Articles by: Jason Sandford

Palm artistry

Palm artistry

From my father; he’s getting pretty good with his new camera.

by July 3, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Dracula ‘Historian’ visits Ashvegas

Dracula ‘Historian’ visits Ashvegas

File this in the category “All roads lead to Ashvegas:” Elizabeth Kostova, the woman with the hottest book of the summer, used to live in Asheville and has family that is deeply connected to Ashvegas. Her book “The Historian” is a blockbuster hit. She got a $2 million payoff and a movie deal is in the works. The book is[Read More…]

by July 3, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Election 2005: We need a new name

Election 2005: We need a new name

“Indecision 2000” worked a few years ago as an election catch-phrase, but that was, well, five years ago. We need a new tagline. Anybody got any suggestions?

by July 3, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Election 2005: The quest for Ashvegas mayor

Election 2005: The quest for Ashvegas mayor

Folks, the filing has begun for Ashvegas City Council elections, and while a couple of nobodys came out on Friday, this month should bring some intriguing candidates out of the woodwork. Go here to check the filings each day. For right now, I’m just going to focus on the mayoral race. There’s probably going to be a dozen or more[Read More…]

by July 3, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Julie Blunder does it again

Julie Blunder does it again

Yesterday, weather reader Julie Blunder was all over the page when it came to the weather forecast. First, she called Saturday a “stunning” day, when it in fact was gray and overcast most of the day, then rained about 6:30 p.m. To me, the description “stunning” should be reserved for those rare spring and fall days in the mountains, when[Read More…]

by July 3, 2005 4 comments Asheville News
A thirsty thief, driving while diabetic and the search for wife-swapping rednecks

A thirsty thief, driving while diabetic and the search for wife-swapping rednecks

The beat goes on in crazy Mack-Dowell County, a breeding ground for news of the weird like you wouldn’t believe. All this can be found at the local McDowell newspaper here. Here’s a sampling: Thristy thief Some dude who was apparently thirsty as hell stole a Sierra Mist van and led police on a chase through Marion this past week.[Read More…]

by July 2, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
More on the man who wanted to steal Christmas

More on the man who wanted to steal Christmas

OK, time to break down the local TV “news” station’s story Thursday night on the Polk County man who wanted to steal Christmas. It’s a perfect example of why I despise the local infotainment machine. The 60- to 90-second report on WLOS on Thursday night’s 11 o’clock news said a local minister (I use that term loosely) had filed a[Read More…]

by July 2, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Blog bits: The preacher who tried to steal Christmas

Blog bits: The preacher who tried to steal Christmas

Bah-humbug I appreciate the local TV news for bringing me craziness like this next little ditty, but as usual, there’s no context or explanation. It was literally a 1-minute hit on the 11 o’clock the other night. According to WLOS, a “preacher” (it seems like any fat redneck with a few folding chairs can call himself a preacher around here)[Read More…]

by July 2, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Carrie, revealed again

Carrie, revealed again

Have I told you that Ashvegas Refugee rocks? Well, Ashvegas Refugee effin rocks. Ashvegas Refugee pumped my ‘nads with a little more sleuthing to sniff out Mike Bettes’ old fake Australian girlfriend, Carrie Hunter, who worked as a KISS FM radio host here in Ashvegas a few years back. The Buzz, 102.9 in Nashville, has Carrie Hunter listed as part[Read More…]

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS roundup: Agonizing happy talk, who rules the weather, and Le ducks a doozy

WLOS roundup: Agonizing happy talk, who rules the weather, and Le ducks a doozy

Streeeeeeeeeetching the news There were some agonizing moments at the end of the 11 Wednesday as we watched the happy talk go on and on and on. Not sure what happened. First, Stan swallowed his mic or something, then coughed it back up. Then Stan, Darcel and Cuevas sat at the desk, droning on about the weather for-seemingly-ever. Is it[Read More…]

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
We got the ‘Blues

We got the ‘Blues

Actually, it’s News Blues. The website where “TV News insiders dish the dirt on America’s television newsrooms,” according to the site. So check it out. We’ve been added to their “insider” list. So keep it comin’. And thanks, Charu!

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Sexy and Sedaris

Sexy and Sedaris

My spywitnesses tell me that you may spot local newspaper columnist/author Susan Reinhardt hanging with memoirist/humorist/author David Sedaris over at the Grove Park Inn on Friday. Sedaris is in town for a reading over at Malaprop’s. I’d love to be a fly on the way and listen in on their conversation. The stories those two can tell! Don’t look for[Read More…]

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Charu cartoon

Charu cartoon

Thanks to Cohen for this ‘toon. Here’s the link.

by June 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Time to buy some Bobcat tix

Time to buy some Bobcat tix

I guess I’m going to have to buy some season passes to see the Bobcats play, now that two of my Tar Heels will be in Charlotte next year. Pretty cool that both Sean and Raymond will be there. And what a bonanza for Charlotte. They couldn’t have asked for better. Charlotte is already crawling with Heels fans. Bobcats tickets[Read More…]

by June 29, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
In defense of Charu (not so much)

In defense of Charu (not so much)

The reaction to GanjaGate keeps rolling in. There’s this from StonesFan: The fact that the station has ignored this story, which, to repeat, got its subject tossed into jail (!!), is an embarrassment — or, should be, to any self-respecting journalist. But most of them aren’t journalists — they’re news readers with bad pronunciation. And this from Ashvegas Refugee: Michelle,If[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Feeback

Feeback

More of what you said has been posted on the “What you said” page. Check it out. Good stuff. You can post comments, you can send me an e-mail, or you can write me the old-fashioned way at: Ashvegas P.O. Box 16561 Asheville NC 28816

by June 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Radio host revealed

Radio host revealed

Thanks to everyone who wrote me to tell me that Carrie Hunter was the former KISS FM radio personality. It was the “Chuck and Carrie Show” that they did in the morning, one poster said. Now I remember! Thanks. Carrie had a really bad fake Australian accent, but apparently the good ol’ boys loved it, so they played it up[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Weather poll

Weather poll

Thank you to a loyal reader, who wanted to know the results of our recent weather talent poll. (You can view the results of a poll when you vote, by the way.) We asked who you thought was best. Here are the results: Cuevas – 14 Caldwell – 8 Bettes – 8 Barberie (the ringer) – 8 Norwood – 2[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
In defense of Charu

In defense of Charu

This from poster who signed in as Michelle Gifford: Some people are so darn quick to judge things they do not know or understand. I know Charu and worked with her on a daily basis as her photographer. I think the world of her and would stand up for her integrity and her ethics! People want the truth…lets not forget,[Read More…]

by June 28, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Whatever happened to…

Blog bits: Whatever happened to…

Mike Bettes. Bettes was a decent weather guy for WLOS a couple of years ago. He wore excellently tailored suits. He didn’t over-hype the weather. He bored us with his bike-riding. But Bettes seemed like a decent guy. Until he got wrapped up with his fake Australian girlfriend. She was a KISS Country radio personality, and I can’t for the[Read More…]

by June 27, 2005 8 comments Asheville News
Draft ’em: Marvin, Raymond, Rashad and May

Draft ’em: Marvin, Raymond, Rashad and May

NBA draft time is almost here. Should be fun to watch and see how the next generation performs. Will they stand up to the other Carolina greats who have come before? Meanwhile, I hope ol’ Roy is working hard to be prepared when things crank up again this fall.

by June 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Got ink-stained fingers?

Got ink-stained fingers?

Do you cherish the written word? If so, Scott McLeod wants you writing for him. McLeod, the editor at the Smoky Mountain News in Waynesville, is looking for some new, ink-stained blood to liven up his pages. He wrote a nice column about his search. McLeod has had some very good writers grace his pages. They infuse his weekly tab[Read More…]

by June 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
GanjaGate: A station reacts

GanjaGate: A station reacts

The local TV news station had little to say tonight at 6 on GanjaGate. Nothing to say, to be exact. Still, you could read the reaction on the news readers’ faces if you looked closely. 1. Holly Headache’s reaction to Charu’s story. (Ouch) 2. Candy Little’s reaction. (Asleep) 3. Julie Wunderful’s reaction. (Clueless)

by June 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Charu’s reefer madness

Charu’s reefer madness

When will WLOS acknowledge what’s been happening with Charu and her story on the medical marijuana guy? When will WLOS install an ethics policy, and enforce it? When will DA Ron Moore make a decision on whether or not to prosecute the local TV station for its role in the marijuana story? The wait continues.

by June 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News