Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Gas prices are great, Publix job fair in Asheville, more


More of what’s going around:

-Gas prices are great: Regular unleaded gas was $1.98 this morning on my street at Eblen. Amazing.

-Word on the street: A Western North Carolina National Guard unit is planning for another overseas deployment later this year.

-Publix job fair: The new Publix grocery store on Hendersonville Road in South Asheville is holding a job fair from Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Doubletree, 115 Hendersonville Road. (Thanks to loyal reader Ron for the heads-up.)

-New restaurant at Capital Center: Work is moving ahead for new restaurant on the ground floor of Capital Center building on Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. Sources tell me it is going to be a Dim Sum restaurant.

-Izzy’s coffee truck: Izzy’s, the popular Lexington Avenue coffee joint, plans to operate a coffee truck Monday through Saturday at 501 Merrimon Ave.

-New pilates studio: There’s a new pilates studio called Rise in the works for 60 Biltmore Ave.

-New food truck on Haywood Road: The Real Food Truck, selling foodstuffs from local farms, plans to operate from 1045 Haywood Road in West Asheville.

-New barbecue joint moving ahead: Work on the new Bonfire Barbecue is moving apace. 1056 Patton Ave.

-McCuan departs Asheville Citizen-Times: Jess McCuan, a “strategist” for the Asheville Citizen-Times and former editor of the newspaper’s Asheville Scene publication, is apparently leaving Asheville and headed to the San Francisco Chronicle, according to Wednesday afternoon tweets from colleagues. McCuan was removed as editor of the Scene, a publication she oversaw from its inception about three years ago, and placed in the strategist role last fall when the Citizen-Times laid off newsroom staffers and reorganized the rest. Amid that turmoil, former Citizen-Times photographer Erin Brethauer left the newspaper for a job as multimedia editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Best of luck to McCuan.


Heather Smith February 19, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Publix has manufacturing jobs

Tiger January 31, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Several Publix stores in Greenville County, South Carolina are hiring. This is typical if Publix associates are transferring to stores in new areas.

Aside from store #1473, Pinnacle Point, no other stores have been announced by Publix.

Jess McCuan January 29, 2015 - 10:36 pm

Thanks, Jason. I plan to return to the area, so see you on the other side.

Stewart January 29, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Hey Barry,

Here’s one analysis that puts the cost per gallon somewhere between $ 5.60 and $ 15.14. That’s quite a range!

What Gasoline Really Costs Us
The Real Price Of Gas

Americans deserve freedom. But terrorists, oil corporations and politicians seem determined to keep absorbing citizens’ money in a wide variety of ways.

Here is a summary of a new report from the International Center for Technology Assessment.

This report by the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) identifies and quantifies the many external costs of using motor vehicles and the internal combustion engine that are not directly reflected in the retail price Americans pay for gasoline. These are costs that consumers pay indirectly by way of increased taxes, insurance costs, and retail prices in other sectors.

The report divides the external costs of gasoline usage into five primary areas: (1) Tax Subsidization of the Oil Industry; (2) Government Program Subsidies; (3) Protection Costs Involved in Oil Shipment and Motor Vehicle Services; (4) Environmental, Health, and Social Costs of Gasoline Usage; and (5) Other Important Externalities of Motor Vehicle Use. Together, these external costs total $558.7 billion to $1.69 trillion per year, which, when added to the retail price of gasoline, result in a per gallon price of $5.60 to $15.14.

more at

Barry Summers January 31, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Thanks – I hadn’t seen that one. That actually adds quite a lot on top of the one that 10 years or so ago, which was pretty much focused on the costs of foreign wars based on oil, and the subsidizing of “friendly” governments that guarantee us access to oil.

And neither of those take into account the Iraq war, which is costing us, what – something like a trillion dollars?

Meagan Witkus January 29, 2015 - 9:56 am

Thank you so much Ashvegas for including me in your Ashvegas Hot Sheet!! RISE:Authentic Pilates will be open in March. I am very excited to be a part of this thriving downtown community. Let the sweat and laughter begin!!

Jason Sandford January 29, 2015 - 12:03 pm

You’re welcome, Meagan. Congratulations!

Michelle Robinson January 29, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Ashevegas – just wanted to mention that the owner of the new RISE Pilates has been voted WNC’s Best Pilates Instructor for about 5+ years in a row. Full of energy and beauty, Meagan rocks and her new studio will be amazing! Thanks for mentioning it!

Jason Sandford January 29, 2015 - 2:40 pm

Thank you for your note, Michelle. Meagan Witkus is awesome.

Stewart January 29, 2015 - 8:45 am

A blurb about low gas prices followed by news of a National Guard overseas deployment. Was the irony intentional? Gas prices aren’t so low when you factor in the costs of world domination. No, we no longer pay an arm and a leg for gas, but the people in the military sent to fight wars over oil pay with their arms and legs. And their lives, as do the foreigners who happen to be unlucky enough to have what we consider to be our oil underneath their land.

And then there are the environmental costs of cheap gas.

Barry Summers January 29, 2015 - 11:44 am

Good points. I read somewhere some years ago (and I can’t find it again alas) that if you factor in the percentages of our military, intelligence, diplomatic, and commerce dept. budgets that can be traced to the need to acquire and protect access to foreign oil, it would add about $8 – $10 to the price of a gallon of gas.

But we scream about pitiful subsidies to solar power research, etc.

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