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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,, and enter your contact information along with your specific notification preferences.

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.

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,, and, contact the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 785.877.2501 or e-mail 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 28th

The current Storywalk in downtown Norton ends on July 31. 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!

Monday at the Movies for adults will be held at the library on July 28, 1:30 pm. Featured movie this month is a hilarious romantic comedy, "Ghost Town," with Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, and Greg Kinnear.

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 29 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 31, the Norton Public Library will host two programs for kids. At 10:30 am the library staff will present a program, "Our Big Backyard," for preschoolers through 1st graders. At 2:00 pm Nancy Sebelius will present, Wombat Stew" for 2nd through 6th graders. 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:

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

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Chamber of Commerce/
Travel and Tourism

Tara Vance,
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)