Articles by: Jason Sandford

More on excommunicating heathen Democrats

The story about East Waynesville Baptist Church excommunicating Democrats is blowing up in the blogosphere, as I knew it would when I wrote my post last night after seeing the TV story (see previous post). The Daily Kos has picked it up. Check out the first thread here. There’s another thread here, with links to video of the TV story,[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Haywood County craziness

The local TV news station, fronted by Scott Wickersham and company,  have had a couple of high-larious stories recently. I just couldn’t resist:Mary of the Wood The first was about a couple of good ‘ol boy Maggie Valley woodcarvers who claim they’ve seen Mary in a chunk of wood they were carving. It wasn’t nearly as convincing as the Mary[Read More…]

by May 5, 2005 3 comments Asheville News

Widespread panic over Widespread Panic

Spreadheads have been smoking too much weed lately. They’re paranoid as hell about the propect of a police crackdown at this weekend’s Ashvegas concert of their beloved Widespread Panic. Here’s the e-mail that I received: You may or may not want to post this on your list but I thought I would share:  “Folks, just got the word that the[Read More…]

by May 5, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Backyard birding

Backyard birding

There’s nothing better than a sunshiny Saturday morning with a crisp newspaper, a bowl of cereal and a backyard full of birds chowing down with you. Spring is alive in my backyard with sparrows and chickadees and blue jays and doves. They trill and sing and flit and call. It’s wonderful. So to see the story of a bird once[Read More…]

by May 4, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Black Mountain, Bucca and boobies

Black Mountain, Bucca and boobies

Black Mountain, a little town just east of Ashvegas, claims a celeb of a different sort. That would be Deanna Allen, a National Guard soldier who got the boot after some embarrassing photos were published in a New York tabloid. Stationed at Camp Bucca, she was captured on film and video tape having a blast in a mud wrestling competition[Read More…]

by May 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Andie and the rest

Andie and the rest

One more note on Andie, then I’ll shut it. Andie and Rosie were on TV last night – did you catch it? One of those Hallmark Hall of Fame, made for TV specials, just in time for the beginning of sweeps. OK, I didn’t see it either. But Andie is one of Ashvegas’ finest, so I figured I had to[Read More…]

by May 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Music galore in Ashvegas this week

Ashvegas and the surrounding mountains will be alive with the sound of music this week. Check out this line-up: Tomorrow, country act Montgomery Gentry will hit the Ashvegas Civic Center. They’re hot right now with a couple of tunes getting a lot of airplay. The Black Crowes hit the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium stage Saturday, while The Shinns take command at[Read More…]

by April 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
A Rose by another name: Andie MacDowell

A Rose by another name: Andie MacDowell

Rose Qually is hot – her career is sizzling and the woman who goes by the big screen name Andie MacDowell nevers seems to age a day. So it’s no surprise to see Ashvegas’ most famous celeb on the cover of this month’s InStyle Home magazine. Rose has been everywhere lately. Pumping her latest movie, “Beauty Shop,” Rose made an[Read More…]

by April 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Roaming WNC: Pottery for the people at Mud Dabber’s

Roaming WNC: Pottery for the people at Mud Dabber’s

There’s a great pottery tradition in Ashvegas and surrounding parts. Let me tell you about a little studio I stumbled across last weekend. I was on my way back from Sylva (see my earlier post) when I decided to stop at Mud Dabber’s. (I always thought those wasps in the clay were called “mud daubers,” but who am I?) I’d[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
More photos from Biltmore

More photos from Biltmore

Here are some more photos from Biltmore, shot last weekend when it WASN’T snowing. See my earlier post and my photo gallery for more. And a few more, just for the heck of it: Shoot – might as well make a full page of it:

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas of the past

A few things I miss about Ashvegas – Bill Stanley’s Bluegrass and Barbecue; Gatsby’s; Sunny Sparachino’s; 45 Cherry; Dinner for the Earth on Broadway (now Earthfare); a club called Captain Jack’s Pooh-Pooh Parlor, or something similar.

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blackberry winter

Blackberry winter

Blackberry winter – that’s what the mountain folks around Ashvegas call this cold snap we’re having. But I’ve lived most of my life in WNC, and I don’t recall any actual snow associated with Blackberry winter. And I don’t ever remember it snowing this late in April. Not that we got a lot of snow – just a light dusting[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Rashad comes to town

Rashad comes to town

Basketball and Bible-thumpin’ don’t really mix for me. That’s why I’m glad I didn’t go to see today’s exhibition game between ACC stars and a team put together by a local ministry group. I drove by Ashvegas High after hearing that Rashad was planning to show up and shoot some hoops against a bunch of scrubs and some fellow ACC[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Ashvegas A-listers

Blog bits: Ashvegas A-listers

More blog bits for ya. I watch the celebs so you don’t have to: From the ATL to the AVL Cee-Lo Green brought his act to Ashvegas earlier in the week, and I wish I had stayed on top of things because if I’d known he was going to be in town, I would have shagged my sorry ass down[Read More…]

by April 23, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Sylva: On growlers and Greening Up the Mountains

I visited Sylva last weekend. Let me tell you about Sylva. Like most of the small towns across WNC, they’ve got a lot going on. I never had much cause to just up and go to Sylva, but now I think I do. There’s a renaissance on. There’s a pizza shop and a bakery and a brewery and an outdoor[Read More…]

by April 20, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Biltmore’s flower festival

Biltmore’s flower festival

George’s houseMe and my boo went to check out Biltmore’s flower festival. What a day! It was absolutely beautiful and we had a great time being tourists in our own Ashvegas. I won’t bore you with too many details. Y’all are as familiar as I am with the big house and gardens. It sure is hard to beat on a[Read More…]

by April 19, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Weasel words and mollycoddles

Blog bits: Weasel words and mollycoddles

A few assorted items: The new pope We have a pope. Ratzinger from Germany. Pope Benedict the 16th. The bells have been ringing, the white smoke pouring out of the chimney. I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat about this… Mum not mayor Ashvegas City Councilman Carl Mumpower, or the Power of Mum as I call him,[Read More…]

by April 19, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Britney: 60 million in record sales can’t be wrong

Britney is a cultural barometer. That’s why her pregnancy is news in this celebrity-obsessed culture. I said it in my early post (see link below). I can’t say it better than the Washington Post did today: It’s all about life passages, says Ken Baker, West Coast editor of US Weekly. In olden days, in the tabs (say, the 1990s), there[Read More…]

by April 14, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Eric’s manifesto: Part II

Eric’s manifesto: Part II

The Hunt Washington was lucky that day in Birmingham, they had a witness who happened into a fortuitous position, and my truck was identified. I knew something was amiss based upon the early reports coming out of Birmingham so I prepared to make a move as i debated within myself whether or not to run or fight them in court.[Read More…]

by April 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Eric’s manifesto

Eric’s manifesto

In my earlier post Eric Ruolph post (see link below), I said all our questions about him and his motivations would probably never be answered. His guilty pleas today assure this. There will be no long, drawn out trials. No studied defense. We’ll have to glean what we can from some soft Diane Sawyer interview (if she gets it) and[Read More…]

by April 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Britney is preggers

Britney is preggers

  Britney is knocked up. We all saw the magazine pictures.  It was only a matter of time before she admitted it. Now she has. Now she has I guess the question now will be – will Brit make a good mom? She parties in Vegas. She smokes. She dances with snakes. Her image is so sexed up that people[Read More…]

by April 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
The royal wedding: Ken and Barbie

The royal wedding: Ken and Barbie

Breaking news:  The local TV station’s version of Ken and Barbie, are now married. We know this because the local TV station actually aired tape of said nuptials on two (count ’em, two) newscasts. Candace Little and Scott Wickersham will now likely breed. This is a scary thought. Candace is a former Miss Georgia who, according to the Georgia state House of[Read More…]

by April 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Mighty Tar Heels

Mighty Tar Heels

I’ve been conspicuously absent lately in writing about the Tar Heels. I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything during the NCAAs for fear of jinxing them. Now that it’s over, and the mighty Tar Heels have won their fourth National Championship, hear me roar. There’s no doubt that it takes a little luck to string together six big wins[Read More…]

by April 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Whoring my way down the information superhighway

I am selling my first item on e-bay. The Beer Guy says it’s “the devil’s work.” But I can’t help it – the lure of easy money, the thrill of the chase, the rush when the transaction is made, the exhausted, satisfied feeling once the deal is done. I’m a whore on the information superhighway. So far, I’m surviving. I’ve[Read More…]

by April 12, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Back in the saddle: the pope, punking out and pulling a tube

Ok, ok. I know I’ve been gone a week or so. So sue me. They pulled the tube on Terry. The pope petered out. And Rudolph got rooked into pleading guilty. I’ve been busy. But I’m back. So here goes. The Schiavo situation was a travesty.  The government got involved, she was starved to death and died a tabloid death.[Read More…]

by April 9, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Panties and poker

Our local TV news had a story tonight about Maggie Valley’s porn star opening up a panty shop in town, and the “outrage” it was creating. The outrage was supplied by one overweight redneck who said “We don’t need that kind of stuff here in Maggie Valley. That’s not what we’re about.” The porn star’s name, by the way, is[Read More…]

by March 29, 2005 9 comments Asheville News

Fairview man arrested for Schiavo bounty plot

There’s big breaking news in Ashvegas – police have arrested a Fairview man for placing a $250,000 bounty on the head of Michael Schiavo and a $50,000 bounty on the head of one of the judges who ruled in the case. The Citizen-Times has the story here. From the press release, it sounds like the threat was made in an[Read More…]

by March 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

This guy wannabe sheriff

Responding to my earlier post speculating about who might be the next the High Sheriff of Buncombe County (click Ashvegas politics link at bottom to read it), apparently this guy wants to be sheriff. J.B. Howard is a Dem, former Highway Patrolman and a private investigator. For a quick recap: it’s an open secret that the High Sheriff’s health is[Read More…]

by March 25, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
From Aspen to Ashvegas

From Aspen to Ashvegas

God bless Hunter S. Thompson. This sounds an awful like lot like some of the Ashvegas hippie literati. Every place you see the word “Aspen,” think Ashvegas: TENTATIVE PLATFORM Thompson for Sheriff Aspen, Colorado, 1970 1) Sod the streets at once. Rip up all the streets with jack hammers and use the junk asphalt (after melting) to create a huge[Read More…]

by March 22, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Johnny and Jesus in the clouds

Johnny and Jesus in the clouds

The Beer Guy told this story the other night at the Westville: Well, I’ve seen Johnny Cash in concert. Let me tell you my Johnny Cash story. Johnny was playing a concert in Bristol, Tennessee. I think it was1978 or ’79 or something like that. They’d set this concert up as a fundraiser for a country music museum they wanted[Read More…]

by March 22, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

Far from normal

As you can see from below, I am only barely half normal. Which I think is good. Clink on the link to see how normal you are. You Are 55% Normal (Somewhat Normal) While some of your behavior is quite normal… Other things you do are downright strange You’ve got a little of your freak going on But you mostly[Read More…]

by March 22, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Sophia’s joy

Sophia’s joy

I love Sophia’s joy. You see it here, in the pure unmitigated happiness of flight, or at least the closest thing to flight a child can find. You hear it in her giggles at playing the PlayStation video game. She has no clue what she’s doing, but she’s having a blast. That was then. This is later. She’s growing up.[Read More…]

by March 21, 2005 4 comments Asheville News
The story of the 1-3 crew

The story of the 1-3 crew

They sound familiar. The coppery tones of the Go-Gos. The chirpy rap of Blondie. Funky strains of the B-52s. It’s all there, mixed up in 13 Stories, an Atlanta Band I saw play Saturday night at the Westville Pub in West Ashvegas. It’s the first time they’ve played in Ashvegas. (btw, the Westville Pub celebrates its third birthday next month,[Read More…]

by March 20, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Eastabunny

Eastabunny

Each year about this time, the Eastabunny comes out to play. It started a couple of years ago as just a fleeting glimpse, illuminated by bright headlights. There’s a startled rush, and he’s off. Then he started surprising me, jumping up out of the garden to rip off on a midday scamper. Lately, it’s been a standoff. I see him,[Read More…]

by March 20, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Baretta

I can’t believe Baretta is walking a free man tonight. Does anyone really believe that he DIDN’t do it? Dominic Dunn had it right, though – Bonnie Lee is the only victim in recently memory that absolutley nobody cared about. Compare that to the way the Scott Peterson trial has been covered. The constant Laci photo, shown over and over,[Read More…]

by March 17, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
The day the earth stood still

The day the earth stood still

Predicting the weather in the mountains is much like what I imagine being a political pundit is like – you just say whatever you want and hope it’s true. Take today’s weather gurus. The Citizen-Times trumpets, using a wire report from the weather service, that a hard snow is going to fall. Great, just what we need. All this takes[Read More…]

by March 15, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Carolina chemistry

Carolina chemistry

It’s that time of year again. Time for the madness of the march to the Final Four – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The pairings are out. The brackets are filled in. Now it’s time to dance. Several of the so-called experts are picking Carolina to go all the way, to cut down the nets in St. Louis. I love[Read More…]

by March 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Dook takes care of its own

Dook takes care of its own

There’s nothing I like better than watching a rat gnawing its own leg off to try to get out of the trap it stupidly set up in the first place. The Rat Take the latest flap over the humor column in Dook University’s college paper. The “Monday, Monday” column was yanked recently after somebody finally said enough is enough. That[Read More…]

by March 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Bele Chere the spirit

Bele Chere the spirit

Hot breaking music news in Ashvegas – the big Bele Chere lineup for ’05: Susan Tedeschi Derek Trucks Band Karl Denson Sam Bush Dirty Dozen Brass Band Drew Emmitt Dottie Peoples Drive-by Truckers Grease Factor Porter, Batiste and Stoltz Larry Keel Xavier Rudd Tinsley Ellis Bonerama The Codetalkers featuring Col. Bruce Hampton Corey Harris The Greyhounds Tishamingo Blueground Undergrass Lil’[Read More…]

by March 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Muddy Waters

If you haven’t been keeping track of the water wars, you need to check out this story of the e-mail war of words between Ashvegas City Council and Buncombe County commissioners. I know most of these folks, at least as an aquaintance, so it’s kind of sad to see them calling each other “pea-brain” and threatening to take each other[Read More…]

by March 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Sunburst

Sunburst

DaisyI know the weather is going to be rainy and cold this week, but at least I’ll have the memory of today to get me through. What an awesome day! It was beautiful, and I was jonesin’ to get to work in the yard. Pretty pansy Me and Melissa went to Lowe’s after brunch at Tupelo Honey to start stocking.[Read More…]

by March 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Sign says

Sign says

My friend Tom has always wanted to put together a coffeetable book of those snappy church signs that are so clever they’re sure to save a few souls. I don’t know if Tom has collected any of said photos, so I’m starting. Here’s the first installment. If you see any good church signs, let me know. Tom, this one’s for[Read More…]

by March 8, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
The gambling life

The gambling life

When a new friend, who was visiting from another country, asked me, “Why Ashvegas?” I had to pause for a moment. In God’s country it is hard to explain to people who aren’t familiar with Ashvegas, especially people from another country. It’s ironic, I started. Ashvegas is a small mountain town in the Bible Belt. It has big dreams, and[Read More…]

by March 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Wanna be a sheriff?

It’s an open secret in Ashvegas that its top lawman is ailing and considering stepping down. As with any elected position, that means a lot of potential political intrigue. The High Sheriff has ruled with imperial power since he was elected way back in 1994. In North Carolina, the sheriff’s office has lingered with the register of deeds office and[Read More…]

by March 8, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Rashad, we’re pulling for you and your mom

Rashad, we’re pulling for you and your mom

I’m still worried about what ails Rashad. Because it’s as much about what’s in his head as it is anything else.   In an earlier Tar Heel post (see link at bottom) I said that a player might need our extra thoughts and prayers. Now you know what I was getting at – the Citizen-Times reports today that Rashad’s mother has[Read More…]

by March 2, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Rudolph unmasked

Rudolph unmasked

Ghost of the NantahalaReady to crank up the Rudolph publicity machine? CNN is. The cable news company is already hawking a book about Rudolph by one of its producers, just in time for the scheduled start of the trial. If it weren’t for the King of Pop’s case being heard now, I might call Eric Robert Rudolph’s court proceedings the[Read More…]

by March 1, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Marching in

Marching in

Little GrinchGoodbye little February, short month of short days of short breath. Goodbye. You haven’t been so bad, although the Grinch did make an appearance in Ashvegas on your last day. sure sign of springAnd hello March. Hard March. Soft March. What will you bring us? Looks like snow, so far. But my daffodils are straining. The crocus are already[Read More…]

by March 1, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Ass-kickin’ country

Ass-kickin’ country

If you like country music, Kenneth Brian is your guy. Country, like Hank and Dwight and the old rockabilly boys of the ’50s did it. Real country music. Not the crap you hear on the radio these days, although there are a few artists I enjoy. I was showing a couple of visitors around town Saturday night and we ended[Read More…]

by February 28, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Glacier Breaker

Glacier Breaker

This post is mostly just an excuse for me to put up a bunch of cool photos I shot Saturday on the Nantahala River during the annual Glacier Breaker slalom. Way cool. It was a beautiful day. The water, frosty and frothy. Frosty race I made my way down to the water’s edge. The race was my first time watching[Read More…]

by February 27, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Uncle Tom’s cabin

Uncle Tom’s cabin

Tom’s house is a mansion, really, not a cabin. A mansion, by my standards, and bought for a song by Ashvegas standards. It’s what happens when you get a big promotion, and when you move to Marion, Ohio. It looks like an interesting little town. I’d never heard of it until Tom told me he was moving there. I’ve got[Read More…]

by February 25, 2005 1 comment Asheville News