In recent months, cases of rabies have been confirmed in surrounding counties.
The beautiful spring weather has made me reflect on the springtimes of my childhood.
When I talked with Dr. Herbert Robinson about his upcoming visit to speak for the historical society, he was aware that many of his audience will want to hear some tales about earlier years in Dawson County; after all, he is past 90 and has a prodigious memory.
Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home.
Earth Day is not until April 22, but the Great American Clean-up lasts from March 1 to May 21, so I'm doing my "going green" column now.
Holy week is one of my favorite times of the year.
Although we have to wait before we can enjoy those sweet Vidalia onions, you can use these tips to growing sweeter (or hotter) onions in your own garden.
In my everyday job, I write about business and state politics.
Gardeners must make a decision at this time of year. Should they purchase and plant seeds to grow transplants for the garden, or should they wait until planting time outdoors and buy started plants from nurseries and garden centers?
When somebody thinks you're somebody that you're not, it can either be really good or really bad.
Many groups and individuals find themselves in the same situation as United Way Board Member Taylor Wallace at the recent Recognition Luncheon, "coming up a little short of the goal."
The warm weather last week got many gardeners in the mood to plant.
What can you do in 40 days?
We've been in our new house for three weeks and some folks have already found us.
One landscape plant that has become common in Georgia landscapes is daylilies. This is for a good reason.
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.
If you had asked me 25 years ago if I was an extravert or an introvert, I would have whole-heartedly responded with the former.
Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.
Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.
All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.
Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.
The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.
When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.
It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.
I am often asked for recommendations regarding plant material in home landscapes. This can sometimes be a difficult task due to homeowners' personal opinions on plant styles, as well as the vast amount of plants available to the modern gardener. One tool that helps with the decision-making process is the annual Georgia Gold Medal Plant list.
A teacher told me once she had never met a more inquisitive, curious child as mine. "He is just full of questions." I am not sure if her implications meant that to be a good thing or not.
Cole is fascinated by war stories.
The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded. However, bitter weather shouldn't keep you from getting your gardening fix. There are plenty of indoor plants associated with Christmas that will bring warmth and color to your home during the holidays.
I admit, I make a big fuss over these pups. These sassy, spoiled girls are pretty special to me and I do tend to love on them constantly.
Recent spells of cold weather have caused many people to start up their fireplaces. While fireplaces are a great way to efficiently heat your home, you need to be careful where you source your firewood. You could be inadvertently spreading invasive insects into our local forest land.