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People who shape our lives

I was in Central Florida recently and someone suggested I take a couple of minutes and drive through the town of Celebration.

February 04, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Learn to handle weeds

It has been said, a weed is simply a plant growing out of place. For some people a watermelon may be called a weed if it is growing in a rose garden. I for one would simply eat the watermelon while looking at the roses.

February 04, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Common questions for late winter

Over the past nearly 30 years as an extension agent, I have received tens of thousands of questions related to lawn and garden care.

January 27, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Missing a brother, a friend

In some ways, we were just alike. In others, we were direct opposites.

January 27, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


When to use herbicides

In last week's newspaper article, I wrote about how herbicides are classified as selective, nonselective, systemic or contact. In this article, I will go a step further and write about how herbicides are classified as preemergence or postemergence, depending on the time the chemical is applied.

January 20, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


If ‘the king’ and King lived on

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have "what if" moments when I think about persons who have passed away.

January 20, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Forced to view from broader perspectives

Seeing the magnitude of disasters in Haiti makes it difficult to dwell on one's own problems, even though they must eventually be faced and dealt with. We also think more clearly about our blessings.

January 20, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Today’s ‘crazy’ is here

There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy.

January 13, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Snow: A shared treat for those in the south

Last week, as temperatures dropped and gray clouds rolled across Dawson County, locals got that certain look in their eyes.

January 13, 2010 | Frank Reddy | Lifestyle Columnists


Which herbicide to use

Buying herbicides can be a challenge.

January 13, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Facts about fruits, vegetables

All of us have read the claims of amazing fruits and vegetables. Robert Westerfield, Georgia Extension Horticulturist, offers several rules to follow before purchasing unknown fruits to avoid disappointment and wasted money.

January 06, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Let’s reset all the dates

Because of newspaper schedules, I actually wrote this column last year and it is being published this year.

January 06, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How to care for holiday plants

Well it's over. Another Christmas has come and gone.

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


Braselton one good name

I've lived several places around this state. Some of them were named for Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents or places in Europe.

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


Christmas is what all of us need

The polls show that 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, while 5 percent observe Hanukkah and 2 percent celebrate Kwanzaa. Some celebrate more than one.

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


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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


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


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