From California to Custer

Dr. Kelly Phommahaxay was born and raised in San Diego where she grew up along the beach. She then attended the University of California Riverside for her undergrad and the University of California Los Angeles for medical school and would describe herself as a Southern California gal through and through — until it was time […]

Giving the gift of comfort

The entire family knew who should get the final gift. It was around Christmastime 2014 when 73-year-old Nancy Kistler of Custer first received radiation and chemotherapy treatments for throat cancer. Complications of pneumonia later brought her to the emergency department of Custer Regional Hospital, where, according to her daughter, Donale Walker, she “fell in love” […]

Life after suicide: A ‘new normal’

This is the second in a series on suicide, who it affects, how it affects them and where people can turn to for help. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, was nearly 10 years ago. For Cheryl Pond, however, it’s like it was yesterday. On that day, her life was changed forever. The same can be said […]

Trail ride disaster drill not just horsing around

What happens when a group of teens on an organized trail ride meets up with some rogue ATV riders on a remote Black Hills trail? An opportunity for some great hands-on training for local emergency responders, that’s what. But fortunately, Saturday’s mass casualty horse wreck in Custer State Park was just a simulation — part […]

Carson Drug under new ownership

When Carson Drug opened its door for business Monday morning, it did so without John Carson as its owner for the first time since...

Sander ends 44 years of taking out the trash

For the past 35 years in Custer, Tim Sander has been trash. Let us explain. Since he first climbed in a garbage truck in 1982 for the first time for what would become Sander Sanitation, Sander has been synonymous with trash collection in Custer County and throughout the region. Tim turned a one-truck, two-person operation […]

Disaster training exercise set

There will be a full scale interagency training exercise in Custer County May 5 from 8 a.m. until late afternoon or when field operations...

Powerful drama makes an impact on students

A smashed up SUV and plenty of fake blood combined with some very real emergency vehicles and dozens of emergency service personnel to make...

The long road to SHMAAF weekend

For two days two weeks ago, Pageant Hill was the place to be, thanks to the hard work of Kevin Teasley, Van Arp and an army of volunteers that all had one goal in mind: making people smile. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18-19, was the second annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF) and it […]

Junior and Senior High art on display

Eighth grade through 12th grade students of Custer Junior High and Senior High School are displaying their art at Custer County Courthouse Art Gallery...

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