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Around the Home: Cooking ahead for holiday meals

Last-minute hurried food preparations can drain any cook's holiday spirit. By planning ahead and sticking to a budget (both time and money) you can take some of the hassle out of your holidays, while keeping food quality, flavor and safety a top priority.

December 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


I’ll never forget his special gift

His name was Ricky and though I remember the gift he gave me that Christmas 30 years ago, I don't recall his last name. I wish I did.

December 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Fat Man’ puts new twist on holiday classics

It's interesting to think about the different ways that Christmas has been depicted throughout the decades in movies and television shows. For many of us, holiday movies such as "A Christmas Story," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" are part of our Christmas tradition.

December 20, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: A closer look at our Christmas greenery traditions

Have you ever wondered about the origins of our Christmas symbols that we adorn our homes with through the holiday season? I did a little research and came up with some interesting facts about some of the common decorations that we so lovingly fill our homes with this time of year.

December 17, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Capital calls, but Hall County will always be home

As you have likely heard, I will be leaving Hall County Cooperative Extension in January for a new job at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Commissioner-elect Gary Black has asked me to serve as chief operating officer for the department.

December 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Try healthier versions of your holiday favorites

You can easily and quickly make your favorite holiday recipes in a reduced-fat and/or low-calorie way by including healthier cooking methods and ingredient substitution. I have chosen two fall family favorites - candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie and included tips that will keep the flavor, but reduce the fat.

December 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


The strength of Southern women

The text that my sister sent was simple yet so powerful: "He is gone to be with God."

December 13, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Dipping our toes in sin can trap us

"Daddy, help!" Chloe's voice, filled with panic, rushed up toward me from the back seat.

December 12, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Give trees a little TLC this winter

As winter approaches, most of us retreat to the cozy confines of our warm, toasty living rooms. We're content watching football, reading a good book, or pouring over the Christmas to-do list. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?

December 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Follow guidelines for freezing baked goods

Preparing food ahead of time and freezing it can save time, energy and money. Proper storage of baked goods allows you to get a head-start on holiday food preparations. Foods stored at 0 degrees F longer than the storage times listed here should be safe but may be of less acceptable quality.

December 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Some of us manage to come out even in the end

There was a man I knew once who lived for a good time. Work, he believed and ardently practiced, was only good for providing a means to an end, the end result being that of his vigorous pursuit of wine, women and song.

December 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Families Ties: Driving class offered for parents, teens

Is your teenager's life worth two hours of your time?

December 05, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Great ideas for the wino on your Christmas list

It's holiday time, with Christmas just a little over three weeks away. If you're still trying to come up with a nifty and useful gift for the wino in your life, read on. In addition to actual gifts, I'm suggesting some wine-related events you could attend.

November 30, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Robert E. Lee taught me a lesson

The other day I ran into General Robert E. Lee, along with his wife, and his arch nemesis, General Ulysses S. Grant.

November 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Air, gravity, God — what we don't see still exists

On a recent cloudy day Chloe asked me, "Where's the sun?" I told her it was behind the clouds. "No it's not," she replied. Apparently, Chloe is having a hard time believing something is there if she can't see it.

November 28, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Chinese megacity Hefei keeps on growing

Megacities are the trend of the 21st century. This means metropolitan areas that are home to more than a million inhabitants. Atlanta qualifies for the ...

May 01, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Figuring out dog’s odd behavior

Lemmy has an irregular appointment today.

May 01, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Safety tips to follow for a picnic

If you're making plans for cookouts and family reunions, remember to make food safety a priority.

April 27, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was ...

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: A common but itchy situation for pets

I say "Lemmy." He says "No! Memmy!"

April 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tailoring a flowering garden to its gardener

Most plant lovers want to have flowers blooming in their garden all season long, but the problem arises in what to grow.

April 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Reading, traveling can take you to new places near and far

I have a plaque on my nightstand that says, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

April 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's empathy for his little brother leads to diarrhea

He looks disheveled. Not Lemmy, he looks fine.

April 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | 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 ...

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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