CDDO to meet

The Board of Directors of the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) will hold its regular monthly meeting on at 4 p.m. April 17 in the meeting room at 500 N. Main Street, Suite 204, in Newton.


There will be opportunity for a public forum at the beginning of the meeting.


Kansan staff earn awards

For the third time in four years, Newton Kansan Editor Chad Frey has won first place in the Kansas Daily Div. II investigative story category of the Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence program. 

His winning entry for the 2016 year was "Pay Grade," a look at the salary schedule of the Harvey County Sheriff's Department that compared the department to not only the Newton Police Department, but area law enforcement agencies. Frey also placed third in the category with "Pay To Play," a story about the revenues and losses of the county parks department. Frey has now been awarded five awards in four years in the category. 

In addition, the Kansan news team consisting of Kelly Breckunitch, Jade Hudson, Patricia Middleton. Mark Schnabel and Frey were awarded first place in the series writing category for "Special Report: School Shutdown" which spent several days looking at the possible effects of a possible court ordered shutdown of public schools in 2016. 

Middleton was awarded second place in the feature writing category for "Surviving War," a story about a woman who grew up in Nazi Germany. "Newtonians Follow the Flush," a story about public tours of a new sewer facility written by Hudson, was awarded third place for news and writing excellence. A series by Frey for Child Abuse Awareness Month was awarded third place for series writing. His column, "Out of the Freying Pan" was awarded third place for column writing. 

Awards were given during a banquet April 8 in Topeka as part of the annual Kansas Press Association convention.