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Thompson: Cup hooks help with more than coffee mugs

Do you have debris stuck between the cracks of your wood deck? If so, here's the simplest solution I know on how to remove this stuff. Simply screw a large cup hook onto the end of a broom stick. Run the cup hook through the crack to remove the debris. You can also use the hook to hang up your broom when you're finished with it.

June 21, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Summer snowflake produces white flowers

What is that beautiful shrub with flat, snow white flowers?

June 19, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Rid your pantry of pesky insects

Pantry pests like packaged food.

June 17, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The beauty of a town lies in its queen

Hidden somewhere in the newspaper one day - a tiny news blurb used to fill a hole - was the story of a teenage Louisiana beauty queen whose crown had been repossessed by pageant officials after her brush with the law.

June 16, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: This trick will help out in tight spaces

If you ever need to paint in a tight area like behind a toilet or a radiator, this is the tip for you. Just glue a painting pad to a flat stir stick. Presto - instant thin painting brush!

June 14, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Each day dawns new ways to follow God

It was, without a doubt, the scariest moment of my life. One recent Saturday afternoon, Chloe and Cole asked for an apple after lunch. I went into the kitchen and cut an apple into eight pieces, then gave four of them to Chloe and four of them to Cole.

June 14, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Watch out for skeeters with stripes

With summer just around the corner, nuisance populations of Asian tiger mosquitoes are soon to follow. One of Georgia's most common mosquito pests, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), thrives as temperatures rise.

June 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: It’s too easy to feed an addiction

When she first brought it up, mentioning it in passing more than anything else, I thought she was joshing so I shrugged it off with a smile. Fortunately, I did not make any wisecrack that I would now regret.

June 09, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Couples should make and discuss end-of-life plans

Talking about death and other end-of-life topics can be difficult, but it is extremely important.

June 07, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: Scan your shoes last at airport

I travel quite a bit and I go through my fair share of airport security screenings. Here's a good tip to remember if you're traveling this summer. Put your most valuable items, like a laptop computer, on the security conveyor belt first. Always put your shoes on the conveyor belt last. It's common for people to miss the last thing they put on the belt and walk away without it. I can assure you that you won't forget your shoes!

June 07, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Big mower, hands help kill kudzu

They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.

June 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood hblackwood@gmail.com | Columnists


Skaggs: Dahlias perk up any garden

There are literally thousands of cultivated varieties of dahlias, which have been hybridized throughout the years.

June 05, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Plant these to deter deer

It's nice to incorporate ornamental plants into casually designed perennial beds, shrub borders and natural areas of the yard, but what types of ornamental plants can one use to keep the deer from nibbling as if the yard were a buffet table?

June 05, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Family farm grows love of fine wine

This is the first in a series of profiles of Georgia wineries. Subsequent profiles will appear when the writer feels sufficiently motivated to do them ... or when his editor yells at him.

June 03, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Thompson: Here’s one way to hook a pickup truck

Pickup trucks are great to have. Besides making you sexier, they're great for hauling stuff. One problem though is when your items slide toward the cab in the truck bed and you have to climb in the truck to retrieve them. The solution: make a "truck stick." As the name implies it's a long stick with a hook on the end. Just leave it in the bed of your truck and use it whenever your items slide away from you.

May 31, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Dogs don’t suffer from scurvy

May way, ye scurvy dogs!

March 01, 2015 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Fiji seems like paradise, but subject to quakes, hurricanes

Conditions like the record-breaking blasts of cold air during much of February make us dream of warmer weather.

February 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Controlling moss and algae in turf

As turf grass areas occasionally begin to thin out, moss and algae begin to form because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

February 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


For Your Health: Are you sleeping at work

Busy work schedules, hectic family life, late-night television, electronics and other stimulants get in the way of our daily sleep. Therefore, most people sleep when work and family life permits.

February 26, 2015 | BY Daniel L. Cobb, MD For The Times | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Stop hiding or covering up sin

When Amy came home, she got the mail out of the mailbox and laid it on the couch when she walked in the door.

February 22, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Report any violence against animals

Violence against others, be they a female, male, dog, cat or salamander, is never desirable.

February 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia shines as a quiet and safe place, geographically speaking

Complaining about nature's quirks, and the disasters that come with them, is a popular pastime. But in spite of some of the troubles North Georgia has experienced in the past, it's realistic to say that we live in a very sheltered part of the world.

February 21, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Select healthy snacks for children cooped up at home

Depending on the weather, you may have some children at home during the daytime this week.

February 18, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Just like humans, pets grieve when people die

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that mentioned taking steps to care for your pets in case you die.

February 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For Your Health: Heart failure becoming more prevalent in Americans

I recently treated a patient who described a long series of problems from the past year. They included weight gain/loss, leg swelling, shortness of breath when walking up stairs, "butterflies fluttering" in her chest and sometimes having to sleep in her recliner to breathe.

February 09, 2015 | | Columnists


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