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Skaggs: Drought brings unwanted visitors

With the ongoing drought, many gardeners are complaining of unwanted critters visiting their landscapes - namely, deer.

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Plan ahead, pay attention to surroundings before planting a tree

Question: I want to plant a tree small enough to fit under a power line. Can you recommend one that has good fall color?Answer: You are wise to consider the height a mature tree will achieve before you plant one under a power line. It is so easy to find examples of what would be large, stately trees had they not been butchered to protect powerlines from falling branches.

March 21, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Rosemond: Son’s teasing needs to be stopped by mother

Question of the week: My 5-year-old son plays with two other 5-year-olds in the neighborhood on a regular basis.

March 21, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Both adults, kids will enjoy this balloon trick

I recently held a party and had a professional decorator come in and decorate. She was creating balloon center pieces for each of the tables. They looked pretty cool. One of the balloons she had filled up with helium escaped from her and went to the ceiling. (The room had 30-foot-high ceilings). I said to her, "Well, I guess that balloon is gone." She replied, "Oh no its not. Just watch." And with that she filled up another balloon with helium, attached a string to it and put doubled-sided tape on the balloon. She then let that balloon rise until ...

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Landfills benefit from paper hangers

Is your dry cleaner still using metal hangers? If so, encourage them to switch to EcoHangers. These new hangers are made of biodegradable paper. Each year, more than 3.5 billion metal hangers end up in landfills - and they sit there for more than 100 years. In addition to being good for the environment, EcoHangers are also easier to fold up and throw away - metal hangers just poke out of your garbage bag. One last point, a lot of advertisers are putting their messages on the EcoHangers, thus making them cheaper for the dry cleaners than the metal ones.

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Planning on baking for the holidays? Chill out

Instead of baking to a frazzle this holiday season, try chilling out. Bake ahead and freeze foods to avoid last-minute hassles. Here are some guidelines to help you start.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: ‘Glorious’ macaroni makes the holiday

It's a sure thing that when family gathers at my house for Thanksgiving dinner, there will certainly be a hot, gooey dish of homemade macaroni and cheese on the table.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Lunch guys: Sammies at Quiznos taste great, but have few fillings

It's a testament to our love of Quiznos that when we found out the sub chain was selling something called "Sammies," we said, "Yeah, we'll eat that! … Uh, what's a Sammie?"

March 21, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Lunch guys: Bread, bacon help pungent sauce on new BK sandwich

Longtime fans of the Lunch Guys know that if a national chain restaurant is offering something with "bacon" in the name, we've either already eaten it or are idling in the drive-through lane right now.

March 21, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Gardening gifts can be as simple as seeds

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

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: If you’re going too fast, turn around for help

We were visiting Amy's family in Texas. On Sunday morning, we went to church, and God taught me something during the worship service.

March 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Packing safe 'bag' lunches

Are you looking for a way to save money at work? One way to save an average of $5 a day is to bring your lunch from home instead of eating out.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Idea of ‘bad luck' lives on in NASCAR

I picked up the package left on the back porch and read the mailing label that said "RCR Racing, Welcome, N.C." I smiled and hurried inside to tear it open.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Christmas trees need tender care

Is it just me or is the Christmas season beginning earlier each year? Personally, I would like to at least finish trick-or-treating before I begin thinking about Christmas. But whether you've got your shopping wrapped up or haven't even started, it's time to decorate the Christmas tree.

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Nothing is sexier than a man with a plan

Flipping through the pages of People magazine, I saw where a guy with whom I once spent a week in Hawaii had been named as one of sexiest men in America.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Resist urge to buy animal for Easter

I do not like Peeps.

April 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check house foundation to prevent dangerous slides

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., raises the question whether something like this could happen here. It's not likely, because we don't have the deep soil that led to the Western disaster.

April 19, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants selected

The 2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plant for residential landscape use in Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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