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Gardening with Wanda: Frequently asked questions of the Extension Office

My trees naturally cool my landscape. But what can I plant under them in those dense shady spots?

April 22, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep an eye out for these tomato pests

This year more than ever before, area residents could not wait to get their gardens planted. And for even the novice gardeners, everyone wants to try their hand at growing tomatoes.

April 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Green cleaning helps your house and your wallet

If you go green when cleaning your kitchen, you simplify the process and reduce volatile organic compounds by using fewer cleaning products.

April 20, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: These 4 staples will enhance your garden

Now that mid-April is here, it's time to get to work in the vegetable garden. If you're planting veggies for the first time, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

April 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: The best days in life are free

My friend, Michelle, e-mailed me one day after we had run into each other at a trunk showing of new clothes, where we shared enthusiasm over the fashions and decided what we should buy - or shouldn't.

April 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Be aware of the power of greed; be content

I have a secret to share: I'm just a big kid at heart. I know it's hard to believe but there it is, the truth laid bare.

April 11, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Superhero tale shows not all are invincible

What is it about superheroes that fascinates us?

April 11, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: What can I do to prepare the garden?

A common question asked of the Hall County Extension office, brought to you by Wanda Cannon

April 08, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Nothing boring about these bees

The carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) normally attracts quite a bit of attention during the spring in Georgia. It resembles the bumble bee, but it's larger and attacks wood around homes, making it a household and structural pest.

April 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Unique mix of grapes adds to winemaker's allure

David Harris knows his way around a vineyard. He should; for many years the fruit from his Blackstock Vineyards was highly prized by winemakers throughout northeast Georgia, who bought Blackstock grapes to make wines that would bear their labels.

April 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Love for each other, the Lord came from a little church

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

April 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Weigh options before moving your parent in

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 04, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Do your research before taking in an elderly parent

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Before you start in the garden, hit the expo

After the bitter cold temperatures, ice and snow of this past winter, I fully expect spring fever to be rampant this year. Spring is an exciting time of year for those of us who consider ourselves gardeners. We cannot wait to get outside to dig, prune, plant and mow.

April 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mediterranean-style diets may help ward off disease

Mediterranean people eat healthy. Following their culinary tastes may reduce anyone's risk for diseases, says Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

March 30, 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


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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