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

Newton Fire/EMS and Newton Police, which will participate in the annual “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive Aug. 24 and 25 at First Church of the Nazarene.

Pam Kvas, director of emergency services at Newton Medical Center; Cody Beaton, social worker at Prairie View; Eric Murphy, Chief of Police for Newton; Chad Gay, Harvey County Sheriff; and Keith Van Horn, drug investigator for the Harvey County Sheriff's Department; who each discussed the growing opioid problem in Harvey County with the Newton Kansan.

Pam Stevens, director of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, whose work to help improve downtown was documented in the Kansan's Giving Back Series.

Family and friends of Alyssa Runyon and Zaylynn Paz, who hosted a candlelight vigil for the mother and daughter who died last week.

Claire Clifford of Halstead, who directed the fourth-annual children's musical as part of the Old Settlers festival.

Bertha Steinle, formerly of Newton and now of Halstead, who will celebrate her 100th birthday.

Brent Martens of Bethel College football, who was named to the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

Kendra Doyle of Bethel College track, who was named to the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

Eric Peters of Bethel College track, who was named to the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

Sister Rosemary Sieg of St. Mary Catholic School, who is celebrating 60 years in education.

Habitat for Humanity, which started another home building project on Third Street.

Law enforcement in Harvey County and Texas, which made an arrest following a double homicide in Newton.

Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, which hosted an open house.

Renae Stucky of Moundridge, who helped with a girls' empowerment camp in Rwanda as part of her work with Mennonite Central Committee's SALT program.

The Bethel College Alumni Chior, which performed at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church.

The Newton Nitros swim team, which finished fourth in their division of the USA Swimming Missouri Valley Long Course Championships.

Andrew Guyer, who set seven club records while competing for the Newton Nitros swim team at the USA Swimming Missouri Valley Long Course Championships.

Madison Horton, who set seven club records while competing for the Newton Nitros swim team at the USA Swimming Missouri Valley Long Course Championships.

Brian Stucky of Goessel, who will present “Pioneer and Indian Trails in Newton” at the Newton Public Library.

Bonnie Johnson and Phil Ciholas of Bentley, who are building a home designed with handicap accessibility and growing older in mind.

Harvey County Master Gardeners, which announced the next class is enrolling.

Karen Derksen of Newton, who competed on a Kansas State University Weed Science team that placed first at a regional competition and was an individual event winner.

Garrison Gundy of Halstead, who competed on a Kansas State University Weed Science team that competed at a regional competition.

Dalton Smith, a graduate of Moundridge High School and Bethel College, who will appear in Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theater's production of “Last Chance Liquor.”

Cousins Noah Becker and Abby Banta of Sedgwick, who swept the top awards in woodworking at the Harvey County Fair.

Area students honored by colleges and universities.

James Nuss, whose patriotic car not only turned heads at the Harvey County Fair Parade, but won the bolt and chain division of the annual Demolition Derby.

Austin Penner and the Penner family, who made winning a habit in the sheep divisions of the Harvey County Fair.

Wal-Mart and Harvey County United Way, which announced the annual “Fill the Bus” campaign to fill teacher wish lists was a success.

Grand Central, which established a fund with the Central Kansas Community Foundation.

ComfortCare Homes of Harvey County, which announced an expansion and is renovating a home for use as a group home for those suffering from dementia.

Urology specialist Philippe Nabbout, MD, who joined Newton Medical Center's hospital’s medical staff.

Jean Anderson, Sara Friesen, Carri Kliewer and Emily Sauber who each joined Prairie View's clinical staff.