Help others have a merry Christmas

The Custer Ministerial Alliance will once again sponsor the annual Custer Community Christmas Project to bring the community together to experience the spirit of giving and sharing. The distribution of food baskets and Select-a-Gift, both taking place on Saturday, Dec. 16—bring the project to a culmination. Names of individuals and families in need who are […]

Hermosa fire claims a life

At 10:22 a.m. Dec. 6 Battle Creek Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 212 Vilas St in Hermosa. Upon arrival, it was reported heavy smoke was showing. Due to the unfavorable weather and road conditions a 2nd alarm was called for manpower.  When crews arrived, they were notified that it […]

Back on the auction block

The former State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy will hit the auction block for the second time Thursday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Custer County Courthouse Commissioners Room. The auction will come less than three months after the first attempt to sell the property at auction ended when no hands were raised during […]

Christmas events start

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and activities to celebrate the season will take place this weekend in Custer. The 28th annual Custer Christmas Parade will take place this Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. through downtown Custer, starting at 8th Street and Mt. Rushmore Road and traveling down to 4th Street to […]

Part of Wind Cave shut down

What seemed like a relatively insignificant press release from Wind Cave National Park issued Nov. 20 was actually a response to the threat of an unauthorized backcountry encampment springing up in the park, a park official said. The park issued the release announcing the establishment of a temporary closure affecting two park roads and a […]

Martin resigns

The current board president of the Custer School District Board of Education, Tom Martin, will resign after the December board meeting. The decision is due to the selling of Martin’s home in Custer and the pending purchase of a new home in northwest Oregon. “I was hopeful I would be able to finish my term, […]

City to get help with comp plan

The City of Custer has enlisted the help of the Black Hills Council of Local Governments (BHCLG) to shepherd it through an update of its comprehensive plan that the city’s planning commission has been working on for the past year. At the Nov. 20 meeting of the Custer City Council, city planning director Tim Hartmann […]

Residents share reasons to be thankful

As the calendar creeps toward Christmas and the new year, families and friends across Custer County will sit down at a table Thursday to share food, stories and Thanksgiving love. We asked our subscribers, casual readers and people around town to share with us the reasons they are thankful. Paul Horsted said he tries to […]

Juvenile justice lacking

Legislation authorizing the state sale of the former State Treatment and Rehabiliation (STAR) Academy facility near Custer continues to inspire a growing concern from law enforcement and educational professionals in the state about what that decision means for what some say is an already crumbling juvenile justice system in South Dakota. Several years ago, legislators approved […]

Adopt a pet starts

There you are, scrolling through your newsfeed when a video pops up of an animal that has been abused, abandoned and left for dead. You don’t want to watch, but you do because you want to see the transformation and the happy ending that comes after the sadness. You rejoice and praise the rescuers in […]

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