Leaks spill 700k gallons of water

In what may have been the shortest meeting of the Custer City Council in years — if not ever — the council breezed through a light agenda in around 20 minutes at its Jan. 17 meeting. No major items were up for discussion at the meeting, but the council did hear from public works director […]

County Hwy. plows through road issues

The staff working for the Custer County Highway Department was a busy bunch in 2016, as evidenced by the numbers Gary Woodford, county highway superintendent, shared with the Custer County Commission at its Jan. 11 meeting. Woodford told the commission the highway department placed 100,187 tons of gravel on county roads last year, broken down […]

School to hire additional coaches

It was a relatively light agenda for the Custer School District School Board of Education during its Monday, Jan. 9, meeting in Hermosa. The board heard from Deidre Budahl, auditor with Casey Peterson and Associates, who audited the school district. This year’s annual audit found two areas to be addressed. One area was the lack […]

Custer part of nationwide rally

With the Custer County Courthouse as a backdrop, nearly three dozen concerned citizens took to Way Park to rally in support of a number of national programs and policies. The rally came about after a call to action was put out from the Democratic Party for local groups to rally on Jan. 15 in support […]

FLDS: no probation, jail or restitution

Six more members of the the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) struck plea bargains with federal prosecutors in a food stamp fraud case. Kimball Barlow, Winford Barlow, Rulon Barlow, Ruth Barlow, Hyrum Dutson and Kristal Dutson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

Burn, beetle, burn!

Come Saturday, Jan. 21, Pageant Hill will be filled with flame, fireworks and fun, proving that those Mountain Pine Beetles don’t stand a chance. The fifth annual Bark Beetle Blues is presented by the Custer Area Arts Council and the Bark Beetle Blues Committee. Sponsoring this year’s event are Custer State Park Resorts, Southern Hills […]

It’s official: VA reconfiguring

What many Black Hills veterans, and most of, if not all of the residents of Hot Springs feared has been a long time coming was made official last Friday: the Veterans Administration Black Hills Health Care System will be reconfigured, which will include closing a major part of the VA hospital in Hot Springs. The […]

Proposed land exchange panned

The proposed Bismarck Lake land exchange was met with a resounding “no” when over 87 Custer community residents packed into the Pine Room at the Custer County Courthouse annex Thursday, Jan. 5. The meeting was hosted by a group of local concerned citizens — Lynn Kolund, Jim Allen, Alice Allen, Rick Hudson, Steve Pischke and […]

City cemetery plots resurrected

Over 50 grave spaces in Custer Cemetery have been reclaimed by the city after passage of a resolution at the council’s Jan. 3 meeting. But don’t worry, there are no contents within the spaces. The grave spaces aren’t occupied, but rather, are lots bought early in the 1900s — four and five space lots — […]

Three fire districts to be combined

By Kacie Svoboda For the new year, the Keystone, Hayward and Hermosa fire departments will combine to form the Battle Creek Fire Protection District in a move expected to bring quicker response times, lower taxes and eliminate redundancies between the three fire stations. “The big advantage is the cost savings to the public and the […]

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