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Screen tree alternatives

The Leyland cypress tree is one of the most popular plants used in the landscape as a natural screen. Unfortunately, increasing disease problems, improper plant placement and the sheer prevalence of Leyland cypresses have all contributed to the need for alternative plant selection.

Leyland cypress trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, such as Seridium canker, Botryosphaeria dieback and Cercosporidium needle blight.

May 16, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


We’re gonna just ‘bless it’

Part of our Southern heritage dictates that before or after we say anything disparaging about anyone, we should add a "bless their heart" to it.

I knew this early on; in fact, I would bet good money the first words I uttered after the dog's name were tagging a blessing onto someone.

May 16, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What I share with my mama

I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about how the physical features you share with your mother reveal similar personality traits. Similar eyes meant you both were optimistic. Lips meant you both were openhearted; noses, equally trusting. The article offered some keen insights that I am sure for many, rang very true.

May 09, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Contents of a woman’s purse

"What is in here?" Lamar will ask as he tries to move my bag to the floorboard of the back seat.

"Stuff I need," I reply.

May 02, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Control poison ivy

Poison ivy is a weed that affects almost every gardener and outdoor lover in Georgia.

It is found in nearly every outdoor environment, and most folks can tell you not so fondly of the after-effects of a poison ivy encounter.

May 02, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Too bad life doesn’t come with an ‘edit’ button

I am beginning to think me and microphones don't mix well. It seems like if I am around one, you better hope like the dickens there's a way to edit afterwards.

Starting as a small child in my first of only two pageants, Mama made the mistake of telling me what every mother tells her child backstage.

April 25, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Annual 4-H rabies clinic set Saturday

Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s.

However, this does not mean that rabies is no longer a threat in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, there were more than 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies, and two reported cases of rabies in humans in the United States in 2010.

April 25, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Adult friendships can bring disappointments

As a child, the start of the school year brought a lot of trepidation.

Would I still be friends with the same children from the year before?

April 18, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Starting a vegetable garden

With our traditional last frost date, April 20, soon approaching, many folks are getting ready to start planting summer vegetable gardens.

Home gardens can be an enjoyable way to stay active and provide your family with fresh produce throughout the summer. However, a productive garden takes a lot of work and proper planning can greatly increase a garden's success.

April 18, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this

Spring has sprung in all of its bright colorful splendor and that means one thing.

No, not the beautiful array of flowers blooming everywhere but in my yard.

April 12, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Honey bees important

For most people, the mention of bees conjures up thoughts of annoyance and fear. Bees make nests around our homes, buzz around us in the garden, and occasionally sting us. What good could these little pests do?

Even though they may seem a nuisance, bees more than make up for it in their most important role - plant pollination.

April 12, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for soil sampling

If you were one of the people who called the extension office last week, then you probably know that I was away.

I was in Athens attending a week long training session for county agents.

April 04, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Really, I’m not judgmental

I don't consider myself to be judgmental. I don't. In fact, I think I am one of the least judgmental people I know.

"You are being judgmental," I will reprimand Mama when she gets on her high horse about something.

April 04, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Kudzu bugs are back

I have received many calls to the extension office in the past few weeks about small brown bugs swarming on houses and irritating gardeners.

These little pests are called kudzu bugs, and they have been annoying north Georgia outdoor lovers since 2009.

March 28, 2012 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Mama said there’d be days like this …

Jealousy is one of the pettiest emotions. It destroys relationships, creates strife and fosters insecurity. It's easy to see why jealousy has been called a green-eyed monster. My jealousy monster just happens to be a beautiful silky black Border collie.

I never would have imagined the little ball of fur I rescued four years ago to be capable of such jealousy, but she is.

March 28, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Storytelling Songs

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...

April 19, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Small town blessings

There's a few inconveniences that come with living in a small town.

April 19, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Still dressing up for Easter

It's funny how someone's opinion or a story will stick with you, how it will trail like a mist of a cloud over ...

April 12, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The color revival of Easter

My childhood was marked by two time periods.

April 12, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


People who helped me out during my radio days

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity.

April 05, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


The luxury of misspent youth

Most TV shows often depict kids getting in some of the worst situations imaginable.

April 05, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Dressing Up

A couple of years ago, a national book tour dropped me in Oxford, Mississippi, on a Friday afternoon before an Ole Miss home football game ...

March 29, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Hair of the dog

Dog hair is my arch nemesis.

March 29, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Nothing's quick anymore

Do you remember the days when we used to say, "I'm gonna run into town and run a quick errand. I'll be right ...

March 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


It's always Mama's fault

Freud may have been onto something.

March 22, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The city slickers

Bree, the eight-year-old daughter of my niece Nicole, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of ...

March 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


When Mama gets sick

I rarely get sick - knock on wood.

March 15, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Cleaning out and looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

March 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle Columnists


Southern comfort in a cast iron skillet

"I don't like cornbread," my little vegetarian declared the other day.

March 08, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


The balance between well-behaved and not

Mama has always tried to instill some sort of ladylike qualities in me.

March 01, 2017 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


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