Jason Sandford

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

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More of what’s going around:

-Asheville police arrested four people on Friday and charged them with vandalizing a granite marker that commemorates the Dixie Highway, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Col. John Connally, a Confederate officer wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. The marker, in the form of a large rock, sits at the base of the Vance Monument, the obelisk dedicated to former N.C. Gov. Zebulon Vance, in Pack Square. The following were arrested and charged with damage to real property: Nicole Townsend, Amy Cantrell, Hillary Brown and Adrienne Sigmon, according to a police department press release.

-In the wake of the arrests, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer called on activists to exercise their rights peacefully, with respect for the law, and with respect for others, according to a press release. More:

“Since Charlottesville, the people of Asheville have overwhelmingly expressed that they oppose Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist agendas,” the Mayor noted. “Since Charlottesville, more people have become galvanized to work together to dismantle institutional racism and promote equity. It’s not just happening in Asheville — people all over America are taking to the streets to demonstrate their concerns and frustrations.”

“I call on everyone in Asheville to commit to peaceful, lawful, nonviolent means of expressing of your views,” Mayor Manheimer said. “If you believe in the dignity of all people, if you are fighting for dignity for yourself or others, I encourage you to demonstrate that belief in all of your words and deeds.”

-Hollie Stephenson, the head brewer at Highland Brewing for the past two years, is leaving to work with the team of brewers at the new $50 million Guinness brewery in Maryland, Mountain Xpress reports.

-7 Ton Design and Letterpress Co. has official closed. Back in 2012, friends Kelly Kelbel, Bridget Elmer, Beth Schaible, and Ele Annand pursued their separate artist endeavors out of shared space on Westwood Place in West Asheville. That group evolved into 7 Ton, with Jennifer Rozzelle joining Schaible and Annand after Kelbel and Elmer moved on. 7 Ton specialized in letterpress printing, graphic design, bookbinding, calligraphy and painting. Now the three have decided to go their separate ways. Schaible, the company’s former print director and calligrapher, is moving to California, where she plans to continue letterpress printing, calligraphy, bookbinding, and design via her business, Quill & Arrow. Annand, the former 7 Ton creative director, will start a three-year residency at Penland School of Crafts, where she will focus on printing, mark-making, and design while exploring non-traditional letterpress methods. Rozzelle, who had been in charge of communications, networking, logistics, and numbers at 7 Ton, has taken a new job managing timelines and projects at Earth Fare’s home office.

-The Hendersonville Times-News is moving print production from Spartanburg, S.C., to Gastonia, N.C., the newspaper’s publisher announced last week.

-Buxton Hall restaurant will celebrate its second anniversary beginning Aug. 29 “with boozy malted mudslide milkshakes – non-alcoholic versions also available – and piña colada slushies offered all day, all week long,” according to a press release. More:

On Wednesday, August 30, the real celebration kicks off as the Buxton team replaces their regular lunch service with an “Indoor Pig Pickin’” family-style lunch, for one day only. Available for $12 per person from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the anniversary-themed, prix-fixe menu will feature fan-favorite sides such as mac + cheese, collard greens and potato salad, drink specials, desserts from Buxton’s legendary pastry chef Ashley Capps and of course, great BBQ. To celebrate the teams hard-working staff, Buxton Hall will be closed for service on Monday, August 28.

-8th Mass Medium and Innertain, two Asheville-based media and tech start-up companies, have partnered to create a virtual reality documentary at the Oregon Eclipse 2017 arts and music festival.

-Tammy Jones, longtime morning host on Mix 96.5 (FM radio), will be joined by Kipper Schauer for “The Morning Mix With Tammy and Kipper,” according to a press release. More: Schauer moves to mornings from hosting the station’s night show. He’s well known in Asheville as the host of popular trivia nights. The Morning Mix with Tammy & Kipper launches at 6 a.m. on Monday. When the show is over, the duo will be on stage at Pack Square Park, hosting the Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival with the Asheville Museum of Science from noon to 3 pm. Jones has hosted the station’s morning show since 2004, and has been recognized for her efforts for foster children and animal rescue.


Jason Sandford

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

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