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Roy Williams, one class act

Roy Williams, one class act

Ol’ Roy came back to the mountains Thursday night to speak at West Henderson High School’s graduation. He was old friends with the famiily of the principal there, plus the class asked him to be their speaker. Fresh off his Tar Heels’ national championship, he took them up on their request, and delivered a great address. Check out some samples[Read More…]

by May 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Pastor on Koran sign: I apologize

The Rutherford County pastor who claimed he stomped on the Koran and posted a sign outside his Forest City church proclaiming “The Koran needs to be flushed!” has now apologized. The report, first reported in the local newspaper, garnered national attention. No Rev. Creighton Lovelace has apologized. Here’s the latest story. Here’s part of the report: On Tuesday, the Rev.[Read More…]

by May 27, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Le-mailing it in

Le-mailing it in

I try. Lord, how I try to laugh. But I can’t help but cringe every time “Punnyman” John Le tries to be funny. Even Scott and Darcel had to force smiles at the end of the report tonight. All Scott could muster was a grimaced “Humph.” That’s because Le’s senseless take on the 40th “birthday” of the Pillsbury Doughboy fell[Read More…]

by May 27, 2005 13 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Winding down

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Winding down

Ted’s trip to the Chapala region of Mexico is winding down. Here a few more of his thoughts at the end of a month of checking the place out. Again, more great photos from Steve – go to his Web site to see more. Ted: I’m getting down to the last week of my Mexico adventure. Also known as “Ted’s[Read More…]

by May 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Impressions

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Impressions

Here’s more from Ted on his impressions of the Chapala region of Mexico, which he has been exploring this month. These beautiful photographs are courtesy of Steve Miller, used with his permission. Check out his great work here. Ted’s impressions: This is a tourist town with a lake. This crates a certain dynamic in the mix of people. Some are[Read More…]

by May 27, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Some questions answered

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Some questions answered

Some of you have been closely watching Ted’s adventures in the Chapala region of Mexico. He retired a month or so ago and decided to head south to check things out. Here’s some of what he’s experienced: Danger Yes. I had some concerns. I could play it very ‘Macho’ and say something like, “Danger is my middle name”. But, I’m[Read More…]

by May 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
(Big) WISE guys

(Big) WISE guys

Bulldog has been keeping his ear tuned to local Ashvegas radio. Here’s what he’s got: Big Wise Radio (1310 AM) has introduced a local sports talk show into its all-day lineup of national sports talk programming. “The Wise Guys” feature longtime radio reporter Bill McClement and recent arrival Pat Ryan, the latter more noted for his ill-fated morning show with[Read More…]

by May 27, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Fraggle rocked and froggy-styled

Fraggle rocked and froggy-styled

Local TV anchorwoman Victoria Dunkle and her new squeeze, Kermit the Frog, got swept up in controversy earlier this week when the frog’s posse had a run-in with a rival gang, according to an upcoming page-turner in Muppet Magazine. Dunkle has experienced a meteoric rise in unprecendented media stardom since she confessed her undying love for the famous frog last[Read More…]

by May 26, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ghostbusters on the radio

Ghostbusters on the radio

I’ve never quite known what to think about Joshua Warren, Ashvegas’ self-proclaimed ghost hunter. I’ve watched him grow up from over-zealous high school hucksterism to author, tour guide and self-annointed expert on all things that go bump in the night around here. Warren is getting some new press now about his new tours around town. Check out the XPress story[Read More…]

by May 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Koran descretation reports continue

Koran descretation reports continue

The Washington Post today says newly released FBI documents detail allegations that the Koran was desecrated in a number of ways at Guatanamo Bay. Meanwhile, the Rutherford County pastor who posted a sign outside his church stating “The Koran needs to be flushed!” is continuing to feel the heat over his overheated statement. Here’s the Post story. “Nearly a dozen[Read More…]

by May 26, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
(Faded) Beauty on (fading) beauty

(Faded) Beauty on (fading) beauty

You know it’s sweeps when… Former beauty queen Candice Little, a fading beauty queen, does a special report titled “Fading Beauty,” a hard-hitting look inside the dying world of beauty pageants. Only Candice could pull off this inane report, a wide-eyed look that asks: Why isn’t anyone watching me any more? Oops. I mean, why isn’t anyone watching beauty pageants[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Pastor: I stomped the Quran

Pastor: I stomped the Quran

The Rev. Creighton Lovelace, the latest of Western North Carolina’s pastors to hit the spotlight for his outspokenness, said tonight on the local TV news that he threw the book, considered holy by millions of Muslims, to the ground and stomped it. Lovelace, showing the crinkled book to the reporter, said he trampled the book because he couldn’t actually flush[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

More on pastors and politics

First there was the Rev. Chan Chandler, telling Waynesville Baptists to get out of his church unless they agreed with his preaching of politics from the pulpit. That political stance was pro-Bush, anti-Kerry. Now comes the Rev. Creighton Lovelace, over in Forest City, posting a sign proclaiming: “The Koran needs to be flushed!” after reports (and retractions) that a Koran[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WNC pastor: Koran needs to be flushed

WNC pastor: Koran needs to be flushed

Here we go again. Just when Ashvegas and surrounding Western North Carolina thought it was out of the limelight when it comes to pastors and politics, here comes another Baptist preacher with something to say. The Rev. Creighton Lovelace, pastor of Danieltown Baptist Church in Forest City, which is in Rutherford County, posts a sign that reads: “The Koran needs[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
BULLETIN: Wedding bells in store for Dunkle and ‘Special K’???

BULLETIN: Wedding bells in store for Dunkle and ‘Special K’???

Rumors are flying that local TV news anchor Victoria Dunkle and her new beau, Kermit the Frog, are planning to tie the knot in the latest twist of their whirlwind romance that started last week with an innocent TV interview (see earlier posts). Pals report that Kermit swept Dunkle off her feet this weekend after she confessed her undying love[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas tale of woe: Boy in trunk dies

The latest tale of woe for Ashvegas, as told in today’s Citizen-Times, chronicles the horrifying death of an 8-year-old boy locked in the trunk of his mother’s Ford Escort. Seems mom couldn’t get a babysitter, so she left the boy, Devin Gibson, in the car for 16 hours. Incredible. I’m surprised this story hasn’t hit the national news, although it[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
FLASH: Kermit, Dunkle an item

FLASH: Kermit, Dunkle an item

Ashvegas is receiving reports that local TV news anchor Victoria Dunkle and famous Muppet frog Kermit have been seen canoodling around town after last week’s sexy on-screen banter between the two. The two met on-screen during a promotional tour for a Muppet remake of the classic “Wizard of Oz.” During a 3- to 4-minute interview, Dunkle and the frog were[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Victoria and the frog

Victoria and the frog

You know it’s sweeps when… Victoria Dunkle interviews Kermit the Frog. This happened Friday on our local TV news, the noon edition. If you all don’t watch the noon news, you’re missing out on lots of good stuff. The salacious interview came as ABC was trying to pump up “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz,” starring R&B songbird Ashanti beside the[Read More…]

by May 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

United, we fall: Part Two

Rant: still on. United Airlines sucks. OK, where was I? After getting on my United flight headed from Charlotte to Washington, we were forced back to the terminal for a look-see at the engine. We deplaned and sat around for an hour. I strolled the short concourse where I was trapped. I chatted with a fellow passenger about how fucked[Read More…]

by May 22, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

United, we fall

Rant: on. United Airlines sucks. They’re broke, busted and disgusting. Let me count the ways. I arrived at Charlotte-Douglas this morning in plenty of time for my 9:55 a.m. flight to Washington-Dulles. No problems in Charlotte. I e-ticketed, so I had the boarding pass I printed from home in my hand and ready to go. Security in Charlotte wasn’t bad,[Read More…]

by May 22, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Our Nation’s Capital

I’m blogging to you from Washington, D.C., so please forgive the typos and hasty posts. I’m on one of those Sheraton lobby computers where you feed your dollar bills into a machine and it starts counting down your time. I’m here for the wedding of a friend of a friend. It should be quite the show. The groom is from[Read More…]

by May 22, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: In Ajijic, don’t bother the burros

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: In Ajijic, don’t bother the burros

Ted’s excellent adventure recently led him into the village of Ajijic, not far from neighboring Chapala, Ted’s home base. Steve ran into Ted there and provided these photos, which are way cool. Go to Steve’s Web site to see more. Ted was checking out the market in Ajijic. Looks like he was having a good time exploring. Ajijic still sleeps,[Read More…]

by May 21, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
In Memory: Michael “Alvy” Alvarez

In Memory: Michael “Alvy” Alvarez

“We should all try to live as kindly and gently as Alvy did.” Thursday night, downtown Ashevegas said goodbye to Alvy Alvarez, the gentle spirit at Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas who took his own life last week. A large crowd of mourners filled the Orange Peel for Alvy’s send off. As I’ve noted in earlier posts, Alvy’s death[Read More…]

by May 20, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Chapala: Drop it like it’s hot

Chapala: Drop it like it’s hot

If you’ve been keeping up with Ted’s excellent adventure, you’ll know that Ted met Steve Miller, a sharp photographer and freelancer. They met up in the Lake Chapala area, and Steve has been dropping notes and generally keeping in touch. If you haven’t done it yet, you need to check out his Web site, where you’ll see samples of his[Read More…]

by May 20, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

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