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Matthew Sisk: Puppy’s first vet visit in a lifetime of health care

This is the fictionalized story of Lemmy.

January 03, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for cold during warm stretch

If you were dreaming of a warm Christmas this season instead of a white one, you got your wish. The week surrounding Dec. 25 was one of the warmest on record in North Georgia.

January 02, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Jeff Marker: Best of the bunch from 2015

Editor's note: Movie review Jeff Marker selected his top 10 films for the year.

December 31, 2015 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


Andrew Akers: Bill Murray gets 'Scrooged'

In an effort to avoid all things serious, I'm continuing my holiday laughs with the rarely serious, often irreverent "Scrooged."

December 30, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Carve out time to exercise on daily basis in the new year

I'm not a morning person at all, but I must say my best days have started off with exercise. I'm energized, focused and stress isn't a distraction.

December 29, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Make a New Year's resolution for your pet

So you've made it through most of the holiday season (hopefully) unscathed.

December 27, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: Forgiveness is given equally by God

One Christmas we gathered at my parents' house for the seasonal festivities.

December 27, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use compass in your house hunting

Plans made over the holidays often involve finding a new home. Real estate agents are surprised when I bring a compass along while house hunting.

December 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: How to pick the perfect houseplant

I remember as a child having houseplants my mother grew. It was interesting to see them grow and how my mom took care of them.

December 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Earth Sense: Better ways to dispose of leaves than burning

Today is the last day of fall. In many households, this means there is also a last batch of tree leaves and pine straw to remove from grass and various other areas.

December 19, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Not all rabid dogs resemble Cujo

I am a scientist, and this sometimes interferes in my personal life.

December 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Margaret Rasmussen named Master Gardener of the Year

Each year, the Hall County Master Gardeners select one of their own as the Master Gardener of the Year.

December 18, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sisk: Vaccines safe, effective for animals

Recently, I received an email with some questions about a specific disease and the vaccines intended to prevent the malady. Hopefully, all of you will get something out of the answers.

December 13, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: No one can know better than God

The ornament was beautiful.

December 13, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of landslides after heavy rains

Oso, Wash., is a quiet farm community of about 180 people, located 60 miles northeast of Seattle. Pretty green valleys alternate with mountain slopes that are covered with pine, fir and cedar trees.

December 12, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Freedom from collar leads pup to a minor injury

Lemmy's last regularly scheduled check-in with me is Saturday morning.

February 14, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God loves us in equal measure but loves us differently

As a father, I thought I would have dealt with a certain issue by now.

February 14, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Take care to protect the pollinators

Soon we can look forward to a fresh crop of North Georgia grown peaches, apples, and local honey. To produce these goods, nature provides a ...

February 14, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: One Master Gardener is the cream of the crop this year

This week's column is dedicated to one of Hall County Master Gardeners, and we are quite proud of his significant conservation efforts.

February 11, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Missionaries serve world; I serve them homemade meals

When I was a little girl, the highlight of my week was going to big church.

February 09, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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: 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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