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Wilburn: Stepfamily happiness takes time and hard work

Parenting can be a challenge in any family, but living in a stepfamily can add more issues to the parenting role.

March 01, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Cannon: Get your garden ready for spring

As spring approaches, what do I need to do to have my yard and garden beds ready to go?

February 27, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Choose winning plants for your yard

Thinking of adding some new plants to your landscape? Check out the Georgia Gold Medal Plants.

February 26, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Food-related illness has dramatic effects

Food may cause illness if it has been contaminated with parasites, viruses or bacteria, and all food can be carriers of these microorganisms.

February 25, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A gentle woman and her gentle tales

In the sleepy Southern town of Selma, Ala., there is no denying that history has visited in times past and made its memorable mark. To enter into the town from the interstate, it is necessary to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge, made famous by the march of civil rights protesters.

February 24, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: God will never comparison shop

Shortly after Cole was born, I was holding him and watching Chloe play. I turned to Amy and said, "I know this is awful to say, but I wish he'd hurry up and grow up a little, so we can do more things with him like we do with Chloe."

February 22, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Automated hammer is no replacement for brute force

I have to tell you that I was extremely disappointed when I tested this new product: The Craftsman Hammerhead Auto Hammer. As its name implies, it's an automated hammer. It's really a mini jackhammer that hits a nail 35 times per second. It is battery operated and has the form factor of a hammer. Why wasn't I impressed with it? When I tried it out with a variety of nails, I found that it would bend the smaller nails and wouldn't be able to drive the larger ones. The cost is $99 and you can find ...

February 21, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Hug — or plant — a tree this Arbor Day

Today, plant a tree.

February 20, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Don’t call it a purse, and don’t mismatch it

Dixie Dew didn't notice, but I did. She was too busy sniffing grass and prancing her bigger-than-it-should-be tail while I was casually observing life during an afternoon walk.

February 17, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use a list at the grocery store to save time, money

Is your food budget getting tighter? One quote that I use over and over in budgeting programs is, "if you are not trying to save money you are wasting money."

February 17, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: New tape won’t leave you stuck

Painter's masking tape sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. When it doesn't, it really ticks me off. Well, now there's a new advancement in painters tape. It's called Frog Tape. What makes this tape so special? It contains a super-absorbent polymer that swells when paint touches it. This swelling actually helps block the paint from seeping beneath the tape. Pretty cool. It's now available at most home improvement stores.

February 15, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


What can you tell us about the lenten rose?

Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.

February 13, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Weather, gender, bees affect holly’s berries

At the extension office, we receive many questions pertaining to the growth and care of holly shrubs.

February 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Milk makes body better in any flavor

Should I let my child drink chocolate milk? Is this really part of a healthy diet? Many parents ask these questions.

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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


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How to prevent moss and algae from popping up in turf

As soil becomes less fertile and more compacted over time, healthy turf thins out and its growth declines.

May 29, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Doscovering the best barbecue

School is out and that means it is officially vacation season!

May 27, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Hot cars dangerous to your pets

Don't eat yellow snow. Don't put your hand on a red-hot stove. Don't get involved in a land war in Asia.

May 24, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect your kids from lightning

Late spring, one of the most enjoyable seasons in North Georgia, is a time for playing outside, having a picnic or simply wandering through the landscape.

May 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Around the Home: Add fresh fruits, vegetables to meals and snacks

If you're like me, you're wondering: How did May get here so fast?

May 20, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Urine can ID problems with your pet

Urine trouble - I see it almost every day.

May 17, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God sets forth standards to follow in the Bible

Chloe turned on a television show. Although it was on a children's network, we knew it didn't necessarily mean anything.

May 17, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: 21st century actions threaten environment

Some of the environmental problems we're seeing in the 21st century started in the previous one. But they are gaining in urgency.

May 17, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Tips for growing tomatoes, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or not

Homegrown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners during the summertime.

May 15, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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