County raise plan may change

When the Custer County Commission formally approves its 2017 budget tomorrow, raises for its employees could be a part of that budget. Exactly what kind of raises the employees could receive, however, is still under consideration. At the Aug. 24 meeting of the Custer County Commission, the commission listened to proposals from county auditor Nancy […]

Seth Jeffs to be held in custody

A federal judge will not release Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) leaders Seth Jeffs and John Wayman from jail pending trial. U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart decided to hold the men in jail, ruling that there were concerns that their loyalties to imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs challenge court orders, […]

Lawsuit filed over section line

A long-running dispute over the proposed improvement of a section line in southern Custer County appears to be headed for a courtroom battle. The issue first arose in 2013 from Wind Cave National Park’s desire to upgrade the section line near the park, known as 266th Street, which leads into the park. The road is currently […]

The stars turn out for SHMAAF

If you were wondering where your neighbors, friends and half of Custer were this weekend, hopefully you looked for them at Pageant Hill, where the inaugural Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF) kicked off to enthusiastic crowds. SHMAAF, which ran from Aug. 26-27, brought a variety of music, food and drink, family fun and […]

SHMAAF brings musical stars to Custer

It’s not every day you have the chance to nab “Two Tickets to Paradise.” And with the variety of musical acts and events lined up for this weekend’s Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF), those two tickets will be well worth every penny. “It’s an event,” said Kevin Teasley, co-event coordinator. “It’s designed to […]

Custer YMCA turns 30

The Custer YMCA was the place to be Saturday, Aug. 20, as people of all ages celebrated its 30 years in the community. The message of community was a touching point for many speeches honoring the YMCA and the volunteers who saw its begging though. “Government and people living together don’t make a community. It’s […]

Rally traffic appears to be down

As expected, on the heels of last year’s 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which saw nearly 800,000 bikers pour into the Hills, this year’s Rally is off to a much slower start and is expcted to remain much smaller than a year ago. Numbers are down in Sturgis this year and that trend […]

CCH is on the mend

Three years ago, the Custer County Housing and Redevelopment Commission (CCH) was in trouble, to put it mildly. To put it more directly, CCH was broken. The problems CCH faced were nearly too many to list. Not only was CCH broken, it was broke. There was no money. Buildings were falling into a state of disrepair. Thousands […]

July was a wet one in Custer

After a mostly sun-baked and dry early summer, July brought a reprieve to Custer in the form of nearly four inches of rain, somewhat easing fire concerns and bringing relief—even if temporary—to an area starving for precipitation. Custer received 3.83 inches of rain in July, well over the average of 2.8 inches. That puts Custer […]

County to Spend $1 Million More

Fueled by the rising cost of doing business, the Custer County Commission is proposing a 2017 budget of $8.813 million, a 7.9 percent increase over last year’s budget, or around $1 million higher. None of the county departments have requested a dramatic increase in funding, but nearly all departments will see a slight increase to […]

Featured Ad