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


Mona Monarez Koehn and Susan Mosqueda of Newton, who shared their stories of the now gone Ranchito apartment community on First Street.


Wayne Fisher of Moundridge, whose commitment to the community was highlighted in The Kansan's Giving Back series.


The APCO board and the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council, which are combining to create a conference in Newton for 911 workers from across Kansas.


Stephen Wolgast, who will speak about the First Amendment at Bethel College's Life Enrichment Series.


Bethel College, which announced festivities for the annual Fall Festival.


The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra, which hosted their first concert of the season.


Timothy J. Wengert, who will give the annual Menno Simons lectures at Bethel College.


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


The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers, who performed a concert called “Living Water” as part of the Hesston community's “Big Read.”


Second Missionary Baptist Church, which is hosting a revival.


The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced the 31st annual Taste of Newton.


Kathy Grable from Los Angeles, who will return to her hometown of Moundridge to perform a one-woman show called “The Go To Girl.”


Organizers of the Fashion For the Cure event which announced the Oct. 24 fundraiser to benefit cancer patients.


The Halstead High School boys cross country team, which finished first at the Burrton Invitational.


Erin Topham of Berean Cross Country, who won the varsity girls race at the Sterling Invitational.


Camryn Jaramillo of Newton, who won the seventh grade girls race at the Chisholm Middle School cross country invitational.


Collin Hershberger of Newton, who won the seventh grade boys race at the Chisholm Middle School cross country invitational.


The Newton seventh grade boys cross country team, for winning the Chisholm Middle School cross country invitational.


Area bowlers who competed in league play.


Brad Roth of Moundridge, who hosted a book signing at Faith and Life Bookstore.


The community of Walton, which hosted the annual Walton Rural Life Festival.


Acapulco Restaurant of Newton, which opened on Sunday for the first time in 30 years and donated profits to hurricane relief efforts.


Mario Nava, teacher at Sunset and Northridge Elementary, for being awarded a grant to finish fundraising to add heart rate monitors to his physical education classroom.


Eli Nord, Lauren Bender and Parker Stucky of Berean Academy, who were selected for the 2017 South Central Kansas Music Educator's Middle School Honor Band.


Rai Normai of Newton High School tennis, who won the AV-CTL I singles title.


Bethel College men's soccer, who with a win over Bethany extended the team's winning streak to four games.


Newton High School volleyball, which despite a loss stayed at the top of the league divisional standings.


Goessel High School volleyball, which completed league play 9-0 and has not lost a match in league play in eight seasons.


Sedgwick High School volleyball, which finished league play and won the Heart of America League.


Chuck Regier of Newton, who spoke about building bikes out of bamboo for use in the Congo at Bethel College's Life Enrichment series.


The communities of Halstead and Sedgwick, which created a long term agreement for EMS services.


Douglas Ragon of Newton, who completed his Eagle Scout project of refurbishing risers used by the Newton High School music department.


Harvey County, which adopted an active shooter response policy.


Dr. J. Scott Pigg of Newton Medical Center, who demonstrated the use of robotic arms during a dinner with the doctors event.


Area businesses and organizations which won awards during the Harvey County United Way Chili Cook Off.


Newton High School gymnastics, for winning the team's home invitational.


Ginger Funk of Moundridge, who started her own photography studio in Moundridge.


Austin Phillips, who competed training at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.


Liz Claassen of Newton Medical Center, who completed leadership training with the Kansas Hospital Association.