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Up in flames

As menacing as it looked perched on Pageant Hill, it never stood a chance.

For the second consecutive year, the burning of a large, 28-foot beetle was the highlight of the Bark Beetle Blues events last Saturday afternoon in Custer.

The events started at Custer Jr./Sr. High School, where attendees were entertained by music from French Creek Folk, the dancers from Lo-Ru West, elementary school singers and the Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra. That was followed by a pair of videos and a welcome and talk by Cheryl Schreier, superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Craig Bobzien, supervisor for Black Hills National Forest, who told the crowd it was “time for the forest renewal.”

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Six to be inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Six former Custer High School standouts—as either coaches or players—will be inducted into the Custer High School Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday evening, Jan. 8, at the Armory. The ceremony will take place between the varsity girls and boys games against Hill City that evening, around 7:15 p.m.

The school’s all-time winningest cross country coach, state’s all-time winningest basketball coach and a track and field pioneer are among those set to be inducted.

The Hall of Fame is a joint idea that blossomed, thanks to members of the community, school staff and coaches and the Custer School District Board of Education.

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Six wrestlers place at Philip

If the Custer High School wrestling team wants to have a successful second half of the season, they need to rest up and get better—and fast. 

“We left a few back home (this weekend) since they are sick,” said coach Jared Webster. “We’re trying to get rid of the cold.”

Since they wrestled with half a team, Custer did not compete at the Bennett County Invitational. The team did compete at the Philip Invitational Tournament over the weekend where, despite being sick, six wrestlers walked away with a place on the podium.

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Custer elementary students ‘D.A.R.E.’ to be different

It was a gym full of celebrations on Tuesday, Dec. 9, after the fifth and sixth grade classes — 104 kids in total — celebrated their graduation from D.A.R.E.

“You should be very proud of all you have done,” said Custer County Sheriff’s Office deputy Matt Haugen, one of the instructors of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in Custer.

Haugen and U.S. Forest Service patrol captain Nancy Martinz led the students in the 10-week D.A.R.E. program, where they learned how to make the safest possible choices when it comes to drugs, alcohol and violence. D.A.R.E., which was developed in 1983 to prevent drug use in young adults, is active in all 50 states and 49 countries.

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Time to find your inner loser

If you have a few pounds you want to lose the Custer County Chronicle, along with local merchants, will again provide the incentive to do so, as the annual “Biggest Loser” contest is set to kick off this Friday with the initial weigh in. If you’ve ever considered joining the contest, or have some weight you want to lose, what better time to do it than right now?

As always, the contest will be a six-month competition. The contestant who loses the biggest percentage of body weight during the six months will be declared the winner. Each month, we will print how the contestants are faring and give the percentage of body weight they lost for the month. We never list a person’s weight or how many pounds they lost throughout the competition, although we do tell how many total pounds the winner lost at the end of the competition, with their permission.

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