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Thompson: Nifty gadget keeps your earbuds in line

If you have an iPod, you know the hassle of storing your earbuds. Well, the Web site has a product that solves this problem once and for all. It's called the iRoll Earphone Cord Manager. It's hard to describe how it works, but let me assure you it does. It's made out of a rubbery material and comes in blue and pink. The pictures help explain it better. (The first picture shows the device open and the second picture shows it closed). It's less than $10.

January 25, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Ferns can survive winter with care

Nothing is more inviting than a big front porch flanked on each side with beautiful ferns.

January 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: Warm up with homemade soup

When the weather outside is frightful, a nice, hot bowl of homemade soup can be quite delightful. For many, soup is considered the ultimate comfort food, especially during the cold winter months. Whether served as the main course or as an appetizer, soup is a hearty, nutritious, low-cost dish that is sure to satisfy.

January 21, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Thompson: GPS is good for more than just directions

Editor's note: Like most things these days, our intrepid tips columnist Tim Thompson is trying to do more with less. Unfortunately, that means he has less time to test and write about tips. Rather than stop the column entirely, he's scaling back his tips to just one or two a week.

January 18, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: A little planning prevents diseases

While it may be bitter cold outside, many gardeners are thinking about their spring vegetable gardens.

January 16, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Cannon: When can I plant and transplant rose bushes, and when is the best time to prune them?

Rose bushes can be planted in November through March.

January 16, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Wilburn: Learn how to cut your grocery bill

The Department of Labor estimates that the average American family of four spends $8,513 per year on groceries. That averages out to $709 per month.

January 14, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: Obituary writers can get you in the paper at least once

It was an interesting brief I saw in a newspaper industry bulletin the other day.

January 13, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: Vinegar is magical solvent for pet stains

When a new puppy or kitten "marks a spot" in your house, it's important to get the smell out. One of the best ways to do this is to apply vinegar. Just make sure to test the vinegar on a small, hidden area first to make sure that it won't harm your carpet or wood finish.

January 11, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Your father’s hand gives you safety, balance

Chloe is fascinated by the steep hill we have in our backyard. She likes nothing more than to walk down it, then back up it, repeating the process several times over. I have to admit it helps in getting her tired out before bedtime, and I often use that to my advantage.

January 11, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Skaggs: This winter, grow a green thumb

A well-tended, fruitful garden is a delight.

January 09, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: A little bit of planning can save time, calories

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience.

January 07, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: You can always rely on the ol' freezer

Mandatory to my mama's generation was the ownership of a deep freezer and a sewing machine. These, remember, were people who believed in self-reliance and independence. You grew what you ate, you froze or canned it and you sewed what you wore.

January 05, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Wilburn: Focus on cornerstones for a strong marriage

Pause for a moment and think about your marriage.

January 04, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Wilburn: Know difference between date labels

Is the food you buy fresh enough to eat? How long will it remain fresh? The answer to these questions can be found on most food labels.

December 31, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

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Ask A Vet: Vaccines help build immunity to virus

Albert Einstein is one of my inspirations, and not just because my hair looks a lot like his when I first get up in the ...

October 04, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: God will not leave or reject his children

We laid down for naps one Saturday afternoon.

October 04, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

For your health: Elderly, family can lower risk of falls

Every year in the United States, 1 out of 3 adults ages 65 and older experience a fall.

October 04, 2015 | | Columnists

Earth Sense: Use space heaters with caution

From now on, it often gets chilly enough to require some heat in the house.

October 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Improving the community through a partnership and education

What do local farming, youth development, nutrition education and Master Gardeners have in common? The answer is: Hall County Cooperative Extension.

October 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Around the Home: Students snack on nutritious foods in the classroom

In October, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program will celebrate another year in Hall County.

September 30, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Get prepared for cold, wet winter

Based on the typical weather in North Georgia, we'll experience about a month of dry and mostly sunny weather this fall. After that comes ...

September 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Ask a Vet: Children can learn to mature with a pet

I like animals and I like people. But to be honest, I probably like animals more than I like most people.

September 27, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Master Gardeners are a major resource for residents

Most people look at gardening as a hobby.

September 25, 2015 | ROBIN FRIEDMAN | Columnists

Around the Home: Playtime at Boys & Girls Clubs in Hall County

If you're tired of sitting around with nothing to do, there's a way to get active and get some exercise.

September 16, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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