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Parrish Myers: Forgiveness is given equally by God

One Christmas we gathered at my parents' house for the seasonal festivities.

December 27, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Use compass in your house hunting

Plans made over the holidays often involve finding a new home. Real estate agents are surprised when I bring a compass along while house hunting.

December 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: How to pick the perfect houseplant

I remember as a child having houseplants my mother grew. It was interesting to see them grow and how my mom took care of them.

December 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Earth Sense: Better ways to dispose of leaves than burning

Today is the last day of fall. In many households, this means there is also a last batch of tree leaves and pine straw to remove from grass and various other areas.

December 19, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Not all rabid dogs resemble Cujo

I am a scientist, and this sometimes interferes in my personal life.

December 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Margaret Rasmussen named Master Gardener of the Year

Each year, the Hall County Master Gardeners select one of their own as the Master Gardener of the Year.

December 18, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sisk: Vaccines safe, effective for animals

Recently, I received an email with some questions about a specific disease and the vaccines intended to prevent the malady. Hopefully, all of you will get something out of the answers.

December 13, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: No one can know better than God

The ornament was beautiful.

December 13, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of landslides after heavy rains

Oso, Wash., is a quiet farm community of about 180 people, located 60 miles northeast of Seattle. Pretty green valleys alternate with mountain slopes that are covered with pine, fir and cedar trees.

December 12, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wheeler: Tend to your garden's winter chores this month

Even though winter weather is here, gardeners can still do some things in the yard. Even though they are not really big jobs, they are important to do to maintain a healthy garden and be ready for the upcoming growing season.

December 10, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Steer clear of pet store purchases

The language of the universe is written in numbers.

December 06, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect outdoor plumbing from cold nights

Early-morning frost is here. If you haven't done anything yet to protect your outdoor plumbing, it's probably time to do so.

December 06, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Tips on caring for poinsettias this holiday season and beyond

Despite their limited, two-month run on retailers' shelves each year, poinsettias are the best-selling potted plant in the United States. Growers sold more than 34.6 million plants in 2014 alone.

December 03, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Randall Murray: 5 perfect Christmas presents for wine lovers

Time is still on the clock - which has been ticking in retail stores since about Aug. 1 - to do some poking around for a nice bottle of wine or related goodies to give as a nice Christmas gift.

December 01, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Protect your pet from hazards surrounding the holiday season

If you're like me, you decorate for the holidays.

November 29, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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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


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


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


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


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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