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.
Chamber of Commerce upcoming Ribbon Cutting/Open House flyers: January 22 January 29
Don't miss this opportunity to learn what's happening in our business community!
The Norton County Arts Council presents Hawaiian Drums of Tahiti Revue by Tropical Productions Entertainment, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the East Campus Auditorium. Arts Council members free with paid membership. Adults - $15 / Students - $8.
The Norton Archery Club is sponsoring a Calling Contest on Saturday, February 7. Click here for the details. They are also sponsoring a Bunny Shoot on Saturday, February 14. Click here for those details.
Norton City/County Economic Development will be updating the comprehensive Norton County Business Directory for 2015. If you weren't listed in the prior edition or have had changes in your business, please contact the economic development office at 785.874.4816 or email email@example.com with your information by January 28. The is no charge to be listed in the directory.
The January Business in the Spotlight article features The Norton Telegram. A copy of the article is available here.
A fundraiser to support the Lenora Jubilee is being held with gift options for your Valentine Sweetheart. Details are available on this flyer.
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.
Norton Public Library events for the week of January 26th
Monday at the Movies for adults will be held at the library January 26th, 1:30 pm. The featured movie is "Flicka," starring Tim McGraw and Alison Lohman. Refreshments will be served.
Chess Club for kids will be held on Monday, January 26th from 4-5pm. 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, January 27th at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Bridge for adults will not be held at the library until further notice.
Preschool Story-time will be held at the library on Thursday, January 29th, at 10:30 am. The featured theme for the day is "Kansas Day." Come join the pioneer fun with stories, songs, games, snacks, and a craft!
"It's All About the Books" Book Club will meet Tuesday, February 10th, at 7 pm in the Norton Public Library Community Room. The Center of Everything, by Laura Moriarty, is the book the club will read and discuss in February. This novel is set in Kerrville, Kansas. All adults are welcome to attend.
There are new books weekly on the Friends of the Library "books for sale" table. Stop by the library and give a book a home!
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 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.