The arrival of autumn means many homeowners will take advantage of the cooler weather to begin home improvement projects. As the home improvement industry regularly ranks among the top five sources of complaints and customer reviews year after year, the Better Business Bureau is warning cons…

Help your child stay active by encouraging and engaging the whole family in an appropriate amount of physical activity and avoid too much sedentary time. In addition to being fun for children, regular physical activity has many health benefits, including:

Though the leaves on area trees do not appear ready to fall, the weather forecast this week included a few hints that summer may be releasing its grip. As the heat of summer gives way to fall, it is time to look forward to fall rituals such as football and fundraising galas. In the nonprofit…

Most kids my age grew up loving Popeye and hating spinach. It usually came from a can and was slimy and bland. Certainly fresh spinach (Spinacea oleracea) from your own garden tastes much different. It can be lightly cooked or even better, eaten fresh. It’s very tasty and much better for you…

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently sued the Baltimore County government alleging that its written test for police officer recruits was unfairly biased against black applicants. It turns out that black applicants failed the written test at a rate much greater than white applicants. T…

This past week I have had questions from several landowners who are planning to plant new pastures or improve forage production next year. This of course is dependent on adequate rainfall and other factors. Fall is a perfect time to have a soil analysis done on your property.

We were attacked 18 years ago by Islamic terrorists. They attacked us — our country — because they hate our way of life and our freedoms. Imagine what our lives would be like if we were stripped of our freedoms. What if we could no longer speak our minds, protest or vote? We should take adva…

With our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments.

The consumption of sugary beverages is the single largest contributor of calories and added sugars to our diet, mainly because soft drinks are often consumed without knowledge of their nutritional content, or lack thereof. Most of the general public does not need the added “empty” calories, …

The cost of owning a car begins after the purchase. Whether you’re dealing with an oil change or have major repairs to take care of, it’s important to use a mechanic or auto shop worthy of your trust. In 2018, the Better Business Bureau received 1.6 million inquiries and more than 7,650 comp…

The impact of the opioid crisis in our country is staggering. Currently, there are more deaths from drug overdoses each year than there were during the entire Vietnam War. From 1999 to 2017, the number of annual drug overdose deaths in the United States skyrocketed from nearly 17,000 to more…

Help your child stay active by encouraging and engaging the whole family in an appropriate amount of physical activity and avoid too much sedentary time. In addition to being fun for children, regular physical activity has many health benefits, including:

We have produced more hay this year than we did last year. We need to think about hay storage so we can carry over some hay to next year. Research has shown that you will lose 20% to 30% per bale of hay in a years’ time if it is carried over. There are several ways to reduce that amount of h…

When I lived in Missouri, Dutch hyacinths were a staple of my spring garden. But when I moved to Texas, I quickly learned that having to pre-chill bulbs for six to 10 weeks was really more trouble than it was worth. Luckily, the first fall I was in Tyler, I went to the Smith County Master Ga…

Two boys rang the doorbell last spring. It’s not an unusual event in our neighborhood as the kids raise funds for school projects. Dressed in shorts and t-shirts, and carrying a plastic bucket and large sponges, they appeared ready to go to work — but for what, I wondered. After quick introd…

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that non…

Editor’s note: To commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, we here republish portions of the address given by President George W. Bush on that date:

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