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Flowering dogwoods are native to Georgia

No tree adds more beauty in the spring than the dogwood.

April 21, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Paying homage to grits

WARWICK - Every year about this time, the folks of Warwick gather to pay homage to Georgia's official processed food - grits.

April 21, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Assisting the Easter Bunny

While loitering inside Calvin Byrd's office last week, it came to my attention we were both former participants of the Dawson County Community Easter Egg Hunt.

April 07, 2010 | Frank Reddy | Lifestyle Columnists


Bring out summer whites

If you're reading this in a part of the world where they serve sweet tea, you can pull out your white shoes, your white pants and your linen suit.

April 07, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Sweep away pest problems during spring cleaning

You know spring brings the birds and flowers.

April 06, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The good, bad of ivy

I believe there is no other landscape plant that is loved and hated as much as English Ivy.

March 31, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Give me a plain bike

On the first day of spring, before the snow returned, I had visions of grandeur. As I have in years past, I dreamed of becoming physically fit.

March 31, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Reduce mosquitoes around the home

Every spring I receive a large number of phone calls related to controlling mosquitoes around the home. Mosquitoes not only interfere with leisure time, but some species are able to transmit diseases.

March 24, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hold on to your badge

I have some friends in the Augusta area who are devotees of the Masters golf tournament.

March 24, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


It’s time for good news

The calendar said "Spring Begins," and on March 20, we could believe it. There was bright sun, yellow jonquils dotting lawns and roadsides, trees and shrubs showing hints of budding. After a long winter, filled with weather disasters around the world, we are ready for spring and the new hopes it always brings.

March 24, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Winter picture perfect, now bring on spring

When it comes to snow, I have passed the point that I want to go out and play.

March 17, 2010 | For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Busy time in landscape

Signs of spring are already present throughout Georgia and gardeners are once again feeling the urge to dig in the dirt.

March 17, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Pass this on to residents

This column is like preaching to the choir about attending Sunday worship services.

March 10, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Tips for choosing plants

During the past few nice weather days, your thoughts may have been on planting. Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants. But which plant is right for your own landscape?

March 10, 2010 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Benefits of 4-H are long term

I was in fifth grade when the announcement was made that a meeting of the 4-H Club was being held that day.

March 10, 2010 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Articles by Section - 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


Chinese pistache named 2014 Gold Medal winner

I am often asked for recommendations regarding plant material in home landscapes. This can sometimes be a difficult task due to homeowners' personal opinions on plant styles, as well as the vast amount of plants available to the modern gardener. One tool that helps with the decision-making process is the annual Georgia Gold Medal Plant list.

December 24, 2014 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What Mary knew - and would she change a thing?

A teacher told me once she had never met a more inquisitive, curious child as mine. "He is just full of questions." I am not sure if her implications meant that to be a good thing or not.

December 24, 2014 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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