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

 

Grand Central, which is celebrating the organization's 30th anniversary with an open house and Halloween event.

 

Trinity Heights United Methodist Respite Care, which announced a fundraising walk for later this month.

 

John Hoffman, former Newton High School teacher, who found a kidney donor sharing a church pew with him at Monitor Church of the Brethren.

 

Organizers of the Frederic Remington Festival, which announced the 2017 festival in Whitewater.

 

Carriage Factory Gallery, which announced a pair of art classes.

 

Bethel College, which announced a nearly 10 percent growth in enrollment.

 

Hesston College, which announced a 10 percent growth in enrollment.

 

Kevin Rabas, Kansas Poet Laureate, who presented at Newton Public Library.

 

Dr. J. Scott Pigg, who demonstrated how the Mako robotic arm technology assists in surgery at Newton Medical Center.

 

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series, which announced the season's first event: Broadway's Next HIT Musical.

 

Students at Berean Academy who participated in “See You At The Pole,” a prayer event at the school's flag pole to start the day.

 

Salem United Methodist Church, which announced a concert by SonLife Gospel Quartet.

 

Second Missionary Baptist Church, which announced a revival.

 

Moundridge High School football, which collected their first win of the season, and a district win, at Remington High School.

 

Newton High School football, which collected back-to-back wins over Salina Central for the first time in school history.

 

Hesston High School boys cross country, which won the Berean Invitational at Harvey County East Lake.

 

Erin Topham of Berean Academy girls' cross country, who won the Berean Invitational.

 

The Harvey County Drug Task Force, whose work led to 10 arrests from two houses in Newton — and four search warrants countywide in seven days.

 

The city of Hesston, which is reorganizing positions at City Hall.

 

The city of Newton and the Newton Public Library, which are discussing facility needs for the library.

 

Harvey County United Way, which hosted the annual Chili Cook-Off in downtown Newton.

 

Newton USD 373, which announced a “Railer Round Table” and a community meeting to discuss an upcoming bond issue.

 

Megan Nagel and Beth Koehn of Santa Fe 5/6 Center, who created a STEAM lab at the school.

 

The 2017 NHS Homecoming Candidates: Kaylee Anderson, Trista Stark, Taylor Antonowich, Ryan Hirsh, Ethan Torres and Jose Rojas.

 

Newton Fire/EMS members Dylan Anderson, Darrell Graves, Lucas McNally and Phillip Beebe who were recognized by the Newton City Commission for their participation in the Kansas City 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.

 

Representatives from Slate Creek Elementary who were recognized by the Newton City Commission for the school’s earning the “Let's Move! Active Schools Award.”

 

The community of Burrton, which hosted the annual fall festival and downtown picnic.

 

Jennifer Meysing of Goessel and member of the Bethel College Cross Country team, who was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference women's runner of the week.

 

Reggie Young of Bethel College Football, who was named the KCAC defensive player of the week.

 

Page Hiebert of Goessel, who was named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week as a member of the Hutchinson Community College Volleyball Team.

 

Newton High School Volleyball, which was ranked fourth in the Kansas Volleyball Association Class 5A Rankings.

 

Hesston High School Volleyball, which was ranked third in the Kansas Volleyball Association Class 3A Rankings.

 

Goessel High School Volleyball, which was ranked first in the Kansas Volleyball Association Class 1A Div. I Rankings.

 

Heath Goertzen of Goessel, who as a student at Bethel College spent the summer working for a research project in Iceland.

 

Dana Keiser of Halstead, who has founded his own woodworking business.

 

Allen Jantz, who was appointed to fulfill a vacated seat on the USD 373 Board of Education.

 

Newton High School volleyball, which won the team's fourth consecutive title at the Newton Invitational.

 

Ashley and Julia Williams of Moundridge, who founded Legacy Farms Coffee.