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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


Summer landscape tips

As you enjoy the days of summer, a few landscape tips to keep in mind are as follows:

June 02, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Some recognition for a special person

There are some people whom you recognize as "special," and even though you are not with them on a regular basis, you count them as favorite friends. Elovoyce Greer is one of those special people for me, as she probably is for many others.

June 02, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Crossing over to the sunnier side

After my somewhat gloomy subject of illness and death in last week's column, I felt a nudge to look for brighter spots. And, of course, they are always there; we just need to open eyes.

May 26, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prune azaleas after flowering

Azaleas are beautiful this year. With spring comes the question when to prune azaleas.

May 26, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Same price, smaller sizes

The most often asked question about newspaper columns is, "Where do you come up with this stuff?"

May 26, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Use caution when using pesticides

Pesticide poisoning can happen anytime of the year. However, since spring and summer is when most pesticides are used in the lawn and garden, the possibility of pesticide poisoning increases during these months.

May 19, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


End of school upon us

If you're a school teacher, I hope you get an extra measure of patience this week.

May 19, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Phone and prayer lines have been busy this week

Ever since the night I came home from Cape San Blas, my thoughts, conversations and energies have been concerned with illnesses and deaths. Hopefully, the next weeks will be better for all.

May 19, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Cold injury in plants

The winter storm of the past week has led to many shrubs and trees damaged in home landscapes.

February 25, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


In praise of…well, praise

I have often marveled how teachers could do it. Not just the keeping a classroom of children occupied or trying to keep track of how many kids have gone to the restroom, either. I have always been in awe of those good teachers who really inspire their students to learn.

February 25, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Something shiny for his girl

I am not by any means a jewelry girl.

February 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Where do we go from here? Adjusting to the new normal

My "here" is quite different from what it was at the beginning of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | By Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


If only they’d listen

No one listens to me.

February 04, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Use oils for insect control

Winter doesn't seem like a good time for insect control in your home orchard or landscape, does it? The frigid temperatures of February aren't conducive to much insect activity. However, right now insects are hiding out on your trees and shrubs waiting for the warm temperatures of spring to pop out and mess with your plants.

February 04, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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