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Respect can go a long way

As a boy of 17, I decided I wanted to be a political reporter. I didn't have time to wait, so I packed up my tape recorder and headed off to the State Capitol to begin my new career.

October 14, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Cold protection for landscape

As leaves from trees turn from green to golden colors of fall, we know that a blast of cold air cannot be far behind.

October 07, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Dude, ploys for ratings

I spent several years of my life working in the TV news business. As a result, I am an avid watcher of TV news.

October 07, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Be prepared for the next storm

With the recent flooding rains, some may say an article about how to prepare for a natural disaster such as storms from a hurricane is a little too late.

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


From phone booths to soda jerks, things are not the same

I keep adding to a long list of things I will one day have to explain to my grandchildren.

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


Being thankful in midst of ruins

"I really feel blessed," a sister-in-law said while reviewing for us the situation in her flooded home in Gwinnett County.

September 30, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A few fall garden tips

Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 22. So, what does this time and date mean as it relates to your landscape? Not much.

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


Speak out at your own risk

I don't want to compare myself to Congressman Joe Wilson, but I understand a thing or two about speaking out in public venues.

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


Plant fescue through October

The establishment process for fescue can be divided into three areas. The first, soil preparation which is generally most important; the second involves proper seeding; and the third includes care and maintenance for two to four weeks after planting.

September 16, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Remembering 9/11

He was a little boy about 4 years old. I don't know his name, but his face is forever etched in my mind.

September 16, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


How many folks do you need to thank?

Yes, I did write about expressing gratitude just a couple of weeks ago, but after the Sept. 8 Community Picnic and several other occasions, I feel the urge to do it in more detail. I am sure you can make your own (different) personal list.

September 16, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Leyland Cypress problems

Leyland Cypress trees have become very popular in the past 10 years. The following article by Willie Chance, University of Georgia extension agent from Houston County, gives and excellent overview of common disease problems of Leyland Cypress.

September 09, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


My definition of barbecue

Last week, I delivered my annual "State of the Barbecue" address.

September 09, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Labels can be confusing

I have, frankly, been "turned off" by the yelling and name-calling, which has punctuated the supposed town hall meetings and the debate about health care reform. But it has reminded me that I have long been opposed to the derogatory use of labels to characterize those who do not agree with one's own point of view.

September 09, 2009 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sanitation in the home orchard

Sanitation is an important and often overlooked practice to control diseases in the home orchard. Many fruits can be grown more successfully and with less dependence on chemicals by using good sanitation.

September 02, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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


The Children’s Rights Movement has begun

I am not sure what started the discussion but I was in trouble - big, big trouble.

September 10, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Don’t let anyone make you believe the lies

Part of the joys of homeschooling is seeing my child's face light up during our discussions, the animated way he gets excited and can sit and talk about certain subjects for 45 minutes - which he said he didn't have the opportunity to do before. The heartbreak is hearing my child's fears of failure.

September 04, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Star Wars for president

In college statistics, I realized the Evan Esar's quote that "statistics is the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures" was true. They taught my class how to go to extremes with the science of figures. The point was to understand that everything has a counter point.

September 03, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


My dogs are more spoiled than others

When you live in a small town, people know you. When you have the privilege of living in a small town in the mountains, people know your dogs, too.

August 27, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Education is anything but elementary

I never thought I would be one to homeschool my child.

August 20, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Cream still often rises to the top

Not many people nowadays are familiar with whole milk, in which the richest part does indeed rise to the top of the container.

August 20, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Being in the former wives club

Marriage has got some pretty bad statistics associated with it. I read something that said the divorce rate percentages were now closer to 60/40 split instead of 50/50.

August 13, 2014 | Sudie Crouch Lifestyle columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall webworms crawl out

Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.

August 13, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


Sometimes a little white lie can save the day

"You lied to me," Cole announced with all seriousness one day.

August 06, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch Columnist | Lifestyle Columnists


There is no such thing as perfect

Perfection is really elusive. Sure, we all want perfect - the perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect house - and sometimes, we have those moments of perfect, even briefly.

July 30, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch | Lifestyle Columnists


Memories of Russian radishes

About this time of year, along the Russian Black Sea coast, radishes can be found in abundance at the open air markets and in all restaurants.

July 30, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann | Lifestyle Columnists


Beware of new fruit fly

Gardeners who grow fruit crops need to be on the lookout. There is a new invasive intruder that may cause frustration to backyard fruit growers - the spotted wing drosophila.

July 30, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister Extension agent | Lifestyle Columnists


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