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Clean out dirty chimneys to prevent potential fires

We really never think about it, but chimney maintenance is important. Especially since a house fire from a badly maintained chimney is 100 percent preventable.

January 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Balance the food feast for 2015

Great snacks are key players in college football bowl game parties and New Year's celebrations. Therefore, choose various items for the feast.

December 31, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Keep New Year's attire appropriate this holiday

We know the following to be true: Holiday parties are great for food, family, friends and getting all dolled up.

December 29, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Smoking affects pets more than humans

Is it awkward when you go in for your yearly physical and your doctor leans in and sniffs your ears?

December 28, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No replacement for one true God

Chloe came to me very upset. With all the righteous indignation she could muster she said, "Daddy, Mommy won't give me what I want!"

December 28, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Drafts can be controlled with extra insulation

Even with quality windows, there's often a pocket of cold air in the space between the window and the corner wall.

December 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Legends associated with Christmas and holiday plants

Since the beginning of time, plants have become interwoven into the daily lives that they have developed symbols of nearly every aspect of life. During the holiday season, this aspect is seen more than any other time of the year.

December 26, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


For the love of fruitcake

Johnny Carson reportedly said, "The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the whole world and people just keep sending it to each other."

December 24, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Please don't feed Fido table food

That Sam. That Sam! That dog Sam.

December 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper celebrating 20th anniversary

Besides the holidays we're enjoying this week, there's another important milestone. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (www.chattahoochee.org) celebrates its 20th anniversary.

December 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


From the film archives: ‘Wonderful Life’ charms Scrooge

I have a confession: I don't like Christmas movies.

December 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Fit in time for holiday fitness

You can weave health and fitness into your holiday routine.

December 17, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Chronic kidney disease affects millions of Americans

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk to develop CKD. In fact, one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease.

December 15, 2014 | By Sherry Davis For The Times | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research pet store before purchase

Singer Taylor Swift has said a player's gonna play, play, play, play, play. And similar is true for a baker (gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake).

December 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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Wine Without Pretense: Gulping Champagne fast equals quicker intoxication

I subscribe to an online wine news service that delivers a couple of times a week some fascinating stories or statistics about happenings in the giddy world of wine. I'm passing along some condensed versions with my own comments.

March 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Dogs don’t suffer from scurvy

May way, ye scurvy dogs!

March 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fiji seems like paradise, but subject to quakes, hurricanes

Conditions like the record-breaking blasts of cold air during much of February make us dream of warmer weather.

February 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Are you sleeping at work

Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.

February 26, 2015 | BY Daniel L. Cobb, MD For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Stop hiding or covering up sin

When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.

February 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Report any violence against animals

Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.

February 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


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