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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


Rich: Idea of ‘bad luck' lives on in NASCAR

I picked up the package left on the back porch and read the mailing label that said "RCR Racing, Welcome, N.C." I smiled and hurried inside to tear it open.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Christmas trees need tender care

Is it just me or is the Christmas season beginning earlier each year? Personally, I would like to at least finish trick-or-treating before I begin thinking about Christmas. But whether you've got your shopping wrapped up or haven't even started, it's time to decorate the Christmas tree.

March 21, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Nothing is sexier than a man with a plan

Flipping through the pages of People magazine, I saw where a guy with whom I once spent a week in Hawaii had been named as one of sexiest men in America.

March 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

October 21, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Brush away bacteria on daily basis

Your pet's mouth is full of bacteria. Just like yours.

October 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Volcanoes likely to affect millions within our lifetimes

We know the zones where the Earth's crust is thin and allows for devastating volcanic eruptions. But there seems to be no solution to the peril affecting many millions of people who live in the shadow of active volcanoes.

October 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Succulent plants can thrive indoors and outside

Succulent plants have become popular for good reasons: they are beautiful, drought tolerant and low maintenance.

October 17, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Goodie guidelines to follow for overseas shipments

If you're planning to send holiday care packages to the troops, now is the time to gather supplies and materials.

October 15, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Pay attention to your body's symptoms

When I started preparing for this article in August, I planned to write about how women and men often show different signs of chest pain or heart attacks.

October 13, 2014 | BY Necole Acton Huelsbeck For The Times | Columnists


Camping novice learns about 'roughing it'

I'll be the first person to admit I'm not much of an outdoor person.

October 12, 2014 | Steven Welch | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Warnings from God

It was morning, and Chloe was watching me iron my shirt and pants for the day.

October 12, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Good meds may have side effects

When I was about 12, Jake "the Snake" Roberts was a scary, scary man. His finishing move, the DDT, was the most devastating maneuver in professional wrestling. He would tuck your neck under his arm, then drive your forehead into the mat.

October 12, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Think ahead to strawberry season and plant now

Strawberries are definitely a spring and early summer fruit, so why talk about them in October? Well this is the best time of year to plant them.

October 10, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Downey, Duvall battle in ‘The Judge’

Just put Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in a room together and you'll have a movie, a truism that "The Judge" does its damnedest to disprove.

October 09, 2014 | BY JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Serve it up fried at fall festivals

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

October 08, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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