Norton County has a new emergency notification system called CivicReady. This Interactive Emergency Preparedness and Notification Solution is a great tool that will allow Norton County to communicate with citizens quickly and efficiently before, during and after an emergency. Citizens can be reached through the website, email, SMS, voice calls and social media platforms. FEMA-sourced emergency preparedness content is easily accessible to citizens to keep our community informed in the event of an emergency. Please log-on to the website now, http://ks-nortoncounty.civicready.com/, and enter your contact information along with your specific notification preferences.
NORTON COUNTY LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS need to apply for 2012 and 2013 Livestock Forage Program (LFP) now. Call 785.877.5156 now for an appointment (you must call before September 15, 2014 Click here for a flier that tells you what you need to bring to your appointment.
The Norton Farmers Market is now open from 8am - 11am Saturdays in the Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy 36 across from ShopKo. Vendors are wanted! Click here for the flier with all the details.
The Jr Jays (Pride of Kansas Football League) game schedules are available here: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade.
The Norton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Party on the Bricks in downtown Norton on Saturday, August 23rd from 8am - 2pm. Details can be found here.
The 6th Annual Smokin' in the Barn BBQ & Smokin' Challenge will be Friday/Saturday, August 22nd and 23rd. Here is the Flier, Entry Form, Rules in printable PDF format. Copies are also available at the Norton Chamber office, or by contacting John Carlin (785.877.2262) or Tony Grysch (785.871.7871). **The CCRG BBQ Committee has announced there will be no extra charge for the concert - it will be free. Admission to the dinner is $10.
The Kansas Small Business Development Center at Fort Hays State University recently launched a free online business planning tool. The "Business Plan Tool" is an impressive online resource to assist individuals in developing a business plan as they prepare to start a business, expand a business, apply for financing, prepare to sell their business, or to redefine their organization and company goals. The Press Release with all the details can be found here.
9th Annual U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt -400 Mile Border-To-Border Garage Sale
Deadline: Noon on August 29, 2014
The 9th Annual U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 19-21. This is a 400-mile treasure hunt across Kansas on U.S. Hwy 36.
To be listed on the map, the U.S. 36 Association website, ushwy36.com, and DiscoverNorton.com, contact the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 785.877.2501 or e-mail email@example.com by noon, August 29th. There will be a $5 charge to cover printing and distribution. Maps will be available in Norton at the National Guard Armory and at Water Tower Park on West HWY 36 all three days. Maps will also be available on six different websites. Vendors must contact the landowners for space availability and cost. Non Profit Clubs and Organizations can be clustered in Water Tower Park. Contact Tara Vance at the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Norton Public Library events: Week of August 18th
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library Tuesday, August 19 at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Preschool storytime will be held at the library on Thursday, August 21. The library staff will be sharing stories, songs, games, and a craft about "Robots." Come join the fun.
Thanks to all who participated in the Summer Reading Program, "Fizz, Boom, Read." Please continue to read, read, read!
Are you looking for information about local businesses? The Norton County Business Directory is now on-line and available under the Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development tabs.
Bricks still available for Norton Veteran's Memorial: The Norton Veteran’s Memorial, located on west Highway 36 in Water Tower Park, was dedicated in May, 2012. A granite memorial stone was erected and the memorial includes paving bricks etched with veteran’s names, military branch and years of service. Bricks can still be purchased to honor Norton’s Veterans. Contact Gary or Carol Erlenbusch at 785-877-5611, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.