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Thompson: A tip that could please St. Nick

It's the holiday season and time to hang the stockings. I've got a cool tip on how you can hang your stockings from the fireplace mantle. Instead of buying expensive hangers, make your own. First, go to your local hardware store and buy a piece of "square rod stock." It's basically a thin piece of steel that is 3 feet long and 3/16-inch thick. Each rod will cost you less than $3. Cut off a 12-inch piece of the rod - you can use a hacksaw. Now, take the rod and bend it in a vice so ...

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Drought brings unwanted visitors

With the ongoing drought, many gardeners are complaining of unwanted critters visiting their landscapes - namely, deer.

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Plan ahead, pay attention to surroundings before planting a tree

Question: I want to plant a tree small enough to fit under a power line. Can you recommend one that has good fall color?Answer: You are wise to consider the height a mature tree will achieve before you plant one under a power line. It is so easy to find examples of what would be large, stately trees had they not been butchered to protect powerlines from falling branches.

March 21, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Rosemond: Son’s teasing needs to be stopped by mother

Question of the week: My 5-year-old son plays with two other 5-year-olds in the neighborhood on a regular basis.

March 21, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Both adults, kids will enjoy this balloon trick

I recently held a party and had a professional decorator come in and decorate. She was creating balloon center pieces for each of the tables. They looked pretty cool. One of the balloons she had filled up with helium escaped from her and went to the ceiling. (The room had 30-foot-high ceilings). I said to her, "Well, I guess that balloon is gone." She replied, "Oh no its not. Just watch." And with that she filled up another balloon with helium, attached a string to it and put doubled-sided tape on the balloon. She then let that balloon rise until ...

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Landfills benefit from paper hangers

Is your dry cleaner still using metal hangers? If so, encourage them to switch to EcoHangers. These new hangers are made of biodegradable paper. Each year, more than 3.5 billion metal hangers end up in landfills - and they sit there for more than 100 years. In addition to being good for the environment, EcoHangers are also easier to fold up and throw away - metal hangers just poke out of your garbage bag. One last point, a lot of advertisers are putting their messages on the EcoHangers, thus making them cheaper for the dry cleaners than the metal ones.

March 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Planning on baking for the holidays? Chill out

Instead of baking to a frazzle this holiday season, try chilling out. Bake ahead and freeze foods to avoid last-minute hassles. Here are some guidelines to help you start.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: ‘Glorious’ macaroni makes the holiday

It's a sure thing that when family gathers at my house for Thanksgiving dinner, there will certainly be a hot, gooey dish of homemade macaroni and cheese on the table.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Lunch guys: Sammies at Quiznos taste great, but have few fillings

It's a testament to our love of Quiznos that when we found out the sub chain was selling something called "Sammies," we said, "Yeah, we'll eat that! … Uh, what's a Sammie?"

March 21, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Lunch guys: Bread, bacon help pungent sauce on new BK sandwich

Longtime fans of the Lunch Guys know that if a national chain restaurant is offering something with "bacon" in the name, we've either already eaten it or are idling in the drive-through lane right now.

March 21, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Gardening gifts can be as simple as seeds

It's one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question now is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: If you’re going too fast, turn around for help

We were visiting Amy's family in Texas. On Sunday morning, we went to church, and God taught me something during the worship service.

March 21, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Packing safe 'bag' lunches

Are you looking for a way to save money at work? One way to save an average of $5 a day is to bring your lunch from home instead of eating out.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Idea of ‘bad luck' lives on in NASCAR

I picked up the package left on the back porch and read the mailing label that said "RCR Racing, Welcome, N.C." I smiled and hurried inside to tear it open.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Christmas trees need tender care

Is it just me or is the Christmas season beginning earlier each year? Personally, I would like to at least finish trick-or-treating before I begin thinking about Christmas. But whether you've got your shopping wrapped up or haven't even started, it's time to decorate the Christmas tree.

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Dialogue-laden ‘36 Hours’ thrilling

Editor's note: Following the death of James Garner last week, movie archive reviewer Andrew Akers selected "36 Hours" to pay tribute to the famous actor.

July 31, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Myths and truths of antibiotics

A recent survey published online showed some shocking results about science literacy in America. Twenty-five percent of people thought the sun orbits around the earth. That is truly disturbing.

July 27, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trough caused front to stall, dumping rain on area last week

The week ending July 20 brought unusual, but not unheard of, weather to Hall County.

July 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Pound of perfection

Let's discuss the pound cake.

July 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Respect your veterinarian

In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.

July 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Listening to God like children do to parents

The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."

July 20, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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