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.
Almena's 2014 Fall Craft/Vendor Fair will be Saturday, November 1st from 10am to 2pm in the Almena Community Building. A list of vendors and information about the lunch stand are available here.
The 23rd Annual Norton Long-Spur Chapter Pheasants Forever Banquet will be Friday, November 7. Details are available here.
Norton's Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8, at the following locations:
Norton County Arts Council - 4-H Building and Norton Armory from 9am to 4pm
Norton Genealogical Society - Eisenhower School
Vendors will also be at the Norton Senior Center and the American Legion.
The November Business in the Spotlight features Garden Gate Florals, Etc / Garden Gate Greenhouse. A copy of the article is available here.
The Norton County E-Community is offering a business opportunity for an entrepreneur with skills and experience in Web Development and Design. Earlier this year, representatives from key businesses and organizations in Norton County coordinated with the Kansas Department of Commerce in the Local Technology Planning Pilot Program. Norton was one of four communities that participated in this program with the goal of prioritizing and advancing local opportunities in the growing digital economy. Broadband technology plays a critical role in fostering economic development and job creation. Community stakeholders worked through a strategic process that determined Norton County has extensive broadband coverage with great speed, but the county is lacking in the support for businesses' online presence. Many businesses need websites and want help with marketing through social media.
Details about this opportunity are available here.
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.
Tax credits are now available through the Norton County E-Community Fund and the NetWork Kansas Partner Grant Program. Read on...
Norton Public Library events: Week of November 3rd
Chess Club for kids will be held on Monday, November 3rd from from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Norton Public Library. An after-school snack will be provided.
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library Tuesday, November 4th at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Bridge for adults will be held on Wednesday, November 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the library community room. Everyone is welcome!
Preschool Story-time will be held at the library on Thursday, November 6th at 10:30 am. The library staff will be sharing stories, songs, and a craft about "Turkeys.". Come join the gobbling fun!
The Norton Public Library will be celebrating Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week November 16-22. Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all young children. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen title during a selected week and month. The program is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas. The featured book this year is, Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas. During the week the Norton Public Library will be sponsoring a "Pajama Night" on Monday, November 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for preschool - 2nd grade children. Children are asked to come in their pajamas and each child may bring a favorite pillow or stuffed animal. The night will feature the book Is Everyone Ready for Fun? and will include other stories, activities, a craft, and a bedtime snack.
Upcoming November Closings at the Norton Public Library: The library will be closed Tuesday, November 11th, in honor of Veteran's Day. The library will also be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from noon on Wednesday, November 26th, through Saturday, November 29th. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 1st, at 10:00 am.
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.