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An estimated 450-500 people sat quietly during an hour and 40-minute-long presentation of the highly-acclaimed documentary film “Prophet’s Prey” and then listened spellbound as author and private investigator Sam Brower and two ex-Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) members and one former polygamist told their personal stories. The movie is based on Brower's book of the same name.

The film and presentation sponsored by the Custer County Chronicle and many friends last Saturday afternoon at the Custer High School theater was all the engaged audience could have asked for, and perhaps more.

“When we heard the film was going to be shown, we drove out to see the compound here for the first time,” said John and Ann VanDis of Custer.


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Prophet’s prey no longer

It was in October of 2011 that 25-year-old Lynette Warner found herself held captive in a locked room of a trailer in Colorado City, Ariz., with the doorknob removed and two screws drilled into the lone window. 

Lynette, one of the estimated 79 wives of Warren Jeffs — self-proclaimed  prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who was at that time held captive himself in a Texas prison for life plus 20 years after being convicted of two felony counts of child sexual assault in the case of two of his underage “spiritual wives” — was being held in the trailer prior to her “blood atonement,” or ritual murder.


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Volleyball loses five-set thriller in region semis

Long before the season began, the Custer High School volleyball team had a goal: to show everyone how great their potential was, all while having some fun.

After two stellar performances in Region 8A play, they’ve done just that. 

The Region 8A opener kicked off Tuesday, Nov. 3, with the Wildcats hosting the Hill City Rangers. Custer took the game in three: 25-16, 25-14 and 25-10.

“It was a good win for us to move forward with,” said coach Renae Schneider. 


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Lizzie Anderson named Outstanding Teen

Lizzie Anderson of Custer, 15, was crowned Miss Wheel Jam’s Outstanding Teen at the Miss South Dakota State Fair’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Huron Sept. 5.  

The Wheel Jam, as represented by Anderson’s title, is an annual truck show held in Huron. Anderson received scholarships for the title as well as for winning both the talent and the fitness/active wear categories. Anderson was judged most talented with her musical theatre jazz dance routine, which was worth 35 percent of her total score.  The competition also included a private interview with a  panel of judges and an on-stage question which the contestant answers in front of the audience while wearing an evening gown. 


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Be sure to shop small businesses

As the voice for our nation’s entrepreneurs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates all small businesses on a daily basis. When our small businesses do well, our communities do too. Therefore, as part of our annual tradition, I encourage you to join millions of Americans and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, to complete your holiday shopping (or to start your holiday shopping, as the case may be…)

On the heels of Black Friday, shopping small is a concrete way to support small businesses—the same businesses that generate two of every three net new jobs and deliver essential goods and services to America’s communities 365 days a year. Since 2010, Small Business Saturday has been a huge economic driver throughout South Dakota. 


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