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Thompson: Keep your Christmas cards to use as gift tags next year

Now that Christmas is over, don't throw away those Christmas cards. Instead, cut them up and make hanging name tags for your gifts for next Christmas. You're recycling and saving money!

December 27, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Christmas plants like poinsettias and Christmas cactus help add to our holiday cheer, but where did they come from?

December 26, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Holidays are a great time to catch up on garden chores

With the holiday season in full swing, many of us have forgotten about our homes and gardens.

December 25, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Shopping for a wine lover? Think locally

Ho ho ho, and all that seasonal stuff. It's coming up on that cheery time of the year, and wine lovers should be completing their lists for Santa to fill.

December 25, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wilburn: Give a healthy foodie gift this holiday season

Almost two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and more than half don't get enough physical activity.

December 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: For some, local roads are still a race track

Should the opportunity ever arise for you to deal with a bona fide race car driver on anything having to with driving a car, you might benefit from lessons I've learned. Let me share them.

December 23, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Good friends and holidays stand test of time

Brandon heaved the massive bottom portion of the now-famous amber-colored Christmas tree over his shoulder and came quickly staggering down the stairs, trying to make it down without dropping it.

December 22, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Rejoice in rain and tips for gardens

The weather is cool and the holiday season is in full swing. And while I know many of you have other things on your mind, here are few tips for the home and garden.

December 19, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Be careful where your beauty shop talk leads

It all started at the beauty shop. Most of women's troubles that don't begin with men begin at the beauty shop. But then, you knew that.

December 16, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Bulb always burnt? Try a different kind

Do you have a lamp or light fixture in your home in which light bulbs just don't seem to last that long? If so, you need to know this. There are two main culprits that cause incandescent light bulbs to burn out prematurely: excessive heat and vibration. The simple solution is to just stop using an incandescent bulb in the fixture and use a compact fluorescent. Compact fluorescents are not affected by heat or vibration. About a year ago I was having a real problem with the lights in my garage door opener. I was changing bulbs every month ...

December 14, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn, Family Ties: Second time can be the charm, with hard work

Most people today want a marriage that will last a lifetime.

December 14, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Gifts for gardeners on the ‘good’ list

Now that Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, is behind us, do you have your Christmas shopping wrapped up?

December 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

What's my favorite plant for the holidays?

December 12, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Tiny holiday tastes can add up

The extra calories sometimes sneak up on us over the winter holidays. But they don't always arrive in the form of large portions of calorie-laden food. Rather, they may tiptoe in through many tiny tastes throughout the day.

December 10, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: You never know who might hold purse strings

When Dixie Dew's beloved baby sitter up and went to heaven, I found myself in a quandary: What was I going to do about child care when I traveled?

December 09, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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How to hunt for ghosts in the Gainesville library

As the famous theme song goes: "I ain't afraid a no ghost."

February 08, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering a young pet is the responsible thing to do

Lemmy arrives early in the morning, just after the office has opened.

February 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wind produces wildly high tides in Chile

Even though the name sounds like chilly weather, the west coast of Chile was anything but cold last week. While the U.S. Southeast was ...

February 07, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Make a pizza from items in pantry, fridge

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods.

January 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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