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*Darcel’s son* corrects the record

*Darcel’s son* corrects the record

A poster who signed themselves Darcel’s son writes Ashvegas to inform us that we won’t have to wait until November for more sweeps sensationalism from our local infotainment folks – there’s a sweeps period coming up in July. Darcel’s son also gives us other important information – Darcel has a weave, not a wig. A while back, Ashvegas made a[Read More…]

by June 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Volcano!

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Volcano!

Who knew there were active volcanoes in Mexico? Ted, freshly back from his excellent adventure, says “this little number is a couple of hours south of Lake Chapala,” where he visited for the month of May. It’s in the same Mexican state, Jolisco. He said he talked about going down to check it out, but didn’t make it. Probably a[Read More…]

by June 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Sweeps: A May review

Sweeps: A May review

Well folks, sweeps is just about in the books. It’s been quite a month for our local news readers. Let’s look back at the May that was, and hand out a few roses and rocks for the entertainment they brought to us through the ol’ boob tube: Roses for Russ Russ scored the hottest story of the month when he[Read More…]

by June 1, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
‘I can’t stand the rain…’

‘I can’t stand the rain…’

Local TV weather news goddess Julie Wunder continued to bang away at the notion that this “unstable weather pattern” we’ve been having lately is going to lead to rain sooner or later. I guess she’s right. If you say it’s going to rain long enough, I guess it will. The problem is, the local TV news weather readers have been[Read More…]

by June 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: This trip’s over

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: This trip’s over

Ted’s Excellent Adventure, at least part one, is coming to a close. As you know, if you’ve been following the posts – click link below – Ted recently retired and headed down to Mexico to check it out as a possible retirement destination. Ted ended up buying a condo. He thinks it will be a good investment. He’s going to[Read More…]

by May 31, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
For charity (and Hope, and Faith, and…)

For charity (and Hope, and Faith, and…)

I’m sorry I missed the Hooters’ bikini contest last week right here in Ashvegas. It was a great chance to support charity (and Hope, and Faith, and the rest. The event went down mid week, and with all my focus on the upcoming holiday weekend, I totally zoned out and missed my chance to check it out and support a[Read More…]

by May 31, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
About N.C. barbecue: East beats West

About N.C. barbecue: East beats West

Let’s talk barbecue. North Carolina barbecue. Some of the best barbecue in the land. Forget Memphis or Kansas City or those other pretenders. The age-old argument about which is better – eastern N.C.’s or western N.C.’s ‘cue – crops up from time to time. I’m here to tell you that eastern-style wins, hands down. I’ve been holding back on this[Read More…]

by May 31, 2005 5 comments Asheville News
Me, this morning

Me, this morning

7:30 a.m. up/sleep drunk/awake and up at 9 a.m. T-shirt/shorts/get the paper 2 eggs, over-easy/tempeh/toast/crunchy p-butter oj/vitamin pills/green tea finches on the feeders/list for Lowe’s plantin’/sweatin’/restin’/where’s the rain? You? (Special thanks to easybakecoven for the story form)

by May 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
While on vacation…

While on vacation…

This week was vacation week for many, but I took a few days off a little bit early. Here’s a look in photos: This is the area I stayed in. Some food I ate. The airport I flew into. The event I attended. One of the many sights. All in all, not a bad little trip.

by May 30, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Dunkle and the frog – Splitsville

Dunkle and the frog – Splitsville

The redhot romance between local news anchor Victoria Dunkle and Kermit the Frog has hit Splitsville, according to insiders. In possibly one of the biggest sweeps stunts to hit the local TV news, Dunkle confessed her undying love for the frog during a live interview at noon. The frog flew to Asheville immediately after the encounter a couple of weeks[Read More…]

by May 30, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
You call that a weather forecast?

You call that a weather forecast?

Whew. Just came in from all that rain we’ve been having. NOT. Tonight, Julie “It’s a wonder if I get the weather forecast right” Wunder blew off her (and her buddies’) botched weather reporting of the last couple of days by saying “we got lucky” that the rain stayed south. “If you go outside on Memorial Day and it’s not[Read More…]

by May 30, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Blue over Blue Moon Bakery closing

Blue over Blue Moon Bakery closing

The Blue Moon Bakery has closed in Asheville. The local newspaper has the story here. I remember when the Blue Moon first opened (1992). It was incredible. The Ashvegas renaissance was just beginning. Downtown Asheville was not the thriving place it is now, but the aroma of fresh baked bread as you walked into the Blue Moon oasis was astounding.[Read More…]

by May 28, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
The naked truth about the Naked Bike Ride

The naked truth about the Naked Bike Ride

The World Naked Bike Ride is getting a free ride on a lot of Ashvegas blogs, with people simply posting the time, date, place. Let me give you a little insight into the Naked Bike Ride. I’m talking about the Asheville version. I don’t know about how it’s organized in other cities, but here in Ashvegas, it is little more[Read More…]

by May 28, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Sweeps: A review of ‘Hobo Jungle,’ ‘Redneck Roulette’ and the rest

Sweeps: A review of ‘Hobo Jungle,’ ‘Redneck Roulette’ and the rest

We’ve still got a few more days to go before TV sweeps (thankfully) ends for our local news stations. Let’s review some of the highs and lows: Stations routinely hit lows as they try to pump up otherwise bland stories. Regular lead testing becomes, “Can that glass of water kill you?!” But the lowest low I can recall was former[Read More…]

by May 28, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Blog bits: Bobby Bowden and blotter

Blog bits: Bobby Bowden and blotter

Bowden in Ashvegas? We’re not sure, but we’re spreading the rumor. Not sure why the Fla. State football coach would be visiting, but you never know. McDowell mayhem McDowell County has the best police blotter in the mountains. Here are a couple more examples. Check out the local newspaper here. Drive-thru crash A couple of dummies wrecked their car in[Read More…]

by May 28, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
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