Farewell to 2018, welcome in 2019!

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It seems like just yesterday we had to get used to writing and saying 2018 instead of 2017 and here we are on the verge of saying good-bye to another year that just shot by. The year 2018 will be remembered nationally as a year that saw the stock market rise to record levels, only to tank at the end of the year and totally wipe out all gains made throughout the year. What a roller coaster ride!

It was also a year that President Trump continued his attacks on the mainstream national “fake news” media that seemed to dwell on anything negative they could find about his administration. Several studies showed that this coverage was over 90 percent negative which indicates that the print and broadcast national news outlets were anything but a supporter of the president and his policies. The level of negative news reporting was unprecedented.

Statewide news centered on the somewhat contentious governor’s race between U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and State Sen. Billie Sutton with Noem narrowly coming out on top in the end. Noem will become the state’s first female governor when she is sworn into office next month. She will be working with a state House and Senate that is largely dominated by Republicans over Democrats once again.

Locally, the community was excited to see the opening of the long-anticipated new Custer Regional Hospital last April. The state-of-the-art facility is a big boost to the health care services offered in our area for residents and summer visitors alike. It is also one of the community pillars checked out by prospective residents and businesses wanting to move to this area.

Educational facilities is another one of those factors checked out by anyone looking to move to our area. Custer continues to have outstanding schools and staff that help make our area so attractive for residents. The district was the first in the state recently to embrace the adult-student TeamMates mentoring program started by former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and his wife, Nancy, 27 years ago in Lincoln. There currently are 15 adult mentors matched up with as many students so the program is off to a great start.

Recent national news polls show that Americans can agree on one thing, we are a divided nation. This is proven time and again by the really close political elections we just witnessed in our nation. Let’s all hope and pray that calmer heads will prevail in 2019 and we can all work together, for a change, for the common good.

Now you can all look forward to “The Best” of our area in 2018 to be published next month in the Chronicle and Prevailer News. Thank you all for your great support in 2018. Let’s have an even better 2019!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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