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The Hills are alive with ghosts

With such a deep and colorful history, it should be no surprise that the Black Hills has had its fair share of scares, mysterious sightings and odd occurrences. It should also be no surprise that each community has its own urban legends — myths, tales and legends often formed from folklore and stories that may or may not actually be true. 

In Rapid City, the stump of a large old oak tree on Skyline Drive is said to be the remains of “the hanging tree,” which according to historical records, several people were hung for crimes they committed. Given the fact that many of the hangings occurred in the late 1800s — a fairly common practice in western South Dakota — it’s not unlikely that the spirits of those killed still lurk in the area. 

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Laying it all on the line

She may be the most feared, yet the most respected; the most hated, and yet the most loved person in the two-county area of Custer and Fall River and beyond.

Donna Talley, executive director of Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE), is aware that she is hated by many of the abusers whose girlfriends and spouses she has helped. But, to her way of thinking, that is more than offset by the knowledge that she has aided those women and children who otherwise would have remained in an abusive situation — if they survived at all. 

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Four medal at state cross country meet

The high school cross country season came to an end Saturday, Oct. 25, at the state meet in Huron, where the Custer Wildcats ran away with four state medals, as well as sixth and seventh places. 

In the boy’s race, Chance Dooley and Shane Herman continued to put it all out there, earning their state cross country medals after placing ninth with a time of 17:05 and 10th at 17:07, respectively.

“We knew it was a long shot, but after winning their sixth straight Region title last weekend, they boys had high hopes going into the state meet,” said coach Karen Karim. “As they have all season, these two were in contention from the beginning of the race — a race that went out in a crazy fast pace.”

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Choir is singing to success

In the early morning hours, students and staff at Custer Jr./Sr. High School are still at home, preparing for the upcoming day. But for the select few who will represent Custer at the All-State competition, their day is just beginning.

Ten students have been rehearsing over the last few weeks — with practices beginning at 7 a.m. — in preparation of the All-State Chorus and Orchestra Grand Concert. The concert will be held Nov. 1 at the Sioux Falls Arena at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and will be broadcast on South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) as it happens.

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Be an informed voter Nov. 4

You owe yourself to be an informed voter in the upcoming Nov. 4 general election, if you haven’t already voted absentee. Besides the list of local and state candidates, there are a number of other issues that need your attention. 

Constitutional Amendment Q would authorize the Legislature to allow games of roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood. Currently, the State Constitution authorizes the Legislature to allow limited card games and slot machines. A “Yes” vote would allow the addition of roulette, keno and craps in Deadwood. A “No” vote would leave things the way they are now with just card games and slots.

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