From The Republic newsroom:

Republic financial columnist Mickey Kim has a sports streak of sorts in the works.

A few weeks ago, he wrote about how the NFL Draft illustrates behavioral finance truths. Click here to read the column.

For his next column (June 12), he is writing about a very well-known golfer who’s been in the news for teeing up in a couple of arenas that aren’t so neatly landscaped – the gambling tables and the Securities Exchange Commission.

Kim’s upcoming column is called: Why Phil Mickelson owes insider trading mulligan to recent court ruling.

You’ll definitely want to read it.

Kim’s day job is chief operating officer and chief compliance officer for Columbus-based investment adviser Kirr Marbach & Co. But he’s got another passion that is sure to make him pay attention to one of the coolest story running in The Republic this week.

Kim’s great zeal is green and gold and without a doubt the best sports franchise on the planet.

Now, calm down Colts fans. Don’t go dissin me.

I came out of the womb saying Ray Nitschke and Vince Lombardi. I am an owner of the Green Bay Packers. I have three cheeseheads. I get misty-eyed when I visit Lambeau Field.

Wackadoodle you say? Indeed, proudly and udderly wackadoodle over a team owned by the people not some rich bigwig.

Evan Saevre of Columbus took part in the 22 Pushup Challenge to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. His effort caught the attention of Green Bay Packers defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who invited Saevre to Green Bay to do the final day's pushups with him.
Evan Saevre of Columbus took part in the 22 Pushup Challenge to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention.

That is a very long way to get to the story about 9-year-old Columbus resident Evan Saevre.

As sports editor Ryan O’Leary writes: “Evan participated in the 22 Pushup Challenge, an initiative started online to increase veteran suicide prevention awareness. To honor the 22 veterans a day, on average, that commit suicide, challenge participants do 22 pushups a day for 22 days.”

Evan’s dedication drew the attention of a Packer, and you’ll never guess what happened next. Yes, I am teasing you. But this is so good I could just burst.

What’s even better is we have video. We plan to run the story in Friday’s paper, and we will post the video online.

Here’s what else you need to know today:

House fire cause investigated.
Photo editor Mike Wolanin captured dramatic photos and videos from a house fire near Taylorsville on Tuesday. Click here to see the photos and videos.

The sheriff makes his wishes known.
Budget hearings are still about a couple of months away, but Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers is not holding back. Learn what he says he needs to keep everyone safe. The pricetag is $500,000. See Thursday’s Republic.

emojisMeet artist Tre Reising.
He’s a Columbus native who says: “Artists are the most dangerous people because they can connect with nearly every type of person in some way.” Do you know where his emojis are displayed in Columbus?

In full bloom: Area farmers markets.
This is a big weekend for the three markets in Bartholomew County – two in Columbus and one in Hope. We’ve got all the details in Thursday’s paper.

The rest.
Area athletes of the week … how the Orphan Grain Train is helping those in need … no more doubts for former Columbus North athlete Hunter McIntosh … a big, long list of area events and activities for you and your family.

We want your story ideas. Click here to send them.

Have a great day!

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Scarlett Syse is group editor of The Republic. Contact her at