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He protects us from bad guys, sharks and a dangerous world

Cole came to my side of the bed in the middle of the night. He tried to crawl into bed with me and Amy, but I stopped him.

August 22, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Armyworms marching through lawns and pastures

Over the last few weeks, the extension office has received numerous calls from anxious homeowners and frustrated farmers regarding the dreaded fall armyworm.

August 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Choose smart salads to cut fat, calories

Why do Americans chose salads as one of their favorite foods? Because they are refreshing, convenient, flavorful and they can be nutritious, if you make healthy choices in selecting ingredients.

August 17, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Animals have guardian angels, too

There are those - perhaps many - who would claim that animals do not have a guardian angel. On behalf of my animals, I vehemently disagree. They have one and her name is Jill.

August 16, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Discover a great mystery in ‘Thieves of Darkness’

One of the best feelings I can get after finishing a book is that moment of regret, when you realize the narrative journey you have been taking for a few weeks is now over and the enjoyment that you've been having has to come to an end (at least until you find your next good read).

August 15, 2010 | Book review | Columnists


Drainage issues can cause major landscape problems

The process of designing and planting a beautiful landscape, then watching healthy plants grow into maturity can be a rewarding experience. However, the path to a healthy landscape is not always an easy one, especially if poor drainage is a problem.

August 13, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Seeking Hall County’s next master gardeners

As August continues to fly by, I will be preparing to send out applications to any and all interested persons in our area who want to become master gardeners in 2011.

August 13, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home: Breakfast is still the most important meal

Your mother always told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Believe it or not, research shows that she was right! Breakfast means "breaking the fast," or refueling your body after going without food all night. Food is the fuel that keeps your body going, and refueling at breakfast helps you perform and feel better.

August 10, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


The lessons of youth are paying off now

Among the many things I have learned in this life is how everything evens out, how those who are mighty and rich can become lowly and poor while the lowly and poor can become mighty and rich.

August 09, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use God’s blessings to you as a chance to bless others

Every year during the Fourth of July, we go to a fireworks show. This year we went to our usual spot and settled in to enjoy the day.

August 08, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep foliage dry to head off plant disease

A common trait of many plant diseases is an affinity for moist, humid conditions. When plants are able to naturally dry out quickly, they are less vulnerable to diseases.

August 06, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


When it comes to wine, opinions vary on oak

Oak or no oak? That is one of the ongoing debates in the wine world.

August 03, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Despite my cholesterol, I still miss Mama’s fried foods

A friend of mine returned a call of mine one day while he was sitting in the Dallas airport, waiting for a flight out. He explained that he had just spent two days at the Texas State Fair and it was, he said, quite a sight to behold.

August 02, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Shop Class’ is an inspiring take on livelihood

This book review came about completely by accident. That is, I never thought I would have picked up the book "Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matthew B. Crawford, let alone review it. It looked like one of those "guy only" books, a philosophical essay by a mechanic/electrician about the general misconceptions of working in a manual trade, and comparing it to cubicle culture, which nowadays is more widely accepted as the more "legitimate" means of making a living.

August 01, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Tricks to tackling teen dating topic

Although most adolescent romantic relationships do not last, first romances are practice for more mature bonds in adulthood. In fact, warm and caring romantic relationships in the teen years tend to lead to satisfying, committed relationships in early adulthood.

August 01, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Figuring out dog’s odd behavior

Lemmy has an irregular appointment today.

May 01, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Safety tips to follow for a picnic

If you're making plans for cookouts and family reunions, remember to make food safety a priority.

April 27, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Young couple’s hope heals in time of struggle

It was Nov. 6, 2004, and a beautiful sunny day in Athens. The Georgia Bulldogs were away at Kentucky and my wife's cousin was ...

April 24, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: A common but itchy situation for pets

I say "Lemmy." He says "No! Memmy!"

April 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: China can handle challenges of development

Everyone has heard of Beijing, China. With more than 11 million residents, the city stands out even among the other world capitals.

April 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Tailoring a flowering garden to its gardener

Most plant lovers want to have flowers blooming in their garden all season long, but the problem arises in what to grow.

April 21, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Crevolyn Wiley: Reading, traveling can take you to new places near and far

I have a plaque on my nightstand that says, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

April 19, 2016 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Annual checkup reveals exposure to Lyme disease

It's been a year since I saw Lemmy last. And now it's time for his routine yearly checkup.

April 17, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Dog's empathy for his little brother leads to diarrhea

He looks disheveled. Not Lemmy, he looks fine.

April 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Randall Murray: Basic tools of the trade to become a wine connoisseur

OK, so I've finally convinced you not to cower and snivel when somebody asks, "Hey, you got any wine here?" "Here," of course, being ...

April 05, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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