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City OKs variances contrary to ordinances

The final plat for a subdivision of land in the Homestead area in northeast Custer received final approval at the March 16 meeting of the Custer City Council, but not before extensive discussion was held about variances being given to the subdivision’s developer, local contractor Craig Hindle.

The land to be subdivided sits just to the northeast of the corner of Summit and Ponderosa Streets and Hindle’s plan calls for the land to be divided into six lots that will be used for affordable housing. The city’s planning commission, which reviewed the plan extensively, recommended approval of the final plat with variances that technically go against city ordinance, as subdivisions are required to have a 24-foot paved road and have curb and gutter and sidewalks installed. The subdivision as approved will have none of those features.

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Esther Hamaan celebrates 100

Thursday, March 19, was just another day for Esther Hamann of Custer. She woke up, went through her normal morning routine and waited for her daughter to join her for lunch at Regional Senior Care.

But Thursday was different. 

It was Hamann’s birthday — her 100th, to be exact.

“I haven’t really thought too much about it,” Hamann said of turning 100. “It’s just like any other day.”

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’Cats can’t handle any More

Heading into last Thursday night’s Region 8A semifinal game at St. Thomas More, Custer head coach Paul Kelley said his team needed to avoid falling behind huge in the first quarter, like they have done so many times to the Cavaliers in recent years.

Mission accomplished.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, after a Sam Mertz drive for a basket, foul and free throw cut the Cavalier lead to 17-15 early in the second quarter, St. Thomas More outscored them 48-13 the rest of the way, handing the Wildcats another lopsided loss at the hands of More, this time by the score of 65-28. The loss ended Custer’s season at 8-14.

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CYAF grant, scholarship winners named

The Custer Youth and Alumni Foundation (CYAF) has announced its scholarship winners for 2015. CYAF, a local nonprofit organization, began in 1996 to provide financial resources to increase opportunities for Custer area youth. This year three Custer students were awarded scholarships. 

Two seniors were awarded the Lynette Burke $250 Memorial Scholarships.  Burke was a well-known Custer High School graduate who worked in the Custer School District and served on the CYAF board for many years. Her family established the scholarship in CYAF in her honor to be awarded on the basis of exemplary character, work ethic and personal qualities in their school, extracurricular, work and personal activities. The two seniors recognized this year are Billie Wicks and Allison Hass.

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Help support our losers

For the better part of a decade now, the Custer County Chronicle has held an annual “Biggest Loser” contest, in which brave area residents participate in a six-month-long contest to lose weight. The contestants must come in once a month to weigh in and see how much weight they lost, or in some cases, didn’t lose. The people who enter this contest deserve the community’s support. Those who enter the contest are brave for a number of reasons, not the least of which is they have their picture and monthly progress put in the paper for the world to see each and every month. If they have a bad month, everyone is going to know about it. Even admitting you need to lose weight in a public forum takes guts. Dedicating six months to that very goal isn’t easy, either.

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