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Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Create a colorful container garden on a patio or deck

Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.

April 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Transforming from city girl to wine grower’s wife

Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.

April 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Horror stories surround obese pets

In the past three weeks, I've discussed the concepts related to weight for pets, including what really causes weight gain or loss as well as the consequences of obesity.

March 30, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Trying to clean up mess leads to bigger mess

Chloe and Cole have not yet learned that sound travels. Nor have they learned that whispering isn't whispering when you do it louder than a freight train.

March 30, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Spring hiking in the mountains is a treat

Spring season is a great time for a sightseeing trip through the nearby mountains. U.S. 129 goes north from Gainesville toward Blairsville. After steep climbs and curves, you arrive at Neels Gap and the Waleisi-Yi Center, a popular stopping point for many hikers.

March 30, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Preventing diseases in your home vegetable garden

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

March 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


The Madness of March

We are a sports-loving family, be it football, baseball or basketball. We like it all.

March 26, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Latitude, longitude and the International Date Line

The global coordinates you can get with a GPS or smartphone can be confusing. Their units are degrees, minutes and seconds of angle. With exact coordinates, you can pinpoint any place in the world. For example, 34 degrees 18 minutes 14.29 seconds north by 83 degrees 49 minutes 35.44 seconds west gets you to the home of The Times.

March 25, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Extra weight damages pets’ organs

In my last two articles, you've read about what can cause your pet to become overweight. This article is a sample of the negative effects extra weight can have on your pet.

March 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Dramatic hair change evokes strong reactions

I'm more restless than risk taker when it comes to my hair.

March 23, 2014 | Savannah King | Columnists


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Mickey Rooney ventures into crime noir

Mickey Rooney was a man who lit up the silver screen for decades. Often known for his portrayal of the clean-cut Andy Hardy in the film series of the same name, Rooney also made a brief foray into crime noir.

April 24, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Using slow cooker is good for all seasons

Anyone who knows me knows I love my slow cooker. It is, without a doubt, my favorite cooking appliance.

April 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Resist urge to buy animal for Easter

I do not like Peeps.

April 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check house foundation to prevent dangerous slides

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., raises the question whether something like this could happen here. It's not likely, because we don't have the deep soil that led to the Western disaster.

April 19, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants selected

The 2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plant for residential landscape use in Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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