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Skaggs: Sprays aren’t only option to kill pests

Warm weather is a welcome sight for gardeners. But the problems it brings with insects and disease are not. Fortunately, there are several things we can do to help prevent and control them.

May 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Catchfly plants may trap insects, but they don’t use them

Question: I recently saw a reference to a plant with the common name "catchfly." Is this the same as a Venus flytrap?

May 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Murray: Introduce new tastes with a wine party

Looking for a way to entertain friends and give them good information at the same time?

May 18, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Mama’s gift gets her the last word

For a couple of years, I had been trying to get Mama to write my column one week.

May 17, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: These simple steps can bring back bliss

Marital satisfaction tends to decrease during the early years of marriage, and for some it reaches a low point during the middle years. This change in satisfaction is most often related to increased stresses, such as increasing work demands, parenting adolescents, caring for aging parents and planning for retirement.

May 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: What? Ear plugs? Yes,they work — and let you hear, too

The next time you go to a live concert, don't forget to bring the ear plugs. I'm serious. Over the years I've attended a number of concerts ranging from hard rock to country to contemporary Christian. The one thing they all had in common is that the music was so loud I wouldn't get my hearing back until noon the next day. A friend recommended the ear plugs tip to me and it works great. Believe it or not, you can still hear the music really well even with the foam pieces in your ear canals ...

May 15, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Rain gardens provide many benefits, including water conservation

Rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular in the home landscape.

May 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep preschoolers in mind when working in the kitchen

As a toddler I cherished the time spent in the kitchen with my grandmother. Her time and patience encouraged and developed my love of cooking and trying new recipes.

May 11, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Joining with good friends to come home

To be quite frank, I don't remember from where the idea arose. It could have been at the suggestion of one of two friends or - and this is quite possible - it was my own bright idea.

May 10, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: God continues to pursue his children

"I'm going to get you!" I threaten as I start to slowly lumber toward her, wiggling my fingers in the air.

May 08, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Find a new home for this column at the Humane Society

Here's a great recycling tip from Betty Duff. Instead of throwing your newspapers away, save them and give them to the Humane Society. They can always use them for the animals. Just make sure that you don't include the glossy inserts or the comics. (I was told by the Humane Society that the cats and dogs really like my column). The Society's address is 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville. They're open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Also, consider donating cat food during the ...

May 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Like your veggies? Grow your own

If you're a gardening novice and a vegetable lover, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

May 06, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Beauty lies in the heart of beholder

Sophie Rose was not, in the assessment of other women, what you would call "pretty."

May 03, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t toss worn out long-sleeved shirts; recycle them instead

Men, here's something you may not have thought of. Instead of throwing out long-sleeved shirts that have frayed cuffs or soiled elbows, turn them into short-sleeve shirts. Most tailors can do the work and it's fairly inexpensive. (Contributed by Mark Mele).

May 01, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Beware of bees looking for wood

The carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica, normally attracts quite a bit of attention in Georgia in the spring of the year.

April 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Eyes of the Father: Christians do not always behave appropriately

For the past few days, Chloe's been rude. She's been moody. She's been downright angry.

April 19, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Colors can alert owners of pet’s illness

Shakespeare told us a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

April 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Make your own mulch with leftover plant debris

A lot of plant debris accumulated during the winter. What to do with it all?

April 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Hungry for some hot dogs? Pay attention to product

Grilling season is picking up the pace. The warmer weather means more cookouts and picnics.

April 15, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Keep dogs fit to avoid ligament injuries

Last year, one of my son's favorite Georgia Bulldogs tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

April 12, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Watch out for ticks when outside in warmer months

Most Georgia residents have been bit by a tick at one time or another.

April 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito-eating bats under attack by fungal disease

I remember as a boy playing with all of the other neighborhood kids during the summer.

April 10, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Life comes full circle

I have always worked. In my family, when you turned 16, you got a job.

April 08, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Learning from a game of tug-of-war

They play it with towels, shirts, pants and blankets. They play it with just about anything they can get their hands on. I think that's why the dog has started hiding under the bed.

April 05, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Keep Easter ham, candy away from your pets

Happy Easter! As you read this, I am on my way to Chicago for opening day at Wrigley Field.

April 05, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check the weather before planting delicate seedlings

As gardening activities are starting, two factors are crucial: topsoil and weather.

April 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Pulling out the weeds

If you are like most of us, then this is the time of year we all have something growing in the yard other than what you want to be growing.

April 03, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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