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Ready for spring? Sample soil now for success later

The past couple of weeks I think my office has shipped close to 100 soil samples to the test lab in Athens. This is always a sign that spring is on the horizon as people begin to prepare and plan what they want to grow this year.

March 14, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Birthdays are kind of a big deal in my family

My firstborn and only daughter turned 28 last week. In our family, we make a big deal out of birthdays.

March 12, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Extra food leads to overweight pets

"Your dog is fat. And it's your fault."

March 09, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Are tobacco companies to blame for addiction?

Cigarette manufacturers have received flak for the health dangers of their products since the first surgeon general's report on the subject was released in 1964. Parents, activists and even former Marlboro men have spoken out against their products and practices.

March 09, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Prepare for all-electric cars in near future

The "futurology" movement of the 1960s, which promised progress and prosperity, based almost entirely on technology, has long ebbed away. Science fiction literature and movies range from the realistic to the ridiculous.

March 08, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Companion planting: Truth or myth?

Through the years, garden folklore has observed some facts about how gardens are planted and arranged. Some plants naturally grow well together, while others do not.

March 07, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Reminder of a good Hungarian red win

You always can learn something new from The Times. I did in January. And that led to some fond memories from my past and conversations with folks with a real history in this town.

March 05, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


For your health: Heart failure symptoms and prevention

We watched in awe as he shook the salt shaker until a thick, white layer topped his entire breakfast, including the bacon and sausage. In the back of my mind, I thought it was only a matter of time before this man became a patient at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC).

March 02, 2014 | By EVA JOHNSON For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: No real way to fake out God

At dinnertime one evening, Cole wasn't eating his sandwich. He did, however, make several references to dessert.

March 02, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Could dogs or any animals be gay?

I recently had a client ask me a very unusual question.

March 02, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Jet stream in flux means more changeable weather

While much of the northern and eastern U.S. shivered in frigid weather, parts of England experienced severe storms. Recent research suggests that these record-setting events were due to warming of the Arctic.

March 02, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Picking the proper place for a vegetable garden

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

February 28, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Harold Ramis impacts popular culture with his films

Harold Ramis died Monday at the age of 69, and I have to admit I am a bit surprised by the volume and intensity of grief about his death.

February 27, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Columnists


Southern women's language of love

What do births, surgeries, new neighbors, church meetings, new homes or pretty much any life event all have in common? A home-cooked meal delivered straight from one kitchen to another.

February 26, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Preservatives are not so bad for pet food

Weaver D's is closing. If you're not familiar with Athens, then you may not know what that means. It's a soul food place, and the best I've ever had.

February 23, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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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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