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Thompson: Web site keeps track of sex offenders

If you want to know if there are any sex offenders living near you, go to the Family Watchdog Web site. You simply type in your address and it shows you on a map where the nearest offenders are located. The Web site also gives you a picture and information on the offenders. You can also set it up so that you'll be notified if an offender moves within five miles of your address. The Web site is free.

April 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Get your grass off to a healthy start

Warm-season turfgrasses such as Bermuda, centipede and zoysia often suffer some common problems with springtime green-up. Here are a few of the more common management issues.

April 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Prime rib shouldn’t have to compete

Quiznos goes high-end yet again with the launch of yet another spin on its premium beef lineup. This time, it's the Prime Rib Ranchero, promising to merge "steakhouse taste" with the "flavors of the Southwest."

April 20, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Wilburn: Handle cantaloupe carefully to avoid salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert regarding cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because fruit from this company appears to be associated with a salmonella litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

April 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Feeling a heartache is better than nothing

Once when I was young and love had broken my heart for the first time, I thought I would never recover from the agony resulting when the bliss had been sucker punched and sent packing.

April 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Free time during spring break may lead to risky behavior

Thoughts of spring are on everyone's mind. However, this time of year brings with it opportunities for teens to make choices that are potentially dangerous. Spring break parties, trips and proms all pose situations where teens need to make choices.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Blackwood: One big confession or little white lies?

The new governor of New York, David Paterson, decided after taking office that he would go ahead and confess all of his sins. It was a pretty good list. Before it was over he had 'fessed up to everything except burying Jimmy Hoffa and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

April 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


England: Trilliums, while hard to find, can grow easily in woodland gardens

Question: I want to plant some native trilliums in a small woodland garden. What is the easiest kind to grow?

April 14, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


White wines range from soft and fruity to very crisp

In last month's column I described some of the most popular red wine grapes and the wines they produce. This month we're taking on white wine grapes. So, pour yourself a glass of chardonnay and read on.

April 12, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: In the battle of love, ladies wear five stars

It would behoove all you men to thoroughly understand one thing: We women normally conduct our romances by committee.

April 11, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant expo focuses on drought

Spring is here, and with it comes the urge to dig, prune, plant and mow. For many gardeners living in Northeast Georgia, a much anticipated event is finally here - the 2008 Spring Garden Expo!

April 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Myers: A little change can be OK

The other day I was looking back at some old pictures of Chloe. Some of them were more than a year old. If it weren't for me or Amy in the pictures with her, I would think I was looking at someone else's child, not mine. I was amazed at how much Chloe had changed in such a short a time.

April 10, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Freeze grapes for sweet snack

Do your kids love sweets? Try this sweet snack instead of the usual junk food: frozen grapes. Just put the grapes in your freezer and leave them there. When you pull them out let them sit for about five minutes before serving. They're delicious and healthy!

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Stay cool with this neat seat

Have you ever heard of Lava Buns? If not, you need to check it out. It's basically a seat cushion that you can either heat up in the microwave or cool in the freezer. The internal microcore element holds the hot or cold for up to six hours. It's great for the deer stand, the football stadium bleachers or the Fourth of July picnic. The name is kind of weird, but the product works. You can find it at your local outdoors store or Google it online. It comes in red, navy, black and camo and costs about ...

April 10, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Thompson: Benefits of duct tape go beyond expectations

OK, did you do well on last week's pop quiz?

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: 10 necessary tools to keep in kitchen

You might not know this, but in addition to being a foodie, I am also a wedding planner.

January 28, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Christians are symbols of God’s accomplishments

When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.

January 25, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Plan ahead for your pets after your depart from this world

Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Carburetors fading as fuel injection offers cleaner air

The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.

January 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Timing is essential when pruning trees and flowers

Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.

January 23, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Small steps to stay on track for losing weight, becoming healthy

It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.

January 21, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: Studies prove vaccines effective for cervical cancer, HPV

What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.

January 19, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Knowing the true meaning of failure

Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.

January 18, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Europe’s winter weather patterns stormier than ours

The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.

January 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Learning soil’s pH levels can lead to better gardens

If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.

January 16, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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