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Ashvegas base closure?

Ashvegas base closure?

Who knew we had a “military base” right smack in the middle of Ashvegas? Actually, I did. I’ve been to the Naval Reserve Center off Merrimon Avenue, behind the post office. But you can’t really call it a base. I think all of about six or seven people actually work there. While the reserve center is small, it has been[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
WLOS: Friday night dailies

WLOS: Friday night dailies

You know it’s sweeps when… “Punnyman” John Le interviews the mammy at the Thomas Wolfe house “living history weekend.” Swear to God, she promised to cook up some taters and a pie and “a ham if you gonna stay awhile,” all in her best mammy voice. Le played right along, cracking some dumber-than-dumb joke. I half expected him to respond:[Read More…]

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Never-ending TV nuptials

Never-ending TV nuptials

There seems to be no end to the number of WLOS-TV personality weddings this year. Scott Wickersham and Candace Little tied the knot earlier this year. Cherub Charu will make it official with a big Indian wedding (I hope this isn’t one of those pre-arranged deals). And now we learn that Julie “Life’s a Wonder” Wunder is going to the[Read More…]

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WLOS: The dailies

WLOS: The dailies

You know it’s sweeps when… Every story’s about a freakin’ sex offender. “Sex offender moves to Buncombe County.” “Sex offender banned from park.” “Sheriff knocks on door of sex offender.” And it’s not just WLOS. Seems like everybody’s doin it. Give it a rest, people. Puh-lease. You also know it’s sweeps when Sheraldo is hot on the trail dumb teachers[Read More…]

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Restaurant reviews; mmm, mmm good

If you want some fun reading, check out the restaurant reviews in this Haywood County newspaper. They’re straightforward and tell you more than you ever wanted to know about your local steakhouse, deli or burger joint. Some of the choice bits from the sanitation inspector: O’Malley’s On Main , 172 N Main St., Waynesville. Inspection: March 30. Grade: 92.5. Comments:[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

How Republican are you?

Want to know? Take this quiz to find out. I want a complete report.

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Ashvegas saddened by loss of Gold Hill’s Alvarez

Ashvegas saddened by loss of Gold Hill’s Alvarez

Ashvegas is still reeling from the death of Alvy Alvarez, the sociable dude behind the counter at Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas on Haywood Street. Word spread through downtown today, with friends and loved ones coming by to pay their respects at the coffee shop, named a top 10 coffee shop by a USA Today writer. The coffee was[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas, site of world dog dancing championships

Ashevegas is going to be the site of some kind of “world championships” for dog dancing. I think I saw a story about this once a year or so ago, and it looked pretty freaky to me. Here’s the official web site. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, starting tomorrow. I’ll definitely be there to check[Read More…]

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Blog bits: Bears, e-mails and emus

Blog bits: Bears, e-mails and emus

More news from weird WNC: E-mail me I need tips, news, comments, criticism. Post on this site or send to sweetashvegas@hotmail.com. Where’s the body? This is an interesting debate. William Nidiffer has been dead for four months. Dead from a shotgun wound to the chest, his body was found Jan. 8 in the area known as Ephrum Gap, near Unaka[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

More on Waynesville’s pulpit politics

The controversy over Pastor Chan Chandler’s preaching at East Waynesville Baptist Church pretty much ended earlier this week with his resignation. But there’s still plenty of reaction out there. Check out Scott McLeod’s thoughtful opinion piece in the Smoky Mountain News, Waynesville’s alternative weekly. The publication also offers a little more nuance in its series of stories that you’ll find on[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Hi Steve

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Hi Steve

Steve, the photographer in Mexico, who I mentioned in an earlier post (remember – you can click on the link at the bottom of a post to read a thread – in this case, Ted’s Excellent Adventure), sent me a note today. Here’s a taste: I’ve retired a bit early at 51 years when I moved down here over two[Read More…]

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Top 25 reasons to visit Ashvegas

Here’s the link to the cover story of Froemmer’s Budget Traveler magazine, which I mentioned in an earlier post. Here are a couple of my favorites: The banned-book list at Malaprop’s: In addition to titles of gay, lesbian, and transgender interest—and separate sections for graphic novels and local writers and poets—this very independent bookstore has several shelves of books currently banned[Read More…]

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Grief at Gold Hill

The outpouring of grief continues at Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas, following the death of Alvy Alvarez. See the latest story here at the Citizen-Times’ Web site. Flowers, cards and notes are stacking up outside the front door. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an impromptu candlelight memorial this evening.

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
UNC Ashvegas gets a new chancellor

UNC Ashvegas gets a new chancellor

The local newspaper has the story here. Turns out that it’s Anne Ponder, an Asheville native who has been at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. As we know here in the mountains, there are two clans of Ponders – the teachin’ Ponders and the preachin’ Ponders. Guess she’s one of the teachin’ kind. Here’s her bio. From everything I’ve heard, people[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Downtown Ashvegas hero lost: Gold Hill in mourning

A downtown hero has been lost. That’s the sentiment around the Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas shop on Haywood Street as more and more learn of the death of Michael “Alvy” Alvarez. Alvy apparently took his own life Wednesday. Alvy left a suicide note, according to the police who are investigating. Aside from all of that, Alvy was a wonderfully giving person[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Charu: My Big Fat Monsoon Wedding

Charu: My Big Fat Monsoon Wedding

Charu shoots and scores with Ashvegas by granting us our first celebrity post and by racking up one helluva sweeps interview with Deanna Allen, the booby slinger at Iraq’s Camp Bucca. First, Charu puts to rest the rumors: no, i’m not preggers!! it’s hard to stay slim on nightside.. eating late at night, etc also, my hubbie-to-be cooks well! it’s[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
WLOS: The dailies

WLOS: The dailies

Winning wardrobe Scott and Candace looked splendiferous in their matching pink outfits. The cutest couple on local TV news. Tammy and Darcel smartly matched their shades of green. Darcel, please get some new wigs. Charu, you were radiant in your powder blue jacket and dark skirt. Perfect accents for your olive skin and raven tresses. Have you noticed? This from[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Screwy Hoolie asks: Ashvegas bloggercon?

Screwy Hoolie asks: Ashvegas bloggercon?

There’s some neat stuff happening over at Scrutiny Hooligans, a fellow Ashvegas blogger. You need to check it out. Screwy’s site is beautiful. He picks some funky photos to illustrate, the site’s nicely designed and the political commentary is sharp and thought-provoking. You need to also check his site and vote in his poll, down the right-hand side. He’s trying[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Chappelle-shocked

Chappelle-shocked

Chappelle’s gone ment. At least that’s what Entertainment Weekly is reporting. Why should we care? Because Dave’s one funny futhermucker. Chappelle tells it like it is. The blind Ku Klux Klan dude skit is some of the funniest shit I think I’ve ever seen. But $50 million will fuck a brutha up. Here’s what happened, if you’ve been living under[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: rumors, rumblings and grumblings

Blog bits: rumors, rumblings and grumblings

Miller time Liberal radio talking head Stephanie Miller and sidekick will be at the Orange Peel on June 9. Miller is on a roll. She’s taken her show on the road recently and will stop by Ashvegas this summer. Pretty cool that she’ll come here – she must know she’s got a strong base of listeners. Ashvegas callers reguarly make[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Questions

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Questions

Ted is on a side trip to Guadalajara for a couple of days, so we should have some new information, and new photos, hopefully by this weekend. Meantime, interested has posted some great questions: Very interesting story! Does Ted plan to save money in order to live better, or is the goal something Different? Or both? What is the attitude[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
From ‘Flashdance’ to ‘Felicity:’ Just trying to keep up

From ‘Flashdance’ to ‘Felicity:’ Just trying to keep up

There have been so many celebrity marriages and pregnancies and such, I’m just trying to keep up. Renee and Kenny: Guess y’all saw that these two hooked up recently. I’m not much of a Zellweger fan, but Chesney kicks ass. I love his country/beach twang. Britney: I know it’s old news, but she’s such a style-setter for young hos these[Read More…]

by May 11, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS: Where are they now?

WLOS: Where are they now?

You can tell it’s sweeps when every newscast begins with “HUGE, GIGANTIC BREAKING NEWS!” We get it people. The other day, I was reminiscing about some of the old WLOS-TV personalities. Some of you probably think I’m shallow for harping on how news readers look and move and sound, but the fact is that TV news is a personality driven[Read More…]

by May 11, 2005 3 comments Asheville News

Waynesville church pastor resigns

The East Waynesville Baptist Church pastor has just resigned. The Citizen-Times has the story here. Now what? The little church has no pastor. The congregation is divided. Guess we’ll wait and see.

by May 11, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
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