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Beware the stinging caterpillars of autumn

A couple of years ago while mowing the lawn, I received quite a sting from a surprising source - a saddleback caterpillar. The resulting hives didn't last too long, but were a bit painful.

September 18, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Mythbusters: Get the facts on kitchen safety

There are a lot of myths floating around about things concerning the kitchen, so I thought I would share a few with you.

September 16, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: For wealthy, dying beats going broke

Poet and I were having one of our hour long conversations. I was driving somewhere, with a wireless piece tucked into my ear, catching up on Poet's stories and sharing a few of mine.

September 15, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Reeger Cook: ‘Noticer’ provides a new perspective

Think, learn, pray, plan, dream. These are the words of a mysterious drifter who has a way of emotionally affecting those around him.

September 13, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Thompson: Pantihose get new life holding up trash bags

Is there anything more annoying than having your trash bag fall down into your trash can? Actually I don't have this problem anymore because I buy fitted trash bags specifically made for my trash can. (Yes it is a waste of money, but it is one of my few indulgences.) If you don't want to buy fitted trash bags, here's your tip: Cut off the elastic waist band from an old pair of panty hose and use it to hold the trash bag in place.

September 13, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Native plants can enhance your yard

In the gardening world, the term "exotic" definitely has a negative connotation.

September 11, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Looking for a good snack? Try a smoothie

Are you looking for a quick yet nutritious way to get your kids to eat something good for them for breakfast?

September 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Perhaps less money will make others nicer

Optimist that I am, I have high hopes that this economic downturn will make people kinder.

September 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Ease after-work tension

Home is a place of shelter from the hard knocks of the world, but maybe not in that first 20 to 30 minutes when parents arrive from work and the children get home after the day's activities.

September 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t get stuck with a cheap hose

Here's a great tip on buying a water hose. If it flattens when you step on it, don't buy it. Spend the extra money and avoid the cheap hoses. Trust me on this one.

September 05, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Giving credit where credit is due

Chloe and Cole were discussing one of Cole's boo-boos. Chloe said he'd heal up and his boo-boo would fall off. While not scientifically accurate, I was amazed (and amused) at her understanding of the human body's ability to heal.

September 05, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Murray: Frogtown updates idea of Georgia’s sweet wines

This is the second in a series of profiles of Georgia wineries. Subsequent profiles will appear when the writer feels sufficiently motivated to do them ... or when his editor yells at him.

September 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wilburn: Unique produce pops up at farmers market

One of the joys of shopping at our local Hall County Farmers Market is the variety of fresh produce and friendly smiles.

September 02, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Fly, little chicken, and roam the world

No sooner had I proudly written the column about the young boy who had named his new pet chicken after me than Ronda the Chicken proved to be as unpredictable as Ronda the writer.

August 31, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Duct tape comes in handy yet again

If you own one of those battery-operated wall clocks, I have a tip for you. Consider duct taping a bunch of extra batteries to the back of the clock. When it is time to replace the batteries, they'll be right there.

There have been a lot of thefts in gyms where criminals rummage through unattended gym bags looking for valuables. Here's a great tip to keep you from becoming a victim. Take a tennis ball and cut a several-inch slit in it. Now you can store your valuables in the tennis ball. (Just don't forget and try ...

August 30, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Make a pizza from items in pantry, fridge

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods.

January 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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


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 ...

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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