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Skaggs: Summer's heat can beat up your ornamentals

Is it just me, or does this summer seem hotter than usual? Maybe I just cannot take the heat as well as I used to. With temperatures bumping the 100 degree mark in recent weeks, it's been tough on those of us who like working in our landscapes and gardens.

July 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Study up on frozen dinners

Stroll down any supermarket frozen food aisle and the evidence is clear: Frozen meals are big sellers, claiming more shelf space than virtually any other type of frozen food.

June 29, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


It's much nicer to say 'hush' instead of 'shut up'

A while back, a transplanted Yankee sat down beside me at a luncheon and proceeded to explain what had compelled her to uproot herself from generations of Northern influence and move South.

June 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Add some color to summer with flowering shrubbery

After a burst of spring flowers, summer can be a little drab. Summer-flowering shrubs, though, can keep a lot of color in the landscape and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. With just a little planning and planting, they'll help keep the garden attractive all summer.

June 24, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Thank-you notes teach valuable lesson in civility

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them.

June 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘The Magicians’ lacks any magic

Since my favorite books mostly fall into the fantasy adventure category, I tend to scrutinize novels of this genre a little more acutely than others.

June 20, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Beware the attack of brown lawn spots

As a lover of grass (turfgrass that is), I have thoroughly enjoyed my fescue lawn this spring and early summer. The ample winter and spring rains had my fescue lawn and many others looking as good as ever. Other than battling some clover, its been a great year for fescue.

June 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Unstable weather conditions in early spring have caused some different gardening problems. What are the some of the more common diseases and pest problems we see this time of year on our plants?

June 17, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep food safety in mind when hitting the road

Pack the vehicle - it's time for a summer vacation.

June 15, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Daddy's gift was made more precious over time

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily, 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, "this ol' vale of tears and sorrow."

June 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Love shared by dad, child lasts forever

One day I asked Chloe, "Do you know how much Daddy loves you?"

June 13, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Give your veggies a lift

Those tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring should now be coming on strong. Soon they'll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don't jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor. Trellis those vegetables before it's too late.

June 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Tips to keep your fresh produce staying fresh

When buying fresh produce, the simplest part is sometimes selecting it. As soon as you leave the store, your mission is to keep it fresh.

June 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Sensitivity training should be my specialty

You know, it's beginning to occur to me that I'm not sensitive enough. This is quite a revelation since I spent a goodly amount of my life being told that I was too sensitive. As a child, Mama said I got my feelings hurt too easily and I needed to snap out of it.

June 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


'The Walk' has us looking forward to road ahead

Richard Paul Evans' "The Walk" is the first book in what will be a five-part series about a man exploring the open road of America as well as his own inner self.

June 05, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Showing hospitality with true Southern food

Last week, Darrell and I had the pleasure of hosting two young ladies from Up with People in our home. What a wonderful time we ...

August 26, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Beware of pet meds advertised on TV

Did you know, if you take out all your veins and arteries and laid them end to end that you would die?

August 23, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Take time to renovate your landscape right now

Late summer is an excellent time to devise a plan for renovating your landscape. By planning now, you can take advantage of the best planting ...

August 21, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Play with kids after school to encourage exercise habits

Sometimes on school days, there is a bit of a lull between arriving home and study time.

August 19, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Strap your canine into the car with seat belt or carrier

You can disregard this week's column if you're an action hero, or have single-handedly dispatched an entire group of terrorists or mercenaries, never ...

August 16, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Plutons embedded by erosion

"Strange formation!" I heard a tourist say, standing at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

August 16, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: South African wins earning worldwide respect

South Africa is a nation of great contradictions, a turbulent history and a remarkable ability to forgive and move forward.

August 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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