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

 

Joshua Davis, whose book “Spare Parts” was selected for the Hesston Community Read. He will be in Hesston this week.

 

Bethel College, which was ranked as the 17th safest college in Kansas according to BackgroundChecks.org.

 

Christy Pickerill, who was named volunteer coordinator for the Harvey County Homeless Shelter.

 

Moundrige High School Football, which won the team's homecoming and grabbed the first win of 2016.

 

Newton High School football, which collected the team's first win of 2016 with a rout of Salina Central.

 

Area cross country runners who participated in the Berean Academy Invitational.

 

The Bethel College drama department, which performed “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” during fall festival.

 

Beki Hastings, who started the annual Kansas Barn Sale.

 

CASA: A Voice for Children, which was awarded a grant from the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

 

The Harvey County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force, which was awarded a grant from the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

 

Heart-to-Heart Child Advocacy Center, which was awarded a pair of grants from the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

 

West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge, which announced the next concert in an on-going concert series.

 

Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, which will host the first concert in the next Prairie Window Concert Series this weekend.

 

First Mennonite Church, which will host a concert by “Book of Jebb.”

 

Beth Vanatta of Halstead, who hosted a stone carving workshop at Carriage Factory Gallery.

 

Halstead High School cross country, which hosted the team's annual invitational meet.

 

Area golfers who played in the Wedgwood Senior Men's League.

 

Newton High School gymnastics, which hosted what could be the school's final home gymnastics meet.

 

The community of Walton, which hosted the annual Walton Rural Life Festival.

 

Hesston High School and Hesston College, which teamed up to create “Home Sweet Hesston.”

 

Wichita's Experimental Aircraft Association, which hosted a fly-in at the Newton City/County Airport.

 

The city of Newton, which announced the opening of the first bike lanes in the city limits.

 

DeAnn Creech from Cooper Early Education Center and Victoria Wise from Chisholm Middle School, who were each named winners in the Newton USD 373 #placetobe373 contests.

 

701 Café of Newton, which hosted two nights of concerts by former “The Voice” contestant Kaleigh Glanton.

 

The Newton City Commission, which rendered a decision on the issue of the wastewater treatment plant upgrade fee.

 

Dan Giroux, candidate for the U.S. House, who announced a visit to Newton.

 

Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, which announced the third “Dart For Art” during the college's Fall Festival.

 

Newton Public Library, which is celebrating the organization's 130th year of operation.

 

Community organizers, the city of Newton and the Newton Rotary Club, which celebrated the official opening of the Centennial Dog Park.

 

Connery Hultman and Nathan Dominguez of Newton High School debate, who took first in novice policy debate at El Dorado.

 

Area students who graduated from Fort Hays State University.

 

Area seniors who were honored as Honor Scholars by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

 

Goessel High School volleyball, for winning the Olpe Invitational.

 

Phyllis Terbovich of Newton, who was named “caregiver of the year” by LeadingAge Kansas.

 

Ellen Voran of Hesston, who was named “volunteer of the year” by LeadingAge Kansas.

 

Newton Medical Center, which donated an automated external defibrillator to the Valley Center Junior Football Club.

 

Stacey Marlow and Denise Govert, who are opening “The Nest @ 112” in Hesston.