BREAKING: Fairburn fire started by 7-year-old

Investigation into the July 25 grass fire that spread through part of Fairburn, engulfing a home and causing the death of a 26-year-old female, has determined the fire was started by a 7-year-old Fairburn resident. Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley and Lt. Steve McMillin said an 11-year-old boy also believed to be involved—although he did […]

Alleged child abduction attempt probed

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office and Hermosa town marshal are investigating a claim by a Hermosa School student that a man attempted to abduct her the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 4. Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley said the girl alleges that at around 5:23 p.m. that evening she was walking home from volleyball practice when […]

Allegations prompt resignation

Despite the small school population of 342 students, even Custer Elementary School is not exempt from bullying, according to two parents. Speaking to the Custer School District Board of Education during its open forum session Thursday, March 16, parents Troy Schmitz and Jennifer Doll came to bring awareness to the “harassment, racism and bullying” in […]

One injured, van struck in helicopter incident

Two pilots escaped injury while a third was transported to Custer Regional Hospital with minor injuries after a training flight being conducted by the...

Lake Legion fire update

The Legion Lake fire is still actively burning in the Custer State Park and east of the park. It is currently at an estimated 35,000 acres and remains at 7 percent containment. Residents that are east of the park and west of Highway 79, from LH Road to Buffalo Gap which includes the towns of […]

Child left on school bus

A Custer Elementary kindergartner was forgotten for nearly four hours as she sat alone on the school bus Monday morning, Aug. 28. Juniper “June” Williamson got on the bus around 7:30 a.m. Monday for her very first ride on the bus, but she never made it to school. June was instructed to follow the teacher’s […]

Dan and Linda Custis say goodbye

After bringing smiles to Custer for nearly 40 years, Dr. Dan and Linda Custis are putting away their tools and kicking up their feet, welcoming the next chapter of their lives. After over 40 years as a dental hygienist and 38 years as a dentist, Linda and Dan are retiring from their business, Destination Dentistry. […]

Buffalo hit, put down

A Custer State Park buffalo had to be euthanized after being hit by a car on Monday night, June 11.  Lt. Steve McMillin of the...

BREAKING: STAR Academy sells, local backers involved

The former State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy (STAR) has been sold, with a group of local buyers purchasing the property for the minimum bid of $2.34 million. Local real estate agent Jared Carson, also the former mayor, made the bid on behalf of those purchasing the property. Three registered bidders were present at the auction, […]

Two injured in accident

Serious injury was avoided Monday afternoon after a crash in the northern part of Custer on Hwy. 16 saw an ending with a 2005 Chevy Impala resting against the cross on the Shepherd of the Hills Church’s sign. On Monday, March 19, at around 4:29 p.m., a male driver and female passenger were driving southbound […]

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