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  • Southern States annual meeting held in Virginia

    The 88th annual stockholder’s meeting of Southern States Cooperative was held Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the cooperative’s Richmond, Va. headquarters. Members of Southern States’ Board of Directors, stockholders and guests were given an overview of the cooperative’s performance during fiscal 2010, which ended in June.

  • Thanks to volunteers, Chanler is healing

    By Sarah Gribbins
    Marion County Animal Shelter

    Happy Thanksgiving to all from the Marion County Animal Shelter. We have had a busy couple of weeks, winterizing.
    I guess my first order of business is to update everyone on our Boxer, Chanler’s progress. He is doing wonderful. He has gained a lot of much needed weight!

  • Cranberry bogs bring in the harvest

    Did you know that the cranberry used to be called the “craneberry?”
    When the colonists first learned of this berry from their American Indian hosts in the New World they thought the blooms of the native shrub looked liked the long neck and bill of the crane.
    Eventually, as language goes, it was shortened to cranberry.

  • Be thankful, join me on Facebook

    It is the season for thankfulness but I often wonder why we need a season or holiday to remind us about all the good things we have?
    We have so much more in this country than most of the rest of the world but yet we need to be reminded of it on a yearly basis. Is it that we are spoiled?
    Or, is it that we work so hard year round to get the things that we are continually told we need.
    Or, is it that our neighbors have something we think we need?

  • Fertilizing Your Lawn

    Fertilizing your lawn is a good way to maintain a healthy turf. You should fertilize every year.

    Fertilizing your lawn helps maintain a uniform, dense, green, turf and reduces weed problems. The good effects of fertilizing can be lost if you fertilize at the wrong time. Low maintenance turf requires one application of fertilization in late October or anytime in November for most grass types.

    Don't guess what your lawn needs! Get a soil test done.

  • Asian lady beetles are back

    It is that time of the year again: the attack of the lady beetles. Usually they sneak their way into our homes before now but the mild weather has kept them at bay.

    The chill is here so people are asking, "what do I do about all the lady bugs in my house." Well, the short answer is seal up the house well and get out the vacuum cleaner.