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Thompson: Here’s one way to hook a pickup truck

Pickup trucks are great to have. Besides making you sexier, they're great for hauling stuff. One problem though is when your items slide toward the cab in the truck bed and you have to climb in the truck to retrieve them. The solution: make a "truck stick." As the name implies it's a long stick with a hook on the end. Just leave it in the bed of your truck and use it whenever your items slide away from you.

May 31, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: There are no little sins — all are a big problem

Shortly after Cole was born, we got concerned. He was always crying and could never seem to get comfortable.

May 31, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Control garden pests and be kind to the earth

With increasing numbers of area residents delving into gardening this spring, the extension office is answering questions on a variety of garden topics.

May 28, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Cooking demonstrations come to Saturday market

I am addicted to cooking programs on TV, and I especially love Southern cooking programs.

May 27, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Fine silver won't replace memories of Mama

Perhaps you've seen the T-shirt emblazoned with, "I Was A Millionaire Until Mom Gave Away My Baseball Card Collection."

May 25, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use this tip before you sip someone else's water

If you're ever eating out in a fancy restaurant and you can't figure out which bread plate and water glass is yours, remember this: BMW. No, I'm not referring to the car. I'm talking about bread, meat, water. Just as the letters are arranged, bread is on the left, meat is in the middle and your water glass is on the right. I was eating in a fancy restaurant a couple of weeks ago and one of the people at my table couldn't figure out which water glass was hers. My BMW tip impressed her ...

May 24, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Five climbing vines for your garden

What types of climbing vines add versatility and usefulness in a garden?

May 22, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Garden tour highlights private yards

If you're looking for a little gardening inspiration, don't miss the In Our Own Back Yards garden walk presented by the Hall County Master Gardeners on June 13.

May 22, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Women, embrace folic acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin; our bodies use it to make new cells.

May 20, 2009 | | Columnists


Rich: This chicken is destined for more than Sunday dinner

To truly appreciate the irony of this story, you must first know that my history with chickens is colorful and much ballyhooed to the point of being family legend. It has never been an easy relationship between me and those feathery foes of mine.

May 19, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Laundry product saves you from ‘shirt pucker’

I hate "shirt puckers." What's a shirt pucker? When you've had a shirt on a hanger for a long time, puckers are created in the shoulder of the shirt. The simplest way to get rid of the puckers is to spray them with Downey Wrinkle Release while you're wearing the shirt. Just use your hand to smooth the pucker.

May 17, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Slow and steady sets good example

Each person has their own challenges in life.

May 17, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Answers to common gardening questions

Question: How should I properly water my vegetable garden?

May 15, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Save time and money in the kitchen with these tips

It's 5 p.m. and your family wants to know what's for dinner.

May 13, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Happiness comes from an old dirt road

There is something about dirt roads that whistles to me like a siren's call. A dirt road beckons and I answer. I cannot resist its allure.

May 12, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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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


Ask a Vet: Research pet store before purchase

Singer Taylor Swift has said a player's gonna play, play, play, play, play. And similar is true for a baker (gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake).

December 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Roundabouts could reduce fuel waste, collisions and air pollution

You're doing your Christmas shopping. Traffic is heavy. On the main streets, two or more lanes are completely filled with cars. Slow forward movement in your lane ensures a stop at every traffic light.

December 14, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Winter is the ideal time for bird-watching

Spotting and identifying the different birds in the Northeast Georgia landscape can be exciting and educational. So grab a pair of binoculars and see how many you can identify.

December 12, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Baking memories with pound cake, peppermint

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

December 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Play with pets but practice caution

If you read my column regularly, you're aware I'm a nerd, a nerd of many colors.

December 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Repairing frozen pipes within skill set of many homeowners

Most North Georgia homeowners have had this unpleasant experience. You step into the garage or some other room with outside walls after a cold night, and are greeted by a waterfall coming out of the drywall. After turning off the water supply at the meter and using every available towel to mop up the lake that has formed, there are two immediate goals: Fix the damage, and do something that will prevent this from happening again.

December 07, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Drinking in the memory of my first taste of wine

I had an "aha" moment recently. I pinpointed the precise moment I began to listen to the siren call of wine, and it predates my previous landmark by a few years.

December 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Take time to grieve for your lost pet

My vocation can make you a bit nutty. Or maybe you have to be eccentric to even get involved.

November 30, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Greatest gift from God is eternal life

We were sitting in the sanctuary, waiting for the evening service to begin. My Bible was in my lap, and Chloe asked me if she could see it.

November 30, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cold comes from imported air, doesn’t linger around

"This place is awfully cold. I hope it's not like this all the time."

November 30, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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