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Skaggs: Attack of the brown patches!

Recently, I've received several phone calls that go something like this: "I have dead and dying spots in my fescue lawn. They are straw-colored and seem to be getting larger. What is it? And how can I stop it?"

June 24, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: Get some truly custom shoes with a click

Do you remember the old Chuck Taylor tennis shoes from Converse? Well, they're still popular today. (I've always thought they were kind of ugly, but obviously I'm in the minority). Converse is offering something new that is pretty cool. You can get your Chuck Taylors made to your specifications. Just go to their Web site and use their software to create your own unique pair. You can change the colors of all of the canvas panels, you can change the color of the rubber and you can add pin striping. You can even put your name on ...

June 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Rich: Answer to riddle is bitter but sweet

As life stretches on, it is always a blessing to share a history with those who know you well. It is a bond that cannot be fabricated, for it is created by the times and stories you mutually share over many years.

June 24, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Skaggs: Native plants can withstand drought

Over the last two years, the lack of rain and resulting water restrictions have forced many gardeners to look at alternatives to the more common landscape plants used today. In their search, more and more gardeners are discovering the benefits of native plants.

Interest in native plants is not new, but is growing rapidly. Beginning gardeners are often amazed at the beauty and variety of Georgia's native plants. If you would like to learn more about native, a new pocket guide just developed by the University of Georgia is just for you.

June 24, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Eat healthier with a MyPyramid menu plan

On March 11, the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released the new MyPyramid Menu Planner.

June 22, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Battle of chicken sandwiches rages

McDonald's asked for it the minute the new Southern Style Chicken Sandwich debuted. No, not the "Hey, is McDonald's knocking off Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwich?!" gasps. We're talking about this Lunch Guys' ultimate food fight to decide which chicken sandwich reigns supreme: the Chick-fil-A original or the McDonald's knockoff. So who wins?

June 22, 2008 | | Columnists


Rich: Daddy’s wisdom worth its weight

When it becomes your unfortunate lot to be orphaned in life, you recollect a great deal about your parents, reflecting back on many things including the wisdom they passed along.

June 21, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Blackwood: Elvis' rock 'n' roll cool rubbed off on Hugh Baby

Hugh Jarrett was quintessentially cool.

June 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


Myers: God created us to love forever, not to be perfect

"If God is all-knowing, then he knew we were going to sin. But he created us, anyway. Why would he do that?"

June 18, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Shake your coffee beans to get a more uniform grind

If you love coffee (which is also called "Christian liquor," according to my pastor), then you probably have a coffee grinder. The problem with the new small grinders is they have a tendency to not grind some of the coffee beans that well and at the same time turn some of the beans into powder. If you want a more consistent grind, consider shaking the grinder while it's doing its business.

June 18, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Looking for fragrance? It’s time for a tea olive.

Tea olives (Osmanthus species) are some of the most sweetly fragrant plants in Southern gardens. Their scent makes them ideal for planting near windows and outdoor living areas where the fall blooming flowers can be readily enjoyed.

June 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Plan a shady, moist spot for your caladium

Question: A good friend gave me a caladium. If I plant it outdoors, will it be difficult to take care of?

June 17, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Murray: Raise a glass to a wine pioneer

We in the wine world lost a giant of a man last month. Robert Mondavi, whose name became synonymous with California wines, died May 16 at his lovely home in Yountville, on the northern tier of the Napa Valley, at age 94.

June 15, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Homecoming queens fade as years pass

The subject of homecoming queens started in the odd way that some topics enter into a conversation. It really had nothing to do with what we were discussing but then, in a very real way, it did.

June 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Dating process can lead to misconceptions

Dating is an exciting and challenging part of life.

June 12, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Interested in becoming a Georgia Master Gardener?

Around this time of year, I begin sending out applications to individuals interested in taking our Georgia Master Gardener classes at the Hall County Extension office.

August 22, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Bacall, Bogart's chemistry ignites

Last week was a sad one in Hollywood. One day after comedian Robin Williams was found dead, legendary actress Lauren Bacall died.

August 21, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


From the film archives: Parallels between Williams, role of "Patch Adams"

Last week, we lost a comedic icon. The death of Robin Williams is a bitter ending to a man who delighted millions through entertainment.

August 21, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Senior shenanigans at 'Ridgemont High'

It's that time again. The school year has officially begun, which means early, hurried mornings, school supply lists and dents in your wallet for lunch money. Oh joy!

August 14, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research breeds before buying dog

The time is nigh and fantasy football approaches!

August 10, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Colors result from surfaces reflecting available light

Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.

August 10, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


August superb time to ready gardens for autumn harvest

In the Southern climate, gardeners have a second chance to replant, add new plants and harvest vegetables as fall nears.

August 08, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


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