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Off the Shelves: Festival promotes self-publishing for struggling writers

If you search online for blogs and articles about breaking into the book publishing business nowadays, many of them say that the printed word is dead.

September 11, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Hall Extension: Calibrating your lawn spreader is crucial

This is the time of year many of us are probably thinking about fertilizing our lawn. The only way to see what your lawn requires is to pull a soil sample and let the Extension office send it off for analysis. Otherwise you are just guessing.

September 09, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Fall is transition time for gardens

September brings change and the anticipation of a reprieve from these hot, dry days of summer to cooler fall weather. This is still a busy month for the gardener with many enjoyable endeavors to find in the garden.

September 09, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: Guide book to Georgia wineries a winner

Thanks, Warren Johnson, for your great little addition to my wine library. Now, readers, you may want to add "Georgia's Wineries & Vineyards: A Wine Lover's Guide," to your bookshelves.

September 07, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God won't hide from us, even if we hide from him

The other day, Cole got in trouble for climbing over the armrest and flopping onto the couch. When I got onto him he got upset with me. "I'm going to hide from you!" he yelled.

September 04, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Peculiar Children’ showcases history and imagination

When I read the synopsis for a recently released novel about an enclave of mid-20th century children with paranormal gifts caught in a realm of altered space and time, it whetted the appetite for my science fiction/fantasy sweet tooth.

August 28, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Wheeler: Caring for muscadines

The children are back in school, and the weather has been a little bit cooler for a change. It is still summertime for sure, but there is a hint of what is to come with the fall.

August 26, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cannon: Master gardener applications to go out soon

If you are looking for a wonderful learning experience that is all garden related and you want to become involved with a group of interesting people that want to learn and be a part of the community through volunteer and education, the upcoming master gardener class might be the right program for you.

August 26, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Living well with diabetes is topic of Sept. 10 workshop

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95 percent have Type 2 diabetes. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to serious complications including heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputation and even death.

August 24, 2011 | By Ginger Bennett Hall County Extension Office | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God 'loves us like a rock,' all as individuals

I heard it from the living room. It was clanging around inside the dryer. It would bang, then roll, then go silent for a few seconds as it got swept up into the clothes. A few seconds later it would find the drum again and make a clattering noise for several seconds before once again being thrown into the midst of the clothes.

August 21, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Kudzu bug stinks, for many reasons

In Hall County, the kudzu bug has definitely made a name for itself. In just a year, we have all become accustomed to seeing in around, and it feels like it has been here all along.

August 19, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Teach kids the joy of family sciences

My mother made me take home economics (now known as family and consumer sciences) my freshman year of high school.

August 17, 2011 | By Sandra Stringer For The Times | Columnists


Off the Shelves: 'Mrs. Tom Thumb’ honors a little lady with a giant spirit

Last year, I was absorbed in a novel that put a unique perspective on the origins of a literary classic. It gave the reader a glimpse into the mind of the woman who inspired "Alice in Wonderland" by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known to the world as Lewis Carroll.

August 14, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Fall planting time is drawing near

We live in a wonderful place for gardening. The great thing about living in this area is one can plant or harvest something almost year round.

August 12, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Hall Extension: Dealing with nuisance wildlife requires a logical approach

This is a topic that is full of opinion. What is a cute and cuddly critter to one person is a pest to another. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it ate your prize winning roses or created $1,000 worth of damage to the garage or attic.

August 12, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake ...

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Slight variations to recipes can make dishes healthier

Family dinners are great places to treat your appetites this holiday season. Unfortunately, it's tempting to overeat.

November 29, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Help pets in need this holiday season

There's a scene in "Rebel Without A Cause" in which the line "You read too many comic books" is uttered.

November 27, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Thankful for the natural world and Master Gardeners who work in it

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

November 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Avoid dog disasters on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming.

November 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Thanksgiving is a spirit, not a spurt

Movie star George Burns was 97 years old when he was asked, "What's the most exciting part of your day?"

November 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Bekah Porter: A knight to remember at Medieval Times

My only exposure to Medieval Times - a national entertainment chain featuring jousts, sword fights and 11th century fare - was the solitary time my husband forced ...

November 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wildfires spoil romance of camping in woods

The lingering drought in North Georgia isn't just impacting our water supply. It also spoils some of the romance involved in camping. Specifically, we ...

November 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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