Features: Outdoors

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 06:43 PM

New rules come early for sportsmen

At age 14, young Cole Houston of Alexander County could hardly sleep the night before last year’s first Saturday of April.

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 06:41 PM

The Adoptables

Phoebe does not understand the idea of personal space and after spending time with the sweet hound mix, you realize that you are glad for that.  The spayed female is about a year old. She is spayed and up-to-date on her shots. She was found as a stray and has been at the shelter for about a week.

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 07:05 PM

What 'organic' labels mean for your garden

When we talk about gardening and landscaping these days, the buzz is all about “organic.” But what does it really mean to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and maintain our lawn and landscapes organically? My name is Mary Roberts, and I am owner, manager and chief dirt-digger at Windcrest Farm, a USDA Certified Organic greenhouse, farm and nursery in Monroe. Through this column I hope to inspire you with how-to’s on planning, planting and maintaining your edible and ornamental gardens sustainably and organically.

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

The Adoptables

Rosebud is more fun than a sled, but will leave just as lasting of an impression.  The Boxer mix is about a year old. She is spayed and up-to-date on her toys. She was surrendered by her original owners and has been available for about a week.

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 05:34 PM

The Adoptables

Woody, a lovable shepherd mix, is a happy-go-lucky guy waiting for a family to play with.

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

Where do dogs come from and why do they like us?

Happy new year! It’s human nature to celebrate beginnings and search for origins. We want to know how things started — even to the point of arguing about chickens and eggs. There’s no argument about dogs; the scientific community does agree that the dog was the first domesticated animal. However, scientists disagree on the exact timing of this truly extraordinary occurrence — exactly when the human-dog symbiotic relationship formed. Some say as recently as 10,000 years ago. Others cite evidence pointing to 50,000 years ago or more.