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Wilburn: Before you walk down the aisle, PREPARE

Recently I heard some statistics concerning the divorce rates in Georgia and Hall County that were frightening.

July 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


England: Clematis vine needs a little maintenance throughout year

Editor's note: This is Russ England's final column for The Times. After five years of gardening advice, he's decided to spend a little more time planting instead. Extension agent Wanda Cannon's gardening Q&A column will begin Aug. 1

July 22, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant now for second crop

It's midsummer in Georgia, but it could be spring all over again for vegetables. We generally plant summer vegetable crops in April and wind them up about this time of year, but we can grow two summer crops in Georgia.

July 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Extension program stirs up food, fun and education

Good, basic nutrition doesn't have to be a mystery.

July 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Forever linked by a tragic accident

Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as then, I found myself fascinated by how it summed up the man who died and what that summation says about our society.

July 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Shelf liner close to duct tape in its uses

I was in a grocery store the other day and noticed that they were selling "Jar Opening Rubber Grippers." The grippers were actually just round pieces of rubberized shelf liner. So, save yourself some money, buy the shelf liner and make as many grippers as you want. By the way, you can also cut out small pieces of the liner and sew them to the bottom of your slippers for better traction. There are almost as many uses for rubberized shelf liner as there are for duct tape!

July 17, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Lunch guys: KFC’s smoky chipotle gets chilly reception

Editor's note: After writing more than 200 columns over the past five years, the Lunch Guys are calling its quits. This is their final column.

July 16, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Infrequent rainfall means more mosquitoes waiting to hatch

Georgia's ongoing drought could produce a mosquito baby boom, says an expert with the University of Georgia.

July 15, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Answering tough questions can save couple heartache

When romance is in the air and a walk down the aisle is in your future, plans for the big event seem to take priority over planning for the marriage relationship.

July 12, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: 10 steps to create drought tolerance

With the ongoing drought, many home gardeners and landscape professionals alike are looking for ways to save water yet still maintain an attractive landscape. Here are 10 steps to a more drought-tolerant landscape.

July 11, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Rescuing 'possums does have a good side

You may recall past columns where I wrote of my friend, Stevie, who rescues distressed 'possums and then influenced me to do the same when I found an injured 'possum on my front porch.

I wrote of that experience, noting how sweet the 'possum was and how Stevie and I should start a nonprofit for the preservation of 'possum.

July 11, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Both true and fictional can be good

Chloe loves books. Every night before she goes to bed, Amy or I have to read to her. Sometimes, in the middle of the day, she comes to us with a book in her hand, begging us to read it to her.

July 10, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: A quick check can stop a runaway car

Last Saturday I had something very unique happen to me. I was traveling down Ga. 53 in my Jeep when I discovered that when I took my foot off of the accelerator, the vehicle didn't slow down. In fact the Jeep kept going at 50 miles per hour with no intention of slowing down. A normal person in this situation would have probably started screaming for mommy - but not the tip man. (OK, I never said I was modest). Remembering an old tip, I put my foot underneath the accelerator and pulled it towards me. This helped some. After ...

July 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Murray: If you’ve got time, invest in a bottle

One of the nice aspects of writing a column for a daily newspaper is the interplay that results with readers.

July 09, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: A lonely refrain for a suffering slugger

It may seem surprising to you - for it is to me - that I, the undeniable embodiment of all things Southern, should become so fascinated by a Yankee.

July 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Eyes of the Father: Christians are symbols of God’s accomplishments

When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.

January 25, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Plan ahead for your pets after your depart from this world

Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Carburetors fading as fuel injection offers cleaner air

The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.

January 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Timing is essential when pruning trees and flowers

Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.

January 23, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Small steps to stay on track for losing weight, becoming healthy

It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.

January 21, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: Studies prove vaccines effective for cervical cancer, HPV

What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.

January 19, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Knowing the true meaning of failure

Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.

January 18, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Europe’s winter weather patterns stormier than ours

The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.

January 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Learning soil’s pH levels can lead to better gardens

If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.

January 16, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Pleasure of strolling through local grocery stores

It's the middle of January. How are your New Year's resolutions going?

January 14, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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