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Hall Extension: Stressed tree — Should it stay or should it go?

Over the past few days, I have received a number of phone calls about trees, and whether or not they should be taken out or left. Much of the concern has been due to the weather we have had over the past couple of weeks.

July 01, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Follow your summertime gardening checklist

You know it's early July when you hear the crickets at dusk, see the fireflies blinking in the darkness or eat your first homegrown tomato sandwich of the year. These are some of the wonderful sounds, sights and tastes of living in the South that are soothing to our senses after a warm summer day.

July 01, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Farewell after 22 years of home and health advice

Dear readers:

June 29, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Our needs are met, even if our ‘wants’ aren’t

Chloe's come up with a new declaration. I guess in her mind, it's more of an explanation.

June 26, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Hall Extension: Tips on growing sweet corn in your garden

There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back: barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one telltale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.

June 24, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Take action to control your diabetes

Almost 11 million men age 20 or older in the United States have diabetes. That's more than 10 percent of the total male U.S. population.

June 22, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Dixie Divas: You can’t go wrong doing a job you love

My brother-in-law, Rodney, is a farmer of the most admirable kind. He farms, despite the heartbreaks, hard times, hot sun and little pay, because he loves it. Not even the relentless stronghold of healthy kudzu could choke the passion for farming from him. He is devoted to the land and what it brings. Good or bad.

June 20, 2011 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


A tribute to fathers in classic literature

Lately, I've been reviewing new releases for Off the Shelves, but one reason that I started writing book reviews was to remind readers to go back and revisit the classics every now and then.

June 19, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Dry summer on the way, so water wisely

I have just received an interesting outlook from the Climate Extension Specialist at UGA, Mark Boudreau, concerning our current drought conditions here in North Georgia.

June 16, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Leyland cypress can succumb to disease

Leyland cypress has become one of the more popular trees for homeowners and landscapers to use over the past few years.

June 16, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: It’s blueberry season in Georgia

Rabbiteye blueberries are native to Georgia and compose most of our commercial blueberries production. In 2008, Georgia ranked fourth in blueberry production by producing 41 million pounds. Georgia has more than 16 thousand acres of blueberries.

June 15, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: We must take responsibility for our sins

Chloe and Cole have begun blaming each other for every little thing that happens around the house. "Who's making that noise?" I asked them one night. "Chloe is," Cole responded.

June 12, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Hall Extension: Tips to help your garden weather the heat

Summer in Georgia is always an interesting time of year. It seems we go from one extreme to another. Just a few weeks ago, we were relatively cool and had what seemed to be plenty of moisture in the ground. But today, we are in desperate need of some rain, and if shade was a commodity that could be sold on the open market, it would be going for a hefty price.

June 10, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


‘Burnt Mountain’ an overcooked and odd creation

Peanut butter and chocolate. Dinner and a movie. When someone really enjoys two particular things, oftentimes those two things joined together make each other even better.

June 05, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Weather a reason for infestation

Having a beautiful garden (flowering or vegetable) can be challenging when weather conditions are unstable.

June 03, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Follow-up care critical for pets

Three weeks after Lemmy was examined and diagnosed with a nasty urinary tract infection, he returns for a recheck. This is intended to confirm the ...

August 28, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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


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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