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Rich: The beauty of a town lies in its queen

Hidden somewhere in the newspaper one day - a tiny news blurb used to fill a hole - was the story of a teenage Louisiana beauty queen whose crown had been repossessed by pageant officials after her brush with the law.

June 16, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: This trick will help out in tight spaces

If you ever need to paint in a tight area like behind a toilet or a radiator, this is the tip for you. Just glue a painting pad to a flat stir stick. Presto - instant thin painting brush!

June 14, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Each day dawns new ways to follow God

It was, without a doubt, the scariest moment of my life. One recent Saturday afternoon, Chloe and Cole asked for an apple after lunch. I went into the kitchen and cut an apple into eight pieces, then gave four of them to Chloe and four of them to Cole.

June 14, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Watch out for skeeters with stripes

With summer just around the corner, nuisance populations of Asian tiger mosquitoes are soon to follow. One of Georgia's most common mosquito pests, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), thrives as temperatures rise.

June 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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


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Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Barona: Encourage younger generation to embrace good principles

Recently, I engaged in conversation with some youth of my church at St. Michael.

September 25, 2016 | Jaime Barona jbarona@saintmichael.cc | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Randall Murray: Book details wineries in Georgia

Warren Johnson is back, and so is his great little book, "Georgia's Wineries and Vineyards: A Wine Lover's Guide."

September 18, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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