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Skaggs: Don't let bunny's cute, floppy ears fool you

At the Extension office, we receive many calls from agitated gardeners on how to control pests in the landscape.

July 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Wine club members in Georgia mainly out of luck

Time to clean out the old mail bag. I welcome questions from readers; drop me a note c/o The Times, or e-mail me (the address is at the end of this column). I do respond to each one when I receive it, but hoard them for a column just like this one.

Question: I know Georgia changed its laws regarding buying wine from out of state, but I've been told by an online wine club I belong to that they still are not able to sell wine directly to Georgia residents. What's the story here?

July 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


You’re only as good as your word

There is a saying among the people of the rural South used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

July 06, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: 'Lemon Cake' blends realism, imagination

An unusual "superpower" is as the center of Aimee Bender's "Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," in which 9-year-old Rose discovers she can "taste" the true emotions of people through the food that they cook.

July 03, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Wilburn: Monitor your child's cell phone use

Less than 20 years ago, cell phones were considered luxury items used only in emergencies. Today, 4.1 billion people worldwide own cell phones.

July 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: What are the principles of square-foot gardening?

I am planning to build another raised bed vegetable garden and have decided to try a new gardening concept called "square foot gardening." What are the principals of square foot gardening?

July 01, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Summer's heat can beat up your ornamentals

Is it just me, or does this summer seem hotter than usual? Maybe I just cannot take the heat as well as I used to. With temperatures bumping the 100 degree mark in recent weeks, it's been tough on those of us who like working in our landscapes and gardens.

July 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Study up on frozen dinners

Stroll down any supermarket frozen food aisle and the evidence is clear: Frozen meals are big sellers, claiming more shelf space than virtually any other type of frozen food.

June 29, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


It's much nicer to say 'hush' instead of 'shut up'

A while back, a transplanted Yankee sat down beside me at a luncheon and proceeded to explain what had compelled her to uproot herself from generations of Northern influence and move South.

June 28, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Add some color to summer with flowering shrubbery

After a burst of spring flowers, summer can be a little drab. Summer-flowering shrubs, though, can keep a lot of color in the landscape and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. With just a little planning and planting, they'll help keep the garden attractive all summer.

June 24, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Thank-you notes teach valuable lesson in civility

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them.

June 21, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


‘The Magicians’ lacks any magic

Since my favorite books mostly fall into the fantasy adventure category, I tend to scrutinize novels of this genre a little more acutely than others.

June 20, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Beware the attack of brown lawn spots

As a lover of grass (turfgrass that is), I have thoroughly enjoyed my fescue lawn this spring and early summer. The ample winter and spring rains had my fescue lawn and many others looking as good as ever. Other than battling some clover, its been a great year for fescue.

June 17, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

Unstable weather conditions in early spring have caused some different gardening problems. What are the some of the more common diseases and pest problems we see this time of year on our plants?

June 17, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep food safety in mind when hitting the road

Pack the vehicle - it's time for a summer vacation.

June 15, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Matthew Sisk: Dog's weight loss and depleting muscle causes concern

My brain works in funny ways. Yours is probably similar.

September 25, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: The bargain hunter in me is hereditary

I got it from Mama and I passed it on to my daughter. It also rubbed off on my wife, who is not above negotiating ...

September 25, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Barona: Encourage younger generation to embrace good principles

Recently, I engaged in conversation with some youth of my church at St. Michael.

September 25, 2016 | Jaime Barona jbarona@saintmichael.cc | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Now is time for calibrating your lawn spreader

This is the time of year many homeowners are probably thinking about fertilizing or renovating their lawns.

September 23, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Stringer: Empty Bowl Lunch supports Georgia Mountain Food Bank

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is set for Tuesday.

September 21, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Tom Smiley: Encouragement key in sports, life

I love sports. I love athletics. And as long as I can remember, I've been involved in some facet of sporting competition.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Bacterial infection clears but hearing problem arises

Lemmy returns for his recheck following a bout with Leptospirosis.

September 18, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Bekah Porter: Taste beer, brats in Bavarian-style town during Oktoberfest

I am convinced God created autumn with me in mind, and my husband is convinced God made bratwurst with him in mind.

September 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Randall Murray: Book details wineries in Georgia

Warren Johnson is back, and so is his great little book, "Georgia's Wineries and Vineyards: A Wine Lover's Guide."

September 18, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep mindful of fires, keep extinguisher close

Single homes in Hall County often come with a built-in garage and a "bonus room" on top of it. If you're thinking about making ...

September 17, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five ...

September 15, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Rare subtype of bacteria causes infection in dog

Lemmy has been hospitalized for two days when I learn the reason for his illness. I had suspected, but with confirmatory blood work, I now ...

September 11, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Harris Blackwood: Sept. 11 is day to humbly remember

A few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, Georgia native Alan Jackson wrote a song called, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

September 11, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Sudden illness takes toll on older dog

Seventeen is old for most dogs. And although Lemmy is not like most dogs, 17 is old for him, too.

September 04, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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