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Myers: Even a white lie can erode a child’s trust

Halloween is tonight. All this week, the conversations among Chloe and Cole's friends at school have been about monsters, ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

October 31, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Fall season is a busy time for gardeners

Fall is an exciting time for gardening. It may be our last chance to have fun in the garden until next spring. Fortunately, we can garden essentially year-round in Georgia, and fall is the ideal time for many activities.

October 28, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the Home: Be a healthy role model

You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life.

October 27, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Everyone should try wearing a 'chat-maker'

When a friend and I were planning a winter time trip to London, we were discussing, as women tend to, what clothes we were packing.

October 25, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Wicked Appetite’ is a devilish treat

Since I began working at the bookstore, I have had a particular author recommended to me over and over again.

October 24, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Dealing with deer in the landscape

Throughout the year, the Extension office receives many complaints from gardeners of unwanted critters visiting their landscapes - namely deer. As we move into fall and winter, deer browsing becomes even more commonplace. Pansies, azaleas, camellias, and many other plants are the targets of deer feeding.

October 21, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Select the right pumpkin for cooking

The most popular use of pumpkins is for decoration as jack-o'-lanterns. When selecting a pumpkin for cooking, the best selection is a "pie pumpkin" or "sweet pumpkin." These are smaller than the large jack-o'-lantern pumpkins and the flesh is sweeter and less watery. However, you can substitute the jack-o'-lantern variety with fairly good results.

October 19, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


A long line of know-it-alls

I come from a long line of know-it-alls. Honestly, on both sides of my family, we can pretty much tell you anything you need to know for we know it all. Or so we believe.

October 18, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


God wants acknowledgement of sins, not good deeds

One-upmanship. A strange word, which describes a strange behavior. One who practices one-upmanship is trying to get more or do better than someone with whom they're competing.

October 17, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Got shade? Try growing some moss

I'm often asked how to control moss in the lawn. Being a 'turf guy,' I can appreciate the fact that most of us (men that is) really want a good-looking lawn. However, sometimes it's just not possible - as is the case in dense shade.

October 14, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


It’s easy to make healthier muffins

Muffins are a quick and easy breakfast food that can be adapted to be more healthy. Research has shown that most people either don't notice much difference or they accept the difference when the following recipe changes are made.

October 12, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


A rather memorable Southern character

When news came that one of the most memorable Southern characters had passed from this world, I found myself musing back on the color, interest and myriad conflict he brought to the world around him.

October 11, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Colorful kale adds color, texture to fall gardens

The anticipation of fall and the colorful beauty that the season brings gets most of us out taking mountain drives and purchasing pumpkins and colorful chrysanthemums to decorate our homes. There is another wonderful plant that can be purchased now that delivers big, fat texture and bold hues to our fall and winter landscapes.

October 08, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Bison country reveals a new red table wine

We're baaack! Yes, five and a half weeks, 7,970 miles and 19 states later, the bride and I have re-established our roots in Hall County. It was a great trip and nobody got hurt.

October 05, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Believing my own eyes and ears is getting ever harder

It's getting to the point that I don't believe my own eyes or trust what my ears hear. Sometimes it feels like I'm starring in the old movie, "Gas Light," where the world is conspiring to make me think I'm crazy.

October 04, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Barona: Encourage younger generation to embrace good principles

Recently, I engaged in conversation with some youth of my church at St. Michael.

September 25, 2016 | Jaime Barona jbarona@saintmichael.cc | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Lee Koontz: Simple sermons can change lives

My first sermon wasn't very remarkable or memorable.

September 11, 2016 | Rev. Lee Koontz lkoontz@fpcga.org | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fresh filters boost gas mileage, keep air cleaner

If you've ever been stuck on a hilly North Georgia road behind a car blowing clouds of dark smoke, you may have wondered what ...

September 11, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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