PLAY TO PAY: Asheville Community Yoga member Ben Phan says yoga makes him a better person and musician. "The focus on breath and awareness has helped me become more vulnerable and present, which enhances my connection to songwriting and performing," he says. Half of the proceeds from his band's upcoming concert will go toward ACY's expansion.

Conscious party: Asheville Community Yoga stretches into a larger space with help from member Ben Phan

A singer and dexterous guitar player, Phan wrote much of his debut album Dreams in Modern Folk while walking solo from Mexico to Canada. He’ll play those songs plus some unheard numbers at a benefit concert for Asheville Community Yoga’s expansion. The Grey Eagle hosts the event on Saturday, June 18.

SUPPORT SYSTEM: To avoid prison time, Nick Albizo, center, is working to get his life on track by confronting his drug abuse and mental health issues. Katie Stewart of the VA Medical Center, left, and Eric Howard of the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court are two members of a team that’s enabling him to find a new path. Photo by Able Allen

On a mission: Special treatment court helps troubled veterans regroup

Military service is difficult enough, but for many, life gets even harder once they’re done. Over half of the 2.5 million soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during America’s longest continuous period of war have returned with mental health conditions directly related to their time in uniform. Twenty percent have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress […]

Tim Moffitt was officially sworn in as a Buncombe County Commissioner during the Tuesday, June 7, meeting. He replaces Miranda DeBruhl who resigned last month. (Also pictured is his wife.)

County Commission recap: Moffitt joins local government­, rezoning concerns

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is back to seven members after Tim Moffitt was officially sworn in to replace Miranda DeBruhl, who abruptly resigned last month. Commissioner Moffitt said, “It’s and honor to serve with you and I look forward to contributing where I can.” The Tuesday, June 7, meeting also featured members of the public expressing concerns about rezoning a parcel of land in east Asheville and continued budget talks ahead of a June 30 deadline to approve a spending plan for fiscal year 2017.

Xpress conducted an informal survey to see if its readers are aware of, and planning to participate in, the congressional primary on Tuesday, June 7.

Low turnout predicted for June 7 congressio­nal primary

The June 7 primary will decide which congressional candidates advance to November’s general election. Buncombe County, part of the 10th and 11th congressional districts, historically has a significant drop off in voter participation in primaries that take place after the general primary and a small group of voters could shape November’s ballot.

SOCIAL ANXIETY: Since evidence of the scope and extent of contamination began coming to public light a decade ago, the former CTS of Asheville Superfund site has bred tension and distrust between residents and the agencies charged with overseeing containment and remediation of the site. With a new remedial action plan set to be implemented by the end of 2016, many community members are hoping that EPA officials will finally follow through with cleanup measures they say are several decades late in coming.  Photo  by Dan Caylor

Toxic legacy: CTS site breeds heartache for residents

With the EPA set to implement a new remediation strategy at the CTS of Asheville Superfund site this year, some residents and public officials are cautiously hopeful that the long-standing issues might finally be addressed. Others continue to lobby federal authorities to hold the EPA accountable for past missteps and speed up the remediation process.

Buncombe County Democrats have nominated David King to run for the District 3 seat vacated by Miranda DeBruhl. Republicans have yet to pick who they want on November's ballot.

Concerns about attracting­, retaining teachers and budget requests highlight Buncombe County commission­ers meeting

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is approaching the homestretch for finalizing a budget for Fiscal Year 2017. During its meeting on Tuesday, May 31, the board heard concerns about attracting and retaining teachers amid budget requests from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools.