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Skaggs: Nothing boring about these bees

The carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) normally attracts quite a bit of attention during the spring in Georgia. It resembles the bumble bee, but it's larger and attacks wood around homes, making it a household and structural pest.

April 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Unique mix of grapes adds to winemaker's allure

David Harris knows his way around a vineyard. He should; for many years the fruit from his Blackstock Vineyards was highly prized by winemakers throughout northeast Georgia, who bought Blackstock grapes to make wines that would bear their labels.

April 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Love for each other, the Lord came from a little church

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

April 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Weigh options before moving your parent in

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 04, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Do your research before taking in an elderly parent

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Before you start in the garden, hit the expo

After the bitter cold temperatures, ice and snow of this past winter, I fully expect spring fever to be rampant this year. Spring is an exciting time of year for those of us who consider ourselves gardeners. We cannot wait to get outside to dig, prune, plant and mow.

April 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mediterranean-style diets may help ward off disease

Mediterranean people eat healthy. Following their culinary tastes may reduce anyone's risk for diseases, says Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

March 30, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: It's Easter when the Southern men are shopping

Years ago, before fuel conservation became popular and trendy, I was a forerunner to saving gas by combining errands. When I go into town, I spend several hours doing errands that I have been waiting to do. It saves both gas and time.

March 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Mathilda’ a surreal coming-of-age story

"Mathilda Savitch" is the debut novel for playwright and poet Victor Lodato, where he introduces us to a young girl named Mathilda and her coming-of-age struggles.

March 28, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Myers: Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith

When Cole was learning to walk, he had trouble stepping out on faith. Literally.

March 27, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Plan your plants to bloom all season

The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a flash of bountiful flowers, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year.

March 25, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: What is the Spring Lunch and Learn series?

As spring approaches, the Hall County Extension office gets busy with calls from anxious gardeners ready to get outside. Along with providing answers to their gardening questions, the office also partners with the Hall County Library System to set up the Spring Lunch and Learn Series.

March 25, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Fruits, vegetables can be healthy in many forms

When it comes to buying fruits and vegetables, many factors play a role in which types consumers choose, including nutritional value.

March 23, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


My reasons for marriage don't include dollar bills

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So, I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

March 22, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Thank a Master Gardener

Since 1979, almost 5,000 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia without a paycheck.

March 18, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Eyes of the Father: No spoiler alert when it comes to Jesus’ return

Cole has gotten to the point where he wants to tell me the endings of movies and television shows.

August 02, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Referrals are to more practiced person

I was in a band in high school, had long hair down to the middle of my back and played solos in front of thousands ...

August 02, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia marked by geological history

North Georgia offers some of the most interesting geological history in the Eastern United States.

August 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Correct way to can food

Intertwined with memories of my grandfather's garden are recollections of my grandmother canning every summer.

July 29, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of danger from Georgia’s flash floods

It doesn't take a hurricane to produce flash floods in North Georgia. Summer thunderstorms at the beginning of this month prompted warnings in counties ...

July 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Arthritis affects humans and pets in same way

Since wiffle ball isn't a very heroic sport, I will skip my personal history of injuries related to it. Instead I will tell you ...

July 26, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Reading, understanding pesticide labels important

Just the other day, I received an email from a co-worker about a gentleman who used the wrong chemical on his lawn and wiped it ...

July 24, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Highlights from a grocery store convention

This past week, my husband, Darrell, and I, along with our children and several folks from J&J Foods, had the privilege of attending the ...

July 22, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: You can never outgrow God

One sunny afternoon this past summer, we all went on a family excursion to the ball park.

July 19, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Reward-based training works the best

A lovely aquarium called the Shedd Aquarium is in Chicago. It looks out on the water and is nestled between a planetarium, a giant museum ...

July 19, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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