Biggest challenge facing city?

If you were asked what the biggest challenge is facing Custer City, what would be your answer? Would it be more year-round job opportunities or  improving our retail trade base? Those are two things that might pop in the minds of some people. Mayor Corbin Herman was asked this question at the Monday, Aug. 28, […]

Hearts go out to Texans in storm

It is heart-wrenching to see the devastation being wrought in the continuing rain falling in the Houston, Texas, area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that touched land last Friday. Since then, the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm that is dumping an unprecedented amount of rain as it hangs over the entire […]

Is print a dinosaur?

A lot has been said in our industry about the value of print. I see it so often that it has become a sort of mantra. Is this just the industry greasing its own wheels or is print the brilliant medium it bills itself to be? I was raised in an era that was largely […]

Founding Fathers should look out

Watch your backsides, George and Thomas! You, too, Roosevelt and Lincoln. You must certainly have been  racists in the past because you were white men and only white men are racists. There are youthful, intolerant lib zealots out there today who are gunning for you. After all, Washington and Jefferson were prominent slave owners, so […]

Violence threatens democracy

President Trump may be many things.  He is undeniably the President of the United States of America.  As the legitimate and duly sworn President, his duties and responsibilities are the same as the 44 Presidents before him, at least insofar as defending the nation and providing leadership and government administration are concerned. You may not […]

Do you have solar eclipse fever?

Less than five days after you pick up this paper, the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow. All of North America will experience at least a partial eclipse. For a couple of minutes Monday, Aug. 21, we’re going to experience dark in the middle of the day. The event […]

From motorcycles to county fair time

We’re still in the middle of what looks like a bigger Sturgis motorcycle rally than last year, but now it is time to switch gears and head to Hermosa for the annual Custer County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days which begins this Thursday at noon. We sometimes forget that agriculture has the biggest economic impact […]

Truth can be stranger than fiction

It’s hard to come up with things to write about sometimes. As an English literature major in college, I had plenty of opportunities, though. Instructors were always dispensing advice with our writing assignments: “Write what you know.” “Write your heart.” “Write to your audience.” “Write so I’ll know you’ve grasped the major concepts of this […]

Vacation rental saga continues

The latest word on the continuing saga of vacation rentals in residential areas of Custer is that the can will continue to be kicked down the road by the city council. Jason has covered this topic since it first came to light at a city council meeting last September, and here we are almost a […]

Hot weather and sheriff’s log

First-time readers of this newspaper last week must think we live in the middle of the Wild West with people pulling guns in a family argument and fist fights in downtown bars at night. Needless to say, this hasn’t been a normal month in Custer County for this type of activity. I really think the […]

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