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Thompson: Scan your shoes last at airport

I travel quite a bit and I go through my fair share of airport security screenings. Here's a good tip to remember if you're traveling this summer. Put your most valuable items, like a laptop computer, on the security conveyor belt first. Always put your shoes on the conveyor belt last. It's common for people to miss the last thing they put on the belt and walk away without it. I can assure you that you won't forget your shoes!

June 07, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Big mower, hands help kill kudzu

They haven't asked me to write a gardening column for the paper because my true gardening knowledge could be placed in a thimble with room to spare.

June 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood hblackwood@gmail.com | Columnists


Skaggs: Dahlias perk up any garden

There are literally thousands of cultivated varieties of dahlias, which have been hybridized throughout the years.

June 05, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Plant these to deter deer

It's nice to incorporate ornamental plants into casually designed perennial beds, shrub borders and natural areas of the yard, but what types of ornamental plants can one use to keep the deer from nibbling as if the yard were a buffet table?

June 05, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Murray: Family farm grows love of fine wine

This is the first in a series of profiles of Georgia wineries. Subsequent profiles will appear when the writer feels sufficiently motivated to do them ... or when his editor yells at him.

June 03, 2009 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Thompson: Here’s one way to hook a pickup truck

Pickup trucks are great to have. Besides making you sexier, they're great for hauling stuff. One problem though is when your items slide toward the cab in the truck bed and you have to climb in the truck to retrieve them. The solution: make a "truck stick." As the name implies it's a long stick with a hook on the end. Just leave it in the bed of your truck and use it whenever your items slide away from you.

May 31, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Myers: There are no little sins — all are a big problem

Shortly after Cole was born, we got concerned. He was always crying and could never seem to get comfortable.

May 31, 2009 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Skaggs: Control garden pests and be kind to the earth

With increasing numbers of area residents delving into gardening this spring, the extension office is answering questions on a variety of garden topics.

May 28, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Cooking demonstrations come to Saturday market

I am addicted to cooking programs on TV, and I especially love Southern cooking programs.

May 27, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Fine silver won't replace memories of Mama

Perhaps you've seen the T-shirt emblazoned with, "I Was A Millionaire Until Mom Gave Away My Baseball Card Collection."

May 25, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use this tip before you sip someone else's water

If you're ever eating out in a fancy restaurant and you can't figure out which bread plate and water glass is yours, remember this: BMW. No, I'm not referring to the car. I'm talking about bread, meat, water. Just as the letters are arranged, bread is on the left, meat is in the middle and your water glass is on the right. I was eating in a fancy restaurant a couple of weeks ago and one of the people at my table couldn't figure out which water glass was hers. My BMW tip impressed her ...

May 24, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cannon: Five climbing vines for your garden

What types of climbing vines add versatility and usefulness in a garden?

May 22, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Garden tour highlights private yards

If you're looking for a little gardening inspiration, don't miss the In Our Own Back Yards garden walk presented by the Hall County Master Gardeners on June 13.

May 22, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Women, embrace folic acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin; our bodies use it to make new cells.

May 20, 2009 | | Columnists


Rich: This chicken is destined for more than Sunday dinner

To truly appreciate the irony of this story, you must first know that my history with chickens is colorful and much ballyhooed to the point of being family legend. It has never been an easy relationship between me and those feathery foes of mine.

May 19, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Maintaining soil pH levels is important

If you have ever come to my office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate ...

February 04, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Randall Murray: A camera and microscope capture crystallized wine

Ever hear of "wine diamonds?"

February 02, 2016 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Neutering pets carries small risk, but it's better in the long run

In two days, Lemmy will return to my office for his appointment to be neutered.

January 31, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Parrish Myers: God sees whole picture, keeps us safe from harm

I was at home one afternoon, when Amy came in with Chloe and Cole.

January 31, 2016 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Home weather station options are available

Inexpensive indoor weather stations showing temperature, air pressure and humidity are nice. But I like to know exactly what's going on right outside, too ...

January 30, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Diverse, native trees add value to your landscape

Trees in our landscapes provide numerous functions, including beauty to the yard, habitats for wildlife and sound buffers. Trees also provide privacy as well as ...

January 28, 2016 | Robin Friedman | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Make a pizza from items in pantry, fridge

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods.

January 26, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Puppies can learn tricks at early age

For his third and final puppy visit, Lemmy arrives walking on his leash like a gentleman. His tendency to pull the leash when excited has ...

January 24, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unexpected Hurricane Alex makes quick appearance, exit

Even experienced meteorologists were surprised when Hurricane Alex formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 14. Unusually warm waters helped produce the storm.

January 23, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: It's time for your pup's 3-week check-up

Lemmy bounds into the waiting room, his owners trailing behind a taut leash. That's not the worst habit a puppy can have, but it ...

January 10, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


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