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Fall is time for muscadines

There are many things I enjoy about this time of year: Cool nights, changing of the color of leaves, college football and muscadines.

October 14, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Respect can go a long way

As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the State Capitol to begin my new career.

October 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold protection for landscape

As leaves from trees turn from green to golden colors of fall, we know that a blast of cold air cannot be far behind.

October 07, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dude, ploys for ratings

I spent several years of my life working in the TV news business. As a result, I am an avid watcher of TV news.

October 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Be prepared for the next storm

With the recent flooding rains, some may say an article about how to prepare for a natural disaster such as storms from a hurricane is a little too late.

September 30, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


From phone booths to soda jerks, things are not the same

I keep adding to a long list of things I will one day have to explain to my grandchildren.

September 30, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Being thankful in midst of ruins

"I really feel blessed," a sister-in-law said while reviewing for us the situation in her flooded home in Gwinnett County.

September 30, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A few fall garden tips

Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 22. So, what does this time and date mean as it relates to your landscape? Not much.

September 23, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Speak out at your own risk

I don't want to compare myself to Congressman Joe Wilson, but I understand a thing or two about speaking out in public venues.

September 23, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Plant fescue through October

The establishment process for fescue can be divided into three areas. The first, soil preparation which is generally most important; the second involves proper seeding; and the third includes care and maintenance for two to four weeks after planting.

September 16, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering 9/11

He was a little boy about 4 years old. I don't know his name, but his face is forever etched in my mind.

September 16, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How many folks do you need to thank?

Yes, I did write about expressing gratitude just a couple of weeks ago, but after the Sept. 8 Community Picnic and several other occasions, I feel the urge to do it in more detail. I am sure you can make your own (different) personal list.

September 16, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Leyland Cypress problems

Leyland Cypress trees have become very popular in the past 10 years. The following article by Willie Chance, University of Georgia extension agent from Houston County, gives and excellent overview of common disease problems of Leyland Cypress.

September 09, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My definition of barbecue

Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.

September 09, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Labels can be confusing

I have, frankly, been "turned off" by the yelling and name-calling, which has punctuated the supposed town hall meetings and the debate about health care reform. But it has reminded me that I have long been opposed to the derogatory use of labels to characterize those who do not agree with one's own point of view.

September 09, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Household squirrel control

Have you been hearing erratic scratching noises coming from your ceiling and attic? Chances are you are the victim of a squirrel infestation.

November 26, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A very thankful Thanksgiving indeed

Cole was worried.

November 26, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pine needle drop

Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping form deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also?

November 19, 2014 | Clark MacAllister | Lifestyle Columnists


The story of Piglandia will live forever

"Once upon a time, in a small cabin nestled in the woods, on the side of a tiny mountain, was a wondrous and magical place, called Piglandia.

November 19, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Invasion of the ladybugs

We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day.

November 12, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering who my grandfather was before

He was just a simple man, my grandfather. All rough-hewn leather and tar from years of roofing. He just loved God, his family and his Bulldogs. Not much else mattered.

November 12, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If Mama can’t find it...

I have spent the majority of my life looking for stuff. Not just my stuff, mind you. Other people's stuff.

November 05, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grow giant pumpkins

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall? If you're like most people, chances are you think of turning leaves and pumpkins. From carving Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, to harvest-themed displays, to lattes, pumpkins are an integral part of autumn in America.

October 29, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s OK for family to have different interests

I woke up one Saturday with the desperate urge to get my hair done. It had only been six months - I am terrible about not scheduling regular hair appointments, especially when most of the time, my hair is pulled up in a ponytail on top of my head.

October 29, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of ‘winterizer’ fertilizer

If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. He informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.

October 22, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Extension Agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Along came a spider, and another, and another

I hate spiders. I know they play their role in the food chain, eating mosquitoes. That is all they are good for. I hate them.

October 22, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often get is what to plant in shadier spots of the yard. Here are a few suggested species for trees that can tolerate partial shade.

October 15, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t ‘shoulda’ all on yourself

I have a bad habit of 'shoulda'-ing on everything. I've done it for quite a while, unfortunately, and just now realized it.

October 15, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control invasive plants

Autumn olive, mimosa, English ivy, Lespedeza, Chinese privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, Japanese stiltgrass, princesstree, Chinese wisteria, multiflora rose and bamboo. What do all of these plants have in common?

October 09, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Time to celebrate Hallogivingmas

"Mama, why do they have Christmas stuff out already?"

October 09, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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