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Norton County's emergency notification system is 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 so you will be notified of any emergencies.

Norton Area Chamber of Commerce upcoming events

The Chamber's Santa Open House has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 12th at 1pm in the first floor of the Norton County Courthouse. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served and children can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa.  We're sorry this event had to be rescheduled due to the weather.   Additional details of the Christmas Season are available below.

The 2015 Chamber Christmas promotion - details are available here.

The Norton United Methodist Women will hold their annual Cookie and Candy Walk on Wednesday, December 2 from 9:30am - 1:00pm in the Norton Senior Center at 208 W. Main. There will be many homemade cookies and candies for you to choose from, as well as cinnamon rolls and coffee.
The Living Nativity at the First United Methodist Church, 805 W Wilberforce, will be Sunday, December 6 fro 6-8pm. Details are available here.

The 2015 KARL (Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership) Graduate Program Town Hall Roadshow will be in Norton on Wednesday, December 9 at PhonZ' Steakhouse, 402 S State Street. Details of the agenda are available here. Registration fee is $50 per person. If you plan to attend please RSVP to, and fill in and mail the printable registration form available here. Deadline for registration is December 3.  

The Compassionate Friends of Norton cordially invites you to an afternoon of Hope, Help, and Support featuring Kris Munsch, The Birdhouse Project, on December 13. A flyer with the details is available here.

The December Business in the Spotlight features Kansasland Tire Company, Inc. Click here for the article.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY... The Almena Cafe' in Almena, Kansas is for lease. Call 785.669.2279.

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 November 30th

NOTE:  Norton Public Library will be closed from noon on Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving. There will be NO Art Club on Wednesday, November 25th, and NO Preschool Storytime on Thursday, November 26th.  Normal hours will resume on Saturday, November 28th, 1:00-5:00 p.m. 

LEGO Club for Kids will be held on Monday, November 30th from 4:00-5:00 pm. 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, December 1st at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.

Chess Club for Kids will be held at the library on Tuesday, December 2nd, 4:00-5:00 pm. Come learn to play chess!

Art Club for Kids will be held at the library on Wednesday, December 2, 4:00-5:00 pm. Come check it out!

Preschool Storytime will be held at the library on Thursday, December 3, 10:30 am. The library staff will be sharing snacks, stories, songs, games, and a craft about "Christmas and Gingerbread Men." Come join the fun!

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)