Columbus Bullets

Aspyn Harrison (front, left), Kira Pavlik, Emma Williams, Sierra Harrison, Erin Smith, Jaiden Sock, Coach Amber Topil (back, left), Isabelle Hastings, Natilie Martensen, Kate Smith, Taylor Hayes, Kassidy Soulliere, Addie Heule, Coach Nick Podliska pose for a photo last weekend in Hastings after earning fifth place in Class B at the American Softball Association Nebraska State Tournament.

1. "1 Columbus man dead in Saturday crash, another injured" (June 22)

A 24-year-old Columbus man was killed in a single-vehicle accident that occurred early Saturday morning approximately a half-mile north of 287th St. on 205th Ave.

Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff said, in a release, the accident (that happened about 5 miles north of Columbus) occurred about 6:55 a.m. He said the investigation revealed a 2018 Dodge Durango, driven by 31-year-old Martin Gomez Jr. of Columbus, had been traveling northbound on 205th Ave. when the driver lost control entering the east ditch. As the vehicle traveled in the ditch it struck a field entrance drive, causing it to veer back onto the roadway and later roll several times before coming to a rest in a field on the west side of 205th Ave.

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/2WYefH5

2. "Making dad proud: Conversation with late father years ago shaped Suess" (June 22)

Growing up an avid sports fan and math nut, by the time he reached his senior year of high school Neal Suess had dreams of keeping statistics for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals or Kansas City Chiefs.

But his old man, Duane, stepped in and offered his son some advice that would forever change his life.

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/2XrTtUB

3. "Father Ross Burkhalter: 25 years after answering God's call" (June 22)

The Rev. Ross Burkhalter began his journey to the Catholic priesthood many, many years ago. As a boy, he was, in a sense, practicing for his future life in the faith.

Burkhalter, soon to be in his third year as the pastor at St. Anthony's, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to religious life on June 4.

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/2YaDw26

4. "Columbus Bullets turn it around" (June 21)

Last year, the Columbus Pinnacle Bank Bullets 18 and Under softball team had a roster full of younger players and struggled to win against teams with more experience.

Now, just a year removed, the Bullets have made huge strides and even took fifth place in the Class B American Softball Association Nebraska State Tournament held last weekend in Hastings.

"We had a pretty rough year last year, so I know we worked really hard to be better this year, and I do feel like we're a lot better this year," said coach Amber Topil.

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/2L7HMf4

5. "Friedhof Building celebrates one year of business" (June 21)

Rob and Tracy Gasper had dreams of turning the old Schweser’s building at the corner of 27th Avenue and 13th Street into a community hub when they purchased it a couple of years ago, and that is undoubtedly a reality today.

Now known as The Friedhof Building, 1270 27th Ave., the Gaspers earlier this month celebrated the venue’s one-year anniversary of being in business. On Friday afternoon, they hosted a complimentary hot dog and nachos bar for their loyal customers as a way to commemorate the occasion.

Read the full story here: https://bit.ly/2IDf2t7

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