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Spring (gardening) is in the air

It’s official. As of Wednesday, March 20, spring has arrived. That means enjoying the warm weather by getting outside and starting a new garden or changing up the landscape around the house.

And if you’re a beginner, a veteran, or just trying to supplement your grocery bill by growing your tomatoes and squash in your backyard, here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind when shrugging off that winter dreariness.

Bob Prophit, general manager at King’s Greenhouse in Stallings, offers up his expertise for people wanting to get growing this spring.

Getting a garden going has no shortage of benefits, and these days people get started for a number of reasons.

Sustainability, fresh produce, and stress release are all on that list, and even general health is a consideration.

“Gardening is good for you,” said Prophit. “Just in general, especially if you work in an office all the time. I mean, that’s a release, you get to go out and work. It’s healthy, you’re not sitting around, most gardeners are just happy; they’re doing something.”

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By |March 20th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments

New laws that can affect you

In the wee hours of the first of January, 16 new laws came into effect that can and will effect our community. Many of the new laws are just technical changes to previous laws, but some deal with employee verification, protecting children in day cares, and stealing kitchen grease from restaurants.

Employers and local governments must now use E-Verify to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees. This law is a part of a phasing process that currently affects large companies and will soon impact smaller companies in July.

Harsher penalties have been enacted for those who steal cooking oil. If you steal more than $1,000 worth of grease, expect to be charged with a felony. Less than $1,000 in grease will result in a misdemeanor.

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By |January 9th, 2013|Around Town|0 Comments