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Skaggs: Dry weather means fewer Japanese beetles, plant diseases

The drought of the past two years has made it increasingly difficult for gardening enthusiasts and landscapers alike. However, dry weather does bring about one nice benefit - fewer Japanese beetles and lawn diseases.

September 05, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Fig’s fruit is actually flower

I never see figs without thinking of my grandmother and mother-in-law; they both loved them.

September 03, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Sometimes laughter gives more comfort than food

To New York City, once I went to do a photo shoot for the cover of a book.

September 02, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Make popcorn for one in a paper bag

Here's an interesting tip that you've probably never heard before. You can cook regular popcorn in the microwave without having to buy the more expensive microwave popcorn. Simply put a small amount of popcorn in a paper lunch sack, fold the top down twice and then put two staples in the top to hold it in place. (No, the two staples will not cause the microwave to explode. The mass of the two staples is so small that they're not affected by the microwave at all.) It works like a charm!

August 31, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Program helps you master gardening

Working for free may not appeal to most people, but for those who truly love gardening, a little digging in the dirt without pay is not a problem.

August 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Diabetes epidemic is on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the incidence of diabetes increased 15 percent, or by 3 million people, since 2005. Currently, 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 57 million have abnormally high blood sugar levels that indicate that they have prediabetes.

August 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: It’s color, not style, that dictates a wardrobe

Being a child of the '70s, television has a powerful influence on me. It can even test the core of my Southern woman being, as it did recently.

August 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Welder’s gloves stand up to serious oven heat

If you do a lot of cooking in the kitchen, you need this: A pair of welder's gloves. I'm serious. Don't waste your time with the low-quality pot holders and oven mitts. Welder's gloves are designed for extreme heat and are seriously durable. You can find them at any of the home improvement stores and they're cheap.

August 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Worldly things can’t offer same comfort as your heavenly father

She's now grown out of it, but Chloe used to carry a pink, fluffy blanket around with her. As she walked through the house, she'd have a thumb stuck in her mouth and that blanket bunched in her arms.

August 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Question: Since fall is right around the corner, when is the best time to prune woody ornamentals and fruiting plants?

August 22, 2008 | | Columnists


Skaggs: Learn to curb invasive plants

Plant species brought into an area where they did not ecologically develop or where they are not considered native, are often termed exotic.

August 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Save the date for Diabetes 101 seminar

Do you, a family member or friend have diabetes?

August 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Remember the ones who made us strong

An e-mail arrived one day from a dear, old friend who was once my boss when he was managing editor of a daily newspaper where I worked during college and which was later my first full-time job.

August 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Save your spray foam with this trick

I need to start off by giving kudos to reader Daniel Franklin. He solved an age-old dilemma that home repair people have had for years. He discovered the secret of how you can get multiple uses from one can of spray insulating foam. (OK, for those of you who don't know what spray foam is, it's basically an aerosol can that sprays out a foam that expands and hardens. It's great for filling cracks and gaps around your home and making it more airtight. "GREAT STUFF" is the brand most people are familiar with and you can ...

August 17, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Marriage is about more than love

Marriage isn't designed to make you happy; it is designed to make you married.

August 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Farmers are the first step in environmentalism

Hall County's economy is tied directly to agriculture. Whether the agriculture is cattle, poultry, forage production, forestry, peaches, apples or other small fruits, the ...

September 04, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Safe to sip wine despite lawsuit

Is our wine safe to drink?

September 02, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Earth Sense: Waterfalls display beauty and are always changing

Waterfalls are a spectacular show of natural beauty.

August 30, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Showing hospitality with true Southern food

Last week, Darrell and I had the pleasure of hosting two young ladies from Up with People in our home. What a wonderful time we ...

August 26, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Beware of pet meds advertised on TV

Did you know, if you take out all your veins and arteries and laid them end to end that you would die?

August 23, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Play with kids after school to encourage exercise habits

Sometimes on school days, there is a bit of a lull between arriving home and study time.

August 19, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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