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.
Santa has scheduled his visits to the Santa's House at the Norton Courthouse.The dates, times and location are listed here.
The Chamber of Commerce annual Community Christmas Dinner will be on December 25th at 12pm in Fellowship Hall at the Norton United Methodist Church. Please bring a vegetable, salad or dessert. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and rolls will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend. A free will donation would be appreciated.
The Norton Archery Club has scheduled a Calling Contest on Saturday, December 20. Details are available here.
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.
Area business owners have the opportunity to hear nationally-known Destination Business Expert Jon Schallert when he comes to Norton in January. The Norton Area Chamber of commerce, Norton City/County Economic Development and the Norton E-Community will host a 90-minute workshop, Increase Sales & Profits as a Destination Business, on Wednesday, January 7th from 9:30 to 11am at The Rock, 101 E Main in Norton. Norton County business may attend at no charge. Businesses outside Norton County are welcome to attend for only a $15 registration fee payable at the door (checks or cash only). Space is limited; please call Norton City/County Economic Development at 785.874.4816 to reserve a seat. Don't miss this opportunity to get input on making your business stronger.
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: Week of December 22nd
Chess Club for kids will NOT be held on Monday, December 22nd or December 29th at the library.
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will NOT be held at the library Tuesday, December 23rd or December 30th.
Bridge for adults will not be held at the library until further notice.
Preschool Story-time will NOT be held at the library on Thursday, December 25th or January 1st.
The Norton Public Library and Northwest Kansas Library System will be sponsoring their third StoryWalk in downtown Norton, November 25-December 22. A StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that places a children's story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking route in the community. Come to the library to pick up a map and start your adventure. End up at the library for the completion of the story and pick up a special prize. All families with young children are encouraged to participate. Have fun reading and walking!
Upcoming Closings at the Norton Public Library
The Norton Public Library will be closed from noon on Wednesday, December 24 through Saturday, December 27. The library will reopen on Monday, December 29 at 10:00 am.
The Norton Public Library will also be closed from noon on Wednesday, December 31 through Thursday, January 1. The library will reopen on Friday, January 2 at 10:00 am.
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.