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Myers: Let go and let God carry that heavy burden for you

We started our little adventure through the neighborhood with Chloe sitting in the wagon and me pulling it. Things quickly went downhill from there.

August 09, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Exotic ants cause big problems

Over the last several weeks, the Extension office has received numerous calls about tiny ants entering homes, primarily in the kitchen and bathroom.

August 07, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Mondavi brother continues history-making tradition

Got a note recently about a wine pioneer named Mondavi who's going to be honored in California later this year.

August 05, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Wilburn: Make separation easier

Has your child ever sobbed when you leave him or her at child care?

August 02, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: Remember the way to add counter space?

OK folks, it's time for a quiz. Let's see how well you've been paying attention. If you don't get at least three of the six, you need to send me your duct tape ... I'm serious.

August 02, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: If you have the space, plant a magnolia

What is one of the most handsome and durable native trees in our Southern landscapes?

July 31, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep your food safe when on the road

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!

July 29, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Share love with a pen and paper

Just this morning, I turned the page of a book and was immediately and delightedly reminded of the power of words on paper.

July 28, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: A brutal killing becomes an act of grace

A couple of years ago, I read a story in this very newspaper about a man named Glen Mitchell. He lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and had a 13-year-old son named Jeff. One day Jeff was shot and killed by four boys while he was waiting for Glen to pick him up from school. One of the boys, Ellis Curry, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and spent 12 years in prison.

July 26, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Some prep keeps burgers from over-plumping

Here's a hamburger grilling tip that I bet you've never heard. Have you ever noticed that when grilling a hamburger it tends to plump in the middle? To avoid this, make an indentation in the center of the patty before you put it on the grill. The indentation should be around two inches in diameter and about half of the thickness of the burger.

July 26, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Watch out! Ambrosia beetles will do damage

Over the last several weeks, I've received numerous calls concerning a particularly damaging pest of landscape trees.

July 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Preserve tomatoes at their summer peak

There are lots of ways to continue enjoying those fresh tomatoes all year.

July 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: In the world of Southern cooks, enough isn’t enough

Early on that Saturday morning, the phone had rung as I puzzled over the recently acquired digital camcorder, wondering why on earth I had purchased such a sophisticated one.

July 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Cook: A silly tale for fans of Middle Earth

You can pretty much guess from the title alone: "Muddle Earth," a trilogy of short novels following the adventures of a young boy magically transported to a whimsical world of elves and magical creatures, is largely a parody of the "Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

July 19, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Thompson: Make sure fruit won’t ripen all at once

When buying fruit at the store, buy some pieces that are already ripe and some that are not quite ripe. By doing this you minimize having to eat over-ripe fruits and reduce chances of the fruit going bad before you can eat it. By the way, people don't realize that you can break up a bunch of bananas when you're in the store.

July 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Showing hospitality with true Southern food

Last week, Darrell and I had the pleasure of hosting two young ladies from Up with People in our home. What a wonderful time we ...

August 26, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Beware of pet meds advertised on TV

Did you know, if you take out all your veins and arteries and laid them end to end that you would die?

August 23, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Take time to renovate your landscape right now

Late summer is an excellent time to devise a plan for renovating your landscape. By planning now, you can take advantage of the best planting ...

August 21, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Play with kids after school to encourage exercise habits

Sometimes on school days, there is a bit of a lull between arriving home and study time.

August 19, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Strap your canine into the car with seat belt or carrier

You can disregard this week's column if you're an action hero, or have single-handedly dispatched an entire group of terrorists or mercenaries, never ...

August 16, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Plutons embedded by erosion

"Strange formation!" I heard a tourist say, standing at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

August 16, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Peter O’Toole brings life to ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’

It's August and parents everywhere are rushing to buy new clothes and supplies for their children, who are pouting about the summer being over.

August 13, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: South African wins earning worldwide respect

South Africa is a nation of great contradictions, a turbulent history and a remarkable ability to forgive and move forward.

August 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Your personal dress code style for school

As students are in the middle of back to school shopping, the younger generation must keep in mind they don't have to sacrifice style ...

August 03, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


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