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Rich: It’s too easy to feed an addiction

When she first brought it up, mentioning it in passing more than anything else, I thought she was joshing so I shrugged it off with a smile. Fortunately, I did not make any wisecrack that I would now regret.

June 09, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Couples should make and discuss end-of-life plans

Talking about death and other end-of-life topics can be difficult, but it is extremely important.

June 07, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: Scan your shoes last at airport

I travel quite a bit and I go through my fair share of airport security screenings. Here's a good tip to remember if you're traveling this summer. Put your most valuable items, like a laptop computer, on the security conveyor belt first. Always put your shoes on the conveyor belt last. It's common for people to miss the last thing they put on the belt and walk away without it. I can assure you that you won't forget your shoes!

June 07, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Big mower, hands help kill kudzu

They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.

June 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood hblackwood@gmail.com | Columnists


Skaggs: Dahlias perk up any garden

There are literally thousands of cultivated varieties of dahlias, which have been hybridized throughout the years.

June 05, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Plant these to deter deer

It's nice to incorporate ornamental plants into casually designed perennial beds, shrub borders and natural areas of the yard, but what types of ornamental plants can one use to keep the deer from nibbling as if the yard were a buffet table?

June 05, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Family farm grows love of fine wine

This is the first in a series of profiles of Georgia wineries. Subsequent profiles will appear when the writer feels sufficiently motivated to do them ... or when his editor yells at him.

June 03, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Thompson: Here’s one way to hook a pickup truck

Pickup trucks are great to have. Besides making you sexier, they're great for hauling stuff. One problem though is when your items slide toward the cab in the truck bed and you have to climb in the truck to retrieve them. The solution: make a "truck stick." As the name implies it's a long stick with a hook on the end. Just leave it in the bed of your truck and use it whenever your items slide away from you.

May 31, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: There are no little sins — all are a big problem

Shortly after Cole was born, we got concerned. He was always crying and could never seem to get comfortable.

May 31, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Control garden pests and be kind to the earth

With increasing numbers of area residents delving into gardening this spring, the extension office is answering questions on a variety of garden topics.

May 28, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Cooking demonstrations come to Saturday market

I am addicted to cooking programs on TV, and I especially love Southern cooking programs.

May 27, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Fine silver won't replace memories of Mama

Perhaps you've seen the T-shirt emblazoned with, "I Was A Millionaire Until Mom Gave Away My Baseball Card Collection."

May 25, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use this tip before you sip someone else's water

If you're ever eating out in a fancy restaurant and you can't figure out which bread plate and water glass is yours, remember this: BMW. No, I'm not referring to the car. I'm talking about bread, meat, water. Just as the letters are arranged, bread is on the left, meat is in the middle and your water glass is on the right. I was eating in a fancy restaurant a couple of weeks ago and one of the people at my table couldn't figure out which water glass was hers. My BMW tip impressed her ...

May 24, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Five climbing vines for your garden

What types of climbing vines add versatility and usefulness in a garden?

May 22, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Garden tour highlights private yards

If you're looking for a little gardening inspiration, don't miss the In Our Own Back Yards garden walk presented by the Hall County Master Gardeners on June 13.

May 22, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Medical emergency worries veterinarian

It's a whirlwind.

June 26, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care of car now, then go electric

Modern electric cars have changed from fairly unattractive designs to very nice automobiles.

June 26, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Worms are gone, but enlarged spleen causes concern

The whipworms are gone. Well, the adult whipworms are gone.

June 19, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Now’s the time to check your air conditioner

Summer starts officially Monday afternoon. As always, we'll have hot days ahead, but it won't be like the heat wave that southeastern Asia ...

June 19, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Keep azaleas in tiptop condition by keeping pests away

When azaleas have blossomed into a big green bush but have lost their spring brilliance, it is easy to forget they are there.

June 16, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Start exercise, physical activity routines this summer

Are you enjoying a more flexible schedule right now? Summertime can really open up spaces or time slots on a calendar and "doing nothing" can ...

June 14, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Behavioral change in dog caused by whipworms

It happens. Despite millions of dollars in research, and detailed testing beforehand, sometimes it happens. Sometimes a side effect occurs when we use a drug ...

June 12, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Senior dog suffers from old-age ailments

Lemmy comes in for his first "senior" visit, with no problems to report.

June 05, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Sip some rosy wines during the summertime

Summer is a mere 20 days away. Time to start thinking about hot-weather quaffing.

May 31, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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