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What the Chronicle isn’t for

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

For the last few years, I have been compiling a list. Tucked into the rear of one of my desk drawers, it’s a list of the most bizarre questions and requests we have received here at the Custer County Chronicle. I started it years ago, when, after a bizarre phone call, I said to my coworkers, “I should be writing these calls down. It would make for a great column.”
So that’s what I did.
In the past couple of weeks I got enough bizarre phone calls to fill out my list, so I decided now was the time to write the column.
Keep in mind, everything I’m about to write is true. I’m not making any of this up. These are actual phone calls either I or another coworker has received.
The most common not-Chronicle-related call we get is people mistaking us for a phone book.
“What is the number to...the bank...the high school....the post office....”
You name it, someone has called and asked for the number. Some people even call and ask for people’s home phone numbers. People also call us frequently, asking questions that would be better posed to the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce. 
Here are some other of the more, let’s say, interesting questions we have been asked:
Is it deer hunting season?

For the last few years, I have been compiling a list. Tucked into the rear of one of my desk drawers, it’s a list of the most bizarre questions and requests we have received here at the Custer County Chronicle. I started it years ago, when, after a bizarre phone call, I said to my coworkers, “I should be writing these calls down. It would make for a great column.”

So that’s what I did.

In the past couple of weeks I got enough bizarre phone calls to fill out my list, so I decided now was the time to write the column.

Keep in mind, everything I’m about to write is true. I’m not making any of this up. These are actual phone calls either I or another coworker has received.

The most common not-Chronicle-related call we get is people mistaking us for a phone book.

“What is the number to...the bank...the high school....the post office....”

You name it, someone has called and asked for the number. Some people even call and ask for people’s home phone numbers. People also call us frequently, asking questions that would be better posed to the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Here are some other of the more, let’s say, interesting questions we have been asked:

Is it deer hunting season?

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Allan
January 28th, 2014 at 05:12am

Jason clearly doesn't understand the ways of a small town newspaper. You are an information source...

Akicita Road and/or
February 6th, 2014 at 08:05am

Hmm...bellyaches about the small town way of doing things? I spend all summer answering questions like "what's a good place to eat?", not knowing what their tastes are, or "How's the ride on Iron Mountain Road and/or Needles Highway?", not knowing their riding skills, or "Will this shirt shrink in cold water and if so how much?'. That's part of customer service. Come up to Hill City Harley-Davidson and ask your question(s). If we don't have the answer(s), we do have the Chamber of Commerce's phone number. Just my opinion.

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