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Wilburn: Give your holiday food a healthy makeover

Feel weighed down after a little too much merriment during the holidays? Whether you're watching your waistline, your wallet or your health, some simple substitutions for the fats, sodium and sugars in your favorite dishes can make them healthier.

December 09, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: Full moons have allure all their own

For some reason, I've always loved full moons. Every time I see one, I stop in my tracks, fully absorb and appreciate its beauty and then thank the good Lord that I lived to see another beautiful full moon.

December 08, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: Send Christmas cards that help charities, too

If you want an easy, painless way to give to charities, you need to check out It's a nonprofit Web site that lists greeting cards you can buy from more than 100 different charities. The proceeds from the cards help fund a lot of worthy causes. Do it. You'll feel better about yourself.

December 06, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Wilburn: Don’t get caught up in holiday trappings

When your children are all grown up with families of their own, what do you want them to remember about the holidays of their childhood?

December 06, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Skaggs: Fertilizer, seeds may top gardeners' wish lists

It is one week after Black Friday, the supposed busiest shopping day of the year, and the question is, "Is your Christmas shopping complete?"

December 04, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Cannon: Use evergreens to spruce up dreary winter landscape

How can I make my winter landscape less dreary?

December 04, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Murray: Keeping track of past greats and flops

As the Christmas holiday approaches - and I battle mightily against the Grinch influence - I have retreated to my cellar book. Actually, I have tried to burrow into my cellar book until, say, Jan. 2, but there are certain physical limitations.

December 02, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Rich: The best entourages come with four legs

It's true. Some things you have to see to believe. And then, even though you're certain of the reliability of your own eyes, you don't believe it.

December 01, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Myers: It's OK to get help, but the trick is asking

What started out as a scary night ended up being pretty fun. A strong storm was moving through the area. The lightning and thunder woke both Chloe and Cole. They asked if they could sleep in the same bed, so we let Chloe move into Cole's room. But a few minutes later, the storm knocked out the power.

November 28, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Thompson: Include a plunger in your party planning

The holiday season is upon us and I know that a lot of you will be hosting parties. Here is a tip that you're not likely to find in any of the women's magazines: Make sure that have a toilet plunger in every bathroom. I'm serious about this. Toilets always seem to know when you're throwing a party and that's when they decide to back up. By having plungers in each bathroom, you can avoid a really embarrassing situation for you and your guests. (Contributed by Bryan Reksten).

November 28, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Keep your Christmas tree happy

Thanksgiving is now behind us, and that means it is officially Christmas season (though local retailers, of course, started the season weeks ago.)

November 27, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Rich: Offer up a blessing for those no longer with us

Thanksgiving is a time to come together and celebrate a family's beloved characters, the ones who give us many stories to declare and laughter to share.

November 23, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Cook: Sparks’ latest tale sings with charm

Nicholas Spark's latest novel, "The Last Song," is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a father and his children, the love between two young adults from different classes and the struggles that teenagers endure as they grow up, learning to make wiser and less selfish decisions.

November 22, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Tim: You can thank me later for these

Thanksgiving is this week and I hope you're ready for it. Here are some miscellaneous Thanksgiving tips that I hope will make your holiday better.

November 22, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Cut costs now and save in the future

Economic uncertainty often has people looking for ways to tighten their belts and save money. There are times, though, when skimping in the landscape can cost more in the long run. The following tips will hopefully help you save money in the landscape and garden.

November 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

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Ask A Vet: Vaccines help build immunity to virus

Albert Einstein is one of my inspirations, and not just because my hair looks a lot like his when I first get up in the ...

October 04, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: God will not leave or reject his children

We laid down for naps one Saturday afternoon.

October 04, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

For your health: Elderly, family can lower risk of falls

Every year in the United States, 1 out of 3 adults ages 65 and older experience a fall.

October 04, 2015 | | Columnists

Earth Sense: Use space heaters with caution

From now on, it often gets chilly enough to require some heat in the house.

October 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Improving the community through a partnership and education

What do local farming, youth development, nutrition education and Master Gardeners have in common? The answer is: Hall County Cooperative Extension.

October 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Around the Home: Students snack on nutritious foods in the classroom

In October, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program will celebrate another year in Hall County.

September 30, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Earth Sense: Get prepared for cold, wet winter

Based on the typical weather in North Georgia, we'll experience about a month of dry and mostly sunny weather this fall. After that comes ...

September 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Ask a Vet: Children can learn to mature with a pet

I like animals and I like people. But to be honest, I probably like animals more than I like most people.

September 27, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Master Gardeners are a major resource for residents

Most people look at gardening as a hobby.

September 25, 2015 | ROBIN FRIEDMAN | Columnists

Traditional dinner table debates at the Wiley household

If you remember from my last column, September is Family Meals Month.

September 23, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists

Around the Home: Playtime at Boys & Girls Clubs in Hall County

If you're tired of sitting around with nothing to do, there's a way to get active and get some exercise.

September 16, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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