Congratulations are in order for the following people and organizations who appeared in The Newton Kansan last week:

Harvey County, which will be making minor adjustments to employee pay ranges in order to bring its payroll more in line with the market according to a recent payroll study.

Chanute-based  Community National Bank & Trust, which will soon will be expanding to Newton.

The Newton Taco Bell restaurant, which is teaming up with the Kansas Food Bank’s Food-4-Kid’s Program to help chronically hungry children.

Brian Huxman of Newton, who joined the sales staff in MKC’s energy division.

Emily Frazier, who  will serve as a financial advisor for a local Edward Jones office.

The Newton Junior Knights, who advanced to the the championship game of the Kansas American Legion baseball Class A, Zone 5 tournament at Klein-Scott Field.

Tanner DeGrado of Newton, who took a trip to Australia sponsored by the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

Newton Community Theater, which produced “The Wizard of Oz” at Krehbiel Auditorium at Bethel College.

The Missional Church Network, a coordinating a coalition of area community groups, churches and local organizations; which is coordinating HOPEFest this weekend.

Meridian Baptist Church, which hosted the Bob Jones University Music Ministry Team.

Sand Creek Station Golf Course, which will host the Kansas Men's State Amateur Championship  this week.

Newton Fire/EMS, Sedgwick County Fire, Whitewater Fire, Sedgwick Fire and Walton Fire which all kept a mobile home fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

The Newton City Commission and Harvey County Commission, who cooperated to use federal and local funds to resurface the main runway at the Newton City/County airport.

The Harvey County Commission, which chose to keep ENLITE funding intact in the upcoming budget.

USD 373, which made changes to the Head Start program to allow for more children to attend.

Bill Hake, who was honored for his years of service on the North Newton city council. He resigned his position when he moved to Newton.

 The Newton Railers Cal Ripken Jr. 11-U baseball team, which  finished second in the District 4 Tournament at Oswald Field in Hesston.

Halie Morgan Kasper, who is the recipient of the Leonard & Alma Nelson Scholarship following the 201-12 school year at Newton High School.  

Elise Blann of Newton, who is involved in the Emporia State University Summer Theater production of "U:Bug:Me," a children's musical by Jeremiah Clay Neal.

Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosted a legislative update featuring syndicated columnist Martin Hawver.

The Newton Recreation Commision and Eastgate Lanes, which hoste a week-long bowling clinic for kids.