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

 

Tony Martinez of Newton, who as a Vietnam War veteran was selected to take an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

 

Tim Buller of Newton, whose volunteer work with the homeless shelter was highlighted in the Kansan's Giving Back series.

 

The Hesston Fire Department, which found a new home and new use for old fire hoses by donating them to the Sedgwick County Zoo.

 

The Newton Recreation Commission and the City of Newton legal team, which were able to keep the water slide at the municipal pool open after a new law passed by the legislature placed many water slides in jeopardy of closure.

 

The Harvey County Kansas State Research and Extension office, which launched an “Operation Red File” effort.

 

Area golfers who competed in area golf leagues.

 

Michale Wallace of Hesston, who shot a hole-in-one at the Hesston Golf Course.

 

Taylor Stahley of Newton, who was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Team for the 2016-17 school year as a member of the Hutchinson Community College basketball team.

 

Page Hiebert of Goessel, who was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Team for the 2016-17 school year as a member of the Hutchinson Community College volleyball team.

 

Stacy Middleton, who was named head coach of Bethel College volleyball.

 

David Middleton, who was named head coach of Bethel College softball.

 

Tami Lachey, the owner of Norm's, who spoke about getting a small business started in Kansas.

 

Newton USD 373, which is considering becoming a demonstration district in the Kansas Department of Education Kansas Can program.

 

Halstead artists James Caldwell, Gene Marsh and Beth Vanatta, who will be featured at the Carriage Factory Gallery.

 

Casa Betania, which celebrated the church's ninth anniversary.

 

Bethel College, which is one of five Mennonite colleges to join forces to highlight the group of colleges.

 

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced participation in the Global Leadership Summit.

 

The Newton American Legion Baseball organization, which announced the hosting a state qualifying tournament.

 

Adele Hofer, Ally Vogt, Bailyn Piecewicz, Jessanna Nebel, Jonah Short-Miller, Kristin Troyer, Kyle Good, Rachel Brown, Renee Buckwalter, Calvin Plank, Cierra King, Erin Brubaker, Riley Kingsley, Wyatt Baer, Christy Kauffman and Emma Schrock of Hesston College, who were each named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Team.

 

Area race car drivers who competed at the 81 speedway.

 

The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum of Goessel which announced an all-school reunion for the South BBloomfield School.

 

Newton Fire/EMS, which responded to house fires and “critical” injury during the Independence Day fireworks season.

 

The Newton Babe Ruth Baseball organization, which hosted a state qualifying tournament in Newton.

 

Rob Lain, Tyler Murphy, Kyle Adkins, Isiah Perez and Jace Snodgrass of the Newton Rebels, who were each named to the Sunflower Collegiate Baseball League All Star teams.

 

Patricia Middleton of Newton, who directed the play “Moundridge Memories” in the town of Moundridge.

 

The Stauffer family of Newton, who hosted one of several block parties for Independence Day in Newton.

 

Area students earning academic honors from colleges and universities.

 

The Kansas City Indios, who rallied to win their sixth consecutive title at the Newton Mexican-American Athletic Club softball tournament.