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

 

• Gene and Cheryl Kauffman of Newton, who have volunteered for several years for Offender Victim Ministries and were highlighted by The Kansan's Giving Back series.

 

• Newton Fire/EMS, which fielded the winning team at the inaugural Mud and Tug Charity Challenge at the Harvey County Free Fair.

 

• Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) who helped author an amendment to a transportation bill to preserve the Southwest Chief. The bill passed almost unanimously.

 

• The Meridian Center, which hosted a visit from Gov. Jeff Colyer.

 

• Organizers of the annual Old Settlers festival in Halstead, who will host the annual festival this weekend.

 

• Larry and Esther Teer of Newton, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

 

• Ron and Bernice Capps of Newton, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

 

• The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series, which announced the 2018-19 lineup.

 

• Hesston College, which announced the formation of the Arnold and Wilmetta Dietzel scholarship.

 

• Everance, which announced a series of workshops.

 

• First Mennonite Church of Newton, which will host a service in the park.

 

• The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced the annual College Night downtown.

 

• Larry Snodgrass, who was named speaker for the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

 

• Terry Harrison of Bethel College football, who participated in his first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference media day.

 

• Former Bethel College football player Chase Hansen, who participated in his first Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference media day as coach of Sterling College.

 

• Area golfers who competed in league play at Wedegwood, Fox Ridge and Hesston golf courses.

 

• Chet Roberts, who hit a hole-in-one at Hesston Golf Course.

 

• Area race car drivers who competed at the 81 Speedway.

 

• Aaron Swank, who was named as a Harvey County K-State Research and Extension Agent.

 

• Noreen Penner, whose career as a nurse was highlighted by The Newton Kansan.

 

• Sarah Blosser, Trisha Coffey, and Janie Mosqueda who were named recipients of Sandra Qamar scholarships by Newton Medical Center.

 

• Hesston College, which announced opening weekend activities.

 

• London Unruh, who was named the weekly reading club winner by First Bank of Newton, The Chisholm Trail 8, Newton Recreation Commission and The Newton Kansan.

 

• Zach Bravo of the Newton Rebels, who set a 2018 pool play record for innings pitched in a game at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita.

 

• The Newton Rebels, who finished pool play of the NBC World Series 2-1.

 

• Eric Schwab, who was named cross country and track and field coach at Hesston College.

 

• Brylie Ware of Sedgwick, who played for the Kansas Cannons in the NBC World Series.

 

• Freddie Loeffler of Hesston, who played for the Newton Rebels in the NBC World Series.

 

• The Kansas State University Formula SAE team, which visited Park Aerospace at the Newton City/County Airport.

 

• The Stanford University SPOKES team, who hosted a STEM learning workshop at Newton Public Library.

 

• Ron G. Estes and Ron M. Estes, both of Wichita, who are facing each other in the primary election seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Representative Kansas Dist. No. 4

 

• The Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, which hosted the annual Threshing Days Festival in Goessel.

 

• First Church of God of Newton, which wrapped up its summer outdoor movie series.

 

• Harvey County United Way and Wal-Mart of Newton, which hosted the annual “Fill The Bus” school supply drive.

 

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harvey County, for hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the organization's new office.

 

• Lippert Components, which purchased Hehr Glass manufacturing facilities in Newton and began culture change at those facilities.

 

• Ardent Mills, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of milling in Newton.

 

• Rick Toews, who joined Midland National Bank as vice president.

 

• Respite Care, which announced a poster design contest.

 

• Taco Bell of Newton and Kansas Food Bank, which will host a fund-raising effort for the Food-4-Kids Program.

 

• The Newton Senior Knights American Legion Baseball team, who advanced wot the state tournament semi-finals.