Norton County's CodeRed is an emergency notification system that can call you at your home, work or cell number when severe weather and other extreme conditions or situations threaten your health and safety. Sign-up or change your information on the following link:
USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture. A copy of the press release is available here.
Norton Public Library events: April 21 to April 28
Join us in celebrating the Norton Chamber of Commerce's Spring Fling Week, April 21-26, with a Storywalk sponsored by the Norton Public Library and the Northwest Kansas Library System. Stop by the library to pick up a map with directions and begin the family walk around downtown Norton. The Storywalk also ends at the library where the final pages of the storybook will be found and each child participating will receive a special prize!
The Norton Friends of the Library will be sponsoring an art print, silent auction at the Norton Public Library from April 21 - May 1. The framed prints will be on display in the Art Gallery of the Norton Public Library beginning april 21. Final bids must be placed no later than May 1. Stop by the library to view the prints and place your bids. All proceeds will go to the friends of the Library to help with the Summer Reading Program and other activities for children.
The next Monday at the Movies will be on April 28 at 1:30 pm. The featured movie for April will be "Saving Mr. Banks," staring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Refreshments will be served. Come spend the afternoon at the library.
Chess Club will meet at the Norton Public Library on Monday, April 28 from 4:00-5:00 pm. 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, April 29, 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Bridge will be held at the Norton Public Library on Wednesday, April 30, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome
Preschool story-time will be held at the library on Thursday, May 1, 1030 am. The library staff will be leading songs, stories, games, and a craft about May Day. Come join the Spring Fun!
The Norton County Genealogy Society will host guest speaker Joan Hanlon, from Colorado Springs, at the Norton Public Library Community Room on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Ms. Hanlon has worked for Ancestory.com in the past and should be a breath of fresh air in your quest for knowledge about your family tree. The public is welcome to attend.
The City of Almena will hold a community housing meeting on Wednesday, April 30th, at 7pm in the Almena Community Center. The purpose of this meeting is to decide what type of housing will best meet the needs of the Almena community using the information gathered at the January meeting, census data, and workforce needs. Programs that could possibly provide funding assistance can then be reviewed. The public is encouraged to attend.
The Norton Community High School Forensics SHOWCASE NIGHT will be held Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 pm at the Norton Community High School. Come see the NCHS Forensics team perform before they leave for State!
The 2014 Elmwood Park Race season is upon us. The next race will be Saturday, May 31. This season's race schedule is available here. Details about the track are available on this website under the COMMUNITY tab, then SPORTS & RECREATION tab, then scroll down to Elmwood Park Speedway.
Norton Archery Club's 2014 schedule is out with their first event scheduled for May 18th. The schedule is available under the COMMUNITY tab, then SPORTS & RECREATION-HUNTING and FISHING.
Are you looking for information about local businesses? The Norton County Business Directory is now on-line and available from the Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development tabs.
The April Business in the Spotlight article features Norton Used Furniture and Norton Coin Laundry. A copy of the article is available here.
The Norton County Relay for Life will be hosting a Luminary sales event at The Rock, in downtown Norton, on Saturday, May 3 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Luminaries will be available for purchase and may be personalized/decorated on site or arrangements can be made to have the Luminaries decorated for you. The cost of each Luminary is $10.00.
If you are unable to attend this event, Luminaries can also be purchased by visiting the website, http://www.relayforlife.org, enter Norton County in the search line, hit search, and then choose Relay for Life of Norton County - Norton, KS. (The Norton County Relay for Life will be June 6th, from 6:00 pm to midnight on the Courthouse Square.)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans to beginning farmers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial lenders. Each fiscal year, FSA targets a portion of its direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loan (OL) funds to beginning farmers. The 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet for these loans is available here.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual youths ages 10 to 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects. The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by youths participating in 4-H Clubs, FFA, or a similar organization. The 2014 Farm Bill Fact sheet about these youth loans is available here.
Bricks still available for Norton's Veteran 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 email@example.com.