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It’s the Fourth of July in my backyard

It’s the Fourth of July in my backyard

It looked like the Fourth of July in my backyard because my rose, called the Fourth of July, broke out in glorious bloom for the first time this spring. It’s been a struggle in Ashvegas and the surrounding mountains because a late cold snap really fried the tender buds on trees and flowers. The late freeze killed my ancient, giant[Read More…]

by May 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas base closure?

Ashvegas base closure?

Who knew we had a “military base” right smack in the middle of Ashvegas? Actually, I did. I’ve been to the Naval Reserve Center off Merrimon Avenue, behind the post office. But you can’t really call it a base. I think all of about six or seven people actually work there. While the reserve center is small, it has been[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
WLOS: Friday night dailies

WLOS: Friday night dailies

You know it’s sweeps when… “Punnyman” John Le interviews the mammy at the Thomas Wolfe house “living history weekend.” Swear to God, she promised to cook up some taters and a pie and “a ham if you gonna stay awhile,” all in her best mammy voice. Le played right along, cracking some dumber-than-dumb joke. I half expected him to respond:[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Never-ending TV nuptials

Never-ending TV nuptials

There seems to be no end to the number of WLOS-TV personality weddings this year. Scott Wickersham and Candace Little tied the knot earlier this year. Cherub Charu will make it official with a big Indian wedding (I hope this isn’t one of those pre-arranged deals). And now we learn that Julie “Life’s a Wonder” Wunder is going to the[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS: The dailies

WLOS: The dailies

You know it’s sweeps when… Every story’s about a freakin’ sex offender. “Sex offender moves to Buncombe County.” “Sex offender banned from park.” “Sheriff knocks on door of sex offender.” And it’s not just WLOS. Seems like everybody’s doin it. Give it a rest, people. Puh-lease. You also know it’s sweeps when Sheraldo is hot on the trail dumb teachers[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Restaurant reviews; mmm, mmm good

If you want some fun reading, check out the restaurant reviews in this Haywood County newspaper. They’re straightforward and tell you more than you ever wanted to know about your local steakhouse, deli or burger joint. Some of the choice bits from the sanitation inspector: O’Malley’s On Main , 172 N Main St., Waynesville. Inspection: March 30. Grade: 92.5. Comments:[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

How Republican are you?

Want to know? Take this quiz to find out. I want a complete report.

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas saddened by loss of Gold Hill’s Alvarez

Ashvegas saddened by loss of Gold Hill’s Alvarez

Ashvegas is still reeling from the death of Alvy Alvarez, the sociable dude behind the counter at Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas on Haywood Street. Word spread through downtown today, with friends and loved ones coming by to pay their respects at the coffee shop, named a top 10 coffee shop by a USA Today writer. The coffee was[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas, site of world dog dancing championships

Ashevegas is going to be the site of some kind of “world championships” for dog dancing. I think I saw a story about this once a year or so ago, and it looked pretty freaky to me. Here’s the official web site. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, starting tomorrow. I’ll definitely be there to check[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Bears, e-mails and emus

Blog bits: Bears, e-mails and emus

More news from weird WNC: E-mail me I need tips, news, comments, criticism. Post on this site or send to sweetashvegas@hotmail.com. Where’s the body? This is an interesting debate. William Nidiffer has been dead for four months. Dead from a shotgun wound to the chest, his body was found Jan. 8 in the area known as Ephrum Gap, near Unaka[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

More on Waynesville’s pulpit politics

The controversy over Pastor Chan Chandler’s preaching at East Waynesville Baptist Church pretty much ended earlier this week with his resignation. But there’s still plenty of reaction out there. Check out Scott McLeod’s thoughtful opinion piece in the Smoky Mountain News, Waynesville’s alternative weekly. The publication also offers a little more nuance in its series of stories that you’ll find on[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Hi Steve

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Hi Steve

Steve, the photographer in Mexico, who I mentioned in an earlier post (remember – you can click on the link at the bottom of a post to read a thread – in this case, Ted’s Excellent Adventure), sent me a note today. Here’s a taste: I’ve retired a bit early at 51 years when I moved down here over two[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Top 25 reasons to visit Ashvegas

Here’s the link to the cover story of Froemmer’s Budget Traveler magazine, which I mentioned in an earlier post. Here are a couple of my favorites: The banned-book list at Malaprop’s: In addition to titles of gay, lesbian, and transgender interest—and separate sections for graphic novels and local writers and poets—this very independent bookstore has several shelves of books currently banned[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Grief at Gold Hill

The outpouring of grief continues at Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas, following the death of Alvy Alvarez. See the latest story here at the Citizen-Times’ Web site. Flowers, cards and notes are stacking up outside the front door. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an impromptu candlelight memorial this evening.

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
UNC Ashvegas gets a new chancellor

UNC Ashvegas gets a new chancellor

The local newspaper has the story here. Turns out that it’s Anne Ponder, an Asheville native who has been at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. As we know here in the mountains, there are two clans of Ponders – the teachin’ Ponders and the preachin’ Ponders. Guess she’s one of the teachin’ kind. Here’s her bio. From everything I’ve heard, people[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Downtown Ashvegas hero lost: Gold Hill in mourning

A downtown hero has been lost. That’s the sentiment around the Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas shop on Haywood Street as more and more learn of the death of Michael “Alvy” Alvarez. Alvy apparently took his own life Wednesday. Alvy left a suicide note, according to the police who are investigating. Aside from all of that, Alvy was a wonderfully giving person[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Charu: My Big Fat Monsoon Wedding

Charu: My Big Fat Monsoon Wedding

Charu shoots and scores with Ashvegas by granting us our first celebrity post and by racking up one helluva sweeps interview with Deanna Allen, the booby slinger at Iraq’s Camp Bucca. First, Charu puts to rest the rumors: no, i’m not preggers!! it’s hard to stay slim on nightside.. eating late at night, etc also, my hubbie-to-be cooks well! it’s[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
WLOS: The dailies

WLOS: The dailies

Winning wardrobe Scott and Candace looked splendiferous in their matching pink outfits. The cutest couple on local TV news. Tammy and Darcel smartly matched their shades of green. Darcel, please get some new wigs. Charu, you were radiant in your powder blue jacket and dark skirt. Perfect accents for your olive skin and raven tresses. Have you noticed? This from[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Screwy Hoolie asks: Ashvegas bloggercon?

Screwy Hoolie asks: Ashvegas bloggercon?

There’s some neat stuff happening over at Scrutiny Hooligans, a fellow Ashvegas blogger. You need to check it out. Screwy’s site is beautiful. He picks some funky photos to illustrate, the site’s nicely designed and the political commentary is sharp and thought-provoking. You need to also check his site and vote in his poll, down the right-hand side. He’s trying[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Chappelle-shocked

Chappelle-shocked

Chappelle’s gone ment. At least that’s what Entertainment Weekly is reporting. Why should we care? Because Dave’s one funny futhermucker. Chappelle tells it like it is. The blind Ku Klux Klan dude skit is some of the funniest shit I think I’ve ever seen. But $50 million will fuck a brutha up. Here’s what happened, if you’ve been living under[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: rumors, rumblings and grumblings

Blog bits: rumors, rumblings and grumblings

Miller time Liberal radio talking head Stephanie Miller and sidekick will be at the Orange Peel on June 9. Miller is on a roll. She’s taken her show on the road recently and will stop by Ashvegas this summer. Pretty cool that she’ll come here – she must know she’s got a strong base of listeners. Ashvegas callers reguarly make[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Questions

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Questions

Ted is on a side trip to Guadalajara for a couple of days, so we should have some new information, and new photos, hopefully by this weekend. Meantime, interested has posted some great questions: Very interesting story! Does Ted plan to save money in order to live better, or is the goal something Different? Or both? What is the attitude[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
From ‘Flashdance’ to ‘Felicity:’ Just trying to keep up

From ‘Flashdance’ to ‘Felicity:’ Just trying to keep up

There have been so many celebrity marriages and pregnancies and such, I’m just trying to keep up. Renee and Kenny: Guess y’all saw that these two hooked up recently. I’m not much of a Zellweger fan, but Chesney kicks ass. I love his country/beach twang. Britney: I know it’s old news, but she’s such a style-setter for young hos these[Read More…]

by May 11, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS: Where are they now?

WLOS: Where are they now?

You can tell it’s sweeps when every newscast begins with “HUGE, GIGANTIC BREAKING NEWS!” We get it people. The other day, I was reminiscing about some of the old WLOS-TV personalities. Some of you probably think I’m shallow for harping on how news readers look and move and sound, but the fact is that TV news is a personality driven[Read More…]

by May 11, 2005 3 comments Asheville News

Waynesville church pastor resigns

The East Waynesville Baptist Church pastor has just resigned. The Citizen-Times has the story here. Now what? The little church has no pastor. The congregation is divided. Guess we’ll wait and see.

by May 11, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Waynesville church watch

The business meeting at East Waynesville Baptist Church has started. The media horde is standing watch. The lawyer for pastor Chan Chandler said the pastor won’t be speaking to the press, but he’ll give an update at the end of the meeting. So we’ll wait…

by May 10, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ryan Adams, reviewed

Ryan Adams, reviewed

From a true Ashvegas audiophile – hell, le’ts just call him Audiophile for now. Here’s his take on last night’s Ryan Adams show at the Thomas Wolfe: Grizzled Adams Ian Stewart would be jealous. Even the tenured Stones sideman didn’t get to bust out a hushed, solo version of Brown Sugar on piano during a show. Alt country poster boy[Read More…]

by May 10, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Books from Ashvegas

Books from Ashvegas

I like books. I like Ashvegas. So let’s combine the two. Here are some books from Ashvegas writers to watch: The Grumpy Vagina Or, as we like to call her, Susan Reinhardt. Susan had a nice little launch party over the weekend, and I’ll write more about that and her book in the next couple of days. Susan writes a[Read More…]

by May 10, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Waynesville church: the letters to the editor

Did you guys see the Waynesville church story on ABC’s World News Tonight last night? Jake Tapper did the story as part of an ongoing “politics and the pulpit” series. It was the regular fare, just more slickly produced. I was hoping they would interview the pastor, Chan Chandler, but that didn’t happen. Meantime, the local newspaper is filling up[Read More…]

by May 10, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Trying on some new looks

Don’t freak out on me, people. I’m just trying out some new looks. Things may be changing for a few days. Let me know what you think.

by May 10, 2005 4 comments Asheville News

Bog bits: The Rolling Stones and the Beer Guy

Rolling Stones rolling our way? Everyone knows the Rolling Stones are planning to tour again this year. The Rolling Stones are the kings of rock’n’roll, and they just keep going.  And everyone knows there’s a press conference tomorrow to announce more of their schedule. This fan site notes that the Stones will make a stop in Charlotte this fall. Be on[Read More…]

by May 9, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Waynesville pastor story breaks big

I just saw the story about East Waynesville Baptist Church kicking out Democrats on CNN‘s afternoon political show. They called it “Pulpit Politics.” The story is popping up all over the place. Some of the church members who say they were kicked out made an appearance on “Good Morning America” this morning. And word is that ABC’s World News Tonight will[Read More…]

by May 9, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Still can’t get enough of the Waynesville church controversy?

If you still can’t get enough of the story about East Waynesville Baptist Church, our local TV station, an ABC affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, says to check out Good Morning America Monday morning. Two members of the church who say they were kicked out for being Democrats will be on the show. World News Tonight will pick up the[Read More…]

by May 9, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Blog bits: Viking kittens and Iggy Pop’s ocelots

Bizzaro links Here is a bizzaro site you’ve got to check out. If you like simple animation and singing animals, this one is for you. Viking kitties: Zepplin never sounded so trippy. When biscuits go wrong: Or the mango tango. The wrong bananas: Chimps gone wild. The source: www.rathergood.com. Iggy Pop’s ocelots: just plain weird. In the Blogosphere Check out[Read More…]

by May 9, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Prelude

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Prelude

Ted’s excellent adventure has begun. Ted retired after 20-some odd years with a telephone systems manufacturing company. The company is tanking, so it’s a good thing he got out now. Ted shaved his head the day after he retired. Then he moved to Mexico. He moved to Chapala, to be exact. He doesn’t know anyone there, although there is one[Read More…]

by May 9, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

Waynesville pastor changing his tune?

The Citizen-Times has the latest news update on the East Waynesville Baptist Church controversy – you know, the church that kicked out the Democrats. Sounds like the pastor is trying to give himself a little wiggle room. He’s saying nobody was kicked out for political reasons. Maybe he has some other reason up his sleeve. Who knows. Everybody and their[Read More…]

by May 8, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s my boo’s tree peony. First time it’s bloomed in about four years.

by May 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Herbs galore

Herbs galore

The annual herb fest at the WNC Farmer’s Market in west Ashvegas was a total mob scene Saturday. Good thing we got there early. We bought some SC strawberries for $8 a gallon and spent I don’t know how much on everything from scented geraniums to a black raspberry cane. It was great fun, beautiful weather. I’m always amazed at[Read More…]

by May 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Faithful in furor, dumb hippies and more

Blog bits: Faithful in furor, dumb hippies and more

‘I’m goin’ to the chapel, and I’m gonna get…’ political? Wonder what’s going on at East Waynesville Baptist Church this morning? Will the faithful be in a furor? What will the preacher say today? I thought about driving out there, but I’ve got some Mother’s Day duties to attend to. Still, if I get a report, I’ll let you know.[Read More…]

by May 8, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Franklin Graham weighs in on church kicking out Dems

Franklin Graham weighs in on church kicking out Dems

Franklin Graham took a break from his appearance at a college graduation here in Western North Carolina today to talk about his reaction to East Waynesville Baptist Church’s pastor kicking Democrats out of the church. The local TV station had the story on at 11 p.m. Graham basically said that issues such as abortion are neither Republican nor Democrat issues,[Read More…]

by May 8, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Democracks and Republicants

The outrage and reaction to the Democrats getting kicked out of East Waynesville Baptist Church keep rolling in. Here’s another taste (click on link at bottom of post, or scroll down, for more): From some weirdo calling himslef Gaymdman1: Democrats are LIBERAL, right? They support abortion and homosexuality. The BIBLE clearly states that it is wrong. If you are a[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
The Ax Man Cometh

The Ax Man Cometh

All hail His Airness. That would be the winner of the Ashvegas regional of the Air Guitar World Championships. That would be the dude (shown here) who dubbed himself the All-American Breeder and proceeded to rock the Westville Pub in West Ashvegas last night. He won himself a free trip to LA and a chance to compete for a spot[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
God is a Republican (or is she?)

God is a Republican (or is she?)

As the story unfolds about the Democrats kicked out of the Waynesville church, it’s interesting to just tap into the venom unleashed from both sides. First, here’s the latest story. Now, check out some of these comments on a Waynesville message board. For more, go to the board. This is typical of firebrands blasting Waynesville (they always sound so self-righteous):[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Cherub Charu: great with child?

Cherub Charu: great with child?

Rumors are flying around Ashvegas that Charu could be pregnant. Charu is a friendly on-air personality at WLOS. She is a little cherub. Her fairly even-handed reports are a staple of the 11 pm show. Engaged, she’s sporting a rock that would put J-Lo to shame. What a sparkler! It’s absolutely huge! So far, whether or not she’s got a[Read More…]

by May 7, 2005 6 comments Asheville News

The latest on the Democrats kicked out of Waynesville church

Here’s the latest from the local newspaper on the Democrats kicked out of East Waynesville Baptist Church.

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Democrats scream: Love thy neighbor

They’re starting to pile on the Haywood County pastor who kicked Democrats out of his Waynesville church: North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek: One of the Bible’s most repeated commands is to ‘Love your neighbor.’ If these reports are true, this minister is not only acting extremely inappropriately by injecting partisan politics into a house of worship, but he[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 3 comments Asheville News

Repent or resign

Air America’s Ed Schultz   is all over the East Waynesville Baptist Church story about it’s pastor kicking out Democrats.  This afternoon, he interviewed a 73-year-old member of the church, Selma Morris, who laid out what happened.  Morris said she lives in the Ninevah section of Waynesville (the name was lost on Schultz). She said the pastor, Chan Chandler, started[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Excommunicated Democrats in church on Sunday?

East Waynesville Baptist Church should be an interesting place to be on Sunday. People writing in the blogosphere say they’ll be showing up, sporting big Ds on their shirts, ready to sit in the pews. The TV story last night had an interesting little kicker. The reporter said he was unable to reach the pastor, but the reporter played audio[Read More…]

by May 6, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

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