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Clean out dirty chimneys to prevent potential fires

We really never think about it, but chimney maintenance is important. Especially since a house fire from a badly maintained chimney is 100 percent preventable.

January 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Balance the food feast for 2015

Great snacks are key players in college football bowl game parties and New Year's celebrations. Therefore, choose various items for the feast.

December 31, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Keep New Year's attire appropriate this holiday

We know the following to be true: Holiday parties are great for food, family, friends and getting all dolled up.

December 29, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No replacement for one true God

Chloe came to me very upset. With all the righteous indignation she could muster she said, "Daddy, Mommy won't give me what I want!"

December 28, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Smoking affects pets more than humans

Is it awkward when you go in for your yearly physical and your doctor leans in and sniffs your ears?

December 28, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drafts can be controlled with extra insulation

Even with quality windows, there's often a pocket of cold air in the space between the window and the corner wall.

December 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Legends associated with Christmas and holiday plants

Since the beginning of time, plants have become interwoven into the daily lives that they have developed symbols of nearly every aspect of life. During the holiday season, this aspect is seen more than any other time of the year.

December 26, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


For the love of fruitcake

Johnny Carson reportedly said, "The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the whole world and people just keep sending it to each other."

December 24, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Please don't feed Fido table food

That Sam. That Sam! That dog Sam.

December 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper celebrating 20th anniversary

Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

December 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: ‘Wonderful Life’ charms Scrooge

I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.

December 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Fit in time for holiday fitness

You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.

December 17, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

December 15, 2014 | By Sherry Davis For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Let go of the past and live in the present

As a guy, I think remote controls are wonderful things. I love the look and feel of them. They seem to fit so perfectly, so comfortably in my hand.

December 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Dressing up and down your little black dress for all occasions

The little black dress is an iconic staple in every woman's closet. The beauty of the piece is it doesn't have to mean stilettos and pearls a la "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

July 06, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Removing your sin is sticky issue

Sometimes I honestly have to wonder what goes through my son's head.

July 05, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: How to avoid inappropriate urination

This past April, I was lucky enough to attend the first opening night in Wrigley Field history. As a long-suffering Cubs fan - I played second base when Ryne Sandberg was the best second baseman - this was a dream come true.

July 05, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Know your hurricane facts as season begins

Some questions come up frequently in conversations about hurricanes:

July 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Celebrate with red, white and blue wines

Saturday is Independence Day. Happy Birthday, America! And what better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than to embrace the red, white and blue and all the goodness and greatness it represents.

July 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Understanding the science of seizures

Dogs and cats have brains, and those brains work much the same way human brains do.

June 28, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Nutrients absent in red clay topsoil in North Georgia

In terms of its natural setting, North Georgia can count many blessings.

June 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Beating back the squash vine borer

A vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing among the tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

June 25, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Classic Grant, Saint thrill audience

Widely considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, I finally decided to sit down and watch "North by Northwest" and was treated to a fantastic spy thriller.

June 24, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Family fun, fitness on 4th of July

So what are your plans for the Fourth of July? Having a cookout? Attending a fireworks display? Getting up at the crack of dawn to go run?

June 24, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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