Poll: 10% of Asheville residents agree with Bothwell, Councilman Marc Hunt makes them want to puke, 80% who is Marc Hunt?
Jan14

Poll: 10% of Asheville residents agree with Bothwell, Councilman Marc Hunt makes them want to puke, 80% who is Marc Hunt?

ASHEVILLE- A new Fox News/Citizen Thymes poll reveals only a small number of Asheville residents agree with Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell’s claim that fellow Council member Marc Hunt makes him want to puke.   Fox News/Citizen Thymes took a random scientific and religious poll of 1,000 Asheville residents showing them a picture of Council member Marc Hunt’s face and whether the picture gave them the urge to vomit. Only 10 percent of respondents had the urge to puke after seeing Hunt’s face, while 80 percent of respondents had no idea who Hunt was.   “Who is that? Is he a professional wrestler?” asked Asheville resident Tom White.   “I could see how that cheese grin could make some people want to vomit, but I have a pretty strong stomach.”   The Citizen Times, the Citizen Thymes’ little sister publication, reported on an email Bothwell sent to Hunt in September following the City Council’s approval of the McKibbon Hotel Group’s proposal to build a hotel on Haywood Street near the Basilica of St. Lawrence. In the email Bothwell communicated to Hunt, “You make me want to puke.”   Asheville resident Becky Riggs agrees that the sight of Hunt makes her want to vomit.   “Oh God, don’t ask questions too loudly, yes the guy in the picture makes me want to vomit,” said Riggs.   “Everything makes me want to vomit right now. I think I had too much to drink last night. I’m never drinking again. Do you have any Advil?”   The next Asheville City Council meeting will be Tuesday, January 22.  The Citizen Thymes will have a reporter present to see if Bothwell actually vomits at the sight of Hunt.   An anonymous source says there will be a vomit bucket on hand at the meeting if Bothwell does blow chunks.   Does City Council member Marc Hunt make you want to puke?   Let us know in the...

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McKibbon Hotel Group to Basilica ‘Hotel was God’s plan all along’
Sep17

McKibbon Hotel Group to Basilica ‘Hotel was God’s plan all along’

ASHEVILLE- God always has a plan.   McKibbon Hotel Group believes God revealed his illustrious intervention this past Tuesday, when the Asheville City Council approved the $2.5 million sale of property on Haywood Street across from the Basilica of St. Lawerence to McKibbon.   “Sometimes God works in mysterious ways my friend,” said Wes Townson, vice president of McKibbon.   “We have been praying every day here at McKibbon. Just hoping God would provide us enough strength to fight for this property. I think the big man in the sky came through this past week. Praise Jesus.”   The abandoned Haywood Street property has been a source of controversy for months as the city contemplated whether to award the lot to McKibbon or to the Basilica of St. Lawrence, who offered to build a public plaza in the space.   “I think God just knows the hotel will help people more than a public plaza would,” said Townson.   “The Bible is all about helping other people and we are providing folks shelter from the elements. When people finish a long day of walking with Jesus, they can prop there feet up on our suites’ coffee tables. Plus we will have a King James version of the Bible in every nightstand in our 145-room hotel. You could say we are doing God’s work.”   Townson does admit he is a bit confused why God rewarded the property to McKibbon and not the Basilica, a house where one worships God.   “That just shows you have to have faith and be persistent,” said Townson   “We must have prayed a little bit harder. Here people at the Basilica have been praying for over a hundred years, but we said not so fast my friend. Just like one of God’s favorites Tim Tebow, we made a fourth quarter comeback and prayed our way to victory. We have been Tebowing in the office all week.”   Townson confirmed that McKibbon would go through with plans to build a replica New York New York Hotel and Casino on the property, which was revealed in June by the Citizen Thymes here.   Townson also confirmed McKibbon would comply with the city coucil’s requirements for the sale of the property, which includes a second appraisal of the land’s value, mitigating shadows on the Basilica, seismic monitoring to protect historic structures nearby, a traffic-management study, and following the Downtown Master Plan’s.   “I personally think the seismic study is smart considering our hotel will include a roller coaster,” said Townson.   “But I think everything will go smoothly, because we have God on our side obviously....

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Nine percent wants city property to be really, really tall Cheesecake Factory
Aug13

Nine percent wants city property to be really, really tall Cheesecake Factory

ASHEVILLE- A new poll released yesterday shows that nine percent of Asheville residents want a city-owned property across from the Civic Center to be turned into a really, really tall Cheesecake Factory.   “We have been bombarded with that organic local food foo foo for way too long,” said Earl Watkins, a 52-year-old Asheville resident.   “It is time to support a real American company and eat some cheesecake while we are at it. I want to taste the large multinational corporation in every bite of my tuxedo cheesecake. Mmmm, what is that? Is that a hint of corporate strategy I taste in my Reeses Peanut Butter Cheesecake? Oh how beautiful it will be.”   The poll conducted by the PARC PAC revealed the majority of the public favored a park, with 40 percent favoring a park, 38 percent choosing to sell the land to the Catholic Church, 13 percent favoring a hotel, and 9 percent favoring a Cheesecake Factory.   “Oh give me a break, a poll conducted by a park committee favors a park?” says Watkins.   “I don’t have to get out my at home Glenn Beck chalkboard to draw up and conclude poll bias. You know what they say ‘There are facts and then there is the truth and then there are statistics and then there are facts and statistics. ”   Supporters of a Cheesecake Factory believe it would pay homage to the quintessential Asheville job by providing several more of those jobs. Supporters also believe the restaurant chain would be a perfect compromise.   “Catholics love cheesecake, park lovers love cheesecake, people who sleep in hotels love cheesecake, a Cheesecake Factory would be a perfect compromise,” said Watkins.   “And we should build the Cheesecake Factory really, really tall. That way when tourists come and look at it, it just says ‘Hey we’re Asheville. We may disagree at times, but man we really love cheesecake.”   Watkins will be furthering his cause at Tuesday’s City Council meeting by giving away free slices of...

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McKibbon Hotel Group releases revised plan for property near historic Basilica
Jun04

McKibbon Hotel Group releases revised plan for property near historic Basilica

  ASHEVILLE– Ahead of the June 12th City Council Meeting where Asheville residents plan to voice their concerns over a 0.8-acre parcel of land owned by the city, McKibbon Hotel Group has revised their plans for the property in hope to win over the public.   McKibbon a Gainsville, Ga. company, who has offered $2.3 million for the land, originally intended to put a 150-room hotel and a public plaza on the site. But public opposition over the proposed plan led the McKibbon staff to change the proposed design.   McKibbon revealed the new design to the Citizen Thymes on Sunday evening. McKibbon has bought the design plans of the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International and plans on building a smaller replica in downtown Asheville.   “We were hearing people complain that our original plans for the hotel would be an eye sore for the Asheville skyline. What better way to enhance the beauty of the Asheville skyline than to bring in the most beautiful skyline in the world, New York City?” said Wes Townson, a vice president with McKibbon.   The New York-New York Hotel replica will not include a casino but will include most of the skyline including a replica of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and others. The hotel will include 1,000 rooms and a small lake in the front of the property representing the New York Harbor.   “Well I guess the homeless will have a place to bathe now,” said Randy Patterson, a 54-year-old Asheville resident.   Patterson opposes the McKibbon hotel and hopes the City Council will accept the Basilica of St. Lawrence $2.6 million bid for the property. The Basilica hopes to turn the property into a public plaza.   Patterson prefers to have a public plaza as opposed to another high-rise, but more specifically Patterson is worried about McKibbon’s plan to include a roller coaster in the new design.   “The noise from the roller coaster is going to make downtown unpleasant,” said Patterson. “I can barely hear myself think as it is now when I go downtown with all the street performers.”   McKibbon plans on including a roller coaster that resembles a traditional checker cab that will travel through the property’s interior and exterior. The coaster is expected to be 203 ft tall, have a maximum drop of 144 ft, and will reach speeds up to 67 mph.   “For those that complained they won’t be able to see the mountains or other Asheville attractions because the high rise will block their view, now with the roller coaster,...

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