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

Mary Ellen Hodge, a teacher at Northridge Elementary, who told The Kansan about fundraising for her special needs classroom and the impact of the annual “Fill The Bus” supply drive that collects items to fill teacher wish lists.

Jason Reynolds of the Harvey County Community Chaplain Response Team, who spoke with The Kansan about efforts to educate the community about suicide.

Allyson Krehbiel, LSCSW, Mai Manchanda, T-LMLP, and Kylie Moore, LMFT of Prairie View who will host an event to discuss the show “13 Reasons Why” with parents and community members.

Dr. Mary Carman of Prairie View, who announced her retirement after decades as a leader and pioneer in mental health services at Prairie View.

Wyatt Hendrickson of Newton, who finished third in both the Greco-Roman and Freestyle divisions of his weight class at the U.S. Marine Corps-USA Westling Cadet National Championships in Fargo, South Dakota.

Area golfers who competed in area golf leagues.

Area race car drivers who competed at the 81 Speedway.

Area youth baseball players who played on youth baseball and softball teams.

First Presbyterian Church of Newton, which hosted the African Children's Choir.

The Newton Resource Council, which hosted the annual Hope Fest at the Newton Activity Center.

Galen and Debra Dreier, who have helped their adoptive grandchildren become some of the top sheep exhibitors at the Harvey County Fair.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder, who will be given the Presidential Medal of Valor for his role in ending a workplace shooting in Hesston.

St. Luke Evangelical Church of Newton, which will host the quartet “4Given.”

A group of 43 Kansas Mennonites who traveled to South Dakota to tour areas of Mennonite Heritage.

The Heat 16U (Henderson), Heat 18 U (Garcia) and Heat 18U (Pittinger) softball teams who each competed in the USA Softball Heartland Series Showcase.

Ty Berry of Newton High School basketball, who was named to the All-American team in the 15-and-under Under Armour Association summer league.

Happy Faces Entertainment, which performed at the Newton Public Library for the final Family Time Fun event of the summer.

The community of Goessel, which will host the annual County Threshing Days.

Jon Adkins of the Newton Police Department, who was awarded the President's Award by the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association.

Area ministers who have founded a prayer movement for the Newton area.

The Central Kansas Community Foundation, which announced grant awards for the 2017 Kids FUNd.

Bob Myers, city manager for the city of Newton, who proposed a waiver system for a proposed event fee structure.

Circle of Hope, which was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.

Tim Hodge of North Newton, who used the Heimlich Maneuver to save the life of a friend.

Newton USD 373, which approved an application to the Kansas Department of Education to be part of the Kansas Can School Redesign Project.

The Central Kansas Community Foundation, which celebrated the awarding of scholarships through several community funds throughout the region.

The Newton Police Department, which has rolled out body cameras for all patrol officers.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office, which announced about half of Kansas counties are part of vine online, an offender tracking system designed for crime victims. The system will be coming to Harvey County soon.

City public works employees who found an injured Mississippi Kite at the Warkentin House and called animal control, likely saving the bird's life.

City street crews which started work to repair cracks in the street on East Broadway. 

Mockingbird Vintage and Estates in Moundridge, which has expanded.

David Dennis, who was named medical director of the Newton Medical Center inpatient rehabilitation unit.

The Sandra Qamar Scholarship Fund at Newton Medical Center, which announced reaching the $100,000 milestone.

Sara Blosser, Shelly Hardman, John Miller and Janie Mosqueda, who were each named the recipient of a Sandra Qamar Scholarship.

Book Reviews, which announced a financial gift to Celebrate Recovery.

Maggie Remsberg and Taylor Antonowich of Newton, who competed in the 18-and-under Open Division of the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Championships.

Madison McDowell of Bethel College softball, who is preparing for her junior season as pitcher with the Threshers.