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

Adrian Buentello of Newton, who is overcoming being mostly deaf through art.

Joe Loganbill of Newton, who is one of the featured artists in the "Coming Home" exhibit at the Carriage Factory Gallery.

El Jarrito, a restaurant on the north side of Newton, which recently expanded.

Bunting Magnetics, which recently expanded in the European and Mid-East markets.

Dee Hamilton of Kidron Bethel and Chiann Silks of Schowalter Villa who were each selected for the 2014 class of the Leading Age Kansas Center for Leadership.

Janine Baker of Newton, who has become a local distributor for Tastefully Simple.

Dr. Brett Nedrich, who was selected by Newton Medical Center as the primary doctor at a new primary care clinic in Hillsboro.

Mike Rohr and Andrea Chavez of Rohr Jewelry of Newton, who attended the Kansas Jewelers Association conference

Chris Frazier and Lori Hein, who were named winner of "Taste of Christmas."

Alexander’s Jewelry, Anderson’s Book & Office Supply, Book ReViews, Carriage Factory Gallery, Clayworks Gallery,Creation Station, Designs by John, Faith & Life Bookstore, Flowers by Ruzen, Hall’s Culligan, Harvest Greenhouse, Kitchen Corner, Living Rooms by Gayle, Marshall Furniture, Miller Insurance Agency, Newton Et Cetera Shop, Newton Public Library, Newton Recreation Commis- sion, Orscheln, Prairie Harvest,Rohr Jewelry andSears Hometown Store for participating in "Taste of Christmas."

Naura Harlow, Sarah Bell, Whitney Cunningham, Kristen Olsen, Ashley Wasserman, Marissa Bontrager and Erin Hilger, all seniors in the Bethel College nursing program who were each inducted into the national nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau.

The community of Newton, which was ranked 18th out of 139 on Movoto Real Estate's ranking of "Most Affordable Suburbs."

Eagles Aerie No. 2516, which hosted a fund-raising auction to help with the medical costs of resident Ernie Williams.

John Shaw, which opened his own business, Shaw Fitness Solutions.

Newton High School drama, which performed the musical "Working."

Brian Stucky of Goessel, who is writing a book on pioneer trails.

Tim and Kathy Wiens of Newton who were recently awarded the 2013 Everence Journey Award.

Jessica Taylor of Newton, who has founded Harvey County Moms.

Joshua Lebeda, a deputy with the Harvey County Sheriff's Department, who graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

Bethel students who were recognized during an honors convocation.

Logan Porter of Newton High School volleyball, who was named to the class 5A All-State teams.

Greer Chandler, Christian Teufel, Trey Tucker, Dalton Brandt, Philip Williams, Brylie Ware, Luke Brennis, Tanner Liby, and Jordan Scarlett, of Sedgwick High School football who were each named to the All-Heart of America League football teams.

DeShawn Pfieff, Kyle Huxman, Bryer Thiesen, Hunter Enyart, Caleb Frye, Garett Higgins and Joel Holloway of Moundridge High School football who were each named to the All-Heart of America League football teams.

Eli Igo, Joey Laham and Wyatt Lear of Remington High School football who were each named to the All-Heart of America League football teams.

Megan Both, Ali Jost, Cami Richardson and Hannah Schmidt of Hesston High School volleyball who were each named to the All Central Kansas League volleyball teams.

Sydney Beat and Tia Frazell of Halstead High School volleyball who were each named to the All Central Kansas League volleyball teams.

Newton Rotary, which hosted U.S. Attorney for the Kansas District Barry Grissom.

Designs by John of Newton, which adopted a cat from Caring Hands as a new "employee."

Ellie Bradley and Maggie Tyner of Newton who were part of the Music Theatre of Young People's production of "Peter Pan" in Wichita.

The newton Community Chorale, which presented a concert at Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Liz Sowers, Hesston High School graduate, who was selected to play on the U.S. National Women's Rugby Sevens team.

Kate Lehman, a Newton High School graduate, who blocked six shots in Fort Hays State's win over Bethel College.

Tommy Alexander, Stephen Scott, Ja'Terious Pouncy, Garrett Garcia, Taylor Morris, Jared Kaufman, Edward Davila and Bret Crome of Bethel College football, who were each named to the All-KCAC teams.

Newton High School Jazz Ensemble I, which performed a "Marathon Concert" to raise funds for a spring break trip.

Newton Medical Center, which pledged to match a $25,000 city grant for the renovation of a medical building to host services from Health Ministries, Prairie View and the Harvey County Health Department.

Ashley M. Murrell, a senior at Washburn University, was recently awarded a $500 Scholarship for the 2013-14 Academic Year by the Harvey County Association of Retired School Personnel.