Northern Valley schools is accepting applications for a High School Secretary/Treasurer. Competitive wage, four-day school week, supportive community, plus $400 per month toward a board approved health insurance. Please find an application on the school website, www.nvhuskies.org, or stop by the district office at 512 W Bryant in Almena, KS for an application. Questions may be directed to Ken Tharman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (785) 669-2445.USD 212 Northern Valley
Northern Valley Schools (USD 212) is accepting applications for the position of Board Clerk. Applications can be found at www.nvhuskies.org on the right hand side of the website. Position responsibilities include working with budgets, human resources, policies, procedures, etc. Working with Apta Fund/Fund Accounting software is preferred but not mandatory. Only self-motivated, team players with a "can-do" attitude need apply.USD 212 Northern Valley
The Norton County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for a part-time Dispatcher. Successful candidate must have computer knowledge and experience, with good communication skills. Candidate must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, with no felony or certain misdemeanor convictions. Dispatchers work an 8 hour shift. Coverage of other shifts will be required at certain times. Dispatch duties include but not limited to computer use in dispatch systems,Norton County Sheriff
Important Recruitment Information for this vacancy:Job Posting closes: Open until filledDocuments uploaded by: Job posting ID: 198545Norton Correctional Facility PO Box 546Norton, KS 67654About the Position:Who can apply: ExternalClassified/Unclassified Service: UnclassifiedFull/Part-time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularWork Schedule: 8:00am – 4:30pm M-FEligible to Receive Benefits: YesVeterans’ Preference Eligible: YesCompensation:Annual Salary Range: $25,688.00-$36,171.20Hourly Pay Range:Norton Correctional Facility
Important Recruitment Information for this vacancy:Job Posting closes: Open until FilledDocuments uploaded by: Job posting ID: 198546Norton Correctional Facility PO Box 546Norton, KS 67654About the Position:Who can apply: ExternalClassified/Unclassified Service: UnclassifiedFull/Part-time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularWork Schedule: 8:00am – 4:30pm M-FEligible to Receive Benefits: YesVeterans’ Preference Eligible: YesCompensation:Annual Salary Range: $29,744.00 to $41,870.40Hourly Pay Range: $14.30Norton Correctional Facility
Norton County Hospital will have a full-time opportunity mid-July for a Patient Access Representative in our Physical Therapy department. Duties include scheduling and registering patients, collecting accurate insurance information, collecting co-pays and other payments, maintaining patient charts and related paperwork, preparing exam rooms and patient areas, and direct customer service with patients and community. This position is scheduled 40 hours a week Monday through Friday. Must have excellentNorton County Hospital
KANSASLAND TIRE – Norton has immediate openings for a Certified Mechanic/Alignment Technician and a General Service Technician. We are looking for energetic people to join our team. We offer many benefits such as “Blue Cross/Blue Shield” health insurance, 401k retirement, uniforms, life insurance policy, vacation pay, holiday pay, just to name a few. We will also train the right person for the right job. Stop by Kansasland Tire east of Norton, north of the viaduct, to pick up an application. You can find usKansasland Tire Company, Inc.
Gall Motor/New Look Body Shop in Norton Kansas is seeking an auto body repair technician / painter for an immediate full time opening. Experience is preferred. New Look Body Shop has up-to-date modern equipment. If you are looking for a friendly, down-to-earth working environment, call Brad at 785-871-0185 or email resume to email@example.com. Hours Monday–Friday 8-5.New Look Paint & Body Shop
Norton County Hospital has an employment opportunity for a full time Maintenance staff in our Engineering Department. This position assists with grounds keeping, maintenance, upkeep and repair of the building. On-the-job training is provided in areas such as climate control, plumbing, water, natural gas, electrical, mechanical, medical gas, communications, carpentry, painting, plastering, refinishing, and facility equipment. This position will share in the on-call schedule for the department. PreviousNorton County Hospital
Valley Hope of Norton is looking for a full-time Counselor to join our team. Counselors provide individual and group counseling, therapeutic intervention, develops, revises, and implements treatment plans in cooperation with patients to assist them in remaining substance-free and performs assessments of patients’ needs, motivations, and backgrounds. Please apply online at www.valleyhope.org/careers.Valley Hope of Norton
USD 211 is looking for bus drivers (a 9-month position with a single health plan included) and substitute drivers to drive daily routes before and after school. USD 211 will pay for all testing necessary to be able to become licensed. For more information contact Jim Jackson at 785-871-1319. Applications are available at the Unified Office, 105 E Waverly. USD 211 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.USD 211
Roger's Disposal Service in Norton, Kansas has a full-time employment opportunity as a Refuse Truck Driver. Must be self-motivated with a valid driver's license. Sign on Bonus offered. Excellent start-up wage with increase after six months. Benefit package includes health insurance. Pre-employment drug screen is required. Call (785) 877-3650 or pick up an application at F&F Iron & Metal Company, 514 Washington in Norton.Roger's Disposal Service
Northern Valley schools is seeking candidates for the following positions for the 2021-22 school year: FACS TeacherMusic/Band TeacherComputer Teacher We are a four day / week school with a supportive community. Base salary is $33,500 plus $400 / month toward a board approved health insurance. Please find an application on the school website, www.nvhuskies.org or stop by the district office at 512 W Bryant, Almena. If you have questions, please contact Ken Tharman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (785)USD 212 Northern Valley
Nex-Tech is looking for an energetic, career driven person to join a cohesive, supportive team environment with the opportunity for growth! Our Engineering Technician prepare, update, and maintain construction sheets, maps, cable records, and other plant records for outside plant facilities. Duties will include splicing and testing of copper and fiber-optic cable for new and restoration projects, completion of cost-studies of proposed construction plans to determine feasibility of projects, and inspectionNex-Tech Communications, LLC
RMA Engineering is seeking a Senior Civil (Municipal) Engineer for their office in Norton, Kansas. Job Functions: Business development and marketing for NW Kansas and SW Nebraska regionVisit clients on regular basis to maintain relationshipsSupervise other technicians as requiredExperience with municipal engineering including water, wastewater, storm water, streets, residential developments, rate studies, funding mechanisms and regulatory agenciesHigh level of communication skills Job Requirements: BSRMA Engineering LLC
The Norton County Road and Bridge department is taking applications for an Equipment Operator. Experience is preferred but we are willing to train. Valid CDL is required within first 90 days of employment. We offer paid health insurance, paid vacation/sick days, holidays, and KPERS retirement. Employees are subject to random drug/alcohol testing. Applications can be picked up at 15590 W Washington St in Norton, by calling (785) 877-5740 or email email@example.com. Applications are accepted untilNorton County Road & Bridge
F&F Iron & Metal Co. has a full time career opportunity in our scrap metal operation for a Yard Laborer. Must have a good work history and have the ability to work in a safe expedite manner. Pre-employment drug screen is required. Job descriptions and applications may be picked up in person at: F&F Iron & Metal Co. 514 W. Washington Norton, KS 67654 785.877.3830F&F Iron & Metal Co.
Norton County is accepting applications for the position of Road & Bridge Supervisor. Applicant must be knowledgeable in equipment and road maintenance; possess strong management and communication skills; able to work with the public and organize the day to day operations of the county road department and awareness of the budget operations. The responsibilities will also include attending County Commission meetings and advising the Board of County Commissioners on maintenance of county roads and bridges andNorton County Road & Bridge
Husky Hogs, LLC of Long Island, KS is looking for a full time Outside Maintenance Technician. Experience must include welding, plumbing and basic electrical. Candidate must be self-motivated and a team player. We offer excellent benefits, including health insurance, sign-on bonus, safety and longevity bonus. Must pass pre-employment drug screening and background check. If you are looking to join a team-oriented working environment, with a strong Company Culture and growth opportunity, we may be the fitHusky Hogs LLC
Start a career in one of the fastest growing industries in the nation! Aramark Correctional Services is accepting applications for immediate openings as Food Service Worker. We are seeking individuals with food service/retail experience, supervising offenders in the preparation and serving of meals. We offer a competitive starting hourly pay rate and paid holidays, as well as health insurance plans and vacation time (for full time employees). A background check is required for the position. A drugNorton Correctional Facility
Norton County Hospital has a full time employment opportunity in our Dietary Department. This position is afternoon/evening hours (11:00 am-7:30 pm) and will be scheduled every other weekend. Duties include helping with lunch and preparing supper as well as department cleaning. Dietary staff have rotating weekend and holiday shifts which include additional pay for those shifts. Benefits include paid time off, KPERS retirement, life and long-term disability insurance, BCBS health insurance and a varietyNorton County Hospital
The Eagles lodge is accepting applications for a Cook / Kitchen Manager position to start as soon as possible. Successful candidate must be able to perform all phases of meal preparation and serving, as well as be knowledgeable about kitchen cleanliness and organization. The Eagles is currently service evening meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but hop to add Monday or Friday to the schedule. Pay will depend upon experience, and as our business grows pay may increase as well. Contact Dean LiddleEagles Aerie - Auxiliary #3288
Homestead Nutrition is accepting applications for an Assistant Cook at the Norton Senior Meal Site. Hours are Mon-Fri 10a - 1pm. No evenings, weekends, or major holidays. Vacation/sick/paid holidays offered. Call 1-800-432-7422 for more information. EOE(Community Member)
Valley Hope of Norton has an exciting opportunity for an experienced RN or LPN to join our dedicated and passionate team! For over 50 years, Valley Hope has specialized in providing addiction treatment and recovery services to those in need. We meet our clients where they are with love, compassion and respect, and guide them towards a journey of Recovery. This is the Valley Hope Way! Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact, conquering addiction one patientValley Hope of Norton
Norton County Hospital has a full-time position for an RN or LPN in our Norton Medical Clinic. The position will be full-time Monday through Friday, with 8-10 hours daily between 8am and 6pm, and will participate in the Saturday morning schedule rotation, no holidays. NCH offers competitive pay and opportunity to advance. Our benefit package includes Paid Time Off, BCBS health insurance, other supplemental insurances, and KPERS retirement, life insurance, and disability. Applications can be picked up atNorton County Hospital
The Andbe Home is looking for a self-motivated person to be part of the Resident Activity Department. A CNA Certification and a valid driver's license are required. This position will include providing activities, both group and one-to-one, with the residents, taking van runs, writing reports, and organizing large and small events. If you like to create, organize and provide care, you are the person needed. Full benefit package, drug screen and background check required. Apply at the Andbe Home, 201 WAndbe Home, Inc.
Valley Hope of Norton is looking for a PRN Patient Care Aide to assist the nursing staff in providing care to patients, assist patients with everyday needs, and recording vitals. Shift Differential included. Please apply online at www.valleyhope.org/careers.Valley Hope of Norton
High Plains Mental Health Center currently has a full time position opening at our Phillipsburg Branch Office Location for a CBS/CSS Recovery Specialist. The Recovery Specialist’s work focuses primarily on providing patients and their families with medically necessary services designed to reduce their symptoms and improve functioning in home, school/work, and community settings. Qualifications for this position include at least (1) a BA/BS degree or be equivalently qualified by work experience or aHigh Plains Mental Health Center
Norton County Hospital has a full-time employment opportunity for a Medical Technologist in our Laboratory department. Applicant should be an MT or MLT with an ASCP certification or eligible for certification. New graduates are encouraged to apply. Normal schedule is 36-40 hours per week with rotating on-call schedule for nights, weekends and holidays. Applicant must be organized, detail-oriented, have excellent communication, customer service and computer skills, and be able to multi-task. Full TimeNorton County Hospital
Norton County Hospital has a full time employment opportunity for a Scrub Tech/Operating Room Technician. Previous healthcare experience preferred and training is available for this position. Primary responsibilities for Operating Room Technician include but not limited to assisting with pre-operative cleaning of surgery equipment, assisting with cleaning and preparing operating room between patients, restocking surgical supplies, and maintaining clean work area.Primary responsibilities for ScrubNorton County Hospital
The Andbe Home is seeking full-time Housekeepers for Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 6am to 2pm shift. Differential pay, Holiday rotation and weekend incentive pay applicable. Successful applicant must be a reliable individual and willing to learn. Under new management. At this time, please call for an application (785) 877-2601 or more information. We can also mail or email an application or meet you at the door to give you one. 201 W Crane in Norton. .Andbe Home, Inc.
Norton County Hospital has a full-time or part-time employment opportunity in our Environmental Services department. Environmental Services staff are responsible for cleaning all areas of the hospital, clinic and facilities. The full-time position is scheduled 8-hour shifts and has rotating weekend and holiday schedules which include differential pay. Shift start times will vary based on duties assigned. Part-time shifts will vary. Benefit package includes paid time off (PTO); BCBS health insurance; andNorton County Hospital
USD 211 is accepting applications for a Custodian at Eisenhower Elementary School. This is a full-time position with 44 hours per week. A single health insurance plan is provided. Sick leave and vacation days are included. Contact the Unified Office at 105 E. Waverly, or call (785) 877-3386 for an application.USD 211
Norton County Hospital has an immediate, full-time career opportunity for a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW). The LSCSW will provide quality clinical behavioral health services including comprehensive diagnostic behavioral health assessments, interventions, education, advocacy, referrals and consultations primarily for patients of Norton Medical Clinic. Candidate will also provide services for Norton County Hospital and community partners, as needed. Responsibilities include, but areNorton County Hospital
Valley Hope Association is seeking an IS-System Administrator to be responsible for providing and managing a reliable computing system infrastructure for the working environment. This position would also be responsible for maintaining, upgrading, monitoring, optimizing, troubleshooting, and supporting systems including computer and servers systems, hardware, approved business software, network, and telecommuting systems. Please apply online at www.valleyhope.org/careers.Valley Hope Association
Valley Hope Association is looking for an IS-Tech Support Analyst to join our team. This position would provide technical support in a professional manner and maintain goodwill, cooperation, and productive relationships; communicates effectively to convey complex technical information to general users; maintains a high level of end-user satisfaction. Please apply online at www.valleyhope.org/careers.Valley Hope Association
Interested in joining a growing manufacturing company? Natoma Manufacturing, LLC is a growing CNC manufacturing company looking for talented people to join our family. Previous experience is preferred, but not required.Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions:Produce quality machined component parts by operating/maintaining computer numerical control (CNC) machinesRead and understand blueprints Measure components with precision inspection equipmentVisually inspect components for defectsDocumentNatoma Manufacturing, LLC
New Age is seeking applications to fill openings for Full-Time Welders. This job is located in Norton, KS. Experience is preferred, but not required. We are always willing to train motivated individuals with the right aptitude in industrial production work. Applicant must have mathematics skills and the ability to calculate various measurements. EOE. Job Responsibilities:-Assemble and Weld Aluminum Extrusion and Sheet Metal Parts Per Drawing/Prints-Work Both Independently & With Teammates onNew Age Industrial Corporation, Inc.
Interested in joining a growing manufacturing company? Natoma Manufacturing, LLC is a growing CNC manufacturing company looking for talented people to join our family. Previous experience is preferred, but not required.Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions:Conduct in-process and setup inspections in relation to all standards of presentation and quality Read and understand blueprints Measure components with precision inspection equipmentVisually inspect components for defectsDocument results NatomaNatoma Manufacturing, LLC
New Age is seeking applicants to fill openings for Full-Time Fabricators in the Sheet Metal shop. This job is located in Norton, KS. Experience is preferred, but not required. We are always willing to train motivated individuals with the right aptitude in industrial production work. Applicant must have mathematics skills and the ability to calculate various measurements. EOE. Job Responsibilities:-Work primarily in the sheet metal side of the Fabrication Department-Work with late model flat & coiled sheetNew Age Industrial Corporation, Inc.
The Norton Telegram currently has a position available for a part-time Sports Reporter to cover high school sports for the Norton Bluejays and the Northern Valley Huskies. The Sports Reporter must be able to provide photos and stories in a timely manner. For more information about this position, please contact Dana Paxton at (785) 877-3361.The Norton Telegram
The Norton County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for a Full-Time Dispatcher. Successful candidate must have computer knowledge and experience, with good communication skills. Candidate must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, with no felony or certain misdemeanor convictions. Dispatchers work an 8 hour shift which, when full staffed, will be 6 days on and 3 days off. Coverage of other shifts will be required at certain times. Dispatch duties include but notNorton County Sheriff
Norton County Hospital has a full-time career opportunity for a Sonographer. Candidate must be ARDMS registered or eligible for registry. New graduates welcome to apply. Prefer strong OB/GYN sonography abilities, as well as RVT and RDCS registered or eligible for registry. Great opportunity to work in the Radiology department which offers general radiology, CT, ultrasound and mammography. Benefit package includes Paid Time Off; BCBS health insurance; variety of supplemental insurances; and KPERSNorton County Hospital
USD 211 is seeking applicants for the following coaching positions:High School Football Assistant CoachHigh School Track Assistant CoachHigh School Wrestling Head Coach and Assistant CoachHigh School Tennis Head Coach and tentatively Assistant CoachHigh School Volleyball Assistant CoachHigh School Girls Basketball Assistant CoachJunior High Football Assistant CoachJunior High Track Assistant CoachJunior High tentative Wrestling positionJunior High Volleyball Assistant CoachJunior High GirlsUSD 211
ANDBE HOME has a full-time Laundry position. Hours are 6 am to 2 pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Differential pay, Incentive pay and Holiday rotation applicable. Must be reliable and willing to learn. Please call for an application at this time (785) 877-2601 or for more information. We can mail or email you an application, or meet you at the door to give you one. .Andbe Home, Inc.
Work from home scheduling in-person and/or video appointments. $10 per hour + bonus. Must be personable, self-starting and a people person. Computer and internet access is all you need to get started. Interested? Contact Insurance Central in Norton, (785) 202-5008Insurance Central
Mindy's Magical Playhouse is now hiring! We have an open position for a part-time Childcare Provider. Must be 18 years of age and be able to pass a background check. Please contact Hannah Sproul, Director, at (785) 664-4020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Mindy's Magical Playhouse
GUARDIAN HOME HEALTH is currently hiring for part-time in home care positions – CNA/Home Health Aide, RN/LPN, Physical and Occupational Therapy position in Norton County as well as other counties in Northwest Kansas. Details can be viewed here.Guardian Home Health LLC
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES OF NORTHWEST KANSAS (DSNWK) is hiring a full-time and part-time substitute Personal Assistants at the Frontier Development Center in Norton. Must be dependable, caring and willing to work with those with disabilities. Submit applications and see benefits online at www.dsnwk.applicants.com/careers/. Call Mary at 785-877-5154 for more information.Developmental Services of NWKS
NORTON COUNTY HOSPITAL has a full-time career opportunity for an RN to join our healthcare team. This position is 12-hour night shifts, with rotating weekends and holiday schedule. This position will work with acute, skilled and intermediate levels of patient care as well as in labor and delivery. NCH offers competitive salaries with benefit package including Paid Time Off, BCBS health insurance, and KPERS retirement, life insurance, and disability.Applications can be picked up at the Hospital AdmissionsNorton County Hospital
NORTON COUNTY HOSPITAL has PRN positions available for RNs and CNAs to join our healthcare team. The PRN assignments would be a variety of 12-hour nursing shifts. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a progressive, rural hospital.Applications can be picked up at the Hospital Admissions Desk, requested by email from email@example.com, or printed from our website’s Employment Opportunities page at www.ntcohosp.com. Please return to Human Resources or Heather Saville, Director of Nursing, NortonNorton County Hospital
Norton County Hospital has a full-time position available for a CNA or Certified Medical Assistant in the Norton Medical Clinic. Primary responsibilities include assisting providers, collecting vital statistics and reason for patient visit, and maintaining the electronic medical record for patients. Opportunity for on-the-job training as a Scribe as well. Normal schedule is Monday-Friday during Clinic hours. Our benefit package includes Paid Time Off, BCBS health insurance, other supplemental insurance,Norton County Hospital
The Andbe Home is seeking out special, dedicated nurses to enrich our team in caring for the elderly. Three shifts to choose from with shift and weekend differential offered. Full-time or part-time positions available. Flexible scheduling available. Great benefit package for those that qualify; drug screen and background check required. Apply at Andbe Home, 201 W Crane, Norton, Kansas or contact us at (785) 877-2601 to have an application mailed/emailed.Andbe Home, Inc.
WHISPERING PINES RETIREMENT and ASSISTED LIVING is now accepting applications for full time CNAs for all shifts. If you are interested in providing care for the elderly, please contact Whispering Pines as soon as possible. Whispering Pines offers competitive wages, holiday pay, overtime pay, meals and vacation. Applications can be obtained by stopping by the facility on West Hwy 36, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Whispering Pines Retirement and Assisted Living
WHISPERING PINES RETIREMENT and ASSISTED LIVING is now accepting applications for full time LPN’s for 6am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am shifts, and/or part time for all shifts. If you are interested in providing care for the elderly, please contact Whispering Pines as soon as possible. Whispering Pines offers competitive wages, holiday pay, overtime pay, meals and vacation. Applications can be obtained by stopping by our facility of West Hwy 36, or call 785-874-5500 or email email@example.com.Whispering Pines Retirement and Assisted Living
Norton County Hospital has a full time opportunity available for an IV certified LPN to join our healthcare team. The IV certification class will be provided to the successful candidate if needed. This position is 12-hour night shifts, with rotating weekends and holiday schedule. This position will work with acute, skilled, and intermediate levels of patient care. The NCH benefit package includes Paid Time Off, BCBS health insurance, supplemental insurances, and KPERS retirement, life insurance, andNorton County Hospital
The Andbe Home is under new management and looking for a full time and part time Dining Room Aides. Must be energetic, self-motivated, dependable, highly motivated with good decision making skills for a 6 am to 2 pm with every other weekend. AND have an appreciation for the elderly population. Good benefit package for full time, including sick, vacation after 1 year, health insurance, life insurance and IRA plan. Candidates must be able to pass drug screening and background check with good references. AtAndbe Home, Inc.
Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) is seeking full-time Personal Assistants for the 3pm to 11pm shift and substitute Paraprofessionals for the 7am - 3pm shift at Frontier Developmental Center in Norton (1104 N State Street). Benefits include BCBS Insurance, KPERS retirement, Aflac policies and more. Submit applications at www.dsnwk.org. Call Laquita or Mary at (785) 877-5154 for details.Developmental Services of NWKS
The City of Norton is accepting applications for the full time position of Maintenance II Worker to perform a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and construction tasks for the Public Works department. Must be able to operate heavy equipment and perform heavy manual labor. Position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, a Kansas Commercial Driver's License, and a minimum of one year experience in a maintenance position. Salary based on qualifications. Benefit package included. \ CompleteCity of Norton
Sept. 2017: TRAVELING KANSAS is a local production from Smoky Hills Public Television that highlights communities, people and attractions across the state. This episode explores the past and present with a spotlight on the restoration of several historic buildings in Norton and the economic development efforts throughout the county.
Valley Hope of Norton (Founded in 1967) With a 50-year legacy of helping thousands of patients and families, Valley Hope is nationally-known as a trusted provider of addiction treatment and recovery support. Founded in Norton in 1967, Valley Hope provides patient-centered, compassionate treatment to people and families impacted by drug and alcohol addiction. Valley Hope’s residential treatment program includes safe, medically-monitored detoxification from drugs and alcohol, healing therapies, addiction education, family care, relapse prevention planning and long-term recovery strategies. If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol, get help 24/7 by calling for a free, confidential assessment. Learn more about addiction, treatment and recovery by calling 1-800-544-5101 or visit https://valleyhope.org
MEDIA RELEASE: Governor Laura Kelly Relocates Tourism to the Kansas Department of Commerce to Spur Economic Growth
Norton County Community Foundation Awards $2,500 in March Grant Cycle PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Community Foundation Announces Winter Exhibition in the Gloria A Nelson Cultural Arts Center PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Entities Receive $1.3 Million in COVID -Relief Funding PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Community Foundation Raised Nearly $167,000 December 2020 PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Hospital Recognized in Statewide Competition PRESS RELEASE