Behind the scenes: getting rally ready

It’s that time of year again when you can hear the roar of motorcycles everywhere you go. The 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has commenced. A lot of folks know what type of events happen at the rally or what bands might be playing, but most probably don’t know the amount of preparation that goes […]

Jefferson Starship comes to SHMAAF

“Find Your Way Back” to the Southern Black Hills for the second annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF), where classic rock band Jefferson Starship will co-headline this year’s event. Jefferson Starship is one of a number of musical acts set to take the stage at this year’s festival which celebrates music and art […]

Word kicks off SHMAAF event

Hermosa native Keenie Word will kick off the main stage performances at this year’s Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival event, performing Friday, Aug. 18, right before headliner Jefferson Starship takes the stage. Word, originally from Hermosa, now lives in Nashville, Tenn., where she performs and writes with hit songwriters, such as Paul Overstreet (“When […]

Atlanta Rhythm Section added to SHMAAF lineup

They’ve been part of the rock scene for more than 30 years, but come next weekend, The Atlanta Rhythm Section will bring its classic rock hits to the Southern Black Hills for the second annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF). The Atlanta Rhythm Section is one of a number of musical acts set […]

Fairburn fire claims a life

A 26-year-old female died as a result of a July 25 fire in Fairburn that began as a grass fire and spread into the home at which the woman was staying. The deceased, Julia Pawelski, is the daughter of Jim and Sharlene Pawelski, whose home was destroyed by the fire. She was one of two […]

Custer Cruisin’ starts Friday

The ground will shake and the roar of motorcycles  will return to Custer beginning this Friday, Aug. 4, when the annual Custer Cruisin’ Rally begins in conjunction with the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which officially begins Monday, Aug. 7. As always, Mt. Rushmore Road will be barricaded for center lane parking for motorcycles, with one […]

County sign ordinance questioned

Custer County’s sign ordinance isn’t being enforced equally, a county resident told the Custer County Commission at its July 26 meeting. He knows it isn’t being enforced equally for a fact, he said, because no paperwork can be produced to show which signs in the county were grandfathered in under the county’s sign ordinance. Troy […]

Between a hole and a pathway

The new box culverts on the Hazelrodt Cutoff may be installed and have traffic running across them, but if a couple that lives adjacent to the bridge has their way, the work isn’t over. That’s because the couple, Don and Catherine Mary Sheets Tauer, along with the man who used to own the land, Hal […]

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 […]

City balks at paying for car damage

The Custer City Council has denied the request by a man seeking compensation for damage to a vehicle caused when part of the roof of the Custer YMCA flew onto his car during a late June storm. Although Lynn Booth was denied city money from the council at its July 17 meeting, he hinted as […]

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