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Empire State Bldg. Run Up

February 7, 2013 by Wayne Hunkins (Register to contact)

I completed the Empire State Bldg. Run Up Feb. 6. About 35 minutes. 86 flights and 1576 steps. Good fun was had by all.

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Hornbeck steps away from successful SSC basketball program  Siouxland News

South Sioux girls basketball coach Molly Hornbeck is taking a step away from the Lady Cardinals' basketball program. Hornbeck has agreed to a position as an ...

CHS receives award for STEM program  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School has one of the best skilled and technical science programs in Nebraska, and now it has the award to prove it.

Biogenesis Doctor Pedro Bosch Runs Nuceria Miami Anti-Aging Clinic  Miami New Times

After leaving prison, Tony Bosch, the man behind the Biogenesis steroid scandal, founded Nuceria before taking his name off of the business.

They'll come marching in: Musicians coming to town for competition  Columbus Telegram

Color guards, drum lines and indoor marching bands from Omaha metro will be making their way to town this weekend for the Columbus Indoor Competition.

Two CPS Principals to retire this year  Columbus Telegram

It's hard for Superintendent Troy Loeffelholz to watch extensive experience and talent walk out the door.

Columbus wrestling primed for a big run | High School  Columbus Telegram

There's a certain feeling that's readily apparent stepping on the mat in the Columbus High School wrestling room.

Shirley Bonk | Obituaries  Kearney Hub

KEARNEY — Shirley A. Bonk, 64, of Kearney died Monday, March 25, 2019, at CHI Health Good Samaritan. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James ...

High school bands to compete in Columbus Marching Festival this Saturday  Columbus Telegram

High school bands from all over Nebraska will be seen marching through the streets of downtown Columbus for the 44th annual Columbus Marching Festival on ...

Lakeview hosting large robotics contest during weekend  Columbus Telegram

Two Columbus schools are slated to compete in Saturday's Lakeview Open Robotics Tournament powered by the Nebraska Public Power District.

Vaping among youth raises issues  Columbus Telegram

Five Columbus High School students on average are caught vaping on school grounds every week.

Field of Dreams: CHS planning for baseball, softball fields in five-year plan  Columbus Telegram

"If you build it, they will come." Those immortal words were whispered to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) one evening in the fields of his Southwest Iowa farm.

High school students learn to embrace their cultures  Columbus Telegram

Three Columbus High School students left the Latino Youth Summit on Tuesday feeling more empowered about their heritage.

Columbus High School hosts first-ever Workforce Signing Day  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School recognized five of its graduating students who plan to jump straight into the workforce during its first-ever Workforce Signing Day held ...

CHS concert choir Nashville bound to compete at Grand Ole Opry  Columbus Telegram

Dozens of Columbus High School Concert Choir students on Wednesday evening loaded a charter bus and started the approximately 13-hour trek to Nashville, ...

CPS welcomes new foundation director  Columbus Telegram

A newly created position at Columbus Public Schools has just been filled with Nicole Anderson taking over as the CPS Marketing/Foundation Director.

Apply2College Day provides push for post-secondary education  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School seniors were given the extra push to complete their college applications on Thursday during Apply2College Day.

Seeing double, triple  Columbus Telegram

Victoria Joseph, head cheer coach at Columbus High School, said this year's homecoming candidates are a sight to behold because of a unique coincidence.

Frost makes surprise visit to Columbus | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Nebraska Cornhuskers head football coach Scott Frost said he was determined to get the whole state behind the program when he was hired in 2017, and on ...

20 weird and wonderful Nebraska high school mascots | Football  Columbus Telegram

With prep football season cranking up, we've rounded up some of our favorite Nebraska high school mascots. Did yours make the cut? Tell us which ones we ...

Students explore local career options on Manufacturing Day  Columbus Telegram

Area businesses opened their doors on Thursday to Platte County high school students to explore local career opportunities.

"Little Shop of Horrors" coming to Columbus High School  WiscNews

Following months of planning and rehearsals, Columbus High School choir teacher Tim Emery is excited to see his first musical production on stage.

CHS in Fremont during lockdown; two apprehended  Columbus Telegram

FREMONT -- Columbus High School students and staff were present Thursday at the Dillon Family YMCA Aquatics Center when it, Fremont High School and the ...

Local teen hosting presentation regarding Columbus Ice project tonight  Columbus Telegram

A project that would bring an ice skating rink to Columbus is still in the process of raising funds to make a local teen's vision of offering winter fun to.

Columbus Ice in final stages of fundraising | Local  Columbus Telegram

wDiving headfirst into her 4-H Diamond Clover Level 6 project approximately three years ago, Elizabeth Blaser pined over community *service* project ideas that ...

CHS rolls through GNAC tournament | High School  Columbus Telegram

Columbus wrestling entered the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament the clear favorite to walk away with another team title.

Trevor Michael Luckey  Columbus Telegram

Trevor Michael Luckey, 15, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Children's Hospital in Omaha surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed on Feb. 22, 2018 ...

STEM Academy building Columbus' future workforce  Columbus Telegram

In a matter of months, Columbus High School will hand out diplomas to a second class that has spent a full academic year in the new facility. May will also.

The reluctant superstar  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School Homecoming is on Saturday night, and Joey Braasch doesn't have a date.

Columbus students shine in band competition  Columbus Telegram

Columbus made quite the impression on the Heartland Winter Arts Association over the weekend.

Girls Scouts pour paint in Accent Floral class  Columbus Telegram

The rain wasn't the only thing pouring in Columbus this week.

Viral video inspires kindness in Columbus Public Schools  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School Social Studies Teacher Patrick Clark never had any aspirations of becoming a viral video star, it just happened.

Columbus teen dies | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Columbus Public Schools District on Monday acknowledged the Aug. 10th passing of Columbus High School student Jarrett Brehm, 18. The district on its ...

Kluth plans his return to Columbus Area Sports & Activities Council  Columbus Telegram

After wrapping up the 2018-19 school year at Shell Creek Elementary School, Principal Doug Kluth plans to return to familiar turf: The Columbus Area Sports ...

CPS Trunk or Treat offers safe space for Halloween tradition  Columbus Telegram

Halloween lovers are in for a treat because the annual Columbus Public Schools Trunk or Treat event is returning for the eighth year.

Columbus High School Timeline  Columbus Telegram

1860-61 — Columbus forms a school district after the first school building is donated. The log cabin was previously used as a company home by the Columbus ...

Senior students celebrate at proms before graduation  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS – Prom season is not merely an occasion for the glitz and glamour, but it also a time for togetherness and celebration.

Columbus High School holds moment of silence for shooting victims  Columbus Telegram

In wake of the one-month anniversary of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many organizations across the country have been encouraging a ...

Meet records fall at Columbus home track event  Columbus Telegram

The Columbus High boys' and girls' track teams saw three meet records broken Monday in a dual meet with visiting Norfolk at Columbus High School.

Columbus prom dress drive makes a return  Columbus Telegram

Prom is a night that most who attend will remember in one way or another for their entire lives.

Joseph shows off technicolor dreamcoat in CHS musical this weekend  Columbus Telegram

The Holy Bible will meet Broadway for the latest Columbus High School musical.

Columbus marching bands compete in state competition | Local  Columbus Telegram

For a fifth consecutive year, Columbus High School's marching band has quite a bit to brag about.

Columbus High STEM roof takes second wallop  Columbus Telegram

After repair work began on Columbus High School's STEM Academy roof June 2, another storm took a punch at the CHS facility along 33rd Avenue and 38th ...

Behlen visits Columbus High School welding class | News  Columbus Telegram

Students at Columbus High School Friday got a firsthand introduction to what a life working at Behlen Building Systems might look.

Ashley Hellbusch | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Ashley Hellbusch, 27, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at her home in Columbus. The funeral *service* will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb.

CHS swimmer Mendez signs college letter  Columbus Telegram

When Said Mendez began swimming competitively as a high-school freshman four years ago, he never would have envisioned someday being where he was ...

Youth | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Brooke Benck, daughter of Brian and Kristi Benck and senior at Columbus High School, has been chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month. Benck participates ...

Columbus Middle School hosts annual science fair | Local  Columbus Telegram

Sara Amador was nervous. She was noticeably uncomfortable talking to strangers, but regardless, she pressed on with presenting her science experiment ...

Columbus hosts golf invite  Columbus Telegram

A crisp, cool morning greeted golfers from 15 different high schools as they coverged on the Elks Country Club for the Columbus High School boys' varsity golf ...

Columbus man fights through cancer | Local |  Columbus Telegram

After relapsing four times in the past seven years, Columbus native Kyle Anderson said he is feeling optimistic moving forward after being pronounced ...

Ralph Olson  Columbus Telegram

Aug. 11, 1945-Jan. 7, 2019. Ralph Olson, 73, of Columbus, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at his home in Columbus. A memorial *service* will be held at 10:30 a.m. ...

CHS softball starts off season 0-2  Columbus Telegram

The Columbus High School softball team didn't get off to the start it was hoping for over the weekend, as it lost both games of a triangular on Saturday.

CHS hosts annual Sing Around Columbus Thursday  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS – The voices of hundreds of students filled the air during the Sing Around Columbus event held Thursday at Columbus High School Concert Hall.

Columbus’ Kucera signs with Northeast  Columbus Telegram

Being a defender in soccer means your head must constantly be on a swivel. But, what goes on between the ears is just as important.

Douglas Blair DeNio  Columbus Telegram

Douglas Blair DeNio, 67, died Friday, Dec. 28th, 2018, at Columbus Community Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Columbus ...

Discoverers track competes at McCook  Columbus Telegram

On Thursday, the Columbus Discoverers hit the track in McCook and three of them came away winners in their respective events.

Ups and downs in CHS boys jamboree | High School  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High and Scotus Central Catholic begin the basketball season later this week. After a scrimmage Saturday at Columbus High School, one head ...

Michael Cieloha  Columbus Telegram

Michael D. Cieloha, 32, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at his home in rural Humphrey. Mass of Christian Burial is being held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec.

Columbus students move into new high school  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — Columbus students moved into the district's new high school Monday, the first step in the Columbus Public Schools' modernization plan.

Columbus Area Girls Golf  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High. Aspen Luebbe is at it again, this time winning the Grand Island Invitational on Friday. Luebbe shot one-under par, with a score of 35, beating ...

Time to hit the books with summer break ending  Columbus Telegram

School is officially back in session leaving area students and faculty feeling excited and motivated for the new school year.

Unified bands ready to bring Husker spirit to Sunday parade  Columbus Telegram

Editor's note: This is the final part of a three-part series that highlights summer camp for area high school bands. Scotus Central Catholic High School's band is ...

David "Paco" Kohles  Columbus Telegram

David 'Paco' Kohles, 44, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. A memorial *service* will be held ...

2 nurses receive prestigious honor | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Two women with Columbus ties recently earned honors for their work in nursing.

Doug Kluth appointed principal of Shell Creek Elementary School  Columbus Telegram

After retiring five years ago from the school system, Doug Kluth recently returned to education taking on the position of principal at Shell Creek Elementary ...

Big Band to entertain, benefit CHS music program  Columbus Telegram

Collaboration between local entities and a state organization is bringing an Omaha-based Big Band to Columbus in an effort to raise money for a new piano to ...

Kristin Kay Williams | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Kris Williams, 66, of Columbus, died Saturday, Jan.12, 2019, surrounded by her family at the Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. A time for reflections and stories will ...

Thomas J. Niedbalski  Columbus Telegram

Thomas J. Niedbalski, 58, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at his home in Columbus. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at St. Anthony ...

Cindy Harsh-Zimmer | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Cindy Harsh-Zimmer passed away suddenly on March 10, 2019, at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, ...

A friendly competition  Columbus Telegram

Since its establishment more than 20 years ago, Top Score Amusement has been providing a reason for community members to gather for a friendly competition ...

Lakeview's Purcell more than just the stats  Columbus Telegram

Show Lakeview senior Mattie Purcell the list and she likely won't believe you.

Work Skills found through Project SEARCH | Local  Columbus Telegram

Michael Hansen will be the first one to say that his career has progressed extensively during his 36-year-long tenure in the healthcare industry.

Behlen launches apprenticeship program  Columbus Telegram

Area students will be able to receive first-hand work experience with Behlen Manufacturing Co. launching its Registered Apprenticeship Program on Tuesday.

Despite delays, new CHS expected to be under budget  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Columbus Public Schools board members on Monday evening approved some spending changes in the construction costs for the new ...

CHS athletic facilities sure to wow  Columbus Telegram

Editor's note: This story and a dozen others will be featured in a special section in Saturday's Telegram highlighting the new Columbus High School.

The new 'Kindergarten Cop'  Columbus Telegram

He's no “Kindergarten Cop,” but like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hit 1990 comedy, Columbus Police Department Officer Josh Loontjer is heading back to ...

Local high school soccer players to play in all-star game  Columbus Telegram

Local high school soccer players from all three Columbus high schools will be joining forces when Central Community College has their first ever All-Star boys' ...

End of the F&C Era? Columbus, Fremont rivalry ends (for the time being) Friday  Columbus Telegram

Nearly 100 years of history comes to a close on Friday inside the Columbus High School gymnasium when the CHS boys and Fremont basketball teams meet ...

Niedbalski - Keefover  Columbus Telegram

NIEDBALSKI – KEEFOVER. COLUMBUS – Helen Suchan and Larry Niedbalski and Dan and Sandy Keefover announce the engagement of their children, Sara ...

Columbus High students earn prestigious honors  Columbus Telegram

About 3000 of Nebraska's most talented young musicians try out, and only a handful of that portion is selected.

Design finalized for new Columbus High campus  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — Plans for the $49.9 million Columbus High School project were recently completed, even though work started on the 60-acre site along 33rd ...

Brassfire to kickoff Friends of Music concert series  Columbus Telegram

One of the world's most renowned trumpeters will be performing in Columbus this weekend.

Lakeview girls advance in blowout of Central City  Columbus Telegram

Three different Lady Vikings scored in double digits, the defense, especially Abby Kapels, harassed Central City ball handlers all night and Lakeview advanced ...

Scotus basketball drops openers to St. Cecilia | High School  Columbus Telegram

The Hastings St. Cecilia girls hit six times from long range in the second quarter and built a lead No. 10 Scotus Central Catholic never overcame the rest of the.

School districts mull chill factor | Education |  Columbus Telegram

To call school off or to let business carry on as usual?

CHS trio sign letters of intent  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS -- Michael Koch, Juan Leon and Nathan Slusarski were among the catalysts for the Columbus High football team the past four years.

Larisa Rother signs with CCC Softball | College  Columbus Telegram

Central Community College softball coach Jack Guiterrez had the perfect seat when he first saw his most recent commit, Larissa Rother, for the first time.

Lorraine Egger  Columbus Telegram

Lorraine Egger, of Columbus, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Litzenberg Memorial Long Term Care in Central City. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 ...

Jarrett Brehm  Columbus Telegram

Jarrett Brehm, 18, passed away Aug. 10, 2018, at his home in Columbus. Funeral *service* will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at First United Methodist ...

Revolution strives to make a difference  Columbus Telegram

After his sister fell victim to an abusive relationship, Columbus High School junior Mac Shevlin made it his mission to increase awareness surrounding dating ...

YOUTH DIGESTS  Columbus Telegram

Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) and CCH Premier Physical Therapy would like to congratulate the 2017-18 KLIR Prep Club Award winners. The award ...

Students head to nation's capital for March for Life rally  Columbus Telegram

On Tuesday night, a group of Columbus students boarded a bus and departed on what has been described as a pilgrimage to Washington D.C., to take part in ...

Kathy Stradley | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Kathy Stradley, age 69, died Aug. 29, 2018, at Mory's Haven in Columbus. A memorial *service* will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.1 at McKown Funeral ...

Hospital planning community holiday party | Local  Columbus Telegram

Santa Claus is coming to town … to Columbus Community Hospital.

Dennis "Denny" Vollbracht | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Dennis 'Denny' Vollbracht, 66, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Sept. 6, 2018, at CHI Health Bergan Mercy in Omaha. The funeral *service* will be held at 10:30 a.m. ...

Joshua Gasper | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Joshua Alan Gasper, 22, of Columbus, died Aug. 6, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained from an auto-motorcycle accident near Humphrey on Aug. 2, 2018.

Jonathan Danforth | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Jonathan Danforth, 28, of Columbus, died Aug. 18, 2018, at his home in Columbus. A memorial *service* will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at First United ...

Discoverers feeling patriotic at band camp  Columbus Telegram

Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series that highlights summer camp for area high school bands. Columbus High School's marching band is featured ...

Luckey loves role as first male member of CHS dance team  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — All it took was a single class and Trevor Luckey was hooked.

Columbus native eager to take over as Butler County sheriff  Columbus Telegram

Growing up in Columbus and being neighbors with then-Columbus Police Chief Wesley Baxa, it would have been hard for Tom Dion to not get to know the man.

Paula Rowe | Obituaries |  Columbus Telegram

Oct. 26, 1950 - Aug. 8, 2018. Paula Sue (Rowe) Roberts, 67 of Conifer, Colorado, passed into eternal peace Aug., 8, 2018, at the University of Colorado ...

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