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Skaggs: With care, everything will come up roses

Even novice gardeners can appreciate the beauty of roses. There are more than 6,000 varieties, offering a wide range of forms, colors and fragrances from spring until fall.

April 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mealtime planning goes a long way

There are lots of benefits to eating as a family.

April 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even good Christians have their arguments

When I learned that a friend had decided to plunge himself into the political world and run for office, I thought it prudent to offer two pieces of solid advice.

April 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Keep duct tape in first-aid box, too

Duct tape has a number of medical uses - I'm serious. Here are two examples. First, when children get chicken pox, some parents put mittens on their children's hands to keep them from scratching. Wrap duct tape around the end of their mittens to keep them from pulling the mittens off. Second, use duct tape and plastic garbage bags to keep casts dry when you're taking a shower.

April 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Everything we have is just on loan

Chloe's learned a four-letter word. I don't know where or from whom she learned it, but oh, how I wish I could find out.

April 19, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: A home's curb appeal takes some planning

In today's economy, everyone is well aware of the housing slump. If you are trying to sell a home right now, improving the home's curb appeal is a great idea. And for those planning to stay in their homes for a few more years, why not make it more inviting and enjoyable for you and your family?

April 16, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Vitamin D is for more than bones

Vitamin D is promoted as essential for bone health because it plays a pivotal role in adequate absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build bone. It also helps us avoid the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

April 15, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The family that fights together stays together

One night at the supper table, my brother-in-law took a teasing jab at me over a sour business deal.

April 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Good luck peeling that backward banana

I love debunking old tips. For example, there have been e-mails going around for years stating that the best way to peel a banana is from the bottom. The tip states that by doing this you don't get any of the strings. Baloney. You get just as many strings as if you'd peeled it normally. Word of caution: most of the chain mail e-mail tips I've gotten over the years have been bogus.

April 12, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Respect the bees in your garden

As someone who is highly allergic to bee stings, I'm always concerned when I see any kind of bee-like insect buzzing around my yard.

April 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Keep things simple for garden success

What can I do to prepare my garden for beautiful, successful plants?

April 10, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Follow guidelines to keep meat safe

Choosing wholesome meat and getting those products home safely will start you on the path to preventing foodborne illness.

April 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Easter dawns chances for memories

One of the things that always excites me about Easter is that it kicks off the spring and summer season; so Sundays, until Labor Day weekend, will be the stuff of which memories are made. Especially for kids.

April 07, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Timer will quiet your digital video recorder

The digital video recorder, also known as a DVR, is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It allows you to record multiple TV shows at the same time and even allows you to pause and replay live TV. TiVo came out with the first DVR in 1999. Today you can get the DVR functionality from your cable company or satellite service. A dilemma that a lot of people have is that they have a DVR in their bedroom but it will wake them up at night when the device's harddrive either turns on or shuts down. If ...

April 05, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Money talks demand listening, compromise

Many families are challenged when it comes to agreeing about money.

April 05, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Celebrate the season with a serious Champagne

Mark Oct. 24 on your calendar or your Apple Watch, or whatever. That's International Champagne Day! So says Champagne Bureau USA.

October 01, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Protect your pets from skin invaders

My son is 7 years old. He loves science and is very curious about the world.

September 28, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protecting topsoil important key to plants, food production

The word "resources" comes up frequently in discussions about the environment. Among those, the importance of topsoil is often overlooked.

September 27, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Planting a tree with care increases chance of survival

For gardeners, there is nothing better than putting new plants into a landscape. The end product is eye-appealing and rewards you with the beauty of nature.

September 26, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


The talented Danny Kaye, company in 'The Court Jester'

As fall begins this week, many storytellers including Hollywood screenwriters are pushing their best comedies and dramas into the box office in time for the awards' season. And the best stories have one thing in comma: good storytelling.

September 25, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


An apple for every taste bud

One of the best things about living in Northeast Georgia is undoubtedly the proximity to the mountains, especially when those mountains start producing apples. And now is the perfect time to start planning recipes to use the delicious fruits.

September 24, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Do good fences make good neighbor dogs?

I'm a philosopher. So are you. Our philosophies may differ, but they are there, nonetheless.

September 21, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: No mystique or magic accompanies equinox

The fall equinox is occurring Monday at 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

September 21, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Fall full of gardening activities for plants, trees and lawns

Fall is my favorite time to work in the garden. The days are cooler, making it the perfect time to plan and implement some projects to ensure a beautiful landscape for the following year.

September 19, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Being frugal with food

Need to trim some expenses from your food budget? Luckily, several simple ways can help you get more for your dollar.

September 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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