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Thompson: Cup hooks help with more than coffee mugs

Do you have debris stuck between the cracks of your wood deck? If so, here's the simplest solution I know on how to remove this stuff. Simply screw a large cup hook onto the end of a broom stick. Run the cup hook through the crack to remove the debris. You can also use the hook to hang up your broom when you're finished with it.

June 21, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Cannon: Summer snowflake produces white flowers

What is that beautiful shrub with flat, snow white flowers?

June 19, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Wilburn: Rid your pantry of pesky insects

Pantry pests like packaged food.

June 17, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: The beauty of a town lies in its queen

Hidden somewhere in the newspaper one day - a tiny news blurb used to fill a hole - was the story of a teenage Louisiana beauty queen whose crown had been repossessed by pageant officials after her brush with the law.

June 16, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Thompson: This trick will help out in tight spaces

If you ever need to paint in a tight area like behind a toilet or a radiator, this is the tip for you. Just glue a painting pad to a flat stir stick. Presto - instant thin painting brush!

June 14, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Myers: Each day dawns new ways to follow God

It was, without a doubt, the scariest moment of my life. One recent Saturday afternoon, Chloe and Cole asked for an apple after lunch. I went into the kitchen and cut an apple into eight pieces, then gave four of them to Chloe and four of them to Cole.

June 14, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Skaggs: Watch out for skeeters with stripes

With summer just around the corner, nuisance populations of Asian tiger mosquitoes are soon to follow. One of Georgia's most common mosquito pests, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), thrives as temperatures rise.

June 12, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Rich: It’s too easy to feed an addiction

When she first brought it up, mentioning it in passing more than anything else, I thought she was joshing so I shrugged it off with a smile. Fortunately, I did not make any wisecrack that I would now regret.

June 09, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Wilburn: Couples should make and discuss end-of-life plans

Talking about death and other end-of-life topics can be difficult, but it is extremely important.

June 07, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Thompson: Scan your shoes last at airport

I travel quite a bit and I go through my fair share of airport security screenings. Here's a good tip to remember if you're traveling this summer. Put your most valuable items, like a laptop computer, on the security conveyor belt first. Always put your shoes on the conveyor belt last. It's common for people to miss the last thing they put on the belt and walk away without it. I can assure you that you won't forget your shoes!

June 07, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Big mower, hands help kill kudzu

They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.

June 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Skaggs: Dahlias perk up any garden

There are literally thousands of cultivated varieties of dahlias, which have been hybridized throughout the years.

June 05, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Cannon: Plant these to deter deer

It's nice to incorporate ornamental plants into casually designed perennial beds, shrub borders and natural areas of the yard, but what types of ornamental plants can one use to keep the deer from nibbling as if the yard were a buffet table?

June 05, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Murray: Family farm grows love of fine wine

This is the first in a series of profiles of Georgia wineries. Subsequent profiles will appear when the writer feels sufficiently motivated to do them ... or when his editor yells at him.

June 03, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Thompson: Here’s one way to hook a pickup truck

Pickup trucks are great to have. Besides making you sexier, they're great for hauling stuff. One problem though is when your items slide toward the cab in the truck bed and you have to climb in the truck to retrieve them. The solution: make a "truck stick." As the name implies it's a long stick with a hook on the end. Just leave it in the bed of your truck and use it whenever your items slide away from you.

May 31, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

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Earth Sense: Historic rains have battered Southeastern US for 2 weeks

The past two weeks brought some truly unprecedented rain events to the Southeast.

October 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Ask a Vet: Silver kills werewolves, harms pets

Halloween is coming. And in the spirit of the season, consider some advice related to monster themes.

October 11, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Fall is in the air

I recently returned from a cross country road trip, having the bounty to observe the changing landscapes and being reminded of fall's extraordinary beauty ...

October 09, 2015 | By Robin Friedman | Columnists

Ask A Vet: Vaccines help build immunity to virus

Albert Einstein is one of my inspirations, and not just because my hair looks a lot like his when I first get up in the ...

October 04, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Eyes of the Father: God will not leave or reject his children

We laid down for naps one Saturday afternoon.

October 04, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

For your health: Elderly, family can lower risk of falls

Every year in the United States, 1 out of 3 adults ages 65 and older experience a fall.

October 04, 2015 | | Columnists

Earth Sense: Use space heaters with caution

From now on, it often gets chilly enough to require some heat in the house.

October 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Improving the community through a partnership and education

What do local farming, youth development, nutrition education and Master Gardeners have in common? The answer is: Hall County Cooperative Extension.

October 02, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Around the Home: Students snack on nutritious foods in the classroom

In October, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program will celebrate another year in Hall County.

September 30, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Around the Home: Playtime at Boys & Girls Clubs in Hall County

If you're tired of sitting around with nothing to do, there's a way to get active and get some exercise.

September 16, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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