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Rich: It’s biscuits, not APRs that make the bank

Dixie Dew and I quit a bank I've been doing business with for 15 years, marking the first time in 20 years that I have closed a financial account.

March 22, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Freeze and thaw your turkey carefully

Here are food safety questions that I answer frequently throughout the year, but especially close to Thanksgiving, concerning preparing turkey.

March 21, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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


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Celebrate the season with a serious Champagne

Mark Oct. 24 on your calendar or your Apple Watch, or whatever. That's International Champagne Day! So says Champagne Bureau USA.

October 01, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Protect your pets from skin invaders

My son is 7 years old. He loves science and is very curious about the world.

September 28, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protecting topsoil important key to plants, food production

The word "resources" comes up frequently in discussions about the environment. Among those, the importance of topsoil is often overlooked.

September 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Planting a tree with care increases chance of survival

For gardeners, there is nothing better than putting new plants into a landscape. The end product is eye-appealing and rewards you with the beauty of nature.

September 26, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


The talented Danny Kaye, company in 'The Court Jester'

As fall begins this week, many storytellers including Hollywood screenwriters are pushing their best comedies and dramas into the box office in time for the awards' season. And the best stories have one thing in comma: good storytelling.

September 25, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


An apple for every taste bud

One of the best things about living in Northeast Georgia is undoubtedly the proximity to the mountains, especially when those mountains start producing apples. And now is the perfect time to start planning recipes to use the delicious fruits.

September 24, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Do good fences make good neighbor dogs?

I'm a philosopher. So are you. Our philosophies may differ, but they are there, nonetheless.

September 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: No mystique or magic accompanies equinox

The fall equinox is occurring Monday at 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

September 21, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Fall full of gardening activities for plants, trees and lawns

Fall is my favorite time to work in the garden. The days are cooler, making it the perfect time to plan and implement some projects to ensure a beautiful landscape for the following year.

September 19, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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