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

 

• The Newton Mexican American Athletic Club, for hosting the 70th playing of the Newton Mexican American Fastpitch Softball Tournament.

 

• Karen Penner, who will offer "Mina Warkentin's Legacy to Newton: Bethel Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary and Deaconess Sisters” at the Harvey County Historical Society.

 

• Karen Lehman of Newton Medical Center, who was recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2018 State Award of Excellence.

 

• Area youth who participated in a Spokes learning festival at Newton Public Library hosted by students from MIT.

 

• The Newton YMCA, which announced a diabetes education program starting this week.

 

• Ken and Neva Frey of Newton, for celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

 

• Harvey County 4-H, which will host a day camp at the fairgrounds.

 

• The Meeting House of Sedgwick, for hosting a performance by recording artist Erskin Anavitarte.

 

• Newton Fire/EMS, for announcing a fund-raising “Fire Run” for September.

 

• Fr. Devin Burns, who has taken the role of priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

 

• Julie Hart, a former Bethel professor, who will give a lecture on her recent book at KIPCOR.

 

• Tabor Mennonite Church of Newton and Eden Mennonite Church of Moundridge, which will host the Western District Conference Annual Assembly.

 

• Wildcat Construction and the Kansas Department of Transportation, which announced the repair of a bridge on U.S. 50 over I-135.

 

• Larry Snodgrass, an airplane crash survivor, who was announced as speaker for the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

 

• The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced hosting a new teacher breakfast.

 

• Tony Jaso of Newton, who was inducted into the Newton Mexican American Athletic Club Hall of Fame.

 

• Area golfers who competed in league play.

 

• The Newton Aztecas, who performed as part of the opening ceremonies of the Newton Mexican American Fastpitch Softball Tournament.

 

• Robert Loeffler of Newton, who was the overall winner of the Headin' For Home 5K.

 

• Area runners who participated in the Headin' For Home 5K.

 

• Amanda Cantrell of Halstead, who distributed painted rocks throughout Newton's Downtown as part of a project called “Rock Kansas.”

 

• Kidron Bethel Village, which hosted Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4.

 

• Dwight Platt, North Newton, professor of biology at Bethel College, who led a bird walk at Kauffman Museum.

 

• Grand Central, which hosted the “Country Fair” fundraiser.

 

• Royce Shields of Via Christi, who uses the Barral Method for physical therapy.

 

• Area students who earned academic honors for colleges and universities.

 

• Reese Nebel of Hesston High School, who was named to the Kansas Shrine Bowl July 28.

 

• The Newton Panther Grey 10U baseball team, for finishing league play 12-0 this season.

 

• Newton High School volleyball, which announced a summer camp to be hosted at Newton Activity Center.

 

• The Newton Board of Education, which hosted a special meeting and approved a plan to replace the currently dead air conditioning unit at Newton High School.

 

• Zachary Behrens, owner of Behrens Automotive, who offered a free car care workshop at Goessel Public Library.

 

• Members of the Harvey County staff and commission who attended an informational meeting about possible changes to the Wichita ASR aquifer recharge project.

 

• Carriage Factory Gallery, which hosted “Whimsical Masterpieces.”

 

• Santos Fonseca, Lizeth Gonzalez, Kimberly Gonzalez and Elmer Sauceda who recently opened La Fogata, a food truck in Newton.

 

• Fred Schrag, who announced his retirement as President of Citizens State Bank.

 

• Randy Tegethoff, who was named President of Citizens State Bank.

 

• Josh Stucky, who was named Moundridge Market President of Citizens State Bank.

 

• Fay Hoppes, who was named Chief Operations Officer of Citizens State Bank.

 

• Ellen Estes, Laura Lombard and James Thompson, who each spoke at a meeting of Informed Women of Harvey County.

 

• Josh Booth, Bethel College sports information director, who earned three top-10 finishes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors Association Publication and Media Contest.

 

• Gil Solis Jr., who shared memories from the more than 70-year run of the Newton Mexican American Softball Tournament.

 

• Jonathan Rios, who shared the history of the San Antonio Glowworm Athletic Club, which played in the Newton Mexican American Fastpitch Softball Tournament.