Year in review:â��Events that shaped Custer County
Published: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
This is the second part of a look back at the events and people that shaped Custer County in 2012.
The Custer School District Board of Education voted to cut a teacher position at Fairburn School after it was learned that 14 students were enrolling in other schools.
An Old Time Country Fourth celebration was held in Custer with two parades, a flag raising and lowering ceremony and a variety of kids games and other entertainment.
Custer County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Keale was placed on paid administrative leave by Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler, pending the result of an investigation of an incident that happened between Keale and a downtown business employee June 20. Keale was eventually exonerated of any wrong doing.
Tinder-dry conditions and a plea from the Custer Volunteer Fire Department chief prompted the Custer City Council to institute an emergency fire ban.
City officials were trying to get to the bottom of a problem that was causing West Dam to leak water and dry out.
Megan Heggen was named Gold Discovery Days queen, while Karley Konkol and Kenzie Swanson were named princesses for the event. Parade marshals were Fran Pettit and Ed Sedledzky.
Custer High School head boys basketball coach Larry Luitjens was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame.
The Myrtle Fire erupted southeast of Pringle, eventually consuming just over 10,000 acres before it was contained. The fire caused the temporary closure of Hwy. 385 between Pringle and Hot Springs, along with Wind Cave National park, and forced 275 area residents to be evacuated. No homes were lost.
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