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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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Sandra Stringer: Safety tips to follow for a picnic

If you're making plans for cookouts and family reunions, remember to make food safety a priority.

April 27, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was ...

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: A common but itchy situation for pets

I say "Lemmy." He says "No! Memmy!"

April 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tailoring a flowering garden to its gardener

Most plant lovers want to have flowers blooming in their garden all season long, but the problem arises in what to grow.

April 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Reading, traveling can take you to new places near and far

I have a plaque on my nightstand that says, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

April 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Annual checkup reveals exposure to Lyme disease

It's been a year since I saw Lemmy last. And now it's time for his routine yearly checkup.

April 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Try adding fruit trees to your edible garden

As a new resident to Gainesville and moderately experienced edible and organic gardener, I developed a fenced-in, organic raised-bed vegetable and herb garden last spring.

April 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's empathy for his little brother leads to diarrhea

He looks disheveled. Not Lemmy, he looks fine.

April 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being ...

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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