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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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Ashley Hellbusch  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 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.

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 ...

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.

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.

Columbus wrestling primed for a big run  Columbus Telegram

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

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vaping among youth raises issues  Columbus Telegram

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

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 ...

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 ...

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.

The reluctant superstar  Columbus Telegram

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

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 ...

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 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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

CHS rolls through GNAC tournament  Columbus Telegram

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

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.

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 ...

Ups and downs in CHS boys jamboree  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 ...

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.

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 High School hosting Jazz Cabaret concert | Community  Columbus Journal

The Columbus High School Music Department will be presenting the 16th Annual Jazz Cabaret “A Night in New Orleans” on Saturday, Jan. 19 in the Columbus ...

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.

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.

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.

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' ...

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 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 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.

Scotus basketball drops openers to St. Cecilia  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.

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 ...

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.

Rocks finish volleyball regular season with road win  Columbus Telegram

Scotus Central Catholic volleyball closed the regular season on the road Tuesday with a 25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 25-16 victory over Centennial Conference foe ...

Benck, Discoverers believe in long postseason run  Columbus Telegram

Tuesday presents an opportunity for Columbus High volleyball that few predicted before the season. With so many unknowns in terms of personnel, prospects ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Documentary puts Columbus High in spotlight  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — Sarah Kwapnioski was feeling like a movie star.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Lakeview's Purcell more than just the stats  Columbus Telegram

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

BOYS HOOPS: Columbus hangs with 6th-ranked Lakeside Lutheran most of way, fades late  WiscNews

COLUMBUS — Columbus prep boys basketball coach Ben Schambow felt Friday night's contest against Lake Mills Lakeside Lutheran would be a great ...

Kristin Kay Williams  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 ...

CHS percussion group making noise  Columbus Telegram

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

GALLERY: Wisconsin Dells and Columbus boys soccer battle it out  Columbus Journal

Photos of the Wisconsin Dells and Columbus boys soccer teams battling it out in a Capitol Conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Columbus High School.

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 ...

Design makes high school 'uniquely Columbus'  Columbus Telegram

COLUMBUS — When DLR Group designed the new Columbus High School, it took the school's theme and mascot to heart.

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 ...

'58 team lays claim to best Warriors ever  Columbus Telegram

The Steel Curtain. The Purple People Eaters. The '85 Bears. The Blackshirts of the '90s. Great defenses don't have to look far for a comparison when being ...

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.

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 ...

Randy Grassmeyer  Columbus Telegram

Randy Kent Grassmeyer, 67, of Holdrege passed away on Dec. 19, 2018, at the CHI Health - Good Samaritan in Kearney. Celebration of Life Services for Randy ...

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.

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 ...

Niedbalski - Keefover  Columbus Telegram

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

2 nurses receive prestigious honor  Columbus Telegram

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

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.

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."

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.

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 ...

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.

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. ...

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 ...

More schools fall into Nebraska's lowest performance classification  Fremont Tribune

More of Nebraska's student and districts are in need of improvement this year — falling into the lowest of four performance levels in a state-mandated ...

GIRLS HOOPS: Mayville's finishing surge leads to win over Columbus after trailing most of way  WiscNews

COLUMBUS — If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

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 ...

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.

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. ...

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