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

• Newton Medical Center surgical staff Emily Webb, Jeff Hansen, Ariel Smith, Marcos Campos and Kevin Miller who recently helped perform nearly 100 surgeries in a five-day span during a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

 

• City staff and owners of 519/520 N Main, who have been meeting to create a plan to repair the building after a portion of the eastern wall failed.

 

• KIPCOR, which announced the second film in a documentary film series.

 

• The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra, for opening their concert series with “Bartok to Beatles.”

 

• First Church of God in Newton, for celebrating its 100th anniversary this month.

 

• MCC Central States, for announcing the MCC Mobile Meat Canner dates in November.

 

• St. Mary Church, for announcing the St. Mary Festive Fall Fair.

 

• Prairie Fire residences, for announcing a grand opening Oct. 27 and ribbon cutting Oct. 25.

 

• Bethel College, for hosting Hesston High School's final regular season football game of 2018 when the Hesston football field became unplayable.

 

• Halstead High School football, for getting an overtime win to qualify for the state playoffs.

 

• Hesston High School football, for qualifying for the state playoffs.

 

• Moundridge High School football, for qualifying for the state playoffs.

 

• Peabody-Burns High School football, for qualifying for the state playoffs.

 

• Dennis Carter, who shot a hole-in-one at Wedgewood Golf Course.

 

• Hesston High School volleyball, for earning the No. 7 ranking in class 3A from the Kansas Volleyball Association.

 

• Halstead High School volleyball, for earning the No. 8 ranking in class 3A from the Kansas Volleyball Association.

 

• Sedgwick High School volleyball, for earning the No. 2 ranking in class 2A from the Kansas Volleyball Association.

 

• Area bowlers who competed in league play.

 

• Rep. Tim Hodge (North Newton) and candidate Steve Kelly (R-Newton), who participated in candidate forum at Kidron Bethel Village.

 

 

• School resource officer Brian Salmans and students at Newton High School who are resurrecting the SAFE driving program at the school.

 

• The Harvey County Parks department, for hosting the second annual “Haunted Forrest” at Harvey County West Park.

 

• The Newton Community for Racial Justice group, for announcing a community forum.

 

• Jason Reynolds of Newton, who spoke at Bethel College's Life Enrichment Series about the work of the Community Chaplain Response Team.

 

• Gavin Evans and Nicholas Krebs of Berean Academy, who were selected for the Kansas Music Educators Association Middle School Honor Band.

 

• Josh Bergman, Eli Regier, Joey Gile, Blake Crawford, Jonah Schloneger and John Mark Koontz of Newton High School who were selected for the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble.

 

• Area students who earned honors from colleges and universities.

 

• The Moundridge High School and Tabor College bands, which will combine for a concert Oct. 30.

 

• Hesston College, which announced enrollment from more than 20 different countries.

 

• Newton's Hometown Sears Store, which announced it is unaffected by the announcement that Sears is declaring bankruptcy.

 

• Harvey County East Park, which opened an area for archery hunting and was at capacity for the first weekend.

 

• Bethel basketball coaches Jason Artaz and Drew Johnson, who spoke at the Kansas Collegiate Conference media day about the upcoming basketball season.

 

• Bethel College men's soccer, for winning the team's first game under coach James Cottage.

 

• Mallory Seirer of Newton, for qualifying for the Kansas High School Activities Association Class 5A State Golf Championships.

 

• Newton High School volleyball, for winning the AV-CTL Div. I title.

 

• James O'Brien of Halstead High School, who was named the Area IV Assistant Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals.

 

• Hesston College, for hosting the upcoming TheatreFest for high school thespians.

 

• Katelyn Dorrell, a Newton native, who started her own publishing company.

 

• Matt Fuqua of Newton, who was named Chief Financial Officer of Prairie View.

 

• Jennifer Hamm of Newton Medical Center, who took on the role of director of business development.

 

• Quinn Rhodes and McKenzie Gillispie of Newton High School tennis, for claiming a medal at the KSHSAA Class 5A state tennis championships.

 

• Hesston High School tennis, for finishing second at the KSHSAA Class 3-2-1A state championships.