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Myers: A brutal killing becomes an act of grace

A couple of years ago, I read a story in this very newspaper about a man named Glen Mitchell. He lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and had a 13-year-old son named Jeff. One day Jeff was shot and killed by four boys while he was waiting for Glen to pick him up from school. One of the boys, Ellis Curry, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and spent 12 years in prison.

July 26, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Thompson: Some prep keeps burgers from over-plumping

Here's a hamburger grilling tip that I bet you've never heard. Have you ever noticed that when grilling a hamburger it tends to plump in the middle? To avoid this, make an indentation in the center of the patty before you put it on the grill. The indentation should be around two inches in diameter and about half of the thickness of the burger.

July 26, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Watch out! Ambrosia beetles will do damage

Over the last several weeks, I've received numerous calls concerning a particularly damaging pest of landscape trees.

July 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Wilburn: Preserve tomatoes at their summer peak

There are lots of ways to continue enjoying those fresh tomatoes all year.

July 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: In the world of Southern cooks, enough isn’t enough

Early on that Saturday morning, the phone had rung as I puzzled over the recently acquired digital camcorder, wondering why on earth I had purchased such a sophisticated one.

July 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Cook: A silly tale for fans of Middle Earth

You can pretty much guess from the title alone: "Muddle Earth," a trilogy of short novels following the adventures of a young boy magically transported to a whimsical world of elves and magical creatures, is largely a parody of the "Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

July 19, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists

Thompson: Make sure fruit won’t ripen all at once

When buying fruit at the store, buy some pieces that are already ripe and some that are not quite ripe. By doing this you minimize having to eat over-ripe fruits and reduce chances of the fruit going bad before you can eat it. By the way, people don't realize that you can break up a bunch of bananas when you're in the store.

July 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists

Skaggs: Dos and don’ts for Georgia gardening

Today's column comes to you courtesy of my good friend Wade Hutcheson, Spalding County Extension agent.

July 17, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Cannon: Knock out roses add color

What is a great landscape plant that will add color to my yard, too?

July 17, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists

Wilburn: Be safe when cooking outside

Common sense goes a long way in packing foods safely for outdoor dining. Whether you are packing up to go to Lake Lanier, the park or to the backyard, the same principles apply.

July 15, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: South’s old drifters still drift, but with luggage

Not long ago, headed down Interstate 20 somewhere near Augusta, I saw a sight not particularly unusual but thought-provoking, nonetheless. One detail caught my attention.

July 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

Skaggs: Chores for the summer garden

While the weather is warm and muggy, there is still much to do in the landscape and garden.

July 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists

Murray: Summer's heat calls for a wine that's sweet

Yep, it's summer. If you don't believe the thermometer and the humidity indicator, just check your personal sweat factor.

July 09, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists

Wilburn: Embrace summer’s bounty of squash

I love to cook summer squash because it is such a versatile vegetable. I have hundreds of recipes from zucchini bread to stuffed squash boats and of course, my grandmother's squash and Vidalia onion casserole.

July 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists

Rich: Knowing some means you don’t know it all

Not that I know everything. Not that I even know many things.

July 07, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists

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Earth Sense: Garden provides students a learning experience

In this age of supermarkets, many young people don't see the connection between topsoil and food.

November 28, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Michael Wheeler: 6 tips to keep your live Christmas tree going strong

One of the best childhood memories I can remember growing up was going with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.

November 27, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Andrew Akers: A hellish, hilarious holiday journey for 2 comedy giants

While many people have traveled far and wide to reach their Thanksgiving destination, each and every one has experienced some kind of mishap along the ...

November 26, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists

Sandra Stringer: Turn kitchen into classroom filled with food, fun

When I was growing up I loved baking and decorating cookies with my mother. So, November and December are my favorite months of the year.

November 25, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists

Matthew Sisk: Thanksgiving wreaks havoc on pets

Veterinary medicine is full of gallows humor. If you cannot use self-deprecation and sarcasm to deal with some situations, the job can kill your inner ...

November 22, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

Earth Sense: Not all fires in the woods are bad

Fall colors are still plentiful.

November 22, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists

Friedman: Consider at least one new thing to grow or interact with outside

As the holiday season begins, many start to reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 20, 2015 | Robin Friedman | Columnists

Signs, symptoms of prostate problems

Last week, I discussed mammary cancer in pets, and the extremely easy way (early spaying) to avoid it.

November 15, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists

No one can correct God

Cole has been correcting me lately.

November 15, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists

Watching evolution of TV channels

I have used several gallons of newspaper ink throughout the years in pining for the way things used to be.

November 15, 2015 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists

Wine Without Pretense: First 'boxed wine' skirted Prohibition

Most of us know Prohibition in this country was a dismal failure. Amending the U.S. Constitution to stamp out the production and consumption of ...

October 14, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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