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Around the Home: Cooking ahead for holiday meals

Last-minute hurried food preparations can drain any cook's holiday spirit. By planning ahead and sticking to a budget (both time and money) you can take some of the hassle out of your holidays, while keeping food quality, flavor and safety a top priority.

December 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


I’ll never forget his special gift

His name was Ricky and though I remember the gift he gave me that Christmas 30 years ago, I don't recall his last name. I wish I did.

December 20, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Fat Man’ puts new twist on holiday classics

It's interesting to think about the different ways that Christmas has been depicted throughout the decades in movies and television shows. For many of us, holiday movies such as "A Christmas Story," "It's a Wonderful Life," and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" are part of our Christmas tradition.

December 20, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: A closer look at our Christmas greenery traditions

Have you ever wondered about the origins of our Christmas symbols that we adorn our homes with through the holiday season? I did a little research and came up with some interesting facts about some of the common decorations that we so lovingly fill our homes with this time of year.

December 17, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Capital calls, but Hall County will always be home

As you have likely heard, I will be leaving Hall County Cooperative Extension in January for a new job at the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Commissioner-elect Gary Black has asked me to serve as chief operating officer for the department.

December 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Try healthier versions of your holiday favorites

You can easily and quickly make your favorite holiday recipes in a reduced-fat and/or low-calorie way by including healthier cooking methods and ingredient substitution. I have chosen two fall family favorites - candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie and included tips that will keep the flavor, but reduce the fat.

December 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


The strength of Southern women

The text that my sister sent was simple yet so powerful: "He is gone to be with God."

December 13, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Dipping our toes in sin can trap us

"Daddy, help!" Chloe's voice, filled with panic, rushed up toward me from the back seat.

December 12, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Give trees a little TLC this winter

As winter approaches, most of us retreat to the cozy confines of our warm, toasty living rooms. We're content watching football, reading a good book, or pouring over the Christmas to-do list. However, have you thought about how your trees are coping with the winter weather?

December 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Follow guidelines for freezing baked goods

Preparing food ahead of time and freezing it can save time, energy and money. Proper storage of baked goods allows you to get a head-start on holiday food preparations. Foods stored at 0 degrees F longer than the storage times listed here should be safe but may be of less acceptable quality.

December 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Some of us manage to come out even in the end

There was a man I knew once who lived for a good time. Work, he believed and ardently practiced, was only good for providing a means to an end, the end result being that of his vigorous pursuit of wine, women and song.

December 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Families Ties: Driving class offered for parents, teens

Is your teenager's life worth two hours of your time?

December 05, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Great ideas for the wino on your Christmas list

It's holiday time, with Christmas just a little over three weeks away. If you're still trying to come up with a nifty and useful gift for the wino in your life, read on. In addition to actual gifts, I'm suggesting some wine-related events you could attend.

November 30, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Robert E. Lee taught me a lesson

The other day I ran into General Robert E. Lee, along with his wife, and his arch nemesis, General Ulysses S. Grant.

November 29, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Air, gravity, God — what we don't see still exists

On a recent cloudy day Chloe asked me, "Where's the sun?" I told her it was behind the clouds. "No it's not," she replied. Apparently, Chloe is having a hard time believing something is there if she can't see it.

November 28, 2010 | Parrish Myers | 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


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


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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