Photo by Dr. David Marlin In Tryon, the much-heralded World Equestrian Games depart -- trailing mud, blame, and a lot of Buncombe taxpayer money.  "The tumult and the shouting dies; the captains and the kings depart" -- Rudyard Kipling MILL SPRING, NC -- The World Equestrian Games rode off

Followup:  Ta-dahhh!     A parked motorbike shows relative scale of the new Lexington Avenue Life Column, which was installed on N. Lexington Ave. September 6 (see "Nature, Culture, and Asheville-nomics," below).   The 10-foot brushed steel column was designed by New York-based artist Beatrice Coron,  fabricated in Pennsylvania, and

Above:  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer is all smiles as she accepts a $20,000 Buncombe Parks and Recreation check from County Commission Chairman Brownie Newman (l) and another in the same amount from Robbie Sweetzer & Linda Giltz of Connect Buncombe.  (City of Asheville photo)   $40K in for