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

Timothy Connor (Missional Church Network), Allen Cooper (Community National Bank), Jessie Kaye (Prairie View), Leroy Koehn (City of Newton), Tina Payne (Harvey County United Way), Matt Schmidt (Health Ministries), Pam Stevens (Newton Area Chamber of Commerce), David Yoder (Harvey County) and others who have agreed to be servers for a Circle of Hope fund-raiser at Island Blue.

Barbara Bunting, who filed as a candidate for state representative for the 2014 elections.

Lauren Thompson, a 12-year-old from Hesston, who will be the opening act at this weekend's "Motown Sounds of Touch" concert at the Fox Theatre.

First Bank Employees, which donated $21,000 to Harvey County United Way.

Harvey County Farm Bureau, which recently hosted the organization's 100th annual meeting.

Berean Academy Soccer, which won a regional title and advanced to the state tournament in Topeka.

Goessel High School volleyball, which reached the semi-finals for the Class A1-I state championships.

Peabody-Burns Football, which won a district title in Eight-Man Div. I football.

Bethel College women's basketball, which opened the 2013-14 season with a victory.

The Meridian Center, which hosted the "Farm and Food Conference."

The Fox Theatre, which hosted the premier of "The Road to Valhalla."

Skip Cowan of the Harvey County Health Dept., which is coordinating the creation of the Medical Reserve Corps.

Roberta Trapp and Aaron Hurst of Newton Medical Center, whose work in the area of blood transfusion technology is garnering national attention.

Renee Reimer of Bethel College, who announced her senior recital.

Bethel College choral groups which gave concerts on campus.

Keith Sprunger of Bethel College, who will speak on the histories of Bethel and Tabor College next week at Tabor College.

Hesston College Bel Canto, which teamed with Bluffton (Ohio) University's Gospel Choir for a concert.

Sedgwick High School football, which finished district play 3-0 and qualified for the state playoffs.

Hesston High School football, which qualified for the state playoffs.

Halstead High School football, which qualified for the state playoffs.

Ashley Akers, Alexa Anderson, Elyse Bergquist, Ashleyn Glann, Ashlynn Hamm and Sadie Winter of Newton High School girls cross country who ran at the class 5A state championships.

Sam Blaufuss, Jacy Friesen, Jason Granados, Thomas Kelso, Robert Leoffler, Caleb Nelson, Hack Polley and Kasey Stucky of Newton High School boys cross country who ran at the class 5A state championships.

Megan Voth of Hesston High School, Jerry Black of Halstead High School, Alexandra Glann of Newton High School and Wyatt McKinney of Hesston High School who were each named student athlete stars of the week in October.

Trinity Heights, First United Methodist, First Christian Church and Salem United Methodist, which each hosted a Bazaar.

Sheryl Slifer and Matthew Ediger of Health Ministires, who have become healthcare navigators to assist with health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

Remington High School, which hosted "Civl Rights Working in Kansas."

Bethel College Academy of Fine Arts, which is hosting a month-long workshop on ballroom dancing.

Hesston College students who organized a fund-raiser to support a school for former child soldiers.

Alexandra Glann of Newton High School, who was named the student athlete star of the month.

Area volunteers who helped with the Mennonite Central Committee meat canner at MCC Central States.

Grace Community Church, which hosted "Judgement House.

Hesston High School boys cross country, which won a regional title.

Remington High School volleyball, which qualified for the state tournament.

Berean Acamdey cross country, which swept the boys and girls regional meet in Mound City.

The Goessel High School girls cross country team, which qualified for the state championships.

The Burrton boys cross country team, which qualified for the state championships.

The Harvey County Commission, which voted to post 35-mph speed limit sights on two miles of S.W. 48th — responding to resident concerns.

Merrill and Boots Raber of Newton, who recently authored a book on the 40-year history of the Kansas-Paraguay partnership.