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Hold off on crabgrass 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.

February 11, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A whisper may be all you need

"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.

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


Grow your own broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.

February 05, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control wild garlic

Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.

January 22, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


People, animals just want to be loved

Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.

January 22, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sod prices increasing

Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.

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


Learning to forgive and forget

Cole was mad at his father.

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


Important to test for radon

January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.

January 08, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


New Year’s resolution of baby steps

I've been thinking about my New Year's Resolutions the last few weeks. I normally don't make any - instead, I probably make 'resolutions' weekly or monthly, depending on what bad habits I need to break.

December 31, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


History of mistletoe

Christmas is a holiday filled with age-old traditions. One popular winter tradition is kissing under the mistletoe. Have you ever thought about what exactly mistletoe is and how it became associated with Christmas?

December 24, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The spirit of Christmas

I don't remember when Santa quit bringing me presents.

December 24, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If I had known then what I know now

I turn 41 this week.

December 18, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Holiday houseplants

The cold winter months can often be a depressing time for gardeners. The lush greenery and colorful blooms have long since faded.

December 18, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Millipedes in the home

In the past week, the extension office has received several calls from homeowners concerned with insects massing in and around their homes. Most of the sightings have been in the basement area inside homes or around driveways and patios outside.

December 11, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of giving as seen through the eyes of a child

"You see this piece of paper?" Cole asked, as he climbed in the backseat. "Do you see what it says?"

December 11, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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I love you more

"I love you more" has been an ongoing thing between my son and me.

October 01, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dooley’s legacy should be honored

Last Saturday while the Bulldog nation sweated out a 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers that should not have been as hard as our scholar-athletes made it, former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley's first team at UGA was recognized on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. As nice as that was, more - much more - needs to be done to honor the legendary Hall of Fame coach.

October 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


An effort for some diversion

There's been so much disturbing news lately that I thought I'd share a couple of different "bits." They both came from forwarded emails, so perhaps you have seen them, but they bear repeating.

October 01, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dealing with the weeds of life

If I am being honest, there's more times than I count that things don't go my way.

September 24, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cover crops for home gardens

It seems like summer is slowly beginning to turn to fall. Some vegetable gardens may still be producing well, but others are beginning to wind down for the season. For those of us whose gardens have given up, consider planting a cover crop this fall to improve your vegetable garden next summer.

September 17, 2014 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Actively looking forward

September is not only the full-fledged beginning of the new school year, it is also start-up time for organization activities that have filled many planning hours during the "dormant" days of July and August.

September 17, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Finding a common musical ground

According to Mama, I am not a grown up yet. I do not have a full appreciation of country music and until I do, I cannot be deemed a grown up.

September 17, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The Children’s Rights Movement has begun

I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.

September 10, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t let anyone make you believe the lies

Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.

September 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Star Wars for president

In college statistics, I realized the Evan Esar's quote that "statistics is the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures" was true. They taught my class how to go to extremes with the science of figures. The point was to understand that everything has a counter point.

September 03, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


My dogs are more spoiled than others

When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.

August 27, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


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