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Michael Wheeler: 12 tips to follow before playing in the dirt

Can you feel it? It's springtime in North Georgia.

April 07, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being your own abode.

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy loves his human baby brother

The next time I see Lemmy, he saunters into the waiting room as a full-on adult dog.

April 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: New appliances can conserve a sea of water

Even if we don't get a replay of the serious droughts that North Georgia experienced this century, it makes sense to conserve water.

April 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Dee Ridley, Master Gardeners kick off spring planting in Victory Garden

On a very cold day in March 2012, members of the Hall County Master Gardener Class of 2012 assumed stewardship of the Victory Garden under the leadership of Toby Blackwell. Since then, it has come a long way thanks to the members' loving regard and dedicated maintenance.

April 01, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Andrew Akers: ‘Seven Brides’ put a spring in your step

Lauded for its Oscar-winning musical score, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is a comedy filled with singing and dance numbers to celebrate the rebirth of spring with its warm, pollen-filled days. It makes the mostly lighthearted musical romp perfect to watch indoors when it's raining or night falls.

April 01, 2016 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't use only iceberg lettuce in salads; switch up ingredients

I was probably grown before I ever tried a tossed salad with a main ingredient of something other than iceberg lettuce.

March 30, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drink tap water and skip the bottles

Traveling to foreign countries can be an education about the value of fresh, potable water.

March 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ground or digger bees: Are they good or bad?

As trees and flowers start to bloom, the buzzing sound from bees will begin to be heard. But did you know not all bees live in hive?

March 24, 2016 | BY WILLIE CHANCE For The Times | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy maintains his weight, health

My continuing relationship with Lemmy over the next seven months consists of regular phone calls with his owners.

March 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: How to prepare your dog for a baby

This week's column isn't about examining Lemmy or treating him directly.

March 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Best way to manage turf grasses under shaded conditions

In most landscapes, turf grasses are grown with trees, shrubs or buildings.

March 20, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Earth Sense: Rain forest being depleted in Brazil

It's impossible not to learn some Spanish in Gainesville, even from just glancing at billboards.

March 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Exercise improves energy, health and overall attitude

I'm not a morning person, but I managed to push myself to get up early recently and exercise.

March 15, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Parrish Myers: Leaving a lasting message of love

A little more than 10 years ago, I wrote my first "Eyes of the Father" column.

March 13, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Microchip leads to happy ending

Lemmy's owners call me just before noon. They relay a story that's unlikely at best, but the take-home message is Lemmy's depressive ...

August 14, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | 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


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


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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