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Thompson: Project your Halloween spirit this year

Halloween is less than two weeks away. If you're still trying to come up with a really clever way to decorate your house for the holiday, I've got a suggestion for you. Raise your garage door and cover the entrance with a large white sheet. Use duct tape to hold it in place. Borrow a computer projector from your office and hook it up to a laptop computer. With the computer projector inside the garage, aim it at the white sheet. Get a G-rated scary movie on DVD and load it onto your laptop. On Halloween night you ...

October 26, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Breakfast rules may change, but God’s love doesn’t

Do you know what I'd like to do? Go back and live with my parents.

October 26, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: With moss, sometimes it’s best to embrace it

If you read this column a couple weeks ago, you likely recall reading of how to control moss in the lawn.

October 24, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep proper temperatures in mind when cooking meats

These days, food thermometers aren't just for your holiday roasts - they're for all cuts and sizes of meat and poultry, including hamburgers, chicken breasts and pork chops.

October 22, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Myers: When the father forgives it’s forever

Chloe has this board book that's pretty neat. In between the cardboard "pages" there's a cutout section so a panel can be slid in and out, changing the action on the page.

Chloe loves the book, and I have to admit that I'm pretty taken with it, too. Amy tells me, "Simple mind, simple pleasures." She's so funny.

October 19, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Nifty device gives you a hand when shaving your head

As you can tell from the picture to the right, I'm not bald. However, a lot of guys are, and this tip is for them. Instead of shaving your head with a regular razor, use the Head Blade. It's basically a razor that attaches to your hand. You can find it on line at www.headblade.com. Some local drugstores have started carrying it as well. If you're not sure about trying it out, check out some of the video testimonials of the product on YouTube. (Contributed by Ricky Moore)

Unfortunately, we're hitting some tough economic ...

October 19, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Listening and actually hearing can be tricky

Sometimes, the hardest part in communicating is "hearing" what is actually said.

October 19, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Planting bulbs is one of my favorite activities in the fall. The anticipation of them coming up in early spring signals warm weather is on its way, and soon my garden will be full of color. What are some of the most commonly planted bulbs, and how and when do they need to be planted?

October 17, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant in the right spot

Fall is here, and for the gardening enthusiast, now is the ideal time to make additions to your landscape - in particular, hardy perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees. While many of us are familiar with "spring fever," fall actually is the appropriate time to plant. Trees and shrubs planted now have the entire fall and winter to set down roots and get established before the heat of spring and summer arrives.

October 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Trim that grocery bill with these tips

It's not just shock at the price of gas making headlines; food costs at the grocery store are getting our attention as well.

October 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: With men, it’s about substance over style

Karen is always full of advice, even that which I don't desire or necessarily need. Like the other day.

"I have a good piece of advice for you," she began in one of our daily conversations that includes vital information like how many pieces of fried chicken Dixie Dew ate at Mama's or how her kids are not practicing piano. She called me up, I answered the phone and it all began with those words.

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Lessons in learnin’ a thing or two

As though it was just yesterday, not the too-many-years-to-count that it really was, I can hear my daddy clearly. He'd pull back his shoulders, raise an eyebrow and point his finger at me - always with great meaning - and say, "Little girl, I'm about to learn you a thing or two."

October 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rosemond: Potty training should be kept simple

I've said many, many times that letting a child older than 30 months soil and wet herself several times a day is an insult to the child's intelligence.

October 13, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Thompson: Freezer holds answer for smelly trash

If you suffer from "bad-smelling-trash-can-itis," I have a solution for you. Instead of throwing your food scraps in your trash can, wrap them up and put them in your freezer. Just make sure to throw them away on your trash pick-up day.

A co-worker, Kevin Eicher, shared this one with me. Kevin was having trouble with pine straw building up on his roof, especially in the valleys of the roof. He didn't want to risk getting on a tall ladder to remove the pine straw so he came up with a pretty unique idea. He took an old fishing ...

October 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: In shade, moss is a winner over grass

Homeowners across North Georgia know that in order to maintain an attractive fescue lawn, over-seeding is required. Certainly, fescue lawns have taken a beating due to the drought of 2008. However, I am often asking how to rid a lawn of moss in order to plant grass.

Moss is simply a plant looking for a good home, and if the right conditions are provided, it can quickly take up residence and do quite well.

October 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Better to pick mutt than purebred

"What is your favorite breed?"

September 14, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Brokering an exchange with Satan or Christ

Chloe and Cole keep raiding the coin jar - my coin jar.

September 14, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Stone Mountain a pluton, not an old, extinct volcano

Just 15 miles northeast of Atlanta, a round granite formation stands 800 feet tall. Stone Mountain generates a lot of questions, but also misconceptions.

September 13, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


1, 2, 3s of overseeding lawn for year-round green

For most of us, the fall is the time of year for college football (GO DAWGS!), cool, crisp air in the mountains and raking leaves that seem to get everywhere. It is also a time of year when many people consider overseeding their warm season lawns to produce a green carpet of grass all year long.

September 12, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Finger-licking foods accompany football season

Is everyone as giddy as I am about the start of football season?

September 10, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask A Vet: Here comes baby; beware pets

Daddy's Little Princess. Bouncing Baby Boy. Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.

September 07, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Coffee trends continuing to shatter market stereotypes

Pop quiz: Most popular beverage in Germany? If you guessed "beer", you got it wrong. Germans drink more coffee than beer.

September 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Japanese maples are an excellent addition to any garden

Ornamental Japanese maples are some of the most beautiful trees on the planet. As the name suggest, these maple trees are native to Japan and were brought into the U.S. in the 1800s. Now is a great time to choose a few varieties to plant in the fall.

September 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: White County wine country is really jumping!

On a late July road trip sponsored by the White County Chamber of Commerce and hosted by genial Chamber President Cindy Bailey, a group of rowdy food, wine and travel scribes climbed the hills and wandered the valleys of a truly lovely part of North Georgia.

September 03, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Eyes on the Road: New signal planned for northwest Hall County

A new traffic signal designed to improve safety and increase traffic flow, especially for left-turn movements, could become operational today for two of three legs at the intersection of Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway and Sardis Road in northwest Hall County.

September 03, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Columnists


For Your Health: Missing the signs of sepsis

You know, you always hear people saying "life is funny sometimes." Things happen to us that are so ironic they are hard to comprehend sometimes.

September 01, 2014 | Susan Irick Columnist | Columnists


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