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

 

• Vicky Kessler of Moundridge, who led a knitting class that made 100 baby hats for infants headed home from McPherson Hospital.

 

• Nathan Carr of the Newton Public Library, who hosted an “Hour of Code” event for anyone wanting to learn how to begin computer coding.

 

• Midway Motors of Newton, for donating to the Newton High School athletic department to allow for free admission for about 400 fans at the high school's home basketball opener.

 

• Members of a Healthy Harvey workgroup dedicated to transportation who are working to launch a volunteer driver program in 2019.

 

• Leona Lehrman of Hesston, who is celebrating her 90th birthday.

 

• Bethel College, for hosting the annual Lighting of the Green.

 

• Hesston College, for announcing the 2019 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series.

 

• Grace Community Church, for announcing a prayer seminar.

 

• The Kansas Men's Mennonite Chorus, for announcing signups and two concerts for the 2019 season.

 

• Newton Police and USD 373 administration, for investigating a threat made against the high school.

 

• Moundridge High School girls basketball, which started the season 3-0 while hosting the Moundridge Classic.

 

• DesiRay Kernal of Newton High School girls basketball, who scored all of the team's fourth quarter points and 28 overall in a win against Goddard Eisenhower.

 

• Hesston High School basketball, for hosting the Hesston Classic.

 

• Area bowlers who competed in league play.

 

• Tami Lakey and Norm's, for starting an after school science, engineering and math program.

 

• The Newton Lions Club, for donating the cost of a computer to the after school program at Norm's Coffee.

 

• Austin Bollinger and Kory Barber of Hesston, who are having a friendly competition with Christmas lights each year.

 

• Chris Allen of Newton, who will present "Every Quilt Has a Story" will be presented at the Newton Public Library.

 

• The 2018 Charles Olson Scholarship recipients: Lillian Senn, Katelin Koehn, Alejandra Martinez, Madison Beasley, Joshua Kennell, Eli Regier, Alexander Barnett, Josue Coy Dick, Jakob Graber, Elijah Redington, Brandon Montgomery, Joey Gile, Jonah Schloneger, Gretchen Otter, Daisy Buller, Olivia Oller, Carter Grosse, John Mark Koontz, Daniel Buller, Zach Stenzel, Abby Chappell Deckert.

 

• Harriel Mack of Newton, who was part of an Emporia State drama production.

 

• Bethel College Jazz, for hosting a Christmas Gala concert.

 

• Tyson Bauerle of Hesston High School football, who was named to the coaching staff of the 46th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl.

 

• Randall Schmidt and Dante Texeria of Bethel College soccer, who were each named Daktronics NAIA Scholarship Athletes.

 

• Taylor Buessing of Bethel College volleyball, who was named a Daktronics NAIA Scholarship Athlete.

 

• Taylor Antonowich of Newton, who played in the NCAA Div. II National Volleyball Championships as a member of the Washburn University team.

 

• Goessel High School basketball, for hosting the Goessel Classic.

 

• Moundridge High School basketball, for hosting the Moundridge Classic.

 

• Volunteers who packaged boxes of Christmas goodies to be sent to the 161st Field Artillery Unit National Guard of Newton currently stationed in Kuwait.

 

• The Newton Area American Association of University Women, for hosting Loren Belew, outreach coordinator with International Rescue Committee.

 

• Bethel College Women's Association, the Harvey County Historical Society, Warkentin House, Kauffman Museum and the Carriage Factory Gallery for hosting the annual Five Places of Christmas.

 

• Prairie View, for announcing a grant to help train law enforcement to deal with persons dealing with a mental health issue.

 

• The Newton Home Educator's Association, for hosting an open house and a production of “Charlie Brown Christmas” by the eighth grade drama class.

 

• The Newton Lions Club, for hosting the annual Parade of Lights.

 

• Midtown Venue, for hosting the first ever Hometown Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair.

 

• Shawn “Elvis” Wilson, who opened Halstead Barber Shop.

 

• Susan Lovelle, MD, who announced her retirement.

 

• The Peabody Community Foundation, for hosting a Giving Tuesday event at Peabody-Burns High School.

 

• Kidron Bethel Village, which earned a zero deficiency rating from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

 

• Hesston College women's basketball, for snapping a 10 game losing streak.

 

• Colin Bybee, Grant Treaster, Dante Harper and Wyatt Hendrickson of Newton High School wrestling, who each own a weight class title at the Valley Center December Pools Tournament.