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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,, and enter your contact information along with your specific notification preferences.

Tax Credits are available again this year through the NetWork Kansas Partner Grant Program. Donors will receive a 75% state income tax credit for every dollar. Donors could also receive a federal and state tax deduction and should consult their individual tax specialist to determine the amount of any deductions. The Norton County E-Community loan fund will retain 10% of all tax credits sold to Norton County residents to provide seed capital to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Norton County and for funds to promote the program. There are limited tax credits available until December 18th. Questions may be directed to the Norton City/County Economic Development office at 785-874-4816 or

The Norton City-Wide Clean-Up is scheduled for Monday - Wednesday, October 19, 20 and 21. Details are available here.

Norton Area Chamber of Commerce upcoming events

Several ribbon cuttings will soon be scheduled. Check back for those dates and times.

Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 to 7pm - After Hours Event at United Northwest Kansas Federal Credit Union. The public is invited to attend this informal event. Refreshments will be  served. Come meet the staff and pick up financial literacy information available and staff on hand to answer questions.

October is National Physical Therapy Month and to show their appreciation to their patients and the community the Norton County Hospital Physical Therapy Department will hold an Open House on Thursday, October 15th from 11am-1pm.  The public is welcome to stop by to see the facility, meet members of the department and enjoy cookies, punch or tea.  The Physical Therapy Department is located on the lower level of the hospital. If you are unfamiliar with their location, use any entrance and ask for directions to the Physical Therapy Department.

You are cordially invited to attend an educational workshop, Social Security Planning, on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm at the Norton Public Library Community Room. Space is limited so call now to reserve your seat (785.877.3341) Presented by: Tim Moomey, Certified Financial Planner and First State Bank Investment Center. Learn the answers to your questions.

The Norton Lions Club Pancake Feed will be on Saturday, October 24 from 7am - 1pm at the Norton Senior Citizens Center. Pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee will be served. Freewill donations accepted.  

The Colby Community College Student Government is sponsoring a 5k Color Run in Colby on October 24th. The flyer with details and registration information is available here.

Saturday, October 24 (5pm - 7pm) the First United Methodist Church will hold their annual Homestyle Chicken & Noodle Dinner in Fellowship Hall. The flyer can be viewed here.

The Norton County Arts Council has 2 events scheduled in October: Saturday, October 24 OCTOBER FEST at the David & Charlotte Kindall Farm, north of West Hwy 36 ( children 12 yrs at up, adults $5.00 / children 11 and under $2.00) AND Friday and Saturday, October 30 -31st, 8:30 pm to midnight HAUNTED FIELD MAZE-FIELD OF SCREAMS (children 12 yrs and up / adults $7.00.

Free Estate Planning Seminar to be held on Saturday, October 31st. Details are available here.  

A Halloween Home Based Business & Craft Expo will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 10am - 3pm at the Norton National Guard Armory. Vendors needed - call Cynthia at 785.202.1139. The public is invited to attend!

First Impressions is a program funded through the Dane G Hansen Foundation that asks three members of a community to visit another community and offer their opinions of the town. Almena, Lenora, and Norton have all taken part in this program and narratives of the results are available here: Almena, Lenora, Norton. PowerPoint presentations for each of the communities are too large to upload, but paper or electronic copies can be obtained at the Norton City/County Economic Development office, or by calling 785.874.4816, or email

The City of Lenora has a 1906 Truss Leg Bedstead Bridge (0S125) to give away. Located in Larrick Park in Lenora, this historic  bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The steel bridge is 64 ft long and 17 ft wide, is in fair condition but currently has no deck. Anyone interested in the bridge would be responsible for all work and expense to relocate the bridge, as well as coordination with the Kansas Historical Society to meet their requirements. Serious inquiries may be made to the City of Lenora, 125 E Washington, Lenora, KS 67645, or call 785-567-4860. Click here for photos of the bridge.

The Norton County Small Business Incubator, located at 104 S State Street, is now available for lease. An entrepreneur or start-up business may qualify to lease the space at a reduced monthly rate for a period of time not to exceed 2 years, during which the entrepreneur or business owner is required to coordinate with Norton City/County Economic Development (NCCED) to develop a business plan and work toward opening the business. Questions should be directed to NCCED at 785.874.4816 or

Norton Public Library events for the week of October 12th

LEGO Club for Kids will be held on Monday, October 12th from 4-5pm. Come to the library to see the LEGO creations on display.  

"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library on Tuesday, October 6th at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.

The first Chess Club for Kids meeting of the school year will be held at the library on Tuesday, October 6, 4:00-5:00 pm. Come join the fun!

"It's All About the Books Book Club" will meet Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm in the Norton Public Library Community Room. The club will discuss The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. All adults are welcome to attend.

Preschool Storytime will be held at the library on Thursday, October 15th at 10:30 am. The library staff will be sharing snacks, stories, songs, games, and a craft about "Fall Leaves." Cone join the swirling, twirling fun!   

A new program for kids will begin in November. The first meeting of the Art Club for Kids will be held at the library on Wednesday, November 4th from 4-5:00pm.

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 are still available for the 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

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Chamber of Commerce/
Travel and Tourism

Darla Beasley,
Executive Director
205 S State Street
Norton, KS 67654

Norton City/County
Economic Development

Scott Sproul,
Executive Director
205 S State Street
Norton, KS  67654
785.874.4817 (fax)