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.Some of what’s going around:

-Tim Fry, a WLOS television advertising sales representative, was shot and killed Friday. Police arrested and charged Robin Richardson with first-degree murder in the shooting, which happened in Arden. Fry was killed by shotgun blasts to the chest, according to police.

-Taco Temple is planning to be open in February 2016 in the former location of Two Guys Hoagies on Charlotte Street. The new restaurant is the work of John Atwater, the owner of Mamacita’s in downtown Asheville.

-There’s a petition going to save an edible garden at Montford Recreation Center.

King James Public House is closing in January, reports Jonathan Ammons of Mountain Xpress. The restaurant plans to reopen in a couple of months with a new theme. From Xpress:

Employees were notified last week that they had 30 days to find employment elsewhere as the restaurant’s investors are buying out part owner and Zambra co-owner Peter Slamp, says King James Public House chef Nohe Weir-Villatoro. The Charlotte Street restaurant is slated to close on Sunday, Jan. 10.

The investors include Kirk Boone, the developer behind North Asheville’s Reynolds Village, as well as several other individuals based out of Charlotte. These are the same partners who own the next door butcher shop, The Chop Shop, and who controversially forced out the restaurant’s founding chef, Steven Goff, in April. Goff now serves as head butcher at Standard Foods in Raleigh.

-Jake Quinn has decided he’s NOT running for Buncombe County commissioner.

-Edward Hay, an Asheville attorney and former Asheville City Councilman, has decided he IS running for Buncombe County commissioner.

-Ghost Town in the Sky, the long-running Wild West theme park in Maggie Valley, is getting rebranded as an “Appalachian village,” according to WLOS.

-Pour Taproom is planning on opening a second location in Greenville, according to the Greenville News. The “pour-your-own” craft beer bar has been open on Haywood Road in West Asheville since September 2014.

Sweeten Creek Brewing is opening Monday, according to Tony Kiss of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

-Whistle Hop Brewing is planning to open on Charlotte Highway in Fairview in spring 2016, according to Asheville Blog.

-Emma Zanetti, a Weaverville jeweler, has an update about her year. Check it:

All in less than a year Emma Zanetti, a local jeweler and silversmith, attended a two month metalsmithing intensive at Penland School of Craft in the spring, completed the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Creative Business Program this fall and had a successful debut at the Big Crafty Holiday market last Sunday and East West Pop Up Shop this weekend. “I still can’t believe how much this community supports its local artists!” says Zanetti. “My experience at the Big Crafty and East West Pop Up Shop was truly incredible and I can’t wait to meet more local art enthusiasts at future shows.”

Emma currently lives and works in her studio in Weaverville, NC. Zanetti’s first line of jewelry and accessories are inspired by a childhood spent trekking through South Carolina lowcountry. Her metalwork is a wearable collection of knots, ropes, and other nautical notables.

You can find Zanetti’s work on her website and at craft shows around the southeast.


Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Keith December 15, 2015

    Ed Hay is running for Buncombe County Commissioner in District 3, from Royal Pines and Arden, through the Hominies and Candler to Leicester and Big Sandy Mush. This covers the Erwin, Enka and Roberson County Public School Districts.

  2. Stepfanie December 15, 2015

    Why on earth would you follow up a blurb on a murder with one on tacos? Seems a bit callous

  3. Big Al December 15, 2015

    According to Mountain Xpress, King James pub investors will welcome back any staff who want to work there, but they will be closed for 2 months for renovations and most of those workers cannot go that long without jobs.

  4. Tim Peck December 14, 2015

    “-Jake Quinn has decided he’s NOT running for Buncombe County commissioner.”

    Did Drew have another Godfather meeting at a local restaurant?

    1. Tim Peck December 14, 2015

      During a lunch that was also attended by Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger (a Williams supporter), Scales says the three men “agreed that the county needed a new DA.” In addition, says Scales, Williams and Reisinger persuaded him to stay out of the primary fray in order not to “muddy Todd’s message” and fragment the anti-Moore vote…“I remember feeling that there was a lot of pressure being put on me to not run.”

  5. Bee December 14, 2015

    Curious if anyone has more information about the King James situation. Why are all the employees being let go if they plan to reopen?


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