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Rich: Cooter’s story can inspire dreams

Brandon, the smart young man who has worked for me for years, isn't impressed by much at all. He's remarkably level-headed so fame or celebrity bounces off him like one of Penelope Ann's biscuits bounces off the floor.

February 10, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: To be first, line up last

Chloe is going through this stage where she wants to be first. When I take her and Cole to school, she wants to go inside before he does. When we're about to eat supper, she wants her plate before anyone else gets theirs. When she and Cole are taking medicine, she insists I give Cole his after she gets hers.

February 08, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Simple ideas lessen the hard work

If you've never heard of the Bigslider, let me tell you about it. This cool product helps you move large objects and can replace your wheelbarrow. It's basically a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of high-density Polyethylene and has a handle on one end. You can put a heavy load on the Bigslider like a large TV, a water heater or a big flower pot. Then you can easily slide the heavy load. The Bigslider can slide over carpet, concrete, asphalt and grass. The thing I really like about this product is that instead of picking up a heavy ...

February 08, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: A little work can be fruitful

If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.

February 06, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Lambrusco wine comes in quality varieties

I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.

February 04, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Sharing the gift of life’s wisdom

Readers have often reassured me that among their favorite columns are the ones in which I share the wisdom passed down to me by my parents. But just this morning I got to thinking: I have some wisdom, too, that I can share.

February 03, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Wordlock a nice idea with limited use

OK, I'm really torn about sharing this next gadget with you. It's called the Wordlock and it's basically a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers.

February 01, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep kids in mind when dating again

After a separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one, it takes time to cope with feelings and move on to another relationship.

February 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Steps to keep plants warm, healthy in winter

Wintertime can be tough on your plants, inside and out. What can one do to prevent injury to more fragile plants during the winter months?

January 29, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Now is the time to take on plant pruning

Now is a prime time to prune plants, but only if you have a reason.

January 29, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: What’s your portion distortion?

You've probably noticed that food portions in restaurants have grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. This can lead to weight gain.

January 28, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Buying the cow gets you milk for free

To Rodney, my ever dutiful brother-in-law, I suggested that we get a community cow. What with dairy prices going so high and all.

January 27, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: With love, God will take what we are willing to give

I sometimes wonder if I love God enough.

January 25, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Nifty gadget keeps your earbuds in line

If you have an iPod, you know the hassle of storing your earbuds. Well, the Web site X-tremegeek.com has a product that solves this problem once and for all. It's called the iRoll Earphone Cord Manager. It's hard to describe how it works, but let me assure you it does. It's made out of a rubbery material and comes in blue and pink. The pictures help explain it better. (The first picture shows the device open and the second picture shows it closed). It's less than $10.

January 25, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Ferns can survive winter with care

Nothing is more inviting than a big front porch flanked on each side with beautiful ferns.

January 23, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Ask a Vet: Castration not a hands-on lesson for students

If you have a toothache, you're using them. If you stub your toe, you're using them.

February 01, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: 10 necessary tools to keep in kitchen

You might not know this, but in addition to being a foodie, I am also a wedding planner.

January 28, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Christians are symbols of God’s accomplishments

When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.

January 25, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Plan ahead for your pets after your depart from this world

Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Carburetors fading as fuel injection offers cleaner air

The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.

January 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Timing is essential when pruning trees and flowers

Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.

January 23, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Small steps to stay on track for losing weight, becoming healthy

It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.

January 21, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: Studies prove vaccines effective for cervical cancer, HPV

What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.

January 19, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Knowing the true meaning of failure

Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.

January 18, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Europe’s winter weather patterns stormier than ours

The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.

January 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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