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England: Cinnamon-colored peeling bark gives this tree interest in any season

Question: Can you recommend a small to medium size tree that has good fall color and a trunk and branches that look good in the winter landscape?

April 09, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Myers: Feeling guilty? It’s better to come out with it

Chloe stood in the doorway of her room, smiling at me. Yet the smile was unlike her usual smile. It didn't hold the brightness. It didn't display the openness. There was no enjoyment in it. Instead, it seemed guarded. Forced. Something plastered on her face to distract me from something else she didn't want me to see.

April 09, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Check house now for repairs

My friend Tracy Tesmer has a great piece of advice. He recommends that homeowners do an outside inspection of their home every several months. Why? Because it's cheaper to fix things when they're smaller than when they get bigger. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. Another friend of mine was sitting at home one evening when his lights blinked and then all of a sudden a number of his electrical appliances stopped working. He called an electrician to figure out what happened. It turned out that because of the drought, his underground power cables ...

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: A little planning can go a long way in the kitchen

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience. Americans spend 47 percent of their food budget away from home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Drought stress can weaken azaleas

For many people, spring doesn't truly begin until the azaleas are blooming. It is hard to imagine spring without the vivid blooms of this beautiful flowering shrub.

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: This handy step gives dogs a lift

If you have a large dog, then you know the hassle of getting them into the back of a truck or an SUV. If you don't hurt your back lifting them, they'll hurt their hips jumping up and down from the vehicle. Well, now there's a neat solution and it's called the "Otto Step." It's a super strong piece of plastic that can fit into your trailer hitch receiver. After your dog has used it as a step, simply remove it. You can get more information on it at www.ottostep.com.

April 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Family time can be spent gardening

Today's busy lifestyles often leave families little time to spend together. But now that the holidays are almost over, why not make a New Year's resolution to spend more time with family?

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Wendy’s double burger doesn’t stack up

If it costs a buck, we'll eat it. That's the official motto inscribed above the door here at Lunch Guys headquarters.

April 08, 2008 | Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Traveling with pup is practice for mamas

Dixie Dew and I went away for the weekend to visit our friends Stevie and Darrell in Nashville, Tenn. It was actually Dew's invitation, but I was allowed to tag along.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Making the jump to a younger man

If a woman is truly fortunate, she will know two distinct dating periods in her life.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Remember these rules when cooking for a crowd

Community festivals are very popular during the fall season and food is an important part of these events. Volunteers are a vital part of these functions and contribute many hours of work to make them successful.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Guys split on KFC’s package of dips

Messy dipping sauce ranks alongside climate change as global problems that scientists are looking to fix.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Vigilant care can get amaryllis blooming again next Christmas

Question: I received a beautiful amaryllis for Christmas. How can I take care of it so it will bloom again next year?Answer: Native to the tropics and subtropics, amaryllis (Hippeastrum species) have been widely hybridized.

April 08, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Use some caution when zapping your food

Microwave ovens can be a very useful appliance for the family on the run. But because microwaves can cook unevenly and leave cold spots where bacteria can survive, precautions must be taken.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Cracker Barrel can sure do turkey

During the holiday season when we Lunch Guys are going over the river and through the woods, we inevitably pass a Cracker Barrel.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


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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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