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

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

February 02, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Smoking cigarettes costs more than money

January was an important month for former smokers. It marked the 50th anniversary of the first surgeon's general report on smoking.

February 02, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Taking us off path to hell

Chloe and Cole still sleep with a light on in their rooms at night.

February 02, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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


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Dialogue-laden ‘36 Hours’ thrilling

Editor's note: Following the death of James Garner last week, movie archive reviewer Andrew Akers selected "36 Hours" to pay tribute to the famous actor.

July 31, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Myths and truths of antibiotics

A recent survey published online showed some shocking results about science literacy in America. Twenty-five percent of people thought the sun orbits around the earth. That is truly disturbing.

July 27, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Trough caused front to stall, dumping rain on area last week

The week ending July 20 brought unusual, but not unheard of, weather to Hall County.

July 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Pound of perfection

Let's discuss the pound cake.

July 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Respect your veterinarian

In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.

July 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Listening to God like children do to parents

The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."

July 20, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | 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


Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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