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Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Cement your tree’s roots by planting now

Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.

January 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Hailey Van Parys hunts for the best hot chocolate in Gainesville

Hot chocolate and I go way back.

January 19, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Potentially diagnosing parvo in pup

In our practice, we typically call the owner two days after an appointment to check up on the patient.

January 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: Faith without good works is useless

We were at a restaurant when I saw a mother pulling her baby out of a high chair. The baby had some food on the back of her leg, but the mother hadn't noticed.

January 17, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: El Niño doesn’t affect Peru shortages much

El Niño is here. Named a long time ago by Peruvian fishermen, the phenomenon represents unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean.

January 16, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: It's time for your pup's 3-week check-up

Lemmy bounds into the waiting room, his owners trailing behind a taut leash. That's not the worst habit a puppy can have, but it is something to work on going forward.

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Siberia a bracing destination in winter

Many people like a quick winter break in Florida's warm weather. Others want something more bracing. The hardiest people take a winter tour through Siberia.

January 10, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tips for combatting soil compaction in garden

If you call the office to discuss a problem with your landscape, one of the first things I am going to ask you about is soil testing.

January 07, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: Find an Austrian wine in Buford and try Emilio Moro Malleolus 2011

What better way to start off 2016 than by answering questions from readers?

January 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppy’s first vet visit in a lifetime of health care

This is the fictionalized story of Lemmy.

January 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for cold during warm stretch

If you were dreaming of a warm Christmas this season instead of a white one, you got your wish. The week surrounding Dec. 25 was one of the warmest on record in North Georgia.

January 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Jeff Marker: Best of the bunch from 2015

Editor's note: Movie review Jeff Marker selected his top 10 films for the year.

December 31, 2015 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bill Murray gets 'Scrooged'

In an effort to avoid all things serious, I'm continuing my holiday laughs with the rarely serious, often irreverent "Scrooged."

December 30, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Carve out time to exercise on daily basis in the new year

I'm not a morning person at all, but I must say my best days have started off with exercise. I'm energized, focused and stress isn't a distraction.

December 29, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Microchip leads to happy ending

Lemmy's owners call me just before noon. They relay a story that's unlikely at best, but the take-home message is Lemmy's depressive ...

August 14, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy saves his family from a house fire

I want to repay my student loans. Therefore, I charge people for my veterinarian services.

July 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Embarking on my first trip to Athens

I'm an Iowan, born, bred and super corn-fed.

July 31, 2016 | | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


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