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Skaggs: Maybe Santa brought you an adult-sized ‘toy’ tractor?

It's finally here - Christmas! I hope each of you is having a great Christmas Day filled with fun, food, family and fellowship.

December 25, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Last-minute gifts for cooks

Looking for a last-minute gift for the cook in your life? Here are a few ideas for great gadgets every well-stocked kitchen should have.

December 23, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Christmas in the city turns out to be a blessing

Last year's best present was from neither friend nor loved one. It was gifted to me by life. One of those rare lessons that grows more beautiful in memory as time passes.

December 22, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Celebrate the season with specialty butter

The Kellers Co. has been making butter products for more than 100 years. Each December they come out with their famous "Christmas Tree Butter Sculpture." It looks good and tastes good. You can find them at most Publix grocery stores.

December 20, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cook: This holiday story could give you a blue Christmas

With all the stress of shopping, decorating, traveling and just making time to enjoy the holiday season, one can see why we are drawn to Christmas stories that make us feel good. The most memorable holiday movies, television specials or books are the ones that make us smile and laugh year after year.

December 20, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Maintain your plants during the wintertime

The weather is cool, and the holiday season is in full swing. And while, I know many of you have other things on your mind, here are few tips for the home and garden.

December 18, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: This season, fertilize some and prune others

What can I do to keep my yard and plants healthy through the winter?

December 18, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Rich: A story was not the cure for this bad storyteller

There is a friend I have who cannot, for the life of her, tell a story.

December 15, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Cut through brownie goo with plastic knife

I need to start out by apologizing to Deanna Campbell. She's a faithful reader who gave me a tip some weeks ago on a better way to cut brownies. She said a simple plastic knife will do a better job than any regular knife, and she keeps a plastic knife in one of her kitchen drawers for just this purpose. Well, I didn't believe her. I thought that there was no way that a plastic knife could cut gooey brownies without making a big mess. Well, I was wrong. I eventually got around to testing it out and ...

December 13, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Take care in winter to prepare your trees

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 poring over those last-minute Christmas lists. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?

December 11, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Give your holiday food a healthy makeover

Feel weighed down after a little too much merriment during the holidays? Whether you're watching your waistline, your wallet or your health, some simple substitutions for the fats, sodium and sugars in your favorite dishes can make them healthier.

December 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Full moons have allure all their own

For some reason, I've always loved full moons. Every time I see one, I stop in my tracks, fully absorb and appreciate its beauty and then thank the good Lord that I lived to see another beautiful full moon.

December 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too

If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out CardsThatGive.org. It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

December 06, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Don’t get caught up in holiday trappings

When your children are all grown up with families of their own, what do you want them to remember about the holidays of their childhood?

December 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Fertilizer, seeds may top gardeners' wish lists

It is one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

December 04, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Federal government to create pet medication paper trail

When I was a senior in high school, I voted in my first election.

August 30, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Waterfalls display beauty and are always changing

Waterfalls are a spectacular show of natural beauty.

August 30, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Showing hospitality with true Southern food

Last week, Darrell and I had the pleasure of hosting two young ladies from Up with People in our home. What a wonderful time we ...

August 26, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Beware of pet meds advertised on TV

Did you know, if you take out all your veins and arteries and laid them end to end that you would die?

August 23, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Take time to renovate your landscape right now

Late summer is an excellent time to devise a plan for renovating your landscape. By planning now, you can take advantage of the best planting ...

August 21, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Play with kids after school to encourage exercise habits

Sometimes on school days, there is a bit of a lull between arriving home and study time.

August 19, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Strap your canine into the car with seat belt or carrier

You can disregard this week's column if you're an action hero, or have single-handedly dispatched an entire group of terrorists or mercenaries, never ...

August 16, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Plutons embedded by erosion

"Strange formation!" I heard a tourist say, standing at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

August 16, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: South African wins earning worldwide respect

South Africa is a nation of great contradictions, a turbulent history and a remarkable ability to forgive and move forward.

August 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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