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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


My own future ‘warning’

The first time I saw those "Red Hat" ladies, I thought they were just fashionably challenged. Granted, I loved the festive, colorful red hats but with purple? That was a color combo I had only seen on the ex's mother and I just figured it was because she didn't know any better fashion-wise, bless her heart.

I vaguely remembered reading the poem that had inspired the red hat wearing, but at the time, I was young, maybe still in my teens.

March 21, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Love of Cole’s life is not so much like his mama

I was warned before my son started Pre-K that first grade may bring about the great love of Cole's life.

"Oh, watch out," a client told me. "When I started first grade, I met this girl and went home and told my Mama I had found the girl I was going to marry."

March 14, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Every year I tell myself ‘one won’t hurt’

Every year about this time, I make the same solemn vow to myself: No more Thin Mints.

Not just because I try to watch my weight, but mainly because I have celiac and am not supposed to eat anything with gluten.

March 07, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Eight cities in 12 days

I made my way past Immigration, which always gives one some sense of relief. Getting into a country is one thing. Getting back out is something completely different.

I found my way to the bar to wait.

February 29, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My greatest fears include dolls, canned biscuits

My sister is fearless.

She will hop on a plane to go anywhere, she drives hours just to take on the scariest haunted houses in the state and her most recent hobby involves guns.

February 29, 2012 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Landscape questions for late winter season

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

Just when I think I have heard every question possible, there is a new one.

February 22, 2012 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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2016 will be a good year, the Good Lord willin’

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with ...

December 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Say goodbye and good riddance to this year

2015, I am glad to see you leave.

December 30, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


Christmas on the Mississippi 2015

So it was that several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi.

December 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


‘Twas Days Before Christmas

'Twas mere days before Christmas,

December 23, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Kissing bugs pose little risk

Kissing bugs seem to be a hot topic with local media in the past month.

December 23, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


On the hunt for a large, comfortable bed

When we decided to visit the few remaining members of Tink's family who live in Connecticut and New York, we chose to drive.

December 16, 2015 | By Ronda Rich For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


How my child plans to catch Santa Claus

It was an intricate plan, complete with several diagrams and involved string.

December 16, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson County News | Lifestyle Columnists


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