Health in brief: Asheville Yoga Center hits the market, website tracks impact of opioid crisis in Buncombe

Asheville Yoga Center, a pillar of the city’s emerging “wellness district” in the area around South Liberty Street, is up for sale. The transition represents the next phase of changes brought about by the divorce of the center’s founders, Stephanie and Sunny Keach, according to Melissa Driver, the company’s general manager. Also in brief: prostate cancer screening tips for men, new programs and services and a new website that illustrates the impact of the opioid epidemic on the local community.

Register of Deeds: Cothran vs. Reisinger

Incumbent Democrat Drew Reisinger faces Republican challenger Pat Cothran. Read their thoughts on archive preservation, modernization, if the post should be political and more. There are two ways to view Xpress’ Q&A with the candidates: Either click the candidates’ picture to see a text version of their answers or click the grid below. The text […]

Drew Reisinger

Drew Reisinger (I), Democrat drewfordeeds.com Place of residence: West Asheville Occupation: Buncombe County Register of Deeds Political experience: Buncombe County Register of Deeds, 2011-present Endorsements: The Sierra Club; Land of Sky Association of Realtors; WNC Central Labor Council Amount of money raised: $12,382 Top three donors and amount contributed: The Ellen Frost Campaign, $750; Rev. […]

Reisinger first register of deeds in South to accept same-sex marriage licenses

Today Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger became the first in the South to accept same-sex marriage licenses, as 10 couples requested them as part of an effort organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality. However, Reisinger stopped short of issuing the documents, saying that while he believes the state ban on same-sex marriage is in conflict with the U.S. Constitution, he will first formally request that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper allow the marriages to proceed.

Bought & Sold: Forgotten documents highlight local slave history

In Buncombe County, thousands of slaves toiled as cooks, farmers, tour guides, maids, blacksmiths, tailors, miners, farmers, road builders and more, local records show. And after mostly ignoring that troubled history for a century and a half, the county is now taking groundbreaking steps to honor the contributions of those former residents by making its slave records readily available online.

Exhibit spotlights hidden local African-American history

The Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office has opened an exhibit to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and to remember those who were enslaved and their immeasurable contributions to our community. Along with the exhibit, the county has produced a short documentary, Forever Free, which features historians and descendants of slaves speaking on the significance of these records and the importance of acknowledging our past. Watch it here.

Upholding state law is a public servant’s duty

Register of deeds swearing-in ceremony, March 1, 2011: “I, Drew Reisinger, do hereby solemnly swear that I will support and maintain … the Constitution and laws of North Carolina, not inconsistent therewith … .” Asheville Citizen-Times article, April 22: “Reisinger, who by state law was forced to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples […]

Appointmen­t is not democracy

On July 26, 2011 the following was printed in the Mountain Xpress article “Field of Schemes?” about the proposed new Statehouse districts: “‘Less than a quarter of Buncombe County's population is Republican,’ noted Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger, who was Democratic Rep. Patsy Keever's campaign manager. ‘Yet they've drawn the districts so there will likely […]

Elect Pat Cothran, the experience­d candidate

When Drew Reisinger was appointed to fulfill Otto DeBruhl’s unexpired term, the March 3 Mountain Xpress article, “A Done Deed,” reported on the Democratic Party’s choice: “The committee — made up of Buncombe County precinct chairs and vice chairs, Democratic elected officials and other party leaders — chose Reisinger, a 27-year-old party activist. … But […]

Reisinger is a 21st century man

While Drew Reisinger’s accomplishments as register of deeds are impressive, they are not the least bit surprising. I had the privilege of working with Drew before he was elected to public office and was always struck by his energy, his creativity in addressing a challenge, and his ability to lead and inspire others while still […]

Drew Reisinger is a proven asset to Buncombe County

I’m voting for Drew Reisinger for Buncombe County register of deeds. In his short time in office, he has been efficient, effective and fair while accomplishing much. He cut the office’s annual budget by $238,500 while improving access and convenience by implementing e-recording, new technology and credit-card payments. He has pledged to continue finding new […]