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Liming the garden

Fall and winter are excellent times to add lime to soil. Understanding the relationship between pH and adding lime to the soil is important.

October 28, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Herman Munster looks normal

There used to be a scale in front of a store in Social Circle. You could put a penny in the slot by your astrological sign and a little cover would move to reveal your weight and your horoscope.

October 28, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hills full of color

There used to be an outfit that tried to tell you what season you are. It had a lot to do with what color clothes are best suited to you.

October 21, 2009 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall is planting season

This is a great time of the year to work with your landscape.

October 21, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Fall is time for muscadines

There are many things I enjoy about this time of year: Cool nights, changing of the color of leaves, college football and muscadines.

October 14, 2009 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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


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Forsythia signals the arrival of spring

Early March can be one of the blandest times in the landscape.

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


Showing the world that special spark of happiness

"Mama, is it bad that I am happy?"

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


We have no place for discrimination

I just finished sending out congratulatory messages across the globe to various women I have worked with through the decades.

March 18, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Prepare for potato planting

Now is the time to start preparing your garden for potato plantings.

March 18, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


You always need your Mama

"So, how are Mama and Uncle Bobby doing without Granny?" my friend Renee asked as she took a seat across the table from me.

March 18, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


They shoot fat people, don’t they?

It must be open season on people who are overweight.

March 11, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Preparing lawn for summer weed control

With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.

March 11, 2015 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Meltdown in the checkout lane

I sometimes think people have lost all sense of boundaries and personal decorum.

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


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


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