Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.More of what’s going around:

-Fourteen people have applied for an opening on the Asheville Downtown Commission, an advisory committee to Asheville City Council. At its meeting on Friday morning, the commission listed the names of the applicants, which include local musician Andrew Fletcher, small business owner Taryn Gentry and founder of the buy-local movement known as Asheville Grown, Franzi Charen. The commission stopped short of recommending applicants to City Council, but the members did state their preference to have a local musician and/or local business owner on the board.

-Asheville Folk, a collective of local entrepreneurs and artists, has launched a new weekly podcast. The new podcast “offers a fun take on local and national news, conversations about what’s happening throughout Asheville, the co-host’s picks for their favorite things to see and do around town, and interviews and discussions with others from Asheville and surrounding communities,” according to a press release. Check out

-On the grocery beat, loyal reader Tiger reports:

The City of Hendersonville, North Carolina City Council approved Halvorsen Development Corporation’s application for a special use permit to develop Publix at South Market Village. Publix is projected to open in mid-2017.

-The Grey Eagle makes a Garden & Gun list of 10 must-see music venues in the Southeast.

Is one of the children pictured in this recently discovered photograph Thomas Wolfe, Asheville’s native son and famous author?

-The Asheville Citizen-Times’ Mark Barrett reports on the first stop of Franklin Graham’s 50-state tour to rally Christians.

-The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that current Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith, who is running for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, wants City Council to approve a resolution to change Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Asheville. From the release:

“People in Asheville and throughout the nation have called on governments to recognize the culture, contributions, and history of Native Americans,” Smith said. “I consulted with Chief Lambert of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and he has approved of the resolution’s language and expressed his gratitude.”

Now known as Columbus Day, the holiday currently observed on the second Monday of October has been widely condemned by Native Americans and allies for celebrating domination, oppression, and colonialism. It has also been condemned for reinforcing the idea that Columbus “discovered” this continent.

-The Rev. Dr. William Barber, head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, was in Asheville Wednesday to talk up a plan to improve voter access in the coming election year, according to the Mountain Xpress. The push comes as new voting rules in North Carolina take effect, including the requirement that voters show an I.D. at the polls when they vote. From Xpress:

Surrounded by supporters in The Block off biltmore, a coffee house and event space at the YMI Cultural Center, Barber announced the “It’s Our Time — It’s Our Vote” campaign.

Barber, Moral Monday leader and head of the state NAACP, said a coalition of over 3,000 faith- and membership-based communities will implement the issues-based campaign to empower, educate and protect voters.

-Fifth Season Gardening’s Asheville Market location at 4 South Tunnel Rd has announced Community Harvest, a charity sponsorship program benefiting a different local nonprofit each month, according to a press release. Here’s more:

Fifth Season will donate 10% of sales on the last Saturday of every month to that month’s charity. The tips collected at Fifth Season’s craft beer and coffee bar during the month will also benefit the organization.

Fifth Season is pleased to kick off Community Harvest by partnering in January with FEAST, a local nonprofit that offers hands-on gardening and cooking education in our schools. While introducing kids to the pleasures of growing and cooking food, FEAST classes integrate math, reading, science, and nutrition education into their programs, all while promoting healthier eating for a lifetime.

The public is invited to come out and support this great organization at Fifth Season’s Community Harvest for FEAST on Saturday, January 30th from 10am to 9pm. More information about FEAST can be found at More information about Community Harvest can be found at

Fifth Season Gardening is also excited to announce free beer tastings and discussions each Friday from 5-7pm at Fifth Season Asheville Market. Upcoming tastings include “Spotlight on IPAs” on January 8th, “Lagered Beers” on January 15th, “Whats Wrong with This Beer?” on January 22nd, and “Warm vs. Cold” on January 29th. No RSVP necessary, just come on by. For full details, visit:

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. jtroop January 11, 2016

    Franklin Graham is a giant douche…. I like all of the other news, though.

    1. Tim Peck January 12, 2016

      You mis-spelled Gordon Smith.


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