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Thompson: Gloves can save you from infection

Important safety tip: If you're going to be working with raw meat, make sure that any cut on your hand is covered. Also, make sure that you wear rubber gloves. This applies even if you just have a paper cut. If you're not careful, the bacteria from the meat can get into your cut and can cause a really nasty infection. I was going to include some pictures of people with these infections. However, my wife saw them and said they were too gross!

May 21, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Sprays aren’t only option to kill pests

Warm weather is a welcome sight for gardeners. But the problems it brings with insects and disease are not. Fortunately, there are several things we can do to help prevent and control them.

May 20, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Catchfly plants may trap insects, but they don’t use them

Question: I recently saw a reference to a plant with the common name "catchfly." Is this the same as a Venus flytrap?

May 20, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Murray: Introduce new tastes with a wine party

Looking for a way to entertain friends and give them good information at the same time?

May 18, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Mama’s gift gets her the last word

For a couple of years, I had been trying to get Mama to write my column one week.

May 17, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: These simple steps can bring back bliss

Marital satisfaction tends to decrease during the early years of marriage, and for some it reaches a low point during the middle years. This change in satisfaction is most often related to increased stresses, such as increasing work demands, parenting adolescents, caring for aging parents and planning for retirement.

May 15, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: What? Ear plugs? Yes,they work — and let you hear, too

The next time you go to a live concert, don't forget to bring the ear plugs. I'm serious. Over the years I've attended a number of concerts ranging from hard rock to country to contemporary Christian. The one thing they all had in common is that the music was so loud I wouldn't get my hearing back until noon the next day. A friend recommended the ear plugs tip to me and it works great. Believe it or not, you can still hear the music really well even with the foam pieces in your ear canals ...

May 15, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Rain gardens provide many benefits, including water conservation

Rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular in the home landscape.

May 12, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep preschoolers in mind when working in the kitchen

As a toddler I cherished the time spent in the kitchen with my grandmother. Her time and patience encouraged and developed my love of cooking and trying new recipes.

May 11, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Joining with good friends to come home

To be quite frank, I don't remember from where the idea arose. It could have been at the suggestion of one of two friends or - and this is quite possible - it was my own bright idea.

May 10, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: God continues to pursue his children

"I'm going to get you!" I threaten as I start to slowly lumber toward her, wiggling my fingers in the air.

May 08, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Find a new home for this column at the Humane Society

Here's a great recycling tip from Betty Duff. Instead of throwing your newspapers away, save them and give them to the Humane Society. They can always use them for the animals. Just make sure that you don't include the glossy inserts or the comics. (I was told by the Humane Society that the cats and dogs really like my column). The Society's address is 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville. They're open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Also, consider donating cat food during the ...

May 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Like your veggies? Grow your own

If you're a gardening novice and a vegetable lover, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

May 06, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: Beauty lies in the heart of beholder

Sophie Rose was not, in the assessment of other women, what you would call "pretty."

May 03, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t toss worn out long-sleeved shirts; recycle them instead

Men, here's something you may not have thought of. Instead of throwing out long-sleeved shirts that have frayed cuffs or soiled elbows, turn them into short-sleeve shirts. Most tailors can do the work and it's fairly inexpensive. (Contributed by Mark Mele).

May 01, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Create a colorful container garden on a patio or deck

Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.

April 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Transforming from city girl to wine grower’s wife

Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.

April 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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