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

Connie Palacioz of Newton, who told her story of moving into the Ranchito as a young girl.

Brad Born of Bethel College, who spoke on “Voices of Conscience” at Kauffman Museum.

Chuck Clanahan with the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke locally about online security.

Kauffman Museum, which announced the screening of “Behind the Lines.”

Bill Ryan of Newton, who is organizing the Newton Toy Run and expects a record crowd this year.

The Newton High School boys' basketball team, which will participate in a fall work day as a fundraiser for the team.

First Christian Church, Zion Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, Salem United Methodist Church and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, which each announced an annual Christmas Bazaar.

Barbara Bunting, Barth Hague, Ben and Alli Kreider, Brad Kohlman, Bryan Hall, Chad Gay, James Krehbiel, Jason Jones, Jennifer Vogts, Libby Albers, Leroy Koehn, Roxana Koch, Tim Hodge, Todd Tangeman and Val Gleason who have each been announced as a celebrity server for the Nov. 13 Circles of Hope fundraiser.

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series, which will host the Vienna Boys Choir.

MCC Central States, which announced the meat canner will be in North Newton this week.

St. Mary Altar Society, which announced a Fall Festive Fair for Nov. 12

Doug Hostetter, director of the MCC United Nations Office and Thien Pic, an intern from Viet Nam, who will speak at a “Lunch & Learn at MCC” event Nov. 9 at MCC Central States.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Peabody, which hosted a special service to commemorate the Reformation.

Current and future city commissioners, who want to revisit the bulky item fee schedule.

Newton High School volleyball, for reaching the Kansas high School Activities Association Class 5A State Volleyball Championships.

Goessel High School volleyball, for reaching the KSHAA Class 2A Volleyball State Championships and advancing to the semifinals.

Hesston High School volleyball, for reaching the KSHAA Class 3A Volleyball State Championships and advancing to the semifinals.

Newton High School soccer, which won their regional with an overtime win over Liberal.

Hesston High School football, which earned a district championship with a win over Marion.

Halstead High School football, which earned a district championship.

Sedgwick High School football, which finished district play undefeated with a win over Inman.

The Newton Fire/EMS department, which earned a grant to purchase new thermal camera equipment.

The Newton City Commission and the Newton Recreation Commission, which met jointly to discuss the future of the municipal pool.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who spoke in Newton at the annual Kansas Cattlemen's Association Convention at the Meridian Center.

The Newton High School Jazz Ensemble I and Railaires, which announced a “Marathon Concert” as fundraiser to support an eight day trip this spring.

Newton High School football, which played in the KSHSAA Class 5A playoffs.

Berean Academy soccer, which reached the KSHSAA Class 3-2-1A regional finals.

The Harvey County Sheriff's Department, which hosted a “Drug Take Back Day.”

The Whitewater Public Library, which offers costumes for checkout during the holiday season.

Casey Davis and Candice Egizi-Sifuentez of Newton who organized a community coat drive.

Family Insurance, Ken Hall, 2309 S. Kansas Rd; Newton Activity Center, 415 N. Poplar St.; Midway Motors, 1200 Washington Rd.; Smart Style Hair Salon in Walmart, 701 S. Kansas Rd; and The Flip Flop Shop, 299 W. 6th which are serving as drop-off locations for a community coat drive.

Harvey County West Park, which hosted a “Haunted Forest” for Halloween.

Organizers of Fun and Fashion for the Cure, which hosted a fundraising event at the Meridian Center.

Warren Scott, who shot a hole-in-one at Fox Ridge Golf Course.

The Newton High School boys cross country team, which qualified as a team for the KSHSAA Class 5A Championships.

Trinity Heights Respite Care, which was awarded a grant by the Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Dr. John McEachern, who joined the surgical staff at Newton Medical Center.

Sheryl R. Wilson, who was named the director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College.

The Gold Notes Choir of Grand Central, which was asked to welcome home veterans from an Honor Flight by singing patriotic music at Eisenhower Airport.

The Harvey County Driver's License Office, which will install new computer equipment.