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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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Leonard J. Kucera, Jr. | Obituaries  Hastings Tribune

Leonard J Kucera, Jr., 71, of Deweese, passed away on Wednesday December 5, 2018 at the VA Nebraska Health Care Hospital in Grand Island.

Laura M. Umphenour  Beatrice Daily Sun

Laura M. Umphenour passed away November 22, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Home in Beatrice. Laura was born December 5, 1929 in Columbus, NE to Walter ...

Penington, Charles Beal “Chuck” | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Penington, Charles Beal "Chuck" Passed away on Wednesday morning, November 21, 2018. Chuck was born in Columbus, NE to Ruth and Beal Penington.

Charles Beal “Chuck” Penington  Lincoln Journal Star

November 21, 2018. Charles Beal “Chuck” Penington passed away Wednesday morning, November 21, 2018. Chuck was born in Columbus to Ruth and Beal ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

CHS issues warning about scam | Local |  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School announced Friday it had been informed of an individual named Nathan Geiger who is calling local businesses claiming to be a project ...

Behlen visits Columbus High School welding class  Columbus Telegram

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

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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' ...

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.

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.

Columbus Ice in final stages of fundraising  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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Student arrested after threat to Columbus High School  WMTV

One student was arrested after making a threat of violence against Columbus High School.

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 ...

CHS Mechatronics team set to compete at nationals in June  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS – After being crowned champions at State, the Mechatronics team from Columbus High School is set to represent the city during the National ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Esch inks deal with Raiders  Columbus Telegram

All his life growing up on a soccer field, Caleb Esch's job was to keep the ball out of his own team's net.

CHS softball starts off season 0-2 | High School  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.

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 ...

Lakeview, CHS moving on after back-to-back losses  Columbus Telegram

Lakeview High football suffered a second straight loss to a ranked opponent that included more turnovers in Friday's 44-22 loss to No. 1 Pierce.

The reluctant superstar  Columbus Telegram

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

Area dancers show off moves at Jam the Gym  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Dancers from across the area showed off their moves Sunday during Jam the Gym.

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.

CPS seeks public input on Anchor complex plans  Columbus Telegram

First, members of the public got a bird's-eye view of the conceptual drawings for a sports complex south of Columbus High School on Wednesday. Next comes ...

Home Real Estate making a move into new home  Columbus Telegram

From a young age, Columbus native Renee Mueller knew she wanted to help her hometown.

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 ...

Lakeview hosts golf invite, Scotus second  Columbus Telegram

It took winning a playoff hole for Columbus Scotus Central Catholic boys' golf team to earn a second-place finish Thursday in the 2018 Lakeview Boys' Golf ...

Work Skills found through Project SEARCH  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.

Kathy Stradley  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 ...

Columbus wrestlers 'almost perfect' in trouncing of North Star  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Before Thursday's home dual against Lincoln North Star, Kasten Grape told Columbus High head wrestling coach Adam Keiswetter the ...

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 ...

Columbus man fights through cancer  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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Eugene Foltz  Columbus Telegram

Eugene Henry Foltz was born on March 8, 1948, in Columbus to Alfred and Luelle (Pfeifer) Foltz and passed away on July 24, 2018, in Seward at the age of 70 ...

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.

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.

Columbus couple recall life of military service  Columbus Telegram

Between the sea sickness and fear of discovery from Russian attack subs, life in the Navy during the Cold War could be difficult.

Assistant coaches selected for CCC soccer team  Columbus Telegram

New Central Community College-Columbus men's soccer coach Hawken Hanna has already found his assistant coaches.

Runza owner taking creative approach with marquee  Columbus Telegram

Steve Hughes never had aspirations of being a comedian growing up in Columbus, but he has found himself moonlighting as one, to an extent, over the last few ...

CPS requests drawings for new sports complex  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Columbus Public Schools officials received bids Wednesday for conceptual drawings for a possible sports complex that would be built on a ...

Ten from Lakeview Speech Team qualify for state  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS – Ten of 25 students comprising Lakeview High School's speech team recently qualified for the state-level competition. The competition will be held ...

Sports notes: Columbus Area Bison tryout scheduled  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Area All-Star Bison basketball team tryout will be held on Sunday, March 18 at Columbus High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ...

Providing a home away from home  Columbus Telegram

Since 1994, Columbus residents Don and Gayleen Hingst have cared for all foreign exchange students who have stayed with them like family.

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.

CHS boys let No. 4 Aurora off the hook  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — It's been almost a month since Columbus High played on its home court, but for head coach Jimmy Motz, Saturday's home game against No.

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 ...

Columbus marching bands compete in state competition  Columbus Telegram

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

Play is rendition of classic movie, "12 Angry Men"  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS – The phrase “Don't judge a book by its cover” is the epitome of the Columbus High School's upcoming play, "12 Angry Jurors."

Columbus High closes out home schedule in style  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus High boys christened their new gym with an offensive explosion in a 93-58 win over South Sioux City on Dec. 2.

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 ...

Shamrocks hold of Lady Vikes for sub-district title  Columbus Telegram

Scotus overcame an early hole, took a two set led then hung on as Lakeview mounted a furious comeback in Tuesday's Class C-1 Sub-District 8 tournament ...

CHS grad earns presidential teaching award  Columbus Telegram

Lorie Hammerstrom bloomed late as a student in the classroom but left her career in education as a shining star after walking across a stage last week in ...

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 ...

Leadership Columbus strengthening community ties for 28 years  Columbus Telegram

Mary Wiegand's life has been spent in the Columbus community, but the executive director of the Platte Valley Literacy Association wanted a way to better ...

Joshua Gasper  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.

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.

CHS percussion group making noise  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — One of the first public events at the new Columbus High School was a loud affair.

Districts hope code of conduct helps curtail parents' bad behavior  Lincoln Journal Star

BANCROFT — For as long as high school athletes have competed against one another, their parents and other adults have gathered to watch and cheer for ...

Columbus' Aspen Luebbe wins again  Columbus Telegram

Columbus' Aspen Luebbe has done it again, this time shooting a 1-over 72 at the Pius X Shootout on Tuesday. The score ties the Columbus High School record ...

New CHS groups showcase more students  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — More flags are flying and voices singing as Columbus High School welcomed two new groups last winter.

Collaboration is key to capital project success in Columbus  Omaha World-Herald

In November 2009, the Omaha World-Herald praised Columbus, Nebraska, for its “long-term vision on community planning and economic growth.” The opinion ...

Paula Rowe  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 ...

CHS crowns homecoming king, queen  Columbus Telegram

Columbus High School homecoming king and queen Said Mendez and Sydney Mickey pose for photos Friday night at Pawnee Park's Memorial Stadium.

Kracl on governor's radar  Columbus Telegram

Denise Kracl has found plenty of success professionally and personally throughout the years, but the Columbus native credits her hometown for shaping who ...

Missoula Children's Theatre returns  Columbus Telegram

It was a dream come true for 15-year-old Cass Campbell when she was selected to be assistant director in the upcoming production of "Gulliver's Travels," set for ...

Barnstorming the state, UNL takes a positive message on the road  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — It's not the barnstorming flying circuses of a century ago, nor a barnstorming baseball exhibition.

CASSETTE House offers life skills for special needs students  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS -- Funded by the Columbus Public Schools system, the CASSETTE Program is a transition program built to equip special education students with ...

Shamrocks travel to Ainsworth for district final  Columbus Telegram

Scotus Central Catholic volleyball learned its opponent and destination for Saturday's district final round when the NSAA released matchups on Wednesday ...

Opening date for new Columbus High pushed to March  Lincoln Journal Star

COLUMBUS — Contractors will need more time this winter to put the finishing touches on the new $49.9 million Columbus High School and revamp the old high ...

Shari Reisdorff  Columbus Telegram

Shari Reisdorff, 59, of David City, died Oct. 8, 2018, in Racine, Minnesota. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, with viewing from 9-10 a.m. at St. Mary's ...

Dennis "Denny" Vollbracht  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. ...

CHS graduate operating own painting company through internship  Columbus Telegram

While Seth Stirek is confident that after college graduation he will become a Certified Public Accountant, a more strenuous labor-filled endeavor is teaching him ...

Mobile lab delivers STEM lessons to more students  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — STEM is going on the road in Columbus in the coming months.

Columbus High's best returning for final home game  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Some of the best basketball and volleyball players in Discoverer history are returning Friday to bid farewell to the current Columbus High School.

CHS evacuation team ready to take action  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — If a crisis hits Columbus High School, one group of students is prepared to take action to help others get out safely.

Gokie, Rieger earn Columbus Days Royalty honors  Columbus Telegram

Jeff Gokie and Karin Rieger will serve as King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella XLIV, respectively, during Columbus Days later this summer.

Lakeview comes up short vs. North Bend  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS -- Lakeview opened the fourth quarter of Tuesday's C1-7 subdistrict semifinal game against No. 10 North Bend with a 3-pointer to cut the Tigers' ...

STEM Academy gaining state recognition  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Trey Stempek is still in elementary school, but he is already looking forward to high school so he can get his hands on the machines inside the ...

Caged tiger at Florida high school prom causes uproar  USA TODAY

Students and parents of a Miami-area high school were angry after school officials allowed a caged tiger and other animals as part of a jungle-themed prom.

Columbus man's passing inspires blood drive | Local  Columbus Telegram

Anyone who came across Columbus' Josh Gasper instantly made a friend. He was funny, kind, caring and generous, among other many things, according to ...

Band festival marching into Columbus  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Students are hoping to hit the right notes during this weekend's Columbus Marching Festival.

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