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Bad Medicine op nabs Leicester man


Leicester – “This week Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office along with the Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task-Force concluded a nearly six month opioid enforcement operation titled Operation Bad Medicine,” said a Buncombe County press release from Natalie Bailey of the Sheriff’s Department.

“Several targets of this operation were healthcare workers who were found to have illegally diverted opioid prescription pain medication from area healthcare, nursing, and assisted living facilities throughout Buncombe County,” the release went on to say.

Detective Sergeant John Thomas of the Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force confirmed that Brandon Alexander Freeman of Gouges Branch Road in Leicester was one of the suspects arrested in that operation. Freeman, 19, has been charged with two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/forgery. Read more...



Last Week’s Headlines


Book cause of

concern for some

By Clint Parker


NBHS – A book that is centered around an incestuous rape is causing concern for some parents. The book came to the attention of the Tribune when a member of the community contacted one of our reporters about the book, “The Bluest Eyes” by Toni Morrison, an American novelist, editor, teacher, and professor emerita who, in the past, has won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award.


A post on Facebook by Angela Randall Anderson has also helped to stir community discussion about the book (see plot summary on page 16).


According to Stacia Harris, Director of Communications for Buncombe County Schools, “The book has been used recently in an English III Honors classroom. To our knowledge, this book has been part of the honors English curriculum in past classes for several years with no objection to the text. As is our standard procedure, at the beginning of the school year, a syllabus was provided to all students in this class and their parents. This syllabus provided a list of books that would be covered as part of the curriculum.” Read more...


Past Headlines


2017 Leicester Man

& Woman of the Year

Leicester - Greg Brookshire, president of the Leicester Community Center, recently announced this year’s Leicester Man & Woman of the year. This award has been given for the past several years to deserving individuals who have given of their time and talent for the betterment of the Leicester Community.

The 2017 Leicester Woman of the Year is Carol Bryson. Carol has been dedicated to the success of the Leicester Welcome Table for years. She spends numerous hours each week feeding the residents who attend the lunch. Carol is also active at Grace Methodist Church and in the Newfound community.

The 2017 Man of the Year is Kyle Carver. Kyle has been a long-time supporter of the community center since his youth. He is the one responsible for making sure that the MANNA food distribution takes place each month. Kyle is active at Newfound Baptist Church and numerous other organizations around Leicester and Western North Carolina.

“It’s always hard to choose just one,” said Brookshire. “Leicester is a better place thanks in part to these two people!” On October 10th at 6 pm there will be a small reception to recognize them for their service at the community center.

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