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

Newton Chief of Police Eric Murphy and his son Morgan, whose volunteer work to assist with the Newton High School Tournament of Champions was profiled in The Kansan's Giving Back series.

The community of Moundridge, which has bucked the trend for rural Kansas communities and is growing.

The Newton Community for Racial Justice, which organized the second annual History Walk to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The community of Halstead, which launched the  Downtown Revitalization and Growth of New Business program.

Hesston College, which announced plans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Newton Recreation Commission, for extending a contract to host the Kansas High School Activities Association Eight-Man Football Championships through 2020.

Maleta Forsberg of Roxbury, who renovated a schoolhouse to create an art studio and is part of a new exhibit at the Carriage Factory Gallery in Newton.

Carriage Factory Gallery, which announced activities including music and Cajun food for Third Thursday. 

Ken E. Nwadike Jr., who was announced as the evening speaker for Bethel College's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day.

KIPCOR of North Newton, which announced that Myron Dewey, one of the directors of the documentary "Awake," would be at a screening of the film as part of the KIPCOR film series.

Erwin and Angela Rempel, formerly of Newton, who announced retirement from their service at Third Way, a website of MennoMedia.

The Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College, which announced it will host a conference called "Mennonites and the Holocaust."

Grant Treaster, Wyatt Hendrickson and Cyle Gautschi of Newton High School wrestling, who each qualified for the finals of the Newton Tournament of Champions.

Sedgwick High School girls basketball, which notched an overtime win over rival Moundridge.

Area bowlers, who competed in league play.

Burrton High School, which announced pairings for the Burrton Invitational Tournament. 

Halstead High School boys basketball, for handing rival Hesston their first loss in league play while starting the Central Kansas League slate 3-0. 

Hesston High School girls basketball, for handing rival Halstead their first loss of the season. 

The city of Newton, which announced 2017 was a banner year for new housing starts.

The Newton Murals and Arts Project group, which is organizing a mural project for downtown.

The Newton Women of the Year organization, which announced it is accepting nominations.

The Newton Knights of Columbus, for hosting the annual free throw contest at St. Mary Catholic School.

Area artists who are part of the exhibit "Kansas Through the Eyes Of An Artist," a juried art exhibit at the Carriage Factory Gallery.

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, which announced the workshop "Native Plant School."

Area students who earned Dean's List honors at Bethel College.

RaileRobotics of Newton High School, which launched the 2018 FIRST Robotics season.

Constance Neale of Slate Creek Elementary School, who was named one of 32 "Horizon Award" winners by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Newton High School girls basketball, which was ranked fifth in the Class 3A Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Prep Rankings.

Berean Academy girls basketball, which was ranked eighth in the Class 2A Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Prep Rankings.

Halstead High School girls basketball, which was ranked fourth in the Class 5A Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Prep Rankings.

Hesston High School boys basketball, which was ranked second in the Class 3A Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Prep Rankings.

Berean Academy boys basketball, which was ranked fifth in the Class 2A Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Prep Rankings.

Halstead High School, which announced the pairings for the annual Adolph Rupp Invitational Boys Basketball Tournament.

Newton High School bowling, which opened the 2018 season in a triangular meet in Wichita.

Kiegan Vogt of Berean Academy boys basketball, who hit a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to give the Warriors of 43-42 win over rival Moundridge.

The Et Cetera Shop, which announced renovations to the donation sorting room.

Prarie View Inc., which was awarded a Tenant Based Rental Assistance Grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.

Becky Setser, who was named the director of wellness and aquatics at Pine Village.

Jeffery Gust of Newton, who was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists.