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Around the Home: Be a healthy role model

You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 27, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Everyone should try wearing a 'chat-maker'

When a friend and I were planning a winter time trip to London, we were discussing, as women tend to, what clothes we were packing.

October 25, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Wicked Appetite’ is a devilish treat

Since I began working at the bookstore, I have had a particular author recommended to me over and over again.

October 24, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Dealing with deer in the landscape

Throughout the year, the Extension office receives many complaints from gardeners of unwanted critters visiting their landscapes - namely deer. As we move into fall and winter, deer browsing becomes even more commonplace. Pansies, azaleas, camellias, and many other plants are the targets of deer feeding.

October 21, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Select the right pumpkin for cooking

The most popular use of pumpkins is for decoration as jack-o'-lanterns. When selecting a pumpkin for cooking, the best selection is a "pie pumpkin" or "sweet pumpkin." These are smaller than the large jack-o'-lantern pumpkins and the flesh is sweeter and less watery. However, you can substitute the jack-o'-lantern variety with fairly good results.

October 19, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


A long line of know-it-alls

I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe.

October 18, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


God wants acknowledgement of sins, not good deeds

One-upmanship. A strange word, which describes a strange behavior. One who practices one-upmanship is trying to get more or do better than someone with whom they're competing.

October 17, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Got shade? Try growing some moss

I'm often asked how to control moss in the lawn. Being a 'turf guy,' I can appreciate the fact that most of us (men that is) really want a good-looking lawn. However, sometimes it's just not possible - as is the case in dense shade.

October 14, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


It’s easy to make healthier muffins

Muffins are a quick and easy breakfast food that can be adapted to be more healthy. Research has shown that most people either don't notice much difference or they accept the difference when the following recipe changes are made.

October 12, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


A rather memorable Southern character

When news came that one of the most memorable Southern characters had passed from this world, I found myself musing back on the color, interest and myriad conflict he brought to the world around him.

October 11, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Colorful kale adds color, texture to fall gardens

The anticipation of fall and the colorful beauty that the season brings gets most of us out taking mountain drives and purchasing pumpkins and colorful chrysanthemums to decorate our homes. There is another wonderful plant that can be purchased now that delivers big, fat texture and bold hues to our fall and winter landscapes.

October 08, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Bison country reveals a new red table wine

We're baaack! Yes, five and a half weeks, 7,970 miles and 19 states later, the bride and I have re-established our roots in Hall County. It was a great trip and nobody got hurt.

October 05, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Believing my own eyes and ears is getting ever harder

It's getting to the point that I don't believe my own eyes or trust what my ears hear. Sometimes it feels like I'm starring in the old movie, "Gas Light," where the world is conspiring to make me think I'm crazy.

October 04, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family ties: Coping with children’s temper tantrums

Your 3-year-old has a meltdown in the grocery store. You feel like everyone is watching and waiting to see your next move. Some folks are just dying to tell you what you ought to do. You feel like every eye is on you (you're probably right). So, what do you do about your wailing and thrashing child as the entire world looks on?

October 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


God lowered himself to our level through Jesus

I was sitting on the bed reading the news when Cole came to me and asked me to tie his shoes.

October 03, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Microchip leads to happy ending

Lemmy's owners call me just before noon. They relay a story that's unlikely at best, but the take-home message is Lemmy's depressive ...

August 14, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy saves his family from a house fire

I want to repay my student loans. Therefore, I charge people for my veterinarian services.

July 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Embarking on my first trip to Athens

I'm an Iowan, born, bred and super corn-fed.

July 31, 2016 | | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


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