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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


The true meaning of Christmas

All year long I write articles about everything from shrubs to you name it. Since it's almost Christmas, please permit me to set aside my "normal" topics and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

December 23, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


Sometimes, you can’t get home again

Dear old Thomas Wolfe may have been right when he wrote, "You can't go home again" back in the 1940s.

December 03, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | 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


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