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

Area skateboard enthusiasts who have created a fundraiser event for the Runyon family.

The Newton High School Career and Technical Education department, which is working to launch an “Ag Academy” at the school.

Superintendent Deb Hamm, who announced a round-table to discuss an upcoming bond issue.

Heather Porter of Newton Medical Center, who was nominated for the Kansan Hospital Association's Health Care Worker of the Year award.

Sharon Jaso of Newton, who shared with The Kansan what it is like to be an administrator of, and to attend, an online school.

Newton High School athletics, which hosted a fall sports festival.

Nichole Olde-Johnson of Bethel College basketball, who was hired to assist the Mid-America Youth Basketball Association.

Area bowling teams that competed in league play.

The McPherson Brass Quintet, which announced a Labor Day concert in Moundridge.

Newton Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Steve Roberson, who has been accepted into the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

Newton Meals on Wheels, which hosted “Picnic in the Park” as a fundraiser for the program.

Johnathan C. Gering, who was named a provisional candidate for Bethel College President.

The Harvey County Sheriff's Office, which hosted an event at Newton Presbyterian Manor to talk about scams targeting the elderly.

Newton resident Dave Deutschendorf, who will perform with The New Christy Minstrels in an upcoming concert.

The annual Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) benefit dinner, which announced it will be at at First Mennonite Church of Newton.

Ben Goossen of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who gave a lecture and signed his book at Kauffman Museum.

Hesston High School tennis, which opened the 2017 season with a win.

Barth Hague, mayor of Newton, who will attend a session of the Oklahoma Legislature to discuss the extension of a north-bound passenger rail line to Newton.

Robert Carlton of the Harvey County Department on Aging, who discussed a transition to new Medicare cards.

Bluestem Communities, which announced the “Heritage Cooking School” for this fall.

Ballet Wichita, which will perform “The Wizard of Oz” in Athletic Park.

Harvey County residents Harper Zonker, Mikey Storey, Jenna Baldwin, Alice Claassen and Jadyn Eckert who competed at the Kansas 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest.

The Bethel College men's soccer team, which defeated sister school Hesston College in a friendly match.

The Bethel and Hesston College women's soccer teams, which played to a draw in a friendly match.

Area golfers who competed in golf leagues.

The Newton High School volleyball team, which was ranked fifth in the first Class 5A Kansas Volleyball Association rankings.

The Hesston High School volleyball team, which was ranked first in the first Class 3A Kansas Volleyball Association rankings.

The Goessel High School volleyball team, which was ranked second in the first Class 1A, Div. I Kansas Volleyball Association rankings.

The Hesston High School tennis team, which was ranked second in the first Class 3-2-1A Kansas Tennis Coaches Association rankings.

Bethel College which announced its inaugural Bethel BBQ Cook-off Sept. 2 during the pre-game of the Bethel-Dordt football game at Goering Field.

The City and County Commissions, which met jointly to discuss possible renovations to the Law Enforcement Center.

Nicholas Barton, a Kansas native now living in Texas, who completed making an independent movie about a gunfight in Newton in the 1870s called “Hyde Park.”

Bethel College, which was ranked first among Kansas colleges by College Consensus.

Sand Creek Station, which announced winning a bid to host the 2022 Kansas State Amateur Championships.

Broderick Green, Montero DuBose, Michael Bell and Jariah Booker of Bethel College Football, who were each named to the Pre-Season All-KCAC teams.

Area schools and the Newton Public Library, for hosting eclipse viewings.

Deb Kasper and Brady Grimes, who opened “Thrifty Pickers.”

Marlow Ediger of North Newton, who will have a paper published by The College Student Journal.

Homestead of Halstead, which achieved a perfect survey by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.