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Skaggs: Nothing boring about these bees

The carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) normally attracts quite a bit of attention during the spring in Georgia. It resembles the bumble bee, but it's larger and attacks wood around homes, making it a household and structural pest.

April 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Unique mix of grapes adds to winemaker's allure

David Harris knows his way around a vineyard. He should; for many years the fruit from his Blackstock Vineyards was highly prized by winemakers throughout northeast Georgia, who bought Blackstock grapes to make wines that would bear their labels.

April 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Love for each other, the Lord came from a little church

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

April 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Weigh options before moving your parent in

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 04, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Do your research before taking in an elderly parent

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Before you start in the garden, hit the expo

After the bitter cold temperatures, ice and snow of this past winter, I fully expect spring fever to be rampant this year. Spring is an exciting time of year for those of us who consider ourselves gardeners. We cannot wait to get outside to dig, prune, plant and mow.

April 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mediterranean-style diets may help ward off disease

Mediterranean people eat healthy. Following their culinary tastes may reduce anyone's risk for diseases, says Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

March 30, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: It's Easter when the Southern men are shopping

Years ago, before fuel conservation became popular and trendy, I was a forerunner to saving gas by combining errands. When I go into town, I spend several hours doing errands that I have been waiting to do. It saves both gas and time.

March 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Mathilda’ a surreal coming-of-age story

"Mathilda Savitch" is the debut novel for playwright and poet Victor Lodato, where he introduces us to a young girl named Mathilda and her coming-of-age struggles.

March 28, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Myers: Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith

When Cole was learning to walk, he had trouble stepping out on faith. Literally.

March 27, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan your plants to bloom all season

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a flash of bountiful flowers, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year.

March 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: What is the Spring Lunch and Learn series?

As spring approaches, the Hall County Extension office gets busy with calls from anxious gardeners ready to get outside. Along with providing answers to their gardening questions, the office also partners with the Hall County Library System to set up the Spring Lunch and Learn Series.

March 25, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Fruits, vegetables can be healthy in many forms

When it comes to buying fruits and vegetables, many factors play a role in which types consumers choose, including nutritional value.

March 23, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


My reasons for marriage don't include dollar bills

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

March 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Thank a Master Gardener

Since 1979, almost 5,000 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia without a paycheck.

March 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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What to do for your plants after a hard freeze

Well, we have gotten through this freeze and it's time to figure out what got damaged and what did not.

March 24, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Being in the right place at the right time

A story in 1 Kings 17 talks about a prophet named Elijah.

March 23, 2017 | Jentezen Franklin freechapel.org | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Effect of pyometra in cats, dogs

Leia's owners call me the day after my conversation with uncle Donnie.

March 19, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bill Coates: Follow a welcome mat’s suggestion: Be welcoming

"No strangers enter here, only friends we have not met."

March 19, 2017 | The Rev. Dr. Bill Coates kristiwright@mindpsring.com | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Veterinarian's advice is not a suggestion or a scam

My significant other sometimes tells stories in which I have a speaking role.

March 12, 2017 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Colorectal cancer diagnoses rise in younger people

While some may know March is colorectal cancer awareness month, many may not know the disease is the third most common cancer in both genders ...

March 12, 2017 | Fernando Aycinena For The Times | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Soil temperatures not yet ready for spring planting

Editor's note: GeorgiaFACES news editor Sharon Dowdy of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences contributed to this column.

March 09, 2017 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Father Eric Hill: My opportunity to serve God in Flowery Branch

In November 2010, I was called by the Archbishop of Atlanta Wilton Gregory to be the pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church on Spout ...

February 05, 2017 | | Columnists


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