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.
Cookie and Cake Walk (sponsored by United Methodist Women) will be Wednesday, December 3 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Norton Senior Center. Select from a variety of homemade cookies and candies. Cinnamon rolls and coffee will also be available.
The Norton Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Holiday Window Decorating Contest for Norton businesses. Find out the details here.
Tickets are available for the Norton Honor Hunt Banquet to be held on Friday, December 5. See the event poster.
The November Business in the Spotlight features Garden Gate Florals, Etc / Garden Gate Greenhouse. A copy of the article is 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.
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.
Tax credits are still available through the Norton County E-Community Fund and the NetWork Kansas Partner Grant Program. Read on...
Norton Public Library events: Week of November 24th
Chess Club for kids will be held on Monday, November 24th from from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Norton Public Library. An after-school snack will be provided.
Preschool Story-time will not be held at the library on Thursday, November 27th because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Upcoming Closing at the Library:
The Norton Public Library will be closed from noon on Wednesday, November 26, through Saturday, November 29. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 1, at 10:00 am.
The Norton Public Library and Northwest 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!
Norton Public Library events: Week of December 1
Chess Club for kids will be held on Monday, December 1, 4:00 - 5:00 pm at the library. 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, December 2nd 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 after the first of the year.
Preschool Story-time will be held at the library on Thursday, December 4th at 10:30 am. The library staff will be sharing stories, songs, and a craft about "Christmas." Come join the fun!
The Norton Public Library and Northwest Kansas Library System will be sponsoring their third StoryWalk in downtown Norton, November 25-22. 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.