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September means fescue reseeding time is near

Fescue lawns across North Georgia have suffered tremendously this year due to the extreme heat. If you're fescue lawn is like mine, it's probably looking rather "tired" right now. Even with ample irrigation, tall fescue lawns often thin out and need reseeding.

September 10, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Do you really know how much you’re eating?

We make more than 200 food-related decisions daily, and aren't aware of 90 percent of them, according to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. Wansink's award-winning academic research on food psychology and behavior change has been published in the world's top marketing, medical and nutrition journals.

September 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lost keys and found meanings

At Mama's house, which is now my office, I found a teacup filled with keys. Most of them tarnished but all of them a mystery as to what they could unlock.

September 07, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Standing between the snake’s bite and God’s children

One day while I was at the office, I received a telephone call. The caller said, "I'm standing out in front of the office. I need you to come out here, but don't come out the front door." Not fully understanding what was going on, I walked up to the front door and looked out. There, lying stretched out across the front door was a Black Snake.

September 05, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Internet can be abused by cyberbullies

Many parents may remember being a victim of physical and emotional suffering at the hands of a childhood bully. Others may regret being a bully when they were young.

September 05, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Plan your spring garden now with bulbs in fall

A beautiful spring flower garden starts this fall if you'd like bulbs to be a part of it. Nothing could be more simple or rewarding than growing colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other great varieties.

September 03, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Around the home: Take recalls seriously

A food recall is a voluntary action taken by a company to remove its product from market shelves if the product has a problem. There are three types of product recalls:

August 31, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


If we’ll only listen, there are stories to be found

A favorite book in my family, one we often buy for new college graduates, is Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go."

August 31, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Garden Spells’ offers sweet whimsy, magic

This is a book that I have been wishing to read for a while. Sarah Addison Allen, author of popular books including "The Sugar Queen" and, most recently, "The Girl Who Chased the Moon," writes stories focusing on Southern women and their emotional struggles, mixing in whimsical, fairy-tale imagery. In particular, Allen weaves in themes involving the mystical or healing properties of food, tying what the characters eat directly to their emotions and dreams. Since I recently started in on my own gardening experiment to raise healing plants (sadly, even my chamomile, which is supposed to be fairly indestructible, succumbed ...

August 29, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Garden masters seek new green thumbs

For the past 30 years, more than 5,500 people across the state have worked for the University of Georgia and never received a paycheck. As graduates of the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Master Gardener Program, they volunteer their time to assist local county extension agents across Georgia.

August 27, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Victory Gardens an old idea that's new again

If you enjoy a little bit of history as I do, "Victory Gardens" were primarily associated with the World War II movement prompted by the uncertainties of war.

August 27, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the home: Best cooking method to preserve the nutrients in fruits and veggies

How foods are cooked can have a big impact on their nutrient content. That's because many vitamins are sensitive to heat and air exposure (vitamin C, the B vitamins, and folate in particular). Loss of nutrients increases as cooking time increases and with higher temperatures.

August 24, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Taking the train proves as romantic as Dolly sings about

When the yearning for a weekend trip to New Orleans appeared, much like the late night craving for a bag of potato chips, it took no persuasion to convince Poet to meet me there.

August 23, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


He protects us from bad guys, sharks and a dangerous world

Cole came to my side of the bed in the middle of the night. He tried to crawl into bed with me and Amy, but I stopped him.

August 22, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Armyworms marching through lawns and pastures

Over the last few weeks, the extension office has received numerous calls from anxious homeowners and frustrated farmers regarding the dreaded fall armyworm.

August 20, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Microchip leads to happy ending

Lemmy's owners call me just before noon. They relay a story that's unlikely at best, but the take-home message is Lemmy's depressive ...

August 14, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Bees’ sting is worth sweet reward

When bees are mentioned, painful bee stings may come to mind. But the culprits in most cases are wasps, especially the ground-dwelling yellow jackets.

August 13, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Lemmy saves his family from a house fire

I want to repay my student loans. Therefore, I charge people for my veterinarian services.

July 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Embarking on my first trip to Athens

I'm an Iowan, born, bred and super corn-fed.

July 31, 2016 | | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


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