Candidate to visit Newton

James Thompson, selected by the Kansas Democratic Party to run for the U.S House of Representatives Fourth Congressional District seat, will visit Newton this week. 

Thompson will visit Hall's AME Chapel, 711 E 11th, at 7 p.m. Feb. 16.

Thompson will face Republican Ron Estes and Libertarian Chris Rockhold in an April 11 special election to fill a seat left empty when Mike Pompeo resigned to become President Donald Trump’s director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Kansan contacted both the Estes and Rockhold campaigns concerning scheduled visits. Both stated they have not yet finalized visits in Harvey County.  


Life enrichment to host speakers Bethel College will host Life Enrichment, supported by volunteers, registration fees, and the generosity of speakers who present without compensation. This series is especially designed for adults age 60 and over. The full schedule is also available at This week topics include poverty, history and business.  Feb. 15 programs include: 

9:30 “The Cost of Poverty,” Richard Reimer, retired professor of economics at The College of Wooster (Ohio), North Newton.

10:35 “The Legacy of Walter Jost,” Renae Schmidt Peters, director of Newton Chorale, Hesston.

11:30 “Diversity a Key to Success,” Doug Scheible, general manager, Full Vision, Newton.

 Registration for the series is 20 per semester or $2 per week; free for first-time attenders. All programs are hosted in  Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College.