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Wilburn: Unique produce pops up at farmers market

One of the joys of shopping at our local Hall County Farmers Market is the variety of fresh produce and friendly smiles.

September 02, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Fly, little chicken, and roam the world

No sooner had I proudly written the column about the young boy who had named his new pet chicken after me than Ronda the Chicken proved to be as unpredictable as Ronda the writer.

August 31, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Duct tape comes in handy yet again

If you own one of those battery-operated wall clocks, I have a tip for you. Consider duct taping a bunch of extra batteries to the back of the clock. When it is time to replace the batteries, they'll be right there.

There have been a lot of thefts in gyms where criminals rummage through unattended gym bags looking for valuables. Here's a great tip to keep you from becoming a victim. Take a tennis ball and cut a several-inch slit in it. Now you can store your valuables in the tennis ball. (Just don't forget and try ...

August 30, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


‘Sculptor’ leaves out adventure

Is it a good sign when the best character in a book - the one with the most interesting personality, the most logic and who goes through the most hardships - is a giant talking parrot?

August 30, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Prepare garden for next season with these chores

Gardening may have seemed more work than reward during the summer.

August 28, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Keep crape myrtles in good shape with these tips

How do you keep your crape myrtles in tip-top shape throughout the summer and fall?

August 28, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Register for diabetes seminar

Diabetes now affects nearly 24 million people in the United States.

August 26, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Important titles aren’t always accompanied by big egos

A dear friend of mine, bless his heart, has to work every major holiday. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter are days on which he labors while his family celebrates without him.

August 25, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: This blame game doesn’t fool anyone

The time I dread most came around again, and I found myself at the doctor's office awaiting vaccination shots for Chloe.

August 23, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: A little sandpaper can sharpen a needle

Before you throw a sewing needle away because it became dull, consider sharpening it with sandpaper. Just get a fine-grit sandpaper and rub the sewing needle over it.

August 23, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Mums burst into fall with lots of color

After a hot summer, I'm ready for fall. And a sure sign of fall will soon be at a garden center near you.

August 21, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Eat healthy with produce fresh from market

The Hall County Farmers Market was covered up Tuesday morning with vendors and customers.

August 19, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Murray: A dinner date with a master chef

It was my first big gig as a wine writer - the Monterey Wine Festival in the early 1980s. And I was late for lunch.

August 19, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: A legacy made of macaroni and cheese

I'm still laughing about it. Well, kinda.

August 18, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: In a pinch, use wasp spray for pepper spray

Pepper spray is a great criminal deterrent. If you don't have any with you and you're concerned someone may try to break into your house, consider using wasp spray. Odds are that you have some in your garage. Let me be clear here, pepper spray is better. However, wasp spray can be effective if someone is breaking into your home.

August 16, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Around the Home: Watch your weight, budget this holiday season

If you're concerned about adding holiday pounds during the next eight weeks, don't worry. UGA Extension's Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge offers tips and ideas to fit into your daily routine.

October 29, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Gluten not harmful to your pets

Have you heard of dihydrogen monoxide? It's in tons of products from soft drinks to bug sprays and even in baby food. It's one of the most caustic substances known to man and will eventually break down metal or rock if left in contact long enough.

October 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes will continue as Earth’s plates keep shifting

"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

October 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'Laggies' is a man-child romp with a twist

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low-production value.

October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Time to transition wardrobe from summer to fall

It's time to break out all things brown, orange and yellow - the season of pumpkin scents and flavors is in full swing with the arrival of fall.

October 06, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


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