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Millipedes in the home

In the past week, the extension office has received several calls from homeowners concerned with insects massing in and around their homes. Most of the sightings have been in the basement area inside homes or around driveways and patios outside.

December 11, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


The joy of giving as seen through the eyes of a child

"You see this piece of paper?" Cole asked, as he climbed in the backseat. "Do you see what it says?"

December 11, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Game over, time to get down to business at UGA

It was as ugly as a wart hog, but for the 11th time in the past 12 years, 38 of the past 50 and 65 out of 108, the University of Georgia, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South has bested You-Know-Where Institute of Technology for the State Football Championship, 41-34.

December 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Selecting perfect Christmas trees

It's December. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas songs are popping up on every radio station. This means it is time to pick a Christmas tree.

December 04, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Hospital visits, cooking make Granny shine

Two things always made Granny happy: Cooking and being in the hospital.

December 04, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A reminder to be thankful every single day

I've tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude lately. It's not as corny as it sounds. But I had read something a while back that stated that the more we are thankful for, the more we will have to be thankful for.

November 27, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


What a mother wants for her child

When you date someone for longer than three months, people want to know when you're getting married.

November 20, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Move potted plants indoors

Potted plants are a great way to add color and foliage to small spaces like decks and patios.

November 20, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Maybe it’s time to go through the change

I've noticed a few things lately about myself. When I say I need to drop a few pounds, forgoing my daily candy bar and glass of wine doesn't cause the scales to nudge south.

November 13, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Indoor cockroach control

One insect that is universally loathed is the cockroach. I have learned to appreciate most insects, but cockroaches still give me the creeps. In nature, they are important decomposers. They are attracted to our homes in search of food, moisture and shelter.

November 13, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Stay aware during hunting season

Fall is a busy time in the forests and woodlands of north Georgia.

November 06, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


A girl shouldn’t miss out on the power of the sisterhood

Mama, for the most part, has always been right about just about everything. Don't dare tell her that, or I will never hear the end of it.

November 06, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Haunted tales from many years ago

"Mama, do you believe in ghosts?"

October 30, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


Squirrel migration

Driving around Dawson and Lumpkin counties recently, I couldn't help but notice the unusual amount of dead squirrels lying all over the road. It seems like I can't drive a mile without seeing a "road kill" squirrel or having one dart into my path, pause, jump and shoot off in another direction. We have received many calls at the extension office from folks who have lived here their entire lives and can't remember seeing anything like this before.

October 30, 2013 | By Clark MacAllister For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


No one likes a bully

No one likes a bully. But bullies have been around forever.

October 23, 2013 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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Articles by Section - Lifestyle Columnists


Learning to stop focusing and settle for more in life

A friend and I were chatting one night, catching up on things and the conversation turned to our usual wistful, wishful discussion of how life was really going.

April 01, 2015 | By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News | Lifestyle Columnists


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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