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Picture perfect quality

The words "video" and "audio" were not a part of the everyday vocabulary when I was growing up. In that time, TV stations relied on a network of lines provided by the phone company to get their network signal.

July 28, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You have to grow up sometime

There comes a point in your life when you grow up.

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


Readers ask questions

Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn.

July 21, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Gardening tips for July

July continues to be a busy time for gardeners. With grass to cut and weeds on the increase there are always outside jobs in the summer.

July 14, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Calvin will be missed

Bill Coates is a friend of mine, who is also my pastor. About 10 years ago, he invited me to a get-together at his home.

July 14, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


iWon’t be waiting in line

Waiting in line has never been one of my strengths.

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


Protect yourself from ticks

It is important to know about ticks for several reasons. They can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and may cause further infection if their mouthparts break off when the ticks are removed.

July 07, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Keep snakes away from home

Every year the extension office receives a large number of calls from people with snake problems. Most calls are from people wanting to know if there are poisonous species of snakes in Georgia and how to control snakes in and around their home.

June 30, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Jimmy Dean’s song is the best

Jimmy Dean, the singer who became a sausage salesman, died recently.

June 30, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for dealing with a common tomato problem

In recent days, I have received a number of calls about tomatoes with rot on the bottom of the fruit.

June 23, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Living my days to the fullest

This is the last column I will write as a columnist in my 40s.

June 23, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Taking the WABAC machine to the past

I used to love those cartoons of Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman. It was a quirky twist on the idea of a boy and his dog.

June 16, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Feeding a vegetable garden

Garden soil can be considered a storehouse of plant food. However, soils do not store equal amounts and some soils are better at holding on to nutrients than others.

June 16, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too much rain can be as bad as too little

For years, gardeners had to contend with dry weather. We are now blessed with rain; however, too much water can lead to root rot.

June 09, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Foods that put us on the map

Mose Coleman didn't know it, but he started an industry. In 1931, Coleman planted what he thought would be hot onions, but there was something about the sandy loam soil of Toombs County that made the onion sweet. It was so sweet you could eat it like an apple.

June 09, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


Introverts of the world unite

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.

January 28, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


The time to prune vines approaching

Muscadines are grapes native to America, and they are a staple of home gardens all over the Southeast.

January 21, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The next best thing

Being raised an only child meant I spent a lot of time reading and pretending.

January 21, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter care for horses

All livestock require more energy during the cold winter temperatures to keep warm.

January 14, 2015 | Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


My job description is not always popular

Someone asked me recently how many children I have and what their ages were.

January 14, 2015 | Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Test your well water to ensure healthy quality

The quality of our water can have a direct and persistent effect on our health.

January 07, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The dearest friends I have never met

When I was single, a friend suggested I sign up for an online dating service.

January 07, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My year-end wrap up: Times are fast changing

It's hard to believe that 2014 is well, over.

December 31, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Chinese pistache named 2014 Gold Medal winner

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.

December 24, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What Mary knew - and would she change a thing?

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.

December 24, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Surviving childhood - despite my best efforts

Cole is fascinated by war stories.

December 17, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Enjoy holiday house plants

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.

December 10, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The Doodles and don’ts of raising kids and pets

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.

December 10, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Destructive insect infests firewood

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.

December 03, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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