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Earth Sense: Remember to check to avoid overloading electrical outlets

During these cold weeks, a hot fire is nice. But it needs to be in a fireplace. Destructive house fires are common right now, and the reason often reported is "faulty wiring."

February 01, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Vaccinations help eradicate deadly diseases

I am pretty sure time travel will never be possible.

January 31, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Stopping blossom end rot before it starts

I see it year after year in the extension office. Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers being laid to waste by disease.

January 31, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Clear mind with a walk

I've challenged myself to make changes in my daily fitness routine.

January 29, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Recycling paper, cans saves green, too

If you had a festive Christmas dinner a few weeks ago, you probably didn't toss the leftovers. They made for another nice meal later. It doesn't make sense to spend money when lots of resources are already on hand. Recycling serves the same purpose.

January 26, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Hoping medicine will work its magic

Almost three years ago, I had surgery to correct gastroesophageal reflux.

January 26, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Test soil to determine your plants lime and fertilizer needs

In January, the Hall County Extension office begins to get calls relating to pruning times, soil testing and turf maintenance.

January 24, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Prepare for Super Bowl Sunday

In the words of Hank Williams Jr., "Are you ready for some football?"

January 22, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Money doesn’t equal treasures seen in heaven

I've shared before that I am, by nature, a saver.

January 19, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Dogs learn behavior from owners

Good news: Your dog is not racist.

January 19, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Polar vortex is nothing new

During the frigid spell of early January, news media were filled with articles about the "polar vortex." Some sounded like this is some new, dangerous phenomenon, apparently just discovered, and it's coming to get all of us.

January 18, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Plant now for roots to grow deep

Throughout the year, people will call wanting planting advice.

January 17, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Maintain fitness goals through by walking through Georgia, figuratively

Did you set your 2014 health and fitness goals? Have you kept them or have they been broken?

January 15, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Talk with your vet about pet medication

If you've never seen it, I highly recommend the movie "Clerks," provided you're not easily offended.

January 12, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Clean, silent electric cars are the future

Soon it will seem like a bad dream that cars used to contaminate the air with harmful emissions, making people sick and causing developmental problems in children.

January 11, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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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


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


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