Articles by: Jason Sandford

The waffler strikes again

The waffler strikes again

Last weekend, Susan Fisher, one of three N.C. House representatives from Buncombe County, wrote a guest editorial about the need for Ashvegas City Council and Buncombe commissioners to work out a deal on the water agreement. Fisher’s words is one thing. Her actions are another. She’s been all over the road on the issue, so how can we trust her[Read More…]

by June 18, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Blog cartooning

Blog cartooning

This guy is awesome. Hugely popular in Britian. I will tell you more about him soon, but for now, I want to keep him to myself. (Though you’re certainly welcome to figure it out for yourself.) Of course, I don’t make money on this blog. In fact, it’s costing me. Maybe one day I’ll figure it out.

by June 18, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
A mountain lotus garden

A mountain lotus garden

John “Punnyman” Le left the puns to the anchors and did a decent little story on a beautiful Madison County lotus garden during the Friday night news. Problem is, as usual, he left the news out. Is it open to the public? When? How do I get there? There was some mention of a festival – when? C’mon, dude. What[Read More…]

by June 18, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Dreamland diaries

Dreamland diaries

The last vestigae of the old Dreamland Drive-In is going by the wayside. The local newspaper has the story here. That part of town was once part of the boonies. It was so dark you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face at night. So the Pless family opened up a drive-in theater there in 1948, just after[Read More…]

by June 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Pissing in the wind

Pissing in the wind

WLOS led separate news casts with major breaking news Thursday night: first, there was “just released surveillance video” of last fall’s flooding (yes, this is true); and second, there was breaking news from Pritchard Park – bums piss in the park (gasp!) Russ “Nice-Buns” Bowen had the scoop on the flood videotape. They could have aired tape of grass growing[Read More…]

by June 17, 2005 6 comments Asheville News
Harry Potter, here we come

Harry Potter, here we come

Is everybody ready for more Harry Potter mania? “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” drops July 16. Over at Malaprop’s, people are already planning a release party at 11 p.m. on July 15 – at midnight, the new book will be released. The store is taking prepaid holds, and they’re giving away a $5 gift card to buyers when they[Read More…]

by June 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
The Avant Garden

The Avant Garden

I recently took a trip over to the Avant Garden and had a great time. I learned the power of rocks, and the meaning of “fuegonauts.” (Is that the right spelling, Dave?) Check out Dave’s blog – it’s way cool. I waded crotch-deep into the Swannanoa to help Dave fix some of his cool rock stacks. I got some insight[Read More…]

by June 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Dinner for the Rich

Dinner for the Rich

Dinner for the Rich – that’s what we call Earthfare, a home-grown Ashvegas organic grocery chain that’s just opened up shop in Chapel Thrill. I remember when Dinner for the Earth (the precursor to Earthfare) opened up in some creaky warehouse space down on Broadway. Wow, we though. A place where you can buy hummus and babaganoush and organic peanut[Read More…]

by June 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
An accusation minus a response

An accusation minus a response

Bulldog rants on GMA: If you’ve ever wondered why there is so much mistrust of “the media,” look no further than Exhibit A from Good Morning Liberal America on ABC. Diane Sawyer “turned to” a Duke University Hospital representative Tuesday to answer questions in regard to the story about surgical instruments being mistakenly cleaned in hydraulic fluid, and the effects[Read More…]

by June 16, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Celebrity post #3: Amy Davis

Celebrity post #3: Amy Davis

A couple of days ago, Bulldog said he saw a bloopers clip of former WLOSer Kathy Scott, but it was actually former WLOSer Amy Davis. She wanted to be sure we got it straight, so she sent us a note, Bulldog: Hello, A former co-worker of mine at WLOS in Asheville e-mailed me a link to your website with the[Read More…]

by June 16, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS blog bits: Sightings, a weather shank and more

WLOS blog bits: Sightings, a weather shank and more

Sightings John “Punnyman” Le knows how to rib, after all. Le won last weekend’s rib fest at the local TV station, a litte competition he and a videographer have each year for top billing. Reports are that his ribs were finger-lickin’ good. That John Le, he’s a real ribber. (ha-ha; get it John; a pun; I made a pun on[Read More…]

by June 16, 2005 6 comments Asheville News
Stories that make you go ‘hmmmmmm’

Stories that make you go ‘hmmmmmm’

Hawaii Five-uh oh Cherub Charu cranked up the outrage factor on the local TV news tonight (it actually aired early Wednesday because of the NBA game) with a sensational story about Buncombe commish folks heading to the sunny sands of Honolulu, Hawaii for a big conference. Most of her video to illustrate the story about the July conference of the[Read More…]

by June 15, 2005 5 comments Asheville News
So are we done with Michael?

So are we done with Michael?

Now that Michael Jackson is “resting comfortably” at this Neverland estate, are we done? Probably not. As usual, the media has to find something to keep the story going, because it hasn’t found the next big celebrity trial to pounce on yet. So there’s this: Gallup: Public Splits, In ‘Major Racial Divide,’ on Michael Jackson Verdict NEW YORK– An overnight[Read More…]

by June 15, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Why Ashvegas?

I always knew there were lots of dumb people out there. Now here’s proof. I found this discussion thread from the folks over at democraticunderground. The original message poster took a couple of lines out of one of my May posts about how well-organized the “progressive” Democrats have become in Buncombe County. I understood that be an invitation for people[Read More…]

by June 15, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Dress for success

Dress for success

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you – the look of the site has changed a bit. Bear with us as we continue to tweak the site to bring you the best ever blog. We’re working on adding some new features. And we may end up totally redesigning the look. So again, please hang with us. What do you think? What can[Read More…]

by June 15, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Blog bits: A Scott sighting and a victim’s story

Bulldog offers these reports: Scott sighting There was a Kathy Scott sighting over the weekend. Although it was pre-WLOS footage, Kathy was featured in one of those Dick Clark “Bloopers” shows that aired during the rain delay in Sunday’s Braves game. Scott was in an outtake demonstrating a story on how thieves break into cars, trying to crack the passenger[Read More…]

by June 14, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Post a secret

Post a secret

A killer idea. You write your secret on a postcard and send it to the Web site administrator. It results in an amazing Web site. (NOTE: Not my postcard.) (Props to rumble-rumble for sharing the link.)

by June 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Pisgah Legal gathering

Pisgah Legal gathering

The gathering for people interested in learning more about Pisgah Legal Services will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. on June 29 at the home of Mary Parker. Respond here if you’re planning to attend. As I wrote earlier, one topic of conversation will surely be Pisgah Legal’s own legal battle to hold onto the historic building in Montford that[Read More…]

by June 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Celebrity post #2: Tammy stops laughing (for a minute) but keeps her sense of humor

Celebrity post #2: Tammy stops laughing (for a minute) but keeps her sense of humor

Bulldog broke loose Ashvegas’ second celebrity post, by none other than Tammy, of the Ken and Tammy show. (Tammy is Ashvegas’ second big celebrity post. Our first was by none other than Cherub Charu, chiming in to declare her everlasting love for her soon hubby-to-be. By the way, Charu, we want first crack at your exclusive Monsoon Wedding photos. No[Read More…]

by June 13, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Blog bits: A casino, art and one nice ass

Blog bits: A casino, art and one nice ass

Cherokee casino expanding? Seems the Eastern Band of the Cherokee want to ramp up the gambling in Cherokee. The tribe has given the governor a new proposal, one that would allow them to expand to a new location, offer credit and offer live gambling. Has the conversation ended? Ashvegas blew up a few years back when Ashvegas City Council debated[Read More…]

by June 12, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: A group blog, a group ride, and a guide

Blog bits: A group blog, a group ride, and a guide

Group blog BlogAsheville, a new group blog that came out of the meeting of Ashvegas bloggers on Saturday, is now up thanks to Scrutiny Hooligans. Check it out. It’s going to be a cool evolution. A pronouncer Here’s a pronounciation guide for WLOSers, who continue to struggle as Julie (the Joker) Wunder did tonight: Cruso: Crew-so (not “Ca-roo-so,” Julie) Cashiers:[Read More…]

by June 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas bloggers: Who are we and where are we going?

Ashvegas bloggers: Who are we and where are we going?

Ashvegas bloggers got together yesterday for a first-ever meet-up and by all accounts, everyone had fun. It was informal, free-flowing and laid back. Scrutiny Hooligans had snagged primo people-watching real estate at the frog bar in downtown, and everyone just sort of hung out. I had a great time talking with the Hooligans, Modern Peasant, DEMbloggers and the Syntax of[Read More…]

by June 12, 2005 6 comments Asheville News
My Saturday afternoon

My Saturday afternoon

up and around/check the blog wash the sheets/rainy streets/iron’s hot Ingles deli turkey sandwich/Vanilla Pepsi hits the spot fill the feeders/slippery squirrel splats blog, rain, blog, rain/Sunday window pane Where to go?/Whitley on the stereo/”I’m no stranger to the rain…” you died too soon, son (Thanks to easybakecoven for the form.)

by June 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Legal wrangling over Pisgah Legal Services

Legal wrangling over Pisgah Legal Services

There’s some interesting legal wrangling going on over at Pisgah Legal Services, and this time Pisgah Legal is smack dab in the middle of the debate. Pisgah Legal is a nonprofit that primarily offers legal help to indigent people. Now it’s got legal problems of its own. There’s going to be a get-together soon of Ashvegas folk who support Pisgah[Read More…]

by June 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News