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

 

• Alyssa Campbell of Hutchinson, who at the age of 8 is competing in barbecue cook offs and participated in the Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival cook off.

 

• Leory Koehn, vice mayor for the city of Newton, and Chip Westfall, Harvey County Commissioner, who each participated in a series of meetings with leaders at the White House.

 

•  Tractor Supply Company, which is hosting a donation drive to support pets.

 

• Newton Public Library, which announced a Hispanic Heritage book discussion series.

 

• Jean Cook, who will host a workshop at Carriage Factory Gallery.

 

• Larry and Michelle Janzen of Newton, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

 

• Byron and Doreeen Hartzler of Wichita, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

 

• Bertha Steinle of Halstead, who turned 101.

 

• Ann Zerger and Chip Parker of Moundridge, who installed a piece of art on a section of reclaimed prairie northwest of Moundridge.

 

• Offender Victim Ministries, which announced a volunteer training program to support Neighborhood Accountability Boards in Harvey and McPherson Counties.

 

• MCC Central States in North Newton, which announced the annual MCC Flatlander Bike Ride will be Sept. 15.

 

• Newton High School fall sports teams, which opened practices for the fall sports season.

 

• Zach Bravo of the Newton Rebels, who was named to the National Baseball Congress All American Team as a pitcher.

 

• Area golfers who competed in league play at Wedgewood and Hesston golf courses.

 

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

 

• Brandon Cheeks, who was named assistant principal at the Santa Fe 5/6 Center.

 

• Organizers and volunteers who hosted the first ever Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival at Athletic Park and on Sand Creek.

 

• The Halstead Fire Department, which is offering free address markers to community members

 

• The Kansas Department of Transportation, which announced a project to renovate a bridge over U.S. 50 is entering its final phase.

 

• Barbara Mulvihill, who will give a presentation on genetic genealogy at the Newton Public Library.

 

• About 50 Newton High School students who attended a leadership workshop at Hesston College.

 

• Faith Manickam of Hesston, who was announced as the winner of a scholarship from Everence Financial.

 

• Harriel Mack of Newton, who was involved in a summer drama production at Emporia State University.

 

• Haly Hendricks of Newton, who was named a scholar-athlete by Maranatha University.

 

•  Trevor Regier of Newton, who was named the recipient of a scholarship from The University of Central Oklahoma College of Mathematics and Science.

 

• The city of Newton, for launching a community alert system that can send texts to residents who sign up for the service.

 

• Fall sports teams at Bethel College, for opening pracitices for the fall sports season.

 

• Chris Nachtigal, who was named athletic director at Hesston College.

 

• The Newton Nitros swim team, for winning the 2018 Missouri Valley Long Course Championships.

 

• Carol Holmes of Halstead, who started her 30th year as a classroom teacher at Bentley Primary School.

 

• St. Mary Catholic School, for adding security measures practiced by teachers before school opened.

 

• Bob Roberson, a Vietnam veteran, who was chosen for a Kansas Honor Flight later this year.

 

• KIPCOR, which hosted a community discussion about the Vietnam War.

 

• Konnie Beasant of Newton, who took ownership of the Whistle Stop Cafe in Walton.

 

• Cynthia Ebers, who was named associate chief nursing officer by Newton Medical Center.

 

• Comfort Care Homes of Newton and Health Ministries Clinic, which recently announced a partnership.

 

• Good Will Industries of Kansas, which announced expansion of online services.

 

• The Santa Barbara Foresters, who won the National Baseball Congress World Series.