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Armyworms marching through lawns and pastures

Over the last few weeks, the extension office has received numerous calls from anxious homeowners and frustrated farmers regarding the dreaded fall armyworm.

August 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Around the Home: Choose smart salads to cut fat, calories

Why do Americans chose salads as one of their favorite foods? Because they are refreshing, convenient, flavorful and they can be nutritious, if you make healthy choices in selecting ingredients.

August 17, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Animals have guardian angels, too

There are those - perhaps many - who would claim that animals do not have a guardian angel. On behalf of my animals, I vehemently disagree. They have one and her name is Jill.

August 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Discover a great mystery in ‘Thieves of Darkness’

One of the best feelings I can get after finishing a book is that moment of regret, when you realize the narrative journey you have been taking for a few weeks is now over and the enjoyment that you've been having has to come to an end (at least until you find your next good read).

August 15, 2010 | Book review | Columnists

Drainage issues can cause major landscape problems

The process of designing and planting a beautiful landscape, then watching healthy plants grow into maturity can be a rewarding experience. However, the path to a healthy landscape is not always an easy one, especially if poor drainage is a problem.

August 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Seeking Hall County’s next master gardeners

As August continues to fly by, I will be preparing to send out applications to any and all interested persons in our area who want to become master gardeners in 2011.

August 13, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Around the home: Breakfast is still the most important meal

Your mother always told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Believe it or not, research shows that she was right! Breakfast means "breaking the fast," or refueling your body after going without food all night. Food is the fuel that keeps your body going, and refueling at breakfast helps you perform and feel better.

August 10, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

The lessons of youth are paying off now

Among the many things I have learned in this life is how everything evens out, how those who are mighty and rich can become lowly and poor while the lowly and poor can become mighty and rich.

August 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Use God’s blessings to you as a chance to bless others

Every year during the Fourth of July, we go to a fireworks show. This year we went to our usual spot and settled in to enjoy the day.

August 08, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Skaggs: Keep foliage dry to head off plant disease

A common trait of many plant diseases is an affinity for moist, humid conditions. When plants are able to naturally dry out quickly, they are less vulnerable to diseases.

August 06, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

When it comes to wine, opinions vary on oak

Oak or no oak? That is one of the ongoing debates in the wine world.

August 03, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Despite my cholesterol, I still miss Mama’s fried foods

A friend of mine returned a call of mine one day while he was sitting in the Dallas airport, waiting for a flight out. He explained that he had just spent two days at the Texas State Fair and it was, he said, quite a sight to behold.

August 02, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

‘Shop Class’ is an inspiring take on livelihood

This book review came about completely by accident. That is, I never thought I would have picked up the book "Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matthew B. Crawford, let alone review it. It looked like one of those "guy only" books, a philosophical essay by a mechanic/electrician about the general misconceptions of working in a manual trade, and comparing it to cubicle culture, which nowadays is more widely accepted as the more "legitimate" means of making a living.

August 01, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Tricks to tackling teen dating topic

Although most adolescent romantic relationships do not last, first romances are practice for more mature bonds in adulthood. In fact, warm and caring romantic relationships in the teen years tend to lead to satisfying, committed relationships in early adulthood.

August 01, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Gardening with Wanda: Summer checklist

A common question asked of the Hall County

July 30, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

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Andrew Akers: A hellish, hilarious holiday journey for 2 comedy giants

While many people have traveled far and wide to reach their Thanksgiving destination, each and every one has experienced some kind of mishap along the ...

November 26, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists

Sandra Stringer: Turn kitchen into classroom filled with food, fun

When I was growing up I loved baking and decorating cookies with my mother. So, November and December are my favorite months of the year.

November 25, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Thanksgiving wreaks havoc on pets

Veterinary medicine is full of gallows humor. If you cannot use self-deprecation and sarcasm to deal with some situations, the job can kill your inner ...

November 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Earth Sense: Not all fires in the woods are bad

Fall colors are still plentiful.

November 22, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Friedman: Consider at least one new thing to grow or interact with outside

As the holiday season begins, many start to reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 20, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Earth Sense: Nitrogen is a plentiful fertilizer

Members of Brenau University's garden club were receiving instruction from Master Gardener intern Andrew Linker last week.

November 17, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Signs, symptoms of prostate problems

Last week, I discussed mammary cancer in pets, and the extremely easy way (early spaying) to avoid it.

November 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

No one can correct God

Cole has been correcting me lately.

November 15, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Watching evolution of TV channels

I have used several gallons of newspaper ink throughout the years in pining for the way things used to be.

November 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Fall is the time for planting ‘spring-flowering’ bulbs

October marks the opening of the planting season for "spring-flowering" bulbs.

November 13, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wine Without Pretense: First 'boxed wine' skirted Prohibition

Most of us know Prohibition in this country was a dismal failure. Amending the U.S. Constitution to stamp out the production and consumption of ...

October 14, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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