Articles by: Jason Sandford

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s my boo’s tree peony. First time it’s bloomed in about four years.

by May 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Herbs galore

Herbs galore

The annual herb fest at the WNC Farmer’s Market in west Ashvegas was a total mob scene Saturday. Good thing we got there early. We bought some SC strawberries for $8 a gallon and spent I don’t know how much on everything from scented geraniums to a black raspberry cane. It was great fun, beautiful weather. I’m always amazed at[Read More…]

by May 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Faithful in furor, dumb hippies and more

Blog bits: Faithful in furor, dumb hippies and more

‘I’m goin’ to the chapel, and I’m gonna get…’ political? Wonder what’s going on at East Waynesville Baptist Church this morning? Will the faithful be in a furor? What will the preacher say today? I thought about driving out there, but I’ve got some Mother’s Day duties to attend to. Still, if I get a report, I’ll let you know.[Read More…]

by May 8, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Franklin Graham weighs in on church kicking out Dems

Franklin Graham weighs in on church kicking out Dems

Franklin Graham took a break from his appearance at a college graduation here in Western North Carolina today to talk about his reaction to East Waynesville Baptist Church’s pastor kicking Democrats out of the church. The local TV station had the story on at 11 p.m. Graham basically said that issues such as abortion are neither Republican nor Democrat issues,[Read More…]

by May 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Democracks and Republicants

The outrage and reaction to the Democrats getting kicked out of East Waynesville Baptist Church keep rolling in. Here’s another taste (click on link at bottom of post, or scroll down, for more): From some weirdo calling himslef Gaymdman1: Democrats are LIBERAL, right? They support abortion and homosexuality. The BIBLE clearly states that it is wrong. If you are a[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
The Ax Man Cometh

The Ax Man Cometh

All hail His Airness. That would be the winner of the Ashvegas regional of the Air Guitar World Championships. That would be the dude (shown here) who dubbed himself the All-American Breeder and proceeded to rock the Westville Pub in West Ashvegas last night. He won himself a free trip to LA and a chance to compete for a spot[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
God is a Republican (or is she?)

God is a Republican (or is she?)

As the story unfolds about the Democrats kicked out of the Waynesville church, it’s interesting to just tap into the venom unleashed from both sides. First, here’s the latest story. Now, check out some of these comments on a Waynesville message board. For more, go to the board. This is typical of firebrands blasting Waynesville (they always sound so self-righteous):[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Cherub Charu: great with child?

Cherub Charu: great with child?

Rumors are flying around Ashvegas that Charu could be pregnant. Charu is a friendly on-air personality at WLOS. She is a little cherub. Her fairly even-handed reports are a staple of the 11 pm show. Engaged, she’s sporting a rock that would put J-Lo to shame. What a sparkler! It’s absolutely huge! So far, whether or not she’s got a[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 6 comments Asheville News

The latest on the Democrats kicked out of Waynesville church

Here’s the latest from the local newspaper on the Democrats kicked out of East Waynesville Baptist Church.

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Democrats scream: Love thy neighbor

They’re starting to pile on the Haywood County pastor who kicked Democrats out of his Waynesville church: North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek: One of the Bible’s most repeated commands is to ‘Love your neighbor.’ If these reports are true, this minister is not only acting extremely inappropriately by injecting partisan politics into a house of worship, but he[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 3 comments Asheville News

Repent or resign

Air America’s Ed Schultz   is all over the East Waynesville Baptist Church story about it’s pastor kicking out Democrats.  This afternoon, he interviewed a 73-year-old member of the church, Selma Morris, who laid out what happened.  Morris said she lives in the Ninevah section of Waynesville (the name was lost on Schultz). She said the pastor, Chan Chandler, started[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Excommunicated Democrats in church on Sunday?

East Waynesville Baptist Church should be an interesting place to be on Sunday. People writing in the blogosphere say they’ll be showing up, sporting big Ds on their shirts, ready to sit in the pews. The TV story last night had an interesting little kicker. The reporter said he was unable to reach the pastor, but the reporter played audio[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

More on excommunicating heathen Democrats

The story about East Waynesville Baptist Church excommunicating Democrats is blowing up in the blogosphere, as I knew it would when I wrote my post last night after seeing the TV story (see previous post). The Daily Kos has picked it up. Check out the first thread here. There’s another thread here, with links to video of the TV story,[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Haywood County craziness

The local TV news station, fronted by Scott Wickersham and company,  have had a couple of high-larious stories recently. I just couldn’t resist:Mary of the Wood The first was about a couple of good ‘ol boy Maggie Valley woodcarvers who claim they’ve seen Mary in a chunk of wood they were carving. It wasn’t nearly as convincing as the Mary[Read More…]

by May 5, 2005 3 comments Asheville News

Widespread panic over Widespread Panic

Spreadheads have been smoking too much weed lately. They’re paranoid as hell about the propect of a police crackdown at this weekend’s Ashvegas concert of their beloved Widespread Panic. Here’s the e-mail that I received: You may or may not want to post this on your list but I thought I would share:  “Folks, just got the word that the[Read More…]

by May 5, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Backyard birding

Backyard birding

There’s nothing better than a sunshiny Saturday morning with a crisp newspaper, a bowl of cereal and a backyard full of birds chowing down with you. Spring is alive in my backyard with sparrows and chickadees and blue jays and doves. They trill and sing and flit and call. It’s wonderful. So to see the story of a bird once[Read More…]

by May 4, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Black Mountain, Bucca and boobies

Black Mountain, Bucca and boobies

Black Mountain, a little town just east of Ashvegas, claims a celeb of a different sort. That would be Deanna Allen, a National Guard soldier who got the boot after some embarrassing photos were published in a New York tabloid. Stationed at Camp Bucca, she was captured on film and video tape having a blast in a mud wrestling competition[Read More…]

by May 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Andie and the rest

Andie and the rest

One more note on Andie, then I’ll shut it. Andie and Rosie were on TV last night – did you catch it? One of those Hallmark Hall of Fame, made for TV specials, just in time for the beginning of sweeps. OK, I didn’t see it either. But Andie is one of Ashvegas’ finest, so I figured I had to[Read More…]

by May 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Music galore in Ashvegas this week

Ashvegas and the surrounding mountains will be alive with the sound of music this week. Check out this line-up: Tomorrow, country act Montgomery Gentry will hit the Ashvegas Civic Center. They’re hot right now with a couple of tunes getting a lot of airplay. The Black Crowes hit the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium stage Saturday, while The Shinns take command at[Read More…]

by April 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
A Rose by another name: Andie MacDowell

A Rose by another name: Andie MacDowell

Rose Qually is hot – her career is sizzling and the woman who goes by the big screen name Andie MacDowell nevers seems to age a day. So it’s no surprise to see Ashvegas’ most famous celeb on the cover of this month’s InStyle Home magazine. Rose has been everywhere lately. Pumping her latest movie, “Beauty Shop,” Rose made an[Read More…]

by April 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Roaming WNC: Pottery for the people at Mud Dabber’s

Roaming WNC: Pottery for the people at Mud Dabber’s

There’s a great pottery tradition in Ashvegas and surrounding parts. Let me tell you about a little studio I stumbled across last weekend. I was on my way back from Sylva (see my earlier post) when I decided to stop at Mud Dabber’s. (I always thought those wasps in the clay were called “mud daubers,” but who am I?) I’d[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
More photos from Biltmore

More photos from Biltmore

Here are some more photos from Biltmore, shot last weekend when it WASN’T snowing. See my earlier post and my photo gallery for more. And a few more, just for the heck of it: Shoot – might as well make a full page of it:

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas of the past

A few things I miss about Ashvegas – Bill Stanley’s Bluegrass and Barbecue; Gatsby’s; Sunny Sparachino’s; 45 Cherry; Dinner for the Earth on Broadway (now Earthfare); a club called Captain Jack’s Pooh-Pooh Parlor, or something similar.

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blackberry winter

Blackberry winter

Blackberry winter – that’s what the mountain folks around Ashvegas call this cold snap we’re having. But I’ve lived most of my life in WNC, and I don’t recall any actual snow associated with Blackberry winter. And I don’t ever remember it snowing this late in April. Not that we got a lot of snow – just a light dusting[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
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