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Rich: A lonely refrain for a suffering slugger

It may seem surprising to you - for it is to me - that I, the undeniable embodiment of all things Southern, should become so fascinated by a Yankee.

July 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Use the Web to check your antenna’s reception — or, get something sweet

In February, all of the major television stations will stop transmitting their over-the-air signals in analog and will switch to digital. People who don't have cable or satellite service are already getting the government's $40 coupons to go out and buy a digital-to-analog converter for their analog TV sets. But here's something most people don't know: Odds are that your existing antenna won't work that well with the digital signals. When England switched from analog to digital several years ago, this was actually a major problem. A number of people had to go out and ...

July 03, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Embrace a yard’s shady spaces

From the many questions I receive in the extension office, it seems that many gardeners want what they do not have.

July 01, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Enjoy the rich flavor of leafy lettuces

Green leaves are nutrient rich because they contain the light-catching, energy-converting machinery of plants.

June 29, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A little fit can go a long way

Right then and there in the Los Angeles International Airport, I thought I was going to have to pitch a conniption fit. That, to explain a conniption fit properly, is when a woman of Southern origin creates a scene of dramatic wailing and gnashing of teeth.

June 28, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Even life’s little scrapes need some mending

Do you remember your first bicycle? I do. It was a red Schwinn with a kick stand, a chain guard and a banana seat. It had smooth street tires and pedal brakes. What a beauty!

June 25, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: It makes sense to add good scents

For those of you not familiar with body sprays, they're basically perfumes that are not as strong as colognes. They're generally cheaper than colognes and some people use them as a deodorant. They come in a variety of scents ranging from cotton candy to Greek isles to Old Spice.

June 25, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Jewel black raspberry tolerates our climate

Question: I want to try growing raspberries. Can you recommend a variety that will grow well in the Gainesville area?

June 24, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Wash produce thoroughly

Questions are still coming in on the best way to handle fresh produce, because when it comes to produce, fresh does not always equal clean.

June 24, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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


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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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