Five years later, death of Meshell Will still unsolved

It’s been nearly five years since the decomposing body of Meshell Will was discovered in a wooded area just off a pigtail bridge  on...

$15k sought for Bark Park

The future Custer dog park has a name and organizers of the park’s construction want the Custer City Council to spend $15,000 in 2019 to help make the park a reality. At the Aug. 20 meeting of the Custer City Council, dog park organizer Lesa McDermott took the council through what was needed to make […]

TeamMates poised for winning season

If energy and enthusiasm have anything to do with it, the TeamMates student mentoring program will be a monumental success when it comes to Custer schools this fall. The Custer School District Board of Education voted unanimously to apply to the program founded by former Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach Tom Osborne at last week’s regular […]

SHMAAF getting retooled

Much like Mark Twain’s supposed death, the report of the demise of Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF) has been exaggerated. The weekend-long celebration of music and arts held at Pageant Hill in 2016 and 2017 isn’t dead at all. In fact, it’s being geared up to be bigger and better. Pulling off SHMAAF […]

Surprise slurry aids firefighters

A sharp-eyed and quick- thinking aerial tanker pilot helped stop the spread of a structure and grass fire about four miles northeast of Hermosa on Sunday. The plane known as Tanker 41 was delivering a load of fire retardant to the Vineyard Fire at Hot Springs when the pilot noticed a wind-driven blaze below that […]

Bye summer, hello school

Where did the summer go? Back-to-school sales are in full swing, practices for fall sports started over a week ago, the first high school...

Rally wrecks pile up around Custer

With the influx of bikers to the Black Hills for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally comes motorcycle accidents. The following is a list of accidents that are local, involve local people or were fatal from Tuesday, Aug. 6, through the end of the Rally. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 11:20 a.m., Sturgis Road (I-90 service road), […]

County reconsiders tax break

Local municipalities should have been consulted and allowed to give input on a change to the county’s discretionary taxing formula, Custer County commissioner Travis Bies said at the commission’s Aug. 8 meeting. Changing it was a knee-jerk reaction, he continued. He believes the formula should go back to its original form — or, at the […]

Fire district considered

In the not-too-distant future, the Custer Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) will likely have full-time employees who are paid for through a taxing district. Ideally,...

School OKs TeamMates

A student mentoring program started by legendary University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne will likely be coming to Custer following action by the Custer School District Board of Education on Monday. At its regular meeting held in Hermosa the board voted unanimously to proceed with application to the TeamMates program that will bring adults […]

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