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Skaggs: Pesticides aren’t the only line of defense

The recent warm days have resulted in an outbreak of "spring fever" - the undeniable urge to prune, plant, weed and fertilize.

March 18, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Look to grapes to find key to wine’s differences

"Now, just what is 'merlot' anyway?"

March 16, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Lunch guys: Fried ‘steak’ from Sonic blends best of worlds

Sonic has one of the wildest menus in the lunch universe, yet this drive-in chain is still able to top itself with special "limited-time-only" specials.

March 16, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Saying good-bye to a great character

After early church and Sunday school, Mama and I had hurried to the grocery store. An older friend was ailing badly with the flu, so I told Mama I'd make him some quick homemade chicken soup and she could make the cornbread muffins. Then, I'd run it over to him.

March 15, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Hone relationship skills before dating

David Elkind, professor of child study at Tufts University and author of "The Hurried Child," lists several reasons why early dating is a problem for young people. He says youth younger than age 14 do not have the social and interpersonal skills that are required in dating situations.

March 13, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Love from a father knows no bounds

On February 10, 2006, Joshua Coleman Myers entered the world.

March 12, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Safety knife sheds light on cutting

I have discovered the best utility knife in the world - at least in my humble opinion. It's the Rapid Edge with the Saf-T-Vue light.

March 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: ‘Grow’ a good kid through gardening

Spring is fast approaching, and for many, spring means planting a vegetable garden.

March 11, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Get in shape before spring is sprung

Two simple facts we know of affect weight loss: take in less calories when eating and burn more calories with physical activity.

March 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: At least sandwich has pretty good ham

"Black Forest Ham" is what Subway is pushing now, so of course it's what we Lunch Guys are eating. In the franchise that Jared built, this ham is a lean option with the promise of you ending up an "after" picture in Subway's next weight-loss ad. But is this Black Forest Ham sub all promise and no punch?

March 09, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: You have to plan to waste some time

Editor's note: Ronda Rich's mother, Bonelle Satterfield, died Sunday. This column was written in advance.

March 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Built-in lights make these gloves genius

I've never done a tip on a pair of gloves, but these gloves are special. They're made by Mechanix, a company that is well respected for making the best work gloves in the world. They're so good that most NASCAR crew members use them. The pair of gloves that I'm going to tell you about today are special because they have built-in LED lights on them. The LED lights put out a bright 10,000 lumens and allow you to see into dark places like the recesses of your car engine. Every mechanic and weekend warrior ...

March 06, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Quality of water affected by runoff

With the ongoing coverage of our lingering drought, much of the "water talk" has focused on water quantity. And while quantity is important, we must not forget water quality.

March 04, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Hardy yellow flowers of winter aconite works well in sun

Question: What is winter aconite?Answer: Winter aconite (Eranthis species) is a tiny ephemeral that bears yellow flowers on 2- to 3-inch stems. Sometimes called wolf's bane, it blooms in late winter about the same time as the very earliest daffodils in zone seven.

March 04, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Lunch guys: Wendy’s Fish Filet picks fight with McDonald’s

There actually aren't that many more fish in the sea, at least when we're talking the Sea of Lunch. McDonald's has had the Filet-o-Fish since the dawn of fish itself, but besides that, only a few national chains have dipped their toe in the water.

March 02, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | 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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