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

Karen Farrell of Newton, whose volunteer work at Newton Public Library was profiled in The Kansan's Giving Back Series.

Mike Genal of Ardent Mills, who spoke with the Kansan to profile the local flour mill.

J. Harvey and Mary Koehn, who will speak at the Moundridge Historical Association.

Sarah Booth, Goessel; Katelyn Boston, Newton; Oscar Gonzalez, Newton; Katrina Heinrichs, Hesston; Diane Lewis, Newton; Nick Preheim, Peabody; Austin Prouty, Newton; Rebecca Schrag, Newton; Elizabeth Tran, North Newton; Autumn Walker, Goessel; Anna Wiens, Goessel; and Veronica Ziegler, Hesston, who as Bethel Students have work featured in the current student art show at the Bethel College gallery.

Bethel College Women’s Chorus members Anna Grimsley, Hesston; Krista Loomis, Walton; Jennifer Meysing, Goessel; Addie Regier, Newton; and Emily Simpson, Newton, who each performed during the annual women's music and voices concert at the school.

The Newton Police Department, which investigated a bank robbery and identified the suspect, leading to his arrest.

Hesston United Methodist Church, which celebrated the congregation's 130th anniversary.

Dorothy Nickel Friesen, who announced a book signing at Bethel College Mennonite Church for her new book “The Pastor Wears a Skirt.”

Mennonite Central Committee Central States of North Newton and KIPCOR, which announced “Restorative Kansas: A Vision for Justice.”

The city of Moundridge, which received a $70,000 grant to create a walking trail in the community.

Moundridge High School FFA, which hosted “Day on the Farm” for elementary school students.

Bethel College track and field, which hosted the Bethel Invitational.

Kalli Anderson and Savannah Simmons of Newton High School track, who swept the top spots in the elite girls' 100 meter dash at the Shocker Pre-State Classic.

The Newton High School girls' track 4x400 meter relay team of Maggie Remsberg, Taylor Antonowich, Christian Bruce and Savannah Simmons, who won the elite division of the Shocker Pre-State Classic.

Madison McDowell of Bethel College softball, who set a new school record for strikeouts in a game by a pitcher.

Val Gleason of Newton Medical Center, who was speaker for the Newton Area American Association of University Women meeting.

The Harvey County Historical Society, Community National Bank and community partners who helped create and erect a historical marker to denote Hyde Park and Newton's cowboy era.

Newton Medical Center, which announced activities for National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Mason Alexander and Tripp Beverline of Berean Academy, who each won their grade level competition in a state handwriting contest and qualified for a national competition.

Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts and the Bethel College Music Department, which collaborated for a concert to bring together performers between middle school and college age.

Newton High School swimming, which collected the team's third meet win of the season.

Newton High School golf, for hosting the Newton Invitational at Sand Creek Station.

Andy Preston, who will return as Newton High School boys' basketball head coach.

Vern Koch and Midwest Land Specialists, who will handle the sale of the 1877 Meeting House and three other properties being sold by the state.

The Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus, which celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The National Weather Service and Harvey County Emergency Management, which hosted a storm spotters training in Newton.

Informed Women of Harvey County, who hosted local representatives and senators.

Newton High School FFA, for hosting the organization's annual plant sale.

The community of Halstead, which hosted “A Small Town Family Fun Night.”

The Harvey County Clerks Office and Informed Women of Harvey County, for hosting a booth at KidsFEST that gave kids a chance to vote in an election.

Harvey County United Way, Slate Creek Elementary and community partners who hosted KidFEST.

Harvey County and the City of Newton, which approved a project to improve a taxiway at the Newton City/County Airport.

Chris Martin, who opened Newton BoxDrop, a mattress store at 204 W. Fifth.

The Whitewater Library, which received a grant from Monsanto.

MKC, which announced a food drive to benefit local food programs.

Jalane Schmidt, a Newton native, who was selected to speak at Bethel College for two public lectures.

Newton Medical Center, which launched a new employee recognition program.

Tractor Supply, which launched a contest for 4-H and FFA members.

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

Bethel College golf, for hosting the Bethel Invitational at the Hesston Golf Course and Sand Creek Station.