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 Community Foundation has received funds from the Dane G Hansen Foundation to use for local grants. Here is an update on the funding.
Norton Area Chamber of Commerce upcoming events
July 17th - Ribbon Cutting at 11am at Rojas Mexican Restaurant (110 S State). There will be registration for 2 $20 gift certificates, T-Shirt give away. From 11am - 2pm $1.00 enchiladas and $1.00 tacos. From 5pm - 8:30pm chance to win free meals.
July 4th - 5k Run at Prairie Dog State Park. Here is the registration form with all the information.
July 4th - Celebration at Prairie Dog State Park. The application to have FIREWORKS has been approved. 5-7pm Hamburger feed ($5.00 per person). 8pm free watermelon courtesy of Jamboree Foods. 8:30 flag ceremony. Fireworks will begin at dusk.
The American Legion Riders will draw the winning raffle ticket for the Sig Sauer 1911 POW/MIA Special Edition 45 ACP prior to the porkburger feed on the 4th. Here is information about the gun - only 300 tickets will be sold and they are still available. Contact any American Legion Rider or Gary Williams at 785.877.2012 or 785.871.1638.
At this same time, the ALR will kick-off raffle ticket sales for the patriotic quilt shown here.
Proceeds from these two fundraisers will be used to support veterans and their families who need assistance.
The 2015 Gridiron Greats Youth Football Camp will be held Monday, July 6th. Details about the camp and registration are available here.
The Norton Classic Cruisers 12th Annual Car Show will be held Saturday, July 11th (registration will also be held on Friday, July 10 from 6-8 pm). The event flier is available here, and the registration form is available here and has all contact information, lodging information and other details.
The Norton County Arts Council is sponsoring a melodrama, STOP THAT VILLAIN!, on Saturday, August 1st, at 6:30pm (a dinner theater), and on Sunday, August 2nd at 2pm (a dessert matinee). Details can be found on the poster here. Tickets for NCAC members will be $15 for Saturday's performance and $5 for Sunday's performance. Non-member ticket prices are $25 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Tickets will only be sold in advance and are available at the Norton Chamber of Commerce office or at the Norton Senior Citizen Center. Both programs will be held at the Eagles Lodge, 16614 Eagles Road, Norton. The cast is comprised of local citizens... don't miss this great performance!
The Norton County Small Business Incubator, located at 104 S State Street, will be available for lease June 1, 2015. An entrepreneur or start-up business may qualify to lease the space at a reduced monthly rate for a period of time not to exceed 2 years, during which the entrepreneur or business owner is required to coordinate with Norton City/County Economic Development (NCCED) to develop a business plan and work toward opening the business. Questions should be directed to NCCED at 785.874.4816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The July Business in the Spotlight article features Kansasland Realtors. A copy of the article is available here.
Norton Public Library events for the week of July 6th
LEGO Club for Kids will be held at the library on Monday, July 6th, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Come to the library to see the kids' LEGO creations!
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library on Tuesday, July 7th at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
A representative from Smoky Hills Public Television, will present two programs at the library "Every Hero Has A Story" on Thursday, July 9th. At 10:30 am a program is planned for preschoolers through 1st graders, and at 2:00 pm a program is planned for 2nd through 6th graders. Come join the fun!
"Teen Fun Night" will also be held at the library on Thursday evening, July 9th, from 7-8pm. Junior and senior high school students are invited to Trail Mix Night. The featured book of the evening is The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
"Its All About the Books" Book Club will meet Tuesday, July 14th at 8:00 pm in the Norton Public Library Community Room. The club will discuss "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" by Bill Bryson. All adults are welcome to attend. Notice the time change!
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 the 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.