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Thompson: Shoe holders get new life for kids’ clothes

Rachael Reksten has four young kids younger than 6. I admire, respect and pity her all at the same time. She told me that the hardest thing she used to have to deal with was getting her kids dressed in the morning.

August 06, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Rich: Good night moon, good night pacifier

When my niece, Nicole, decided it was time to separate Zoe, who was nearing the age of 2, from her pacifier, she consulted the lunar calendar.

August 05, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t dump all your money on pricey bags

I usually enjoy debunking questionable tips. However, this time I'm somewhat hesitant. Odds are that I'm going to tick off at least a few of you out there. What tip am I talking about? The Debbie Meyers Green Bags. For those of you not familiar with them, they're the green plastic bags that you store fruits and vegetables in and they supposedly stay fresher longer. You've probably seen the bags advertised on late-night TV. The bags are supposed to be specially made so that they absorb ethylene gas, which contributes to spoilage. I tested the bags ...

August 03, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Yellow jackets no laughing matter

The last few weeks at the Extension office have been filled with talk of yellow jackets - and not those who frequent Bobby Dodd Stadium in the fall. As a loyal member of the Bulldog Nation, I occasionally have a little fun with folks who ask me how to control yellow jackets. When asked, I'm always tempted to reference coach Mark Richt and the beloved Georgia Bulldogs. However, yellow jackets are no laughing matter.

July 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Pick a peck of peaches to preserve

Gardens overflowing with shiny, red tomatoes and bright green peppers ... orchards filled with sweet, juicy peaches ... farmers' markets piled high with fresh produce ... they are all so easy to preserve.

July 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Wandering minds get hot pink luggage

Too often I used to stop by Mama's and find her with that look in her eye. I'd know it the moment I walked in, so I silently curse myself for picking that time to drop by.

July 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: It's test time

POP QUIZ!

July 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Color, beauty of heaven should make it a blast

On the Fourth of July, we took Chloe and Cole to a fireworks show.

July 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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


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How to make a compost pile at home

Recycling in the garden (composting) and using mulch makes common sense for the landscapes.

March 27, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


A mortifying moment at the DMV

Several weeks ago, we were at dinner with some friends and the conversation turned to life's most embarrassing moments.

March 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Follow the ABCs in pet emergencies

You've frequently read my recommendations on keeping your pet healthy and saving yourself a ton of hassle. Most of these are applicable to the majority of pets and owners.

March 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Pray for wisdom of Solomon every day

Once, while we were on a trip to see Amy's folks in Texas, we stopped at a store to stretch our legs and take a bathroom break. When we walked inside, we saw a large display of polished rocks.

March 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Cope with slippage by steering, accelerating gently

So far, March has shown above-average precipitation totals in North Georgia. Based on the historic record, we also have plenty of rain showers to look forward to in April.

March 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Put a spring in your step with healthy treats this season

Baseball, picnics and other springtime activities offer a chance to incorporate healthy snacks into your family's weekly routine.

March 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Ponder your pet’s contribution after its death

I wanted this to start out about Henriettta. I guess it still does, but you'll see how the world can change your plans.

March 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Physics of gasoline explain why it can be explosive

There's enough talk about explosives in the media to have a person worried. Not worried enough, it seems, are some people handling the liquid explosive we use every day: gasoline. Understanding the hazards of this substance requires knowing about its physics.

March 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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