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Thompson: Web site keeps track of sex offenders

If you want to know if there are any sex offenders living near you, go to the Family Watchdog Web site. You simply type in your address and it shows you on a map where the nearest offenders are located. The Web site also gives you a picture and information on the offenders. You can also set it up so that you'll be notified if an offender moves within five miles of your address. The Web site is free.

April 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Get your grass off to a healthy start

Warm-season turfgrasses such as Bermuda, centipede and zoysia often suffer some common problems with springtime green-up. Here are a few of the more common management issues.

April 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Prime rib shouldn’t have to compete

Quiznos goes high-end yet again with the launch of yet another spin on its premium beef lineup. This time, it's the Prime Rib Ranchero, promising to merge "steakhouse taste" with the "flavors of the Southwest."

April 20, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Wilburn: Handle cantaloupe carefully to avoid salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert regarding cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because fruit from this company appears to be associated with a salmonella litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

April 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Feeling a heartache is better than nothing

Once when I was young and love had broken my heart for the first time, I thought I would never recover from the agony resulting when the bliss had been sucker punched and sent packing.

April 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Free time during spring break may lead to risky behavior

Thoughts of spring are on everyone's mind. However, this time of year brings with it opportunities for teens to make choices that are potentially dangerous. Spring break parties, trips and proms all pose situations where teens need to make choices.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Blackwood: One big confession or little white lies?

The new governor of New York, David Paterson, decided after taking office that he would go ahead and confess all of his sins. It was a pretty good list. Before it was over he had 'fessed up to everything except burying Jimmy Hoffa and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

April 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


England: Trilliums, while hard to find, can grow easily in woodland gardens

Question: I want to plant some native trilliums in a small woodland garden. What is the easiest kind to grow?

April 14, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


White wines range from soft and fruity to very crisp

In last month's column I described some of the most popular red wine grapes and the wines they produce. This month we're taking on white wine grapes. So, pour yourself a glass of chardonnay and read on.

April 12, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: In the battle of love, ladies wear five stars

It would behoove all you men to thoroughly understand one thing: We women normally conduct our romances by committee.

April 11, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant expo focuses on drought

Spring is here, and with it comes the urge to dig, prune, plant and mow. For many gardeners living in Northeast Georgia, a much anticipated event is finally here - the 2008 Spring Garden Expo!

April 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: A little change can be OK

The other day I was looking back at some old pictures of Chloe. Some of them were more than a year old. If it weren't for me or Amy in the pictures with her, I would think I was looking at someone else's child, not mine. I was amazed at how much Chloe had changed in such a short a time.

April 10, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Freeze grapes for sweet snack

Do your kids love sweets? Try this sweet snack instead of the usual junk food: frozen grapes. Just put the grapes in your freezer and leave them there. When you pull them out let them sit for about five minutes before serving. They're delicious and healthy!

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Stay cool with this neat seat

Have you ever heard of Lava Buns? If not, you need to check it out. It's basically a seat cushion that you can either heat up in the microwave or cool in the freezer. The internal microcore element holds the hot or cold for up to six hours. It's great for the deer stand, the football stadium bleachers or the Fourth of July picnic. The name is kind of weird, but the product works. You can find it at your local outdoors store or Google it online. It comes in red, navy, black and camo and costs about ...

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Benefits of duct tape go beyond expectations

OK, did you do well on last week's pop quiz?

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Harbingers of spring

Do you want a beautiful garden filled with flowering bulbs next spring? Then, now is the time to plant them. And picking out a desirable garden bed for bulbs will guarantee a show-stopping display for next season and provide joy for many years to come.

October 31, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Watch your weight, budget this holiday season

If you're concerned about adding holiday pounds during the next eight weeks, don't worry. UGA Extension's Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge offers tips and ideas to fit into your daily routine.

October 29, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Gluten not harmful to your pets

Have you heard of dihydrogen monoxide? It's in tons of products from soft drinks to bug sprays and even in baby food. It's one of the most caustic substances known to man and will eventually break down metal or rock if left in contact long enough.

October 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Quakes will continue as Earth’s plates keep shifting

"What's becoming of the world? When will it all end?" Words of my late grandmother came to mind after the Oct. 14 quake off the coast of Nicaragua and El Salvador.

October 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Clean and maintain your tools

Preventive maintenance is so important to any aspect of life, whether it's your health or equipment.

October 24, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


'Laggies' is a man-child romp with a twist

Lynn Shelton is a curious, Pacific Northwest-bred hybrid of high-concept and low-production value.

October 23, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Time to transition wardrobe from summer to fall

It's time to break out all things brown, orange and yellow - the season of pumpkin scents and flavors is in full swing with the arrival of fall.

October 06, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


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