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Wine Without Pretense: Resolutions for 2012

Happy New Year to y'all!

January 04, 2012 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Hallows’ fails at being a truly unique fantasy

In the newly released "The Thirteen Hallows," a collaboration between the "Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" series author Michael Scott and award-winning playwright Colette Freedman, the novel's heroine is 21-year-old introvert Sarah Miller.

January 01, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Wheeler: Planting trees in dead of winter is OK

If you just cannot wait to plant that special landscape tree, why wait? In Georgia, the dead of winter is not all that dead. During the winter, roots continue to grow as they really do not have a dormant period in Georgia.

December 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Provide shelter, food and water for backyard birds this winter

Do you like to watch birds? If you are like me, I love to spot different birds in my backyard and see if I can identify them.

December 30, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: New Year’s resolution time

It's that time again. A new year is about to unfold, and we vow to "do (fill-in-the- blank) better this year!" It also follows on the heels of the most festive time of the year, a time when we throw caution to the wind and eat our way through mountains of calorie-laden foods at every opportunity.

December 28, 2011 | Ginger Bennett | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Discipline can help our faith grow

Cole came to me crying. This in itself is not unusual. Cole cries at a lot of things. If he gets in trouble. If Chloe says or does something mean to him. When he has to go to bed.

December 25, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wheeler: Test your soil now to prepare for spring gardening

So the garden has stopped producing, and everything has been bitten by a couple of hard frosts this fall. You might be thinking there is not much to do in the garden this time of year.

December 23, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Some childhood Christmas favorites remain classic

As I was browsing through the local bookstore last week, I thought about how much literature impacted my love of the holiday season when I was growing up.

December 18, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Cannon: Gardeners, make your list, check it twice

December is a busy month: family and friend's holiday gatherings, office parties and shopping lists that never seem to end. But remember to take care of those outdoor and indoor plants during the month and share some alternative gift ideas for all those special people during the holidays.

December 16, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wheeler: Maintaining your Christmas tree will keep it beautiful and safe

It is during this time of year that everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season work on their children and grandchildren. With all of this going on, it is easy to forget to keep an eye out for the condition of your Christmas tree.

December 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Remember the real reason for the Christmas season

This Christmas, I've been a man on a mission. When I was a child, Christmas was one of my favorite times of the year. I have many happy memories tied to the holiday.

December 11, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wheeler: Keep poinsettias looking great through the holidays

A popular Christmas plant, poinsettias are actually native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land.

December 09, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Blends are becoming mainstream

With her usual acuity the bride picked up a bottle of wine I had just received, looked over the label and declared, "I think we're seeing a lot more blended red wines than in the past."

December 07, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Graphic novels are not only for geeks

I will confess that one of my literary guilty pleasures is the graphic novel. For the most part, there seems to be a certain stigma about graphic novels and comic books outside of the sci-fi convention crowd or fans of the superhero genre. Many consider graphic novels as not "real" reading - that is, they may view the genre as picture books for adults (and in a vast majority of cases, very adult, given how gory and sexual some mainstream comic books have become nowadays).

December 04, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Know the right time to prune your shrubs, trees

The Hall County Extension office gets plenty of calls this time of year in reference to pruning shrubs and trees in the landscape. Knowing when to prune and how is very important in terms of maintaining vigorous health for woody plants. It is one of the most important gardening practices, and knowing the exact time frame to prune can achieve maximum results in the landscape.

December 02, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Spay your kitten at a young age

Today will be the biggest day of Leia's life, medically speaking. That is, if I have it my way, it will.

March 26, 2017 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Being in the right place at the right time

A story in 1 Kings 17 talks about a prophet named Elijah.

March 26, 2017 | By Jentezen Franklin freechapel.org | Columnists


What to do for your plants after a hard freeze

Well, we have gotten through this freeze and it's time to figure out what got damaged and what did not.

March 24, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Effect of pyometra in cats, dogs

Leia's owners call me the day after my conversation with uncle Donnie.

March 19, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bill Coates: Follow a welcome mat’s suggestion: Be welcoming

"No strangers enter here, only friends we have not met."

March 19, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Bill Coates kristiwright@mindpsring.com | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Veterinarian's advice is not a suggestion or a scam

My significant other sometimes tells stories in which I have a speaking role.

March 12, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Colorectal cancer diagnoses rise in younger people

While some may know March is colorectal cancer awareness month, many may not know the disease is the third most common cancer in both genders ...

March 12, 2017 | Fernando Aycinena For The Times | Columnists


Father Eric Hill: My opportunity to serve God in Flowery Branch

In November 2010, I was called by the Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory to be the pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Spout ...

February 05, 2017 | | Columnists


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