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

 

• Dusty Spaulding, a gym owner in Kansas city and Emporia, and Chris Rangel of Newton who are combining to bring a mixed martial arts event to Newton.

 

• Michelle Crist of Newton, who organized a garden group to discuss new techniques and form a seed exchange.

 

• Members of the Sedgwick community who came together to install new playground equipment at Sedgwick's R.L. Wright Elementary School.

 

• Meals on Wheels and Newton Medical Center, which are combining for a fundraising box lunch event on Valentine's Day.

 

• KIPCOR, which announced the next film in the organization's film series — “More than a Word.”

 

• The King's Singers, which performed for the Hesston Bethel Performing Arts Series.

 

• Newton Fire/EMS, who responded to a structure fire during a cold snap.

 

• First Mennonite Church of Halstead, which announced a fundraising vereneke meal.

 

• Keith Sprunger, who will give a presentation at the library on student protests at Bethel College in the 1960s.

 

• Newton High School boys basketball, for defeating the Derby Panthers for the third time this season, and winning at Derby for the first time in several years.

 

• Newton High School boys bowling, for posting the highest score of the season during a meet at Derby.

 

• Carlye Anderson of Flip-Flop Shop gymnastics, who competed in Las Vegas, winning the open optional all-around title, the vault and floor exercises.

 

• Bethel College softball, which is preparing to open the 2019 season with four seniors who own 23 team records.

 

• Area bowlers who competed in league play.

 

• Florence Schloneger, who will speak to the relationship between land and people during Bethel College Life Enrichment this week.

 

• SafeHope, which hosted training on immigration services.

 

• First-grade teachers at Slate Creek Elementary, for hosting a career day that included hands-on activities for students.

 

• Erica Stevens of Newton, for opening Bella Veil Bridal Boutique in downtown Newton.

 

• Bethanie Francis of Sedgwick, who was named homecoming queen by Wichita State University.

 

• Emily Peaney, Wyatt Hendrickson, Kaete Schmidt, Matt Seirer, Jeana Lyons and Marco (Tony) Aramburu of Newton High School, who were each named to the winter homecoming court.

 

• Newton High School bowling, for finishing off the home portion of their 2019 schedule.

 

• Berean Academy basketball, for sweeping rival Sedgwick in league play.

 

• Halstead High School girls basketball, for defeating rival Hesston in league play.

 

• Mackenzie Miller of Hesston College, who is the first “bridge year” program student for the school and is spending the year studying in China.

 

• Newton High School drama, which produced the show “Almost, Maine,” using a rotating stage.

 

• Melinda Rangel and the Newton High School Career and Technical Education program, for announcing the Building Bridges event at the school.

 

• The Harvey County Commission, which chose to not charge annual park usage fees at county parks.

 

• Judy Welfelt, who was named as speaker for a meeting of the Newton Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

• The VITA tax program at Newton Public Library, which began helping with tax filings.

 

• Austin Prouty of Newton, who assisted in the creation of the exhibit “Campaign for a New China” at Kauffman Muesli as part of a group of Bethel College students who curated the exhibit.

 

• Denise Duerksen of Newton, who was elected as president of the Harvey County United Way Board.

 

• Melinda Newell and Becky Nickel, who were each added to the staff of the Central Kansas Community Foundation.

 

• The Tortoise Gallery of Halstead, which moved into a storefront on Main Street in Halstead and will share the space with Halstead Floral.

 

• Mom Cave Designs, which is moving to a Main Street location in Halstead.

 

• Henry's Chase, which is opening a location on Main Street in Halstead.

 

• Caleb Farmer of Remington High School wrestling, who won his weight class at the Circle Invitational.

 

• Braylen Brewer of Bethel College track, who set a school record in the men's indoor 200 meter dash.

 

• Hesston College Baseball, which opened the season with a roadtrip to Texas.