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Rich: Laughs can soothe the sting of death

Too often in recent times, death has visited itself upon my family, its intrusion bitterly unwelcome.

May 10, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Much mirth may be found in ‘Mischief’

I have always had a great respect for teachers. The reason I love reading and writing today was because I had good teachers when I was growing up - educators who exposed me to many different kinds of books and taught me the beauty of language and imagination.

May 09, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Leyland Cypress

What is wrong with my Leyland cypress?

May 06, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vegetable questions? We have answers

How should I properly water my vegetable garden?

May 06, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Weigh risks, benefits before sipping red wine

There are many good reasons to drink wine. But there are some reasons to be cautious.

May 04, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: It takes strength to shoo your baby bird

Lately, a couple of girlfriends have been lamenting the upcoming going of their children. Both will see their oldest graduate from high school shortly and edge closer to a life independent of Mama.

May 03, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Try to add more laughter to your life

Laughter has been called "inner jogging" because an old fashioned thigh-slapper does give you an aerobic workout of sorts. It stimulates the cardiovascular system, sends surges of oxygen through your bloodstream, exercises muscles and generates bursts of laughter reaching speeds as high as 70 miles an hour.

May 02, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Harvest some rain and save on your bill

Thankfully, Lake Lanier is in good shape and the drought of 2008 and 2009 appears to be over.

April 29, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Cut your expenses by not wasting food

The most expensive food you buy is the food you throw away; you lose money every time you toss food in the garbage.

April 27, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Cloak of sorrow weighs heavy on her back

There is a woman I know to whom sorrow clings like dew to grass on a Southern summer morning.

April 26, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘Curious Incident’ tells a warm and heartfelt story

It can be difficult for an author to effectively write from the point of view of a character who has handicaps or ailments the author never had. Even if someone spends time with people who are the inspiration for the character's traits, how can one write about something he or she can never truly experience?

April 25, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Frequently asked questions of the Extension Office

My trees naturally cool my landscape. But what can I plant under them in those dense shady spots?

April 22, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep an eye out for these tomato pests

This year more than ever before, area residents could not wait to get their gardens planted. And for even the novice gardeners, everyone wants to try their hand at growing tomatoes.

April 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Green cleaning helps your house and your wallet

If you go green when cleaning your kitchen, you simplify the process and reduce volatile organic compounds by using fewer cleaning products.

April 20, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: These 4 staples will enhance your garden

Now that mid-April is here, it's time to get to work in the vegetable garden. If you're planting veggies for the first time, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

April 15, 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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