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Thompson: Freezer holds answer for smelly trash

If you suffer from "bad-smelling-trash-can-itis," I have a solution for you. Instead of throwing your food scraps in your trash can, wrap them up and put them in your freezer. Just make sure to throw them away on your trash pick-up day.

A co-worker, Kevin Eicher, shared this one with me. Kevin was having trouble with pine straw building up on his roof, especially in the valleys of the roof. He didn't want to risk getting on a tall ladder to remove the pine straw so he came up with a pretty unique idea. He took an old fishing ...

October 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: In shade, moss is a winner over grass

Homeowners across North Georgia know that in order to maintain an attractive fescue lawn, over-seeding is required. Certainly, fescue lawns have taken a beating due to the drought of 2008. However, I am often asking how to rid a lawn of moss in order to plant grass.

Moss is simply a plant looking for a good home, and if the right conditions are provided, it can quickly take up residence and do quite well.

October 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: A parent's role isn't to be a helicopter

A journalist recently asked me to name the No. 1 problem facing today's family. I think she expected me to address education, the economy or some other "hot" topic. To her surprise, I said, "A confusion of roles."

In today's parenting universe, married women with children think of themselves first and foremost as mothers, and married men with children think of themselves first and foremost as fathers. This is confusion. If you are married with children, you are first and foremost a wife or a husband. In your wedding vows, you did not say, "I take you to ...

October 10, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Murray: Next time you pour, think in the box

A wino friend dropped by recently and I thought he was going to have a stroke. He spotted - gasp! - a box of wine on my kitchen counter.

When, with sinful glee, I offered him a swig of the stuff from a cardboard box, he gagged and staggered off the porch and into the woods. I think a bear got him, which I think he would have preferred to being forced to drink wine from a box.

October 08, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Life's simple pleasures can sound so sweet

A while back, Mama, Louise, Rodney and I visited with some good friends of ours up in the mountains.

October 07, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Check your eyes with this little test

Do you see the numbers 25 and 45 embedded in the pictures at left? If not, you might suffer from color blindness. (What other columnist will give you an eye test?)

October 05, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: Register now for Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

I invite our readers to the third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon.

The luncheon will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15 in the ballroom at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. The cost for the luncheon is $25 per person or two for $40. Scholarships are available; please register by Friday.

October 04, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda

What are native plants?

Native plants are generally plants that have inhabited a particular region for many years. They are found in a particular area without being transplanted here from another region in the world.

October 03, 2008 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Native blueberries taste good in any backyard

The beautiful rabbiteye blueberry is native to Georgia. Fishermen collected the best wild blueberries growing along our rivers, and later Tom Brightwell and other horticulturists created improved varieties of rabbiteye blueberries. Georgia is now the fifth-largest blueberry producing state.

Rabbiteye blueberries are generally the best type of blueberries for home gardeners in Georgia. Southern highbush blueberries are grown commercially in Georgia, but require high organic matter soil (at least 3 percent) and are very prone to attack by deer and birds because they ripen early in the season. For this reason, they are usually poor choices from home gardeners.

October 03, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rosemond: Tough love gets results for child’s potty problem

As regular readers of this column know, my advice tends toward the "psychologically incorrect" end of the spectrum.

October 03, 2008 | John Rosemond | Columnists


Wilburn: Plan properly for a healthy hike

Fall is here and cooler weather means that many people will soon be hitting the trails.

My husband Will and I have hiked the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and many other trails across the United States. I enjoy hiking because I love nature; there are just some things you will never see unless you are on foot outdoors. Hiking is also one of the most fun ways I know to exercise.

October 01, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Southern skillets are simply an iron canvas

There is an art to making fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately, too many restaurant cooks are artless. They think they can when they can't.

It's a risk sometimes to order fried green tomatoes from a menu. This I have learned the hard way.

September 30, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: What do you do when you have an ‘uh-oh’ moment?

From the other room, I watched Chloe standing in the middle of the living room. She raised her arms out beside her, looked down at the floor and slowly started turning in a circle. After a few turns, she became more confident and turned faster.

Faster and faster she went, a grin on her face as wide as her outstretched arms. Suddenly, she stumbled. Her smile faltered. It was replaced with an expression of shock and concern. "Uh-oh," she said as she plopped to the floor, a victim of both dizziness and gravity.

September 28, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: It’s the little things that bring us joy

One of the reasons I enjoy writing this column is because I truly believe I'm helping people. I suppose that sharing another duct tape tip may not radically change a person's life. However, I've found that it's the little improvements that you make in your life and the lives of others that over time leads to great happiness. I'd like to defer to the patron saint of tips, Benjamin Franklin, and what he had to say on the subject...

September 28, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Color your fall garden with mum varieties

As the garden begins to fade into fall, you can bring out a rainbow of color with garden mums. Colors include many shades of yellow, orange, red, purple, bronze, pink and white.

The flowers themselves come in many different forms, from spider types with long, narrow petals to cushion types that have wider, more compact flowers.

September 26, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


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Combat compact soil that’s robbing plants of nutrients

Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.

January 30, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Cooking with Crevolyn: 10 necessary tools to keep in kitchen

You might not know this, but in addition to being a foodie, I am also a wedding planner.

January 28, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Christians are symbols of God’s accomplishments

When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.

January 25, 2015 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Plan ahead for your pets after your depart from this world

Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.

January 25, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Carburetors fading as fuel injection offers cleaner air

The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.

January 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Timing is essential when pruning trees and flowers

Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.

January 23, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Around the Home: Small steps to stay on track for losing weight, becoming healthy

It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.

January 21, 2015 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: Studies prove vaccines effective for cervical cancer, HPV

What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.

January 19, 2015 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Knowing the true meaning of failure

Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.

January 18, 2015 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Europe’s winter weather patterns stormier than ours

The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.

January 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Learning soil’s pH levels can lead to better gardens

If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.

January 16, 2015 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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