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.
The Norton County Fair will be July 12-26, and the Norton Home Owned Carnival will be July 22-26. The Fair Schedule is available here.
The Norton Farmers Market is now open from 8am - 11am Saturdays in the Veterans Memorial Park on Hwy 36 across from ShopKo. Vendors are wanted! Click here for the flier with all the details.
The 2014 Norton Idol competition will be held on Friday, July 25 at 7:30 pm at the Norton County Fair in Elmwood Park. Details are available on the EVENT FLIER. If you are interested in being a contestant, you'll need to fill in an ENTRY FORM and RELEASE FORM. Deadline to enter is Friday, July 18. Be sure to put the event on your calendar - you'll be sure to enjoy a fun evening of great entertainment!!
Jon Schallert, nationally-known Destination Business Expert will conduct a business workshop, "Increasing Sales and Profits as a Destination Business," in Norton on Tuesday, August 5th. This workshop is application to any type of business. A copy of the press release is available here, and the workshop flier with registration details is available here. Don't miss this opportunity for see Jon Schallert in Norton.
The 6th Annual Smokin' in the Barn BBQ & Smokin' Challenge will be Friday/Saturday, August 22nd and 23rd. Here is their Flier, Entry Form, Rules in printable PDF format. Copies are also available at the Norton Chamber office, or by contacting John Carlin (785.877.2262) or Tony Grysch (785.871.7871).
9th Annual U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt -400 Mile Border-To-Border Garage Sale
Deadline: Noon on August 29, 2014
The 9th Annual U.S. 36 Highway Treasure Hunt will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 19-21. This is a 400-mile treasure hunt across Kansas on U.S. Hwy 36.
To be listed on the map, the U.S. 36 Association website, ushwy36.com, and DiscoverNorton.com, contact the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 785.877.2501 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, August 29th. There will be a $5 charge to cover printing and distribution. Maps will be available in Norton at the National Guard Armory and at Water Tower Park on West HWY 36 all three days. Maps will also be available on six different websites. Vendors must contact the landowners for space availability and cost. Non Profit Clubs and Organizations can be clustered in Water Tower Park. Contact Tara Vance at the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Norton Public Library events: Week of July 22nd
The Norton Public Library and Northwest Kansas Library System are hosting another Storywalk in downtown Norton during the month of July. Stop by the library to pick up a map and begin your walk, reading I Took My Frog To The Library. Complete the story at the library and pick up a special prize!
There will be no Monday Chess Club meetings the remainder of the summer.
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library Tuesday, July 22 at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
There will be no Wednesday Bridge sessions for the remainder of the summer.
On Thursday, July 24, the Norton Public Library will host two programs for kids. The guest presenter will be Leona Breeden from Smoky Hills Public Television. She will present a program for preschoolers - 1st graders at 10:30 am and one for 2nd-6th graders at 2:00 pm. Come join the Fizz, Boom Fun !!
There will be no more Fun Nights scheduled for teens for the remainder of the summer. A schedule of all the summer programs is available at the library and on the website: http://www.nortonpubliclibrary.org.
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 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 email@example.com.