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Ask a Vet: Make safety your pet’s fashion statement

Fashion is very important to some folks. If you've seen my collection of T-shirts, you may feel either I am one of these people, or the antithesis thereof.

May 11, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Be aware of your flood risk

Scenes that we've only seen in major hurricanes played out early in Florida and Alabama on April 29-30. The Florida panhandle received 2 feet of rain, causing floods in Pensacola and surroundings. The dramatic footage from the Gulf Coast, and the death of a driver whose car got submerged, speak for themselves.

May 11, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Summer means fresh food, sharing the bounty

Well folks, we have crossed over another milestone in our trip around the sun. It is officially planting season.

May 09, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wine without pretense: Light white wine tastes linger on tip of tongue

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz.

May 07, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


For your health: Knowing the symptoms, signs of stroke

This year, in the United States alone, someone will have a stroke every four seconds, totaling 795,000 strokes. Sadly, about 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

May 04, 2014 | | Columnists


Smoking loses daily addictive grip on me

June will mark six months since I quit smoking. In preparation for that, I want to reflect on my past.

May 04, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Scientists now agree on climate change

"Imagine you were about to walk into this building, and 97 percent of structural engineers said 'Don't go in, it's about to fall down!' Would you go in?" asked J. Marshall Sheperd during a recent panel discussion about climatic change held at Brenau's Downtown Center.

May 04, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Be proactive and control moisture in pet’s ears

You know how good it sounds when you're in the shower in the morning, singing One Direction?

May 04, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Understanding the ancient age of lilies and irises

Adorning the landscape with vivid yellows, purples, reds and oranges, flowering lily and iris plants are beginning to pop up everywhere as spring emerges. Even the beautiful hues of the lilies' white blooms make a dramatic show and grace our homes with their subtle charm.

May 02, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Ideas for summer snacks, day trips

The end of the school year is fast approaching.

April 30, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Be cautious with pets at public gatherings

Know your dog? I'm sure you do. You could pick him out of a lineup.

April 27, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Secrets to a long, happy life

Throughout history, people have sought ways to extend the lifespan. Thanks to medical advances, those currently 30 and younger have a good chance to reach their 100th birthday.

April 26, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Design garden to attract animals or reduce noise

People are certainly interested in improving the environment and one of the best places to start is in your own backyard.

April 25, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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


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Interested in becoming a Georgia Master Gardener?

Around this time of year, I begin sending out applications to individuals interested in taking our Georgia Master Gardener classes at the Hall County Extension office.

August 22, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Bacall, Bogart's chemistry ignites

Last week was a sad one in Hollywood. One day after comedian Robin Williams was found dead, legendary actress Lauren Bacall died.

August 21, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


From the film archives: Parallels between Williams, role of "Patch Adams"

Last week, we lost a comedic icon. The death of Robin Williams is a bitter ending to a man who delighted millions through entertainment.

August 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Senior shenanigans at 'Ridgemont High'

It's that time again. The school year has officially begun, which means early, hurried mornings, school supply lists and dents in your wallet for lunch money. Oh joy!

August 14, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research breeds before buying dog

The time is nigh and fantasy football approaches!

August 10, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Colors result from surfaces reflecting available light

Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.

August 10, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


August superb time to ready gardens for autumn harvest

In the Southern climate, gardeners have a second chance to replant, add new plants and harvest vegetables as fall nears.

August 08, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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