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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


Michael Wheeler: Summer heat is causing tulip poplar trees to shed leaves early

During the past week or two, I have noticed the tulip poplars around the county losing their leaves.

August 11, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Pronunciation of pecan does not matter; taste does

It's the age old question. Is the correct pronunciation of the word pecan, "pee-can" or "puh-kan?"

August 09, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Find inspiration through difficult seasons of life

Every profession has its good and not-so-good elements, no matter what the daily duties involve.

August 07, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Windows have better energy efficiency now

A look around local building supply stores shows that window glass has changed considerably since the last century.

August 06, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Volunteer time, expertise and become Master Gardener

Do you like digging in the soil and growing everything from edible and pollinator gardens to native trees and plants? Do you appreciate the natural world and need to be green-smart? Do you enjoy seeing the fruits of your labor bloom each season? Then I'd say you are a garden enthusiast.

August 05, 2016 | Robin Friedman | 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


Lee Koontz: Threads of community are frayed, torn and mended

Why are we pastors said to be "of the cloth?"

July 31, 2016 | BY LEE KOONTZ For The Times | Columnists


Earth Sense: Level land areas are vulnerable to floods

Floodwaters in southeastern China are receding, but the trouble has moved farther north. Now the disasters have hit Henan and Hebei provinces, including Beijing, the country's capital.

July 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Fall webworms on trees no true cause for concern

It has begun. The annual appearance of webbing in trees along the roadways and woods in the county has started.

July 28, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Check out Walk Georgia website to re-energize your exercise routine

If your fitness routine needs some energy, visit the Walk Georgia website at www.walkgeorgia.org.

July 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Routine checkup is a relief for me and Lemmy

Lemmy is coming in today.

July 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect children, pets from hot car dangers

Installing an aftermarket digital thermometer in my old Chevy van provided a lot of insight recently. This $15 instrument displays inside and outside temperature, as well as the system voltage of the vehicle.

July 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Learn about nurturing the natural world

Having just returned from a hiatus in coastal Georgia, I was reminded of the beauty of the natural world.

July 21, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Taking care of tires keeps you safe on road

It's 3 p.m., traffic on Interstate 985 is heavy, and some poor soul in the emergency lane is trying to install the spare ...

August 28, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Follow-up care critical for pets

Three weeks after Lemmy was examined and diagnosed with a nasty urinary tract infection, he returns for a recheck. This is intended to confirm the ...

August 28, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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


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


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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