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With a tough past year, it’s about time for 2009

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its ...

December 31, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Governors gone bad

As a son of the South, I'm the first to admit we've had some governors who didn't make us look too good in the eyes of the rest of the nation and, for that matter, the world.

December 28, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Follow these tips to take care of holiday plants

Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts.

December 28, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Grab Christmas spirit before 2009 slips in

The cartoonist was right: the one who showed Santa's sleigh overtaking and de-feathering the Thanksgiving turkey.

December 28, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold protection for the landscape

Fall is a time when most plants go dormant and a very good time for the homeowner to help protect plants from the cold days ahead.

December 21, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A good man, a tragic end

If there was ever a picture of a nice guy, it was Frank Harris. He was short, fairly thin and one of those people who always looked neat. His black hair, with a sprinkling of gray, was always in place and his clothes looked like they had just been ironed.

December 21, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Take time with cards this season

Christmas cards date back to the mid 1800s. Like me, they are quickly becoming dinosaurs.

December 14, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Test soil for pH levels

Most gardeners understand the importance of adding fertilizer to the vegetable garden. However, the use of lime and the need for proper pH may not be common knowledge.

December 14, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Thankful for farmers

As you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, please be thankful for the American farmer. Give thanks to the American farmer for growing most of the food we eat and many of the clothes we wear.

December 07, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hold the mac ‘n’ cheese

I don't understand the whole fascination with macaroni and cheese.

December 07, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall the time to test soil

Many times county agents hear gardeners say, "I used to grow a beautiful garden in this spot, but for the last few years it has gotten progressively worse. This has happened in spite of the fact that I fertilize heavier, water more and use better varieties. I don't know what to do next."

November 30, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What were they thinking?

Sometimes, you just have to wonder what people are thinking when they do really stupid stuff.

November 30, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some pertinent and seasonal thoughts

There is no doubt about it: fall is firmly established and winter is sending unmistakable signals.

November 30, 2008 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tree protection is the key

Construction and landscape activities can have a negative impact on existing trees, but the damage is often not visible for several years.

November 23, 2008 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The power of gray

We have a new president and I make it a point not to delve into politics in this space.

November 23, 2008 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Articles by Section - Lifestyle Columnists


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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