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Skaggs: Give leaves new life as blanket for flower beds

In a few weeks, deciduous trees across North Georgia will begin their fall color show - green will give way to gold, red and yellow. And then they will drop. Instead of spending your fall burning leaves, consider using them as a blanket - for your plants.

September 25, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Get fall veggie garden planted

Now is the time to start a fall vegetable garden. What do I do to prepare?

September 25, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Leafy greens pack in nutrients

Green leaves are nutrient rich because they contain the light-catching, energy-converting machinery of plants.

September 23, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Let others spend their money — save yours

There is a story that my daddy used to like to tell about me. It happened when I was 8 or 9.

September 22, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Keeping a check on anger means controlling sin, too

I don't know what set her off. It could have been anything really - she'd been skulking around the house all morning like a wounded bear. I tried to talk to her and she growled at me. I tried to hug her and she pushed me away. Chloe was in a bad mood, and she was determined to stay that way.

September 20, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t lose those plastic tag holders

Here's a great tip from Julian Wilson: "New slacks and jackets frequently have size tags and other informational tags held on by what amounts to being plastic "staples" that have little "T" ends. If you just cut the plastic on the other side of the tag, the whole thing can come apart and the small plastic pieces may get lost in the material of the clothing and irritate you when wearing it. Just put a piece of masking tape across the "T" before cutting the other side. This will keep the small plastic pieces from getting lost.

September 20, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Beware the stinging caterpillars of autumn

A couple of years ago while mowing the lawn, I received quite a sting from a surprising source - a saddleback caterpillar. The resulting hives didn't last too long, but were a bit painful.

September 18, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Mythbusters: Get the facts on kitchen safety

There are a lot of myths floating around about things concerning the kitchen, so I thought I would share a few with you.

September 16, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: For wealthy, dying beats going broke

Poet and I were having one of our hour long conversations. I was driving somewhere, with a wireless piece tucked into my ear, catching up on Poet's stories and sharing a few of mine.

September 15, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Reeger Cook: ‘Noticer’ provides a new perspective

Think, learn, pray, plan, dream. These are the words of a mysterious drifter who has a way of emotionally affecting those around him.

September 13, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Thompson: Pantihose get new life holding up trash bags

Is there anything more annoying than having your trash bag fall down into your trash can? Actually I don't have this problem anymore because I buy fitted trash bags specifically made for my trash can. (Yes it is a waste of money, but it is one of my few indulgences.) If you don't want to buy fitted trash bags, here's your tip: Cut off the elastic waist band from an old pair of panty hose and use it to hold the trash bag in place.

September 13, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Native plants can enhance your yard

In the gardening world, the term "exotic" definitely has a negative connotation.

September 11, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Looking for a good snack? Try a smoothie

Are you looking for a quick yet nutritious way to get your kids to eat something good for them for breakfast?

September 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Perhaps less money will make others nicer

Optimist that I am, I have high hopes that this economic downturn will make people kinder.

September 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Ease after-work tension

Home is a place of shelter from the hard knocks of the world, but maybe not in that first 20 to 30 minutes when parents arrive from work and the children get home after the day's activities.

September 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Barona: Encourage younger generation to embrace good principles

Recently, I engaged in conversation with some youth of my church at St. Michael.

September 25, 2016 | Jaime Barona jbarona@saintmichael.cc | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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