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Cannon: Grow a sustainable garden

Since we hear a lot about "going green" these days, how we can use that term in our gardening practices?

April 24, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: With care, everything will come up roses

Even novice gardeners can appreciate the beauty of roses. There are more than 6,000 varieties, offering a wide range of forms, colors and fragrances from spring until fall.

April 24, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mealtime planning goes a long way

There are lots of benefits to eating as a family.

April 22, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Even good Christians have their arguments

When I learned that a friend had decided to plunge himself into the political world and run for office, I thought it prudent to offer two pieces of solid advice.

April 21, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Keep duct tape in first-aid box, too

Duct tape has a number of medical uses - I'm serious. Here are two examples. First, when children get chicken pox, some parents put mittens on their children's hands to keep them from scratching. Wrap duct tape around the end of their mittens to keep them from pulling the mittens off. Second, use duct tape and plastic garbage bags to keep casts dry when you're taking a shower.

April 19, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: Everything we have is just on loan

Chloe's learned a four-letter word. I don't know where or from whom she learned it, but oh, how I wish I could find out.

April 19, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: A home's curb appeal takes some planning

In today's economy, everyone is well aware of the housing slump. If you are trying to sell a home right now, improving the home's curb appeal is a great idea. And for those planning to stay in their homes for a few more years, why not make it more inviting and enjoyable for you and your family?

April 16, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Vitamin D is for more than bones

Vitamin D is promoted as essential for bone health because it plays a pivotal role in adequate absorption of calcium and phosphorus to build bone. It also helps us avoid the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

April 15, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: The family that fights together stays together

One night at the supper table, my brother-in-law took a teasing jab at me over a sour business deal.

April 14, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Good luck peeling that backward banana

I love debunking old tips. For example, there have been e-mails going around for years stating that the best way to peel a banana is from the bottom. The tip states that by doing this you don't get any of the strings. Baloney. You get just as many strings as if you'd peeled it normally. Word of caution: most of the chain mail e-mail tips I've gotten over the years have been bogus.

April 12, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Respect the bees in your garden

As someone who is highly allergic to bee stings, I'm always concerned when I see any kind of bee-like insect buzzing around my yard.

April 10, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Keep things simple for garden success

What can I do to prepare my garden for beautiful, successful plants?

April 10, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: Follow guidelines to keep meat safe

Choosing wholesome meat and getting those products home safely will start you on the path to preventing foodborne illness.

April 08, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Easter dawns chances for memories

One of the things that always excites me about Easter is that it kicks off the spring and summer season; so Sundays, until Labor Day weekend, will be the stuff of which memories are made. Especially for kids.

April 07, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Timer will quiet your digital video recorder

The digital video recorder, also known as a DVR, is one of the greatest inventions of all time. It allows you to record multiple TV shows at the same time and even allows you to pause and replay live TV. TiVo came out with the first DVR in 1999. Today you can get the DVR functionality from your cable company or satellite service. A dilemma that a lot of people have is that they have a DVR in their bedroom but it will wake them up at night when the device's harddrive either turns on or shuts down. If ...

April 05, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Showing hospitality with true Southern food

Last week, Darrell and I had the pleasure of hosting two young ladies from Up with People in our home. What a wonderful time we ...

August 26, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Beware of pet meds advertised on TV

Did you know, if you take out all your veins and arteries and laid them end to end that you would die?

August 23, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Take time to renovate your landscape right now

Late summer is an excellent time to devise a plan for renovating your landscape. By planning now, you can take advantage of the best planting ...

August 21, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Play with kids after school to encourage exercise habits

Sometimes on school days, there is a bit of a lull between arriving home and study time.

August 19, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Strap your canine into the car with seat belt or carrier

You can disregard this week's column if you're an action hero, or have single-handedly dispatched an entire group of terrorists or mercenaries, never ...

August 16, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Plutons embedded by erosion

"Strange formation!" I heard a tourist say, standing at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

August 16, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Peter O’Toole brings life to ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’

It's August and parents everywhere are rushing to buy new clothes and supplies for their children, who are pouting about the summer being over.

August 13, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: South African wins earning worldwide respect

South Africa is a nation of great contradictions, a turbulent history and a remarkable ability to forgive and move forward.

August 04, 2015 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Your personal dress code style for school

As students are in the middle of back to school shopping, the younger generation must keep in mind they don't have to sacrifice style ...

August 03, 2015 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


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