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Paying homage to grits

WARWICK - Every year about this time, the folks of Warwick gather to pay homage to Georgia's official processed food - grits.

April 21, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Assisting the Easter Bunny

While loitering inside Calvin Byrd's office last week, it came to my attention we were both former participants of the Dawson County Community Easter Egg Hunt.

April 07, 2010 | Frank Reddy | Lifestyle Columnists


Bring out summer whites

If you're reading this in a part of the world where they serve sweet tea, you can pull out your white shoes, your white pants and your linen suit.

April 07, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sweep away pest problems during spring cleaning

You know spring brings the birds and flowers.

April 06, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The good, bad of ivy

I believe there is no other landscape plant that is loved and hated as much as English Ivy.

March 31, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Give me a plain bike

On the first day of spring, before the snow returned, I had visions of grandeur. As I have in years past, I dreamed of becoming physically fit.

March 31, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Reduce mosquitoes around the home

Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.

March 24, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hold on to your badge

I have some friends in the Augusta area who are devotees of the Masters golf tournament.

March 24, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time for good news

The calendar said "Spring Begins," and on March 20, we could believe it. There was bright sun, yellow jonquils dotting lawns and roadsides, trees and shrubs showing hints of budding. After a long winter, filled with weather disasters around the world, we are ready for spring and the new hopes it always brings.

March 24, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter picture perfect, now bring on spring

When it comes to snow, I have passed the point that I want to go out and play.

March 17, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Busy time in landscape

Signs of spring are already present throughout Georgia and gardeners are once again feeling the urge to dig in the dirt.

March 17, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pass this on to residents

This column is like preaching to the choir about attending Sunday worship services.

March 10, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for choosing plants

During the past few nice weather days, your thoughts may have been on planting. Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?

March 10, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Benefits of 4-H are long term

I was in fifth grade when the announcement was made that a meeting of the 4-H Club was being held that day.

March 10, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


To hunt or not to hunt

We've got a gang problem in my neighborhood.

March 03, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.

March 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Showing the world that special spark of happiness

"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"

March 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We have no place for discrimination

I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.

March 18, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for potato planting

Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.

March 18, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You always need your Mama

"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.

March 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


They shoot fat people, don’t they?

It must be open season on people who are overweight.

March 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing lawn for summer weed control

With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.

March 11, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Meltdown in the checkout lane

I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.

March 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold injury in plants

The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.

February 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In praise of…well, praise

I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.

February 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Something shiny for his girl

I am not by any means a jewelry girl.

February 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | By Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Use oils for insect control

Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.

February 04, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fire Blight control tips

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and assume it should be easy to grow them at home.

January 28, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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