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Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Create a colorful container garden on a patio or deck

Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.

April 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Transforming from city girl to wine grower’s wife

Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.

April 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Horror stories surround obese pets

In the past three weeks, I've discussed the concepts related to weight for pets, including what really causes weight gain or loss as well as the consequences of obesity.

March 30, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Trying to clean up mess leads to bigger mess

Chloe and Cole have not yet learned that sound travels. Nor have they learned that whispering isn't whispering when you do it louder than a freight train.

March 30, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Spring hiking in the mountains is a treat

Spring season is a great time for a sightseeing trip through the nearby mountains. U.S. 129 goes north from Gainesville toward Blairsville. After steep climbs and curves, you arrive at Neels Gap and the Waleisi-Yi Center, a popular stopping point for many hikers.

March 30, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Preventing diseases in your home vegetable garden

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

March 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


The Madness of March

We are a sports-loving family, be it football, baseball or basketball. We like it all.

March 26, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Latitude, longitude and the International Date Line

The global coordinates you can get with a GPS or smartphone can be confusing. Their units are degrees, minutes and seconds of angle. With exact coordinates, you can pinpoint any place in the world. For example, 34 degrees 18 minutes 14.29 seconds north by 83 degrees 49 minutes 35.44 seconds west gets you to the home of The Times.

March 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Extra weight damages pets’ organs

In my last two articles, you've read about what can cause your pet to become overweight. This article is a sample of the negative effects extra weight can have on your pet.

March 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Dramatic hair change evokes strong reactions

I'm more restless than risk taker when it comes to my hair.

March 23, 2014 | Savannah King | Columnists


Beneficial insects keep harmful pests away from garden

Homeowners are eagerly awaiting spring weather to get outside to plant and maintain their gardens.

March 21, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


What's your favorite recipe?

Now, here's the key question: Are you willing to share a copy and samples?

March 19, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Voice your love of God

I call it Chloe's "Story of Love."

March 16, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


For your health: Another check off your bucket list

A colonoscopy probably isn't the first item you would think to check off your bucket list when you turn 50, but it's one that could save your life.

March 16, 2014 | Chad Copper For The Times | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Myths and truths of antibiotics

A recent survey published online showed some shocking results about science literacy in America. Twenty-five percent of people thought the sun orbits around the earth. That is truly disturbing.

July 27, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trough caused front to stall, dumping rain on area last week

The week ending July 20 brought unusual, but not unheard of, weather to Hall County.

July 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Pound of perfection

Let's discuss the pound cake.

July 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Respect your veterinarian

In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.

July 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Listening to God like children do to parents

The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."

July 20, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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