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 Area Chamber of Commerce upcoming events
Saturday, September 12th - Chamber of Commerce annual Winner's Circle at the Norton Eagles Lodge. 6-8 pm Dinner and Games. 8 pm Comedian Spencer James. Tickets are available ($50 suggested donation) at the Norton Chamber office or from any Chamber Board Member. This is sure to be a fun evening.
The Almena Farmer's Market will be held every Monday night from 5-7pm on the north side of the Almena community building on Main Street. There will be no honey this week (August 31), but there will be farm eggs, tomatoes, goat cheese, beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, green beans, cucumbers, watermelon, peppers and muskmelon.
Women in Ag will be held in Norton on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Details are available here.
Fort Hays State University Management Development Center's Business Workshop Series will present Creating an Advertising Plan: From "Where Do I Start?" to "I Can Do This!" This workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 2 at the FHSU Campus Memorial Union. Details about cost, registration, etc. are available here.
The 10th Annual U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt will be held on Friday, September 18, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20. Click here for the press release. Paper copies of the maps and listings will be available for pick-up at the Norton Chamber office after Thursday, September 3rd. Electronic copies can be found here: Map Sale Listings They will also be available on the US Hwy 36 website at that time. Click here.
The Norton County Arts Council will hold the 2nd Annual Art Walk on Saturday, September 26th at 6pm in Downtown Norton. There will be live entertainment that evening also. Click here for the flyer.
The Second Chance Homeless Pet Society's TRIVIA NIGHT, co-sponsored by KQNK Radio, will be held on Saturday night, October 10th at the Norton Eagles Lodge. Here is the flier with all the details. Mark your calendars and get your team together for a night of fun competition!
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 email@example.com.
Norton Public Library events for the week of August 31st
There will be no Monday at the Movies for adults until further notice.
LEGO Club for Kids will be held at the library on Monday, August 31st, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Come to the library to see the kids' LEGO creations on display!
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library on Tuesday, September 1st at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Preschool Storytime will be held at the library on Thursday, September 3rd at 10:30 am. The library staff will be sharing stories, songs, games, and a craft about "Fall Harvest." Come join the "corny fun!"
"It's All About the Books Book Club" will meet Tuesday, September 8, 7pm in the Norton Public Library Community Room. The club will discuss Quite a Year for Plums by Bailey White. All adults are welcome to attend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.