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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


‘Sculptor’ leaves out adventure

Is it a good sign when the best character in a book - the one with the most interesting personality, the most logic and who goes through the most hardships - is a giant talking parrot?

August 30, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Prepare garden for next season with these chores

Gardening may have seemed more work than reward during the summer.

August 28, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Keep crape myrtles in good shape with these tips

How do you keep your crape myrtles in tip-top shape throughout the summer and fall?

August 28, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Register for diabetes seminar

Diabetes now affects nearly 24 million people in the United States.

August 26, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Important titles aren’t always accompanied by big egos

A dear friend of mine, bless his heart, has to work every major holiday. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter are days on which he labors while his family celebrates without him.

August 25, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: This blame game doesn’t fool anyone

The time I dread most came around again, and I found myself at the doctor's office awaiting vaccination shots for Chloe.

August 23, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: A little sandpaper can sharpen a needle

Before you throw a sewing needle away because it became dull, consider sharpening it with sandpaper. Just get a fine-grit sandpaper and rub the sewing needle over it.

August 23, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Mums burst into fall with lots of color

After a hot summer, I'm ready for fall. And a sure sign of fall will soon be at a garden center near you.

August 21, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Eat healthy with produce fresh from market

The Hall County Farmers Market was covered up Tuesday morning with vendors and customers.

August 19, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Murray: A dinner date with a master chef

It was my first big gig as a wine writer - the Monterey Wine Festival in the early 1980s. And I was late for lunch.

August 19, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: A legacy made of macaroni and cheese

I'm still laughing about it. Well, kinda.

August 18, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: In a pinch, use wasp spray for pepper spray

Pepper spray is a great criminal deterrent. If you don't have any with you and you're concerned someone may try to break into your house, consider using wasp spray. Odds are that you have some in your garage. Let me be clear here, pepper spray is better. However, wasp spray can be effective if someone is breaking into your home.

August 16, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Kennel cough is no laughing matter

A one-eyed dog with a cough walks into a bar.

May 22, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Responses to sunlight vary by country

Some cultural differences are subtle. Others are highly visible; for example, the way in which people treat sunshine.

May 22, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bancroft, Duke make a mark in ‘The Miracle Worker’

When renowned actress Patty Duke died two months ago, I was a bit ashamed. I had never seen any of her films.

May 20, 2016 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Scale insects attack plants early in the season

This year has been a year for scales.

May 19, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: How to eat out and eat healthy

If you're celebrating a special occasion this season, just remember you can still make healthy meal choices.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Unruly dog bites Lemmy and causes him to lose an eye

It's noon on a Saturday, and I am anticipating heading home in an hour or so. I have plans to school my oldest child ...

May 15, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Himalayas impact weather across Asia

No mountain system in the world has a greater influence on weather than the plateau of Tibet and its fringe, the Himalayas. Even the tallest ...

May 15, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Lots of April showers bring plenty of May flowers

Returning to Hall County this week after a trip to Japan to witness cherry blossoms in full bloom and my son's wedding, I was ...

May 12, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Homemade jellies, jams, sorghum leave a legacy

I had a friend ask me a very interesting question the other day.

May 10, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog learns to share human attention with a new kitten

Our history of Lemmy leaps forward this week, encompassing three mostly uneventful years.

May 08, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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