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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


Skaggs: Infrequent rainfall means more mosquitoes waiting to hatch

Georgia's ongoing drought could produce a mosquito baby boom, says an expert with the University of Georgia.

July 15, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Answering tough questions can save couple heartache

When romance is in the air and a walk down the aisle is in your future, plans for the big event seem to take priority over planning for the marriage relationship.

July 12, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: 10 steps to create drought tolerance

With the ongoing drought, many home gardeners and landscape professionals alike are looking for ways to save water yet still maintain an attractive landscape. Here are 10 steps to a more drought-tolerant landscape.

July 11, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Are you sleeping at work

Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.

February 26, 2015 | BY Daniel L. Cobb, MD For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Stop hiding or covering up sin

When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.

February 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Report any violence against animals

Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.

February 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Select healthy snacks for children cooped up at home

Depending on the weather, you may have some children at home during the daytime this week.

February 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Just like humans, pets grieve when people die

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that mentioned taking steps to care for your pets in case you die.

February 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Making salt water drinkable is doable but difficult

It's an ironic fact that more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water, yet there always seems to be a shortage in many places.

February 14, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep those Valentine’s Day flowers fresh longer

Valentine's Day is not only all about romance and significant others, but it is about reflecting on all of those whom you care for in your life such as siblings, parents, close friends and even pets.

February 13, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


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