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Dooley’s new book a must-read for gardeners and football fans

These days, it's not quite as much fun to be a Georgia Bulldog. Our beloved Bulldogs are off to a 1-3 start and the season is stacking up to be the toughest of coach Mark Richt's tenure.

October 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: A nutrious meal grown locally

I can't wait until we eat tonight. Are we heading to a fancy restaurant? No, we are dining at home (one of my favorite places to eat) on a meal courtesy of Mother Nature and our local farmers market.

September 28, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


My great flood didn’t include tears, thanks to Daddy’s words

When one of life's tribulations smacked me in the eye, I did not cry. I thought, instead, of Daddy's words from way back then.

September 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Wookiee’ speaks to the inner Jedi in all of us

Recently, my husband and I were watching a documentary about video game players who partake in the online role-playing game, "World of Warcraft." It gives people the chance to take a break from the mundane world to slay monsters, quest for treasure, and explore a majestic fantasy realm (for the fee of about $16 a month).

September 26, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Colorful fall annuals brighten beds, containers

As the curtain falls on the summer show of garden blooms, it's time to gear up for the fall preview. Several hardy annual varieties weather Georgia winters to keep landscapes colorful until spring arrives.

September 24, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


You can pick trees to display the most fall colors

I love this time of year. The nights are cooling off and fall is just around the corner with all of its wonderful opportunities to sample the colorful showcase of our many large and small trees.

September 24, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Unwashed reusable grocery bags can breed bad bacteria

Cloth shopping bags may be good for the environment, but are they good for your health? I have more than a dozen of these bags, some for groceries, some for shopping and some just to keep my stuff together in the car. I feel good saving trees and not adding plastic bags to the landfill. Yet, these bags could possibly be unsafe for use with food if they are not cared for properly.

September 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Delivering magic, and love, on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States n Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Delivering magic and love on ordinary days

When I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address to the National Association of Postmasters of the United States in Anchorage, Alaska, I spoke on the joy that comes in the form of a card or letter.

September 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Good intentions or not, always obey God’s word

While we were getting out of the van one day, Chloe had a small bag of candy in her hand. Somehow a few pieces dropped to the garage floor. This was no big deal, but I feared they would attract ants, so I stooped down to pick them up.

September 19, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Fall Garden Expo is a plant lover’s delight

Fall is upon us, and it won't be long before the dogwoods, redbuds and maples begin to show off their fall color. But while you're making plans to admire the colorful fall foliage, why not plant your own?

September 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the home: Local farmers markets offer unique produce

One of the joys of shopping at our local farmers markets are the variety of fresh produce and friendly smiles. I find something new every week. This week I saw pink oyster mushrooms, the first mushrooms I have ever seen at our market.

September 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


When some folks don’t mind their business

One night as a particularly hard, extremely long rain poured down, I discovered a leak in my roof. The leak became a minor problem. Finding a roofer to show up and fix it became the primary problem.

September 13, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Tower, Zoo and Tortoise’ a thought-provoking parable

This week's novel, an enjoyable and humorous fiction entitled The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, is based on the history of the Tower of London and of the live animal gifts given to the Queen over the decades.

September 12, 2010 | Book review | Columnists


Prepare now for your fall vegetable gardens

Now is the time to start a fall vegetable garden. What do I do to prepare?

September 10, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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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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