May 27th, 2015: A NORTON COUNTY TEEN IS MISSING. Click here for the flyer - maybe you can help!
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.
Norton Area Chamber of Commerce upcoming events:
May 28th - Ribbon Cutting at The Rock for Hale Storm Press at 4:30 pm. Open House from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
May 31st - Ribbon Cutting at 1:30, Open House 1-2pm, Party from 1-4pm at the Norton Aquatic Center 804 W Wilton. Click here for details of the party. A variety of contests will be held and prizes awarded. Don't miss the fun!
June 3rd - Hamburger Feed - fundraiser for our annual July 4th celebration. Shopko parking lot from 11-1pm and 5:30 -7:00 pm.
June 4th - Ribbon Cutting at 9:00 am at Sloan's Plumbing, Inc on East Highway 36. Open House 8:30 - 10:30 am. New owners Luke and Jennifer Leibbrandt.
June 18th - After Hours Party at Studio 111, 7-8pm. Stop by 111 N State for drinks and refreshments. More information to follow.
June 30th - Ribbon Cutting at DSNWK's "Our House" (Armory Drive & Eisenhower) at 5:30pm. Open House 5-7:00 pm.
Tickets to the 2015 Lenora Jubilee Friday night concert, featuring Dan+Shay, are now on sale and available online until June 12 at www.lenorajubilee.com/tickets.html, or from the following ticket outlets: Lenora - Country Corner; Hill City - Kellie's or Finish Line; Hoxie - Oscar's; Norton - Chamber of Commerce or Norton Auto Supply/Car Quest; Phillipsburg - KKAN/KQMA.
Purchased in advance tickets are $15 for adults over 12, and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under get in free. Tickets at the gate and those purchased anywhere after June 15 will be $20. Sorry, NO REFUNDS.
Tech Edge 2015 is coming and Nex-Tech is getting their geek on June 11 on the campus of Fort Hays State University! Click here for an event flyer. This is the largest business technology event of its kind in Kansas. Don't miss out!
The Valley Hope HOPE IN COLOR 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will be Saturday, June 13th. Click here for the flyer with all the details... click here for the registration form. Registration forms may be obtained and/or returned to the Norton Chamber of Commerce office. You may also register at: https://valleyhope.org/special-events.
The Norton Archery Club will hold their 24th Annual Carp Shoot on June 20th. Click here for all the details.
The 2015 Gridiron Greats Youth Football Camp will be held Monday, July 6th. Details about the camp and registration are available here.
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 email@example.com.
The May Business in the Spotlight
article features Gil's Barber Shop. A copy of the article is available here
The Post Rock Opportunities Foundation and Kansas Originals Market & Gallery are proud to announce the 2015 Kansas Originals Photo Show. This show will be held at Kansas Originals Market & Gallery near Wilson, Kansas, from Saturday, May 9, 2015 to Saturday, June 13, 2015. Kansas Originals Market & Gallery is located just north in I-70, Exit 206, along Kansas Highway 232, the Post Rock Scenic Byway. The opening reception will be on May 9th and close on June 13th. Entries being released following the presentation of awards. Details about rules/regulations and class is available here.
Sloan's Plumbing is under new ownership. A press release with the details is available here.
Norton Public Library events for the week of May 25th
There will be no more Chess Club meetings until fall. LEGO Club will begin Monday, June 1, from 4-5pm at the library.
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library on Tuesday, May 26th at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Summer Reading 2015 has begun! This year's theme is "Every Hero Has A Story." Stop by the library to sign up and begin reading. All ages are welcome to sign up!
Special guest, Mary Boller, NWKLS, will present two programs for kids entitled "The Hero in Me" on Thursday, May 28th. 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 Hero fun!!
"Teen Fun Night" will also be held on Thursday evening, May 28th, from 7-8pm. Junior and senior high school students are invited to Chip and Dip Night. The featured book of the evening is Graceling(1).
There will not be a Relay For Life event in Norton County this year due to a lack of interest in being a part of the planning committee. If you are still interested in participating in a Relay For Life event, you are invited to attend the Relay For Life of Phillips County on June 27th, 2015 from 4pm to midnight at the Phillips County Courthouse Square. If you are interested in getting involved this next year, please contact Sara McCarty, Community Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 308-237-1631.
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 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.