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

 

Author Bill Bush of Halstead, who will have a book signing in Newton July 1.

 

Clint and Missy Green of Newton, whose volunteer work as youth sport coaches was highlighted in The Kansan's Giving Back series.

 

Members of the Kansas Humanities Council which met in Hesston and noted that Harvey County has hosted 530 humanities programs in the past 25 years.

 

Aaron Tschetter, who spoke to the Kansan as one of the lead actors in the upcoming Newton Community Theater production of “Little Mermaid.”

 

Golfers from across Kansas who participated in “The Railer: The Kansas Amateur Stroke Play Championships” at Sand Creek Station.

 

Jaclyn Holzrichter, Angela Stevens, Faith Martin and Cherie King of Burrton, who formed STARS, “Standing Together As Responders Serve,” an auxiliary support unit for the Burrton fire department.

 

Grand Central, which hosted the first “Grand Central Country Fair” as a fundraiser for the organization.

 

Carol Dilts, Harvey County Environmentalist, who helped host “Prairie Animals” for Uncle Carl's Camp at Kauffman Museum for 19 students.

 

Volunteers in Burrton who have organized the 144th annual Independence Day Festival for the town of Burrton.

 

Grace Community Church, which celebrated the church's 30th birthday.

 

Second Missionary Baptist Church, which celebrated the church's 134th anniversary.

 

Tabor Mennonite Church, which announced an area-wide gathering for post-college, pre-family adults.

 

Pine Edge Golf Course of Goessel, which announced the annual putting tournament at the course.

 

Area drivers who competed at the Old 81 Speedway.

 

St. Francis Academy of Newton, which announced recruitment and informational meetings for foster care and adoptive families.

 

New Hope Shelter, which announced the first-ever kick ball tournament as a fundraiser for the organization.

 

Jon Duerksen and Amy Bayes of the Newton Public Library who are in their 22nd year performing as the “Barnyard Puppet Theater.”

 

The Newton Fire/EMS department, which attended the Harvey County Farmer's Market to share safety information with the community.

 

 

Newton High School cheerleaders, who operated a bake sale at the Harvey County Farmer's Market.

 

First Bank of Newton, which hosted a customer appreciation cookout at Military Park.

 

Area golfers who competed in league play at Pine Edge, Fox Ridge and Wedgwood golf courses.

 

The cities of Sedgwick and Halstead, which extended an operating agreement for Halstead to provide EMS services to Sedgwick.

 

Westar Energy and the Salvation Army, which teamed up to give away fans to those without air conditioning this summer.

 

John Burchill from Kansas Wesleyan University, who gave the presentation “Cowboys and Clerics” at the Newton Public Library.

 

The city of Hesston, which constructed pickleball courts using city staff and resources after bids for the project came in high.

 

The community of Burrton, which was cited by AAA as having the cheapest gas in Kansas.

 

Erik Brown of Newton High School, who attended Boy's State.

 

Area students named to college dean's lists and honor rolls.

 

Brett Loeffler of Newton, who hit a hole-in-one at the Hesston Golf Course.

 

Area youth who played in the Junior Interclub Golf Tournament at Fox Ridge Golf Course.

 

David Sloan Welfelt, whose photography is on display at the Newton Public Library and will give the presentation “Black and White Photography.”

 

The Harvey County Parks Department, which announced the first-ever horseback scavenger hunt.

 

The Newton Kansan, Hutchinson News, Salina Journal, McPherson Sentinel and Pratt Tribute which teamed up to create the first-ever South Central Kansas Virtual Job Fair.

 

Karla Hostetler, who joined Newton Medical Center's Mid-Kansas Family Practice in Hesston.

 

Jeff Giroux, who joined the Hesston Wellness Center as a program director.