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Thompson: Shoe holders get new life for kids’ clothes

Rachael Reksten has four young kids younger than 6. I admire, respect and pity her all at the same time. She told me that the hardest thing she used to have to deal with was getting her kids dressed in the morning.

August 06, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Rich: Good night moon, good night pacifier

When my niece, Nicole, decided it was time to separate Zoe, who was nearing the age of 2, from her pacifier, she consulted the lunar calendar.

August 05, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t dump all your money on pricey bags

I usually enjoy debunking questionable tips. However, this time I'm somewhat hesitant. Odds are that I'm going to tick off at least a few of you out there. What tip am I talking about? The Debbie Meyers Green Bags. For those of you not familiar with them, they're the green plastic bags that you store fruits and vegetables in and they supposedly stay fresher longer. You've probably seen the bags advertised on late-night TV. The bags are supposed to be specially made so that they absorb ethylene gas, which contributes to spoilage. I tested the bags ...

August 03, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Yellow jackets no laughing matter

The last few weeks at the Extension office have been filled with talk of yellow jackets - and not those who frequent Bobby Dodd Stadium in the fall. As a loyal member of the Bulldog Nation, I occasionally have a little fun with folks who ask me how to control yellow jackets. When asked, I'm always tempted to reference coach Mark Richt and the beloved Georgia Bulldogs. However, yellow jackets are no laughing matter.

July 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Pick a peck of peaches to preserve

Gardens overflowing with shiny, red tomatoes and bright green peppers ... orchards filled with sweet, juicy peaches ... farmers' markets piled high with fresh produce ... they are all so easy to preserve.

July 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Wandering minds get hot pink luggage

Too often I used to stop by Mama's and find her with that look in her eye. I'd know it the moment I walked in, so I silently curse myself for picking that time to drop by.

July 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: It's test time

POP QUIZ!

July 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Color, beauty of heaven should make it a blast

On the Fourth of July, we took Chloe and Cole to a fireworks show.

July 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Wilburn: Before you walk down the aisle, PREPARE

Recently I heard some statistics concerning the divorce rates in Georgia and Hall County that were frightening.

July 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


England: Clematis vine needs a little maintenance throughout year

Editor's note: This is Russ England's final column for The Times. After five years of gardening advice, he's decided to spend a little more time planting instead. Extension agent Wanda Cannon's gardening Q&A column will begin Aug. 1

July 22, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Plant now for second crop

It's midsummer in Georgia, but it could be spring all over again for vegetables. We generally plant summer vegetable crops in April and wind them up about this time of year, but we can grow two summer crops in Georgia.

July 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Extension program stirs up food, fun and education

Good, basic nutrition doesn't have to be a mystery.

July 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Forever linked by a tragic accident

Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as then, I found myself fascinated by how it summed up the man who died and what that summation says about our society.

July 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Shelf liner close to duct tape in its uses

I was in a grocery store the other day and noticed that they were selling "Jar Opening Rubber Grippers." The grippers were actually just round pieces of rubberized shelf liner. So, save yourself some money, buy the shelf liner and make as many grippers as you want. By the way, you can also cut out small pieces of the liner and sew them to the bottom of your slippers for better traction. There are almost as many uses for rubberized shelf liner as there are for duct tape!

July 17, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Lunch guys: KFC’s smoky chipotle gets chilly reception

Editor's note: After writing more than 200 columns over the past five years, the Lunch Guys are calling its quits. This is their final column.

July 16, 2008 | | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Resist urge to buy animal for Easter

I do not like Peeps.

April 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check house foundation to prevent dangerous slides

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., raises the question whether something like this could happen here. It's not likely, because we don't have the deep soil that led to the Western disaster.

April 19, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants selected

The 2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plant for residential landscape use in Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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