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


Volunteers and staff of MCC Central States in North Newton who have shipped more than 735 “relief kits” this year to refugees worldwide.


Leroy Ewy of Halstead, who was recognized with the “Old Settlers Good Neighbor” award and was profiled in The Kansan's “Giving Back” series.


Jim Barnett, a gubernatorial candidate, who made stop in Newton last week to talk about healthcare issues with community leaders and interested parties.


Congressman Ron Estes, who announced a town hall meeting in Newton.


The Newton High School Cross Country team, which opened practice after taking ninth in boys and claiming a state medalist in girls cross country last year.


Area teachers and school students who marked the first day of the 2017-18 school year.


Glen Davis, Leo Koehn, Kathy Valentine, Libby Albers, Ron Eggert and Craig Simons, who each are running for city commission and participated in a candidate forum at Grand Central.


Meals on Wheels of Newton, which announced a “Picnic in the Park” fundraiser.

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced a “Hot Topic Luncheon” dealing with drug abuse in the area.


Marilyn Klaus of the University of Kansas, who hosted a book discussion at Newton Public Library.


The Bethel College Life Enrichment Series, which announced each session of the semester-long lecture series for older adults at Bethel College.


Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts, which is turning 35 this year and announced the five-concert series starting this fall.


Jeanette Krehbiel of Hesston and the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association which published “Swiss Volhynian Favorite Recipes.”


Leonard Kiswangi and his wife from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, who hosted a brunch at the Breadbasket dedicated to discussing what is happening in Congo Mennonite churches.


Newton High School gymnastics, which opened practice for the 2017 season as two-time state runner-ups.


Area golfers who participated in area golf leagues.


Area race car drivers who competed at 81 Speedway.


Ben Goossen, who will be the speaker at a “Lunch and Learn” at MCC Central States.


Kansas Christian Home, which announced the annual “Legacy of John” benefit dinner.


Harvey County Master Gardeners and the Kansas State Research and Extension office, which announced the winning tomato varieties from taste testing at the county fair.


Dyck Arborteum of the Plains, which filled two charter busses for a trip to Nebraska to view the solar eclipse.


Area educators who discussed their plans for students viewing the solar eclipse.


Fred Becker and Jerry Epp of Newton High School, who discussed eclipse viewing safety.


Bethel College volleyball, which opened practice for the 2017 season under new coach Stacy Middleton.


Jaycob Hultburg, who after a traumatic brain injury and months of therapy and recovery will be headed back to school this fall.


John Whitlock, who hosted a “Third Thursday” event at the Carriage Factory Gallery to discuss the career of his uncle — comic book illustrator Reed Crandall.


The Carriage Factory Gallery, which announced a juried art show.


Trinity Heights United Methodist Church of Newton, which hosted a rally called “We Stand For Love” in response to racial violence in Virginia.


The Salvation Army of Harvey County, which announced a second distribution of school supplies.


Area students who graduated from Kansas State University.



Brooklyn Entz of Newton, who scored a goal and an assist for the Kansas State women's soccer team in an exhibition game.


Lois Hamilton of Newton, who was among the Art is Ageless winners announced by Presbyterian Manors.


Citizens Financial Services, located at Citizens State Bank, which was recognized as a top financial institution by Cetera Investment Services.


John Flesher, who joined the medical staff of Newton Medical Center.


Jason Toevs of Whitewater, who joined the Wichita-based KNOXX Career Networking as director of product development.


Mervin Bontrager, who is retiring after 51 years as a counselor at Prairie View.


Paul Mullett of Hesston, who shot a hole-in-one at the Hesston Golf Course.


Julio Martinez of Bethel College, who was named to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference pre-season all conference team.


Maggie Remsberg and Taylor Antonowich of Newton High School volleyball, who competed at the USA Volleyball Junior National Beach Championships in Sister Key, Florida.