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

 

• Cpt. Mark Scheffler, who helps run the Harvey County Sheriff Reserve program and was profiled in The Newton Kansan's Giving Back Series.

 

• Grand Central, which announced the 2018 Country Fair fundraiser.

 

• Friends of Harvey County ERT; Roger Perkins; Big Show Fireworks; TNM Fireworks; Farha Fireworks and Wholesale Fireworks, which opened up fireworks tents in Newton for Independence Day.

 

• Kim Feissinger, Jennifer Miles, Ellen Yocum and Pat Jensen, who were elected as officers of the Newton Business and Professional Women's club.

 

• Artists Lindsey Yankey, Ande Hall and Cathy Broski, whose works are part of “Whimsical Masterpieces” at the Carriage Factory Gallery.

 

• First Presbyterian of Newton, which hosted the group “Bike and Build,” a group of cyclists biking across the country and helping build low-income housing along their route.

 

• Tabor Mennonite Church of Newton and Eden Mennonite of Moundridge, which will serve as hosts of the Western District Conference meetings later this month.

 

• Julie Hart, a former Bethel College professor, who will be at KIPCOR later this month to discuss her book “Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism among U.S. Veterans: the role of moral identity in personal transformation.”

 

• Newton Public Library, which announced a visit from Spokes — a group of MIT students riding across the country hosting STEM workshops for kids along their route.

 

• Ty Rains of Moundridge, who was named a baseball All-American by the United States Specialty Sports Association and will compete in an event in Viera, Florida.

 

• Area race car drivers who competed at 81 Speedway.

 

• Area golfers who competed in league play.

 

• Grant Brenneman of Hesston College golf, who competed in the AJGA Kansas Junior Championships.

 

• Morgan Murphy of Newton, who was named to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic All Conference Team for the 2017-18 school year while competing for Bethel College.

 

• Kiley Varney of Hesston, who was named to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic All Conference Team for the 2017-18 school year while competing for Bethel College.

 

• Anna Stucky of Moundridge, who was named to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic All Conference Team for the 2017-18 school year while competing for Bethel College.

 

• Heath Goertzen and Luke Unruh of Goessel, who were named to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic All Conference Team for the 2017-18 school year while competing for Bethel College.

 

• Amy Bayes and Jon Duerksen of the Newton Public Library, who performed for Family Time Fun.

 

• Derek and Hannah Tjaden of Newton, who have started a flower farm and selling are their wares at the Harvey County Farmers Market.

 

• Joseph M. McConnell of Newton, who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

 

• Kenton Fox of Newton, who made Newton High School history by being named the sixth best policy debate speaker in the country — the highest a Newton High School debater has ever been ranked in policy debate.

 

• Mariah McDonald, Eli Blaufuss, Chase Cassil, Kenton Fox, Khalil Kumar and Fletcher Hummingbird of Newton High School who qualified for the National Speech and Debate Tournament.

 

• Luke and Nehemiah Regier from Newton Bible Christian School in Newton who were each named winners in the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Bookmark Contest.

 

• Caring Hands Humane Society, which took in more than 1,000 animals from the community of Newton in 2017.

 

• Justin Schneider, who was named the Newton High School girls basketball coach.

 

• Harvey County 4H, which announced day camp at the fairgrounds.

 

• First Bank of Newton, which hosted the 15th annual cookout in Military Park.

 

• Sarah Lee Hill of Newton, who performed as part of a concert series at Norm's Coffee Bar downtown.

 

• Informed Women of Harvey County, which hosted a candidate forum for those challenging Rep. Ron Estes.

 

• Alex Moorman of the University of Iowa, for winning The Railer at Sand Creek Station.

 

• Enzo Bonventre of the Newton Rebels, who hit a pitch-hit home run in the eighth inning to give Newton a win over the Haven Warhawks.

 

• The Newton American Legion Senior Knights baseball team, for finishing the Hooper Showcase Tournament in third place.

 

• Ashtyn Wiebe, a Berean Academy graduate, who played in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Girls' All-Star Game at Salina.

 

• Kason O'Neal, a Halstead High School graduate, who played in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Boys' All-Star Game at Salina.