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Ask a Vet: Monitor dog’s food, exercise regime

In my previous article, I began discussing the factors that affect weight in our pets, briefly mentioning the simple idea of energy balance and how much goes into the body versus how much is spent each day.

March 16, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: College network focuses on sustainability

There are a lot of differences between Georgia's colleges and universities. Some are privately funded, some with tax dollars. Some have historic campuses, like the University of Georgia, which incorporated in 1785. Others were founded in the 20th century, like Georgia State.

March 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ready for spring? Sample soil now for success later

The past couple of weeks I think my office has shipped close to 100 soil samples to the test lab in Athens. This is always a sign that spring is on the horizon as people begin to prepare and plan what they want to grow this year.

March 14, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Birthdays are kind of a big deal in my family

My firstborn and only daughter turned 28 last week. In our family, we make a big deal out of birthdays.

March 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Extra food leads to overweight pets

"Your dog is fat. And it's your fault."

March 09, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Are tobacco companies to blame for addiction?

Cigarette manufacturers have received flak for the health dangers of their products since the first surgeon general's report on the subject was released in 1964. Parents, activists and even former Marlboro men have spoken out against their products and practices.

March 09, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for all-electric cars in near future

The "futurology" movement of the 1960s, which promised progress and prosperity, based almost entirely on technology, has long ebbed away. Science fiction literature and movies range from the realistic to the ridiculous.

March 08, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Companion planting: Truth or myth?

Through the years, garden folklore has observed some facts about how gardens are planted and arranged. Some plants naturally grow well together, while others do not.

March 07, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Reminder of a good Hungarian red win

You always can learn something new from The Times. I did in January. And that led to some fond memories from my past and conversations with folks with a real history in this town.

March 05, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


For your health: Heart failure symptoms and prevention

We watched in awe as he shook the salt shaker until a thick, white layer topped his entire breakfast, including the bacon and sausage. In the back of my mind, I thought it was only a matter of time before this man became a patient at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC).

March 02, 2014 | By EVA JOHNSON For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No real way to fake out God

At dinnertime one evening, Cole wasn't eating his sandwich. He did, however, make several references to dessert.

March 02, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Could dogs or any animals be gay?

I recently had a client ask me a very unusual question.

March 02, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Jet stream in flux means more changeable weather

While much of the northern and eastern U.S. shivered in frigid weather, parts of England experienced severe storms. Recent research suggests that these record-setting events were due to warming of the Arctic.

March 02, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Picking the proper place for a vegetable garden

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

February 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Harold Ramis impacts popular culture with his films

Harold Ramis died Monday at the age of 69, and I have to admit I am a bit surprised by the volume and intensity of grief about his death.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


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Controlling the tick population

If there is one thing that causes people to be squeamish, ticks will usually do it. No one likes the idea of something crawling on them, and I do not know anyone who wants to be a source of food either.

August 01, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: Dialogue-laden ‘36 Hours’ thrilling

Editor's note: Following the death of James Garner last week, movie archive reviewer Andrew Akers selected "36 Hours" to pay tribute to the famous actor.

July 31, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


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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