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Skaggs: Drought stress can weaken azaleas

For many people, spring doesn't truly begin until the azaleas are blooming. It is hard to imagine spring without the vivid blooms of this beautiful flowering shrub.

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: This handy step gives dogs a lift

If you have a large dog, then you know the hassle of getting them into the back of a truck or an SUV. If you don't hurt your back lifting them, they'll hurt their hips jumping up and down from the vehicle. Well, now there's a neat solution and it's called the "Otto Step." It's a super strong piece of plastic that can fit into your trailer hitch receiver. After your dog has used it as a step, simply remove it. You can get more information on it at www.ottostep.com.

April 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Family time can be spent gardening

Today's busy lifestyles often leave families little time to spend together. But now that the holidays are almost over, why not make a New Year's resolution to spend more time with family?

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Wendy’s double burger doesn’t stack up

If it costs a buck, we'll eat it. That's the official motto inscribed above the door here at Lunch Guys headquarters.

April 08, 2008 | Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Traveling with pup is practice for mamas

Dixie Dew and I went away for the weekend to visit our friends Stevie and Darrell in Nashville, Tenn. It was actually Dew's invitation, but I was allowed to tag along.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Making the jump to a younger man

If a woman is truly fortunate, she will know two distinct dating periods in her life.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Remember these rules when cooking for a crowd

Community festivals are very popular during the fall season and food is an important part of these events. Volunteers are a vital part of these functions and contribute many hours of work to make them successful.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Guys split on KFC’s package of dips

Messy dipping sauce ranks alongside climate change as global problems that scientists are looking to fix.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Vigilant care can get amaryllis blooming again next Christmas

Question: I received a beautiful amaryllis for Christmas. How can I take care of it so it will bloom again next year?Answer: Native to the tropics and subtropics, amaryllis (Hippeastrum species) have been widely hybridized.

April 08, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Use some caution when zapping your food

Microwave ovens can be a very useful appliance for the family on the run. But because microwaves can cook unevenly and leave cold spots where bacteria can survive, precautions must be taken.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Cracker Barrel can sure do turkey

During the holiday season when we Lunch Guys are going over the river and through the woods, we inevitably pass a Cracker Barrel.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Keep delicate purple flowers in right light for continuous blooms

Question: A friend gave me a streptocarpella plant from her mother's estate, but neither of us knows much about it. How should I care for it?

April 08, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Rich: Do me a favor and keep this resolution

Last year, as New Year's approached, a reporter called and asked for my resolutions for the upcoming year for a story she was doing.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Lunch guys: Texting for pizza? Get ready to LOL

We Lunch Guys are always eager to embrace new lunch technology. If we had been doing this decades ago, we would have said to each other, "Let's try that new 'drive through' thing in our Model T."

April 08, 2008 | Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Wilburn: New year brings old food traditions

Did you follow a family tradition when it came to selecting foods for your New Year's celebration? My mother, grandmother and her mother before her always served (of course, made from "scratch") black-eyed peas, collards, roasted pork and corn bread. This was considered a lucky meal in our home and pretty well all over the South.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Tricks can improve pets mental health

One of my favorite quotes is from the 1990s. "Snoop Doggy Dogg. Need to get a jobby job."

November 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Getting in the ‘Holiday’ mood

The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.

November 20, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Around the Home: Serving up a safe turkey for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving dinner countdown clock has reached less than 10 days.

November 19, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Tackle health issue at first sign

I don't play college football. I am the size of a smaller linebacker, but have the speed of an elderly penguin. So I am one of the many fans who puts my heart into it then complains when what I'd hoped for doesn't happen.

November 16, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Temperature inversions create bubbles that affect sound, smoke

Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.

November 15, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Camellias flowering with fall and winter blooms

No other flowering Southern plant ushers in cooler weather better than the lovely American camellia.

November 14, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Slow cooking some sweet potatoes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all know the celebration is not complete until the sweet potatoes are on the table.

November 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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