time, expertise and become Master Gardener

Do you like digging in the soil and growing everything from edible and pollinator gardens to native trees and plants? Do you appreciate the natural world and need to be green-smart? Do you enjoy seeing the fruits of your labor bloom each season? Then I'd say you are a garden enthusiast.

August 05, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Lemmy saves his family from a house fire

I want to repay my student loans. Therefore, I charge people for my veterinarian services.

July 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Bekah Porter: Embarking on my first trip to Athens

I'm an Iowan, born, bred and super corn-fed.

July 31, 2016 | | Columnists

Lee Koontz: Threads of community are frayed, torn and mended

Why are we pastors said to be "of the cloth?"

July 31, 2016 | BY LEE KOONTZ For The Times | Columnists

Earth Sense: Level land areas are vulnerable to floods

Floodwaters in southeastern China are receding, but the trouble has moved farther north. Now the disasters have hit Henan and Hebei provinces, including Beijing, the country's capital.

July 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: Fall webworms on trees no true cause for concern

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

July 28, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Sandra Stringer: Check out Walk Georgia website to re-energize your exercise routine

If your fitness routine needs some energy, visit the Walk Georgia website at

July 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Routine checkup is a relief for me and Lemmy

Lemmy is coming in today.

July 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists

Earth Sense: Protect children, pets from hot car dangers

Installing an aftermarket digital thermometer in my old Chevy van provided a lot of insight recently. This $15 instrument displays inside and outside temperature, as well as the system voltage of the vehicle.

July 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Robin Friedman: Learn about nurturing the natural world

Having just returned from a hiatus in coastal Georgia, I was reminded of the beauty of the natural world.

July 21, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Crevolyn Wiley: Bucket list can include new foods and restaurants to try

There comes a time in everyone's life when you begin to think about your mortality.

July 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Snake bite hospitalizes Lemmy

My day starts out in a sadly typical manner.

July 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists

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Michael Wheeler: Composting: Art and science of improving garden

We are getting into the best time of year with cooler weather and crisp days. It is a bit exciting, because it finally feels like ...

October 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Crevolyn Wiley: Visit classic fall feature, make a classic fall dish

I'm sure you've seen cute signs in stores with ideas for activities called a fall checklist, or fall bucket lists on sites such ...

October 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Doctor offers but never demands treatment

Lemmy is late for his appointment.

October 16, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Stuart Higginbotham: Discovering things unseen and buried deep

My associates Cynthia Park and Alan Cowart and I saw 1,146 unmarked graves of African-Americans on a visit to Alta Vista Cemetery. Some of ...

October 16, 2016 | By Stuart Higginbotham stuart@gracechurch | Columnists

Evacuations a privilege not viable in impoverished Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Evacuations a privilege not viable in Haiti

The passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, Cuba and Florida came with lessons to learn. In some cases, it's tempting to comment "See, I ...

October 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Robin Friedman: October gardening tasks to complete before winter

With the arrival of October and cooler temperatures finally settling on Northeast Georgia, it is time for homeowners to conduct their fall checklist now.

October 13, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Earth Sense: Great views from up high require caution

Fall is a great season for getting an elevated view of Georgia. The sky is at its deepest blue, and from the mountaintops one can ...

October 09, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Jentezen Franklin: Pray, fast and vote this election season

As a pastor of a church in Gainesville for more than 20 years, I have seen elections come and go.

October 09, 2016 | By Jentezen Franklin | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Lemmy is slowly losing his mind

Who do you think you are?

October 02, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists

Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


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