Norton County's emergency notification system is 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 so you will be notified of any emergencies.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY... The Almena Cafe' in Almena, Kansas is for lease. Call 785.669.2279.
A Growing Rural Businesses Entrepreneurial Certificate Program will be held in Phillipsburg beginning February 25, 2016. Details about this program are available here; click here for the registration form or visit the Phillips County Economic Development facebook page to learn more about this exciting and valuable program. Hurry! the Early Bird discount is available until February 12th... and allows participants to register for the complete series of 11 sessions, for just $200 (about $18 per session). To take advantage of this discount you must register online at www.wichita.edu/GRB and enter discount code earlyGRB. This is a great program to help your business grow and prosper.
The Norton Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Banquet will be held at the Eagles Lodge on Monday, March 7th. Social Hour 6pm, Banquet begins at 7pm. The speaker will be Michelle Cummings, owner and Big Wheel of Training Wheels, a known leader in the teambuilding industry. Information about Training Wheels is available here. Tickets will be $35 per person or $65.00 per couple and will be available soon - stay tuned for sales locations.
It's Girl Scout Cookie Time! The Norton Girl Scouts will be hosting two cookie booths on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The first location will be Garden Gate Etc. from 11am to 12 noon. The second location will be the Norton Armory, 10am to 3pm during the Home-Based Business Expo. Cookies cost $4 per box and come in 9 flavors, including the gluten-free Trios and the Lemonades. Other varieties include Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Carmel deLites, Thanks-A-Lots, Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Shortbread. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on these goodies!!! Norton Girl Scout contact: Lois Rostek 785.877.3493
The Dane G Hansen Foundation has created a new entity to focus on economic development and innovation in Northwest Kansas. The press release about the Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center, Inc. that will be headquartered in Norton is available here. Norton City/County Economic Development's press release is available here.
The City of Lenora has a 1906 Truss Leg Bedstead Bridge (0S125) to give away. Located in Larrick Park in Lenora, this historic bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The steel bridge is 64 ft long and 17 ft wide, is in fair condition but currently has no deck. Anyone interested in the bridge would be responsible for all work and expense to relocate the bridge, as well as coordination with the Kansas Historical Society to meet their requirements. Serious inquiries may be made to the City of Lenora, 125 E Washington, Lenora, KS 67645, or call 785-567-4860. Click here for photos of the bridge.
The Norton County Small Business Incubator, located at 104 S State Street, is available for lease. 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.
Norton Public Library events for the week of February 8th:
LEGO Club for Kids will be held on Monday, February 8th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Come to the library to see the LEGO creations on display.
"Mother Goose Moments," an interactive story-time for babies through age 2, will be held at the library on Tuesday, February 9th at 10:30 am. Bring your little ones for musical games, stories, and snacks.
Chess Club for Kids will be held at the library on Tuesday, February 9th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm at the library. Come learn to play chess.
"It's All About the Books Book Club" will meet Tuesday, February 9, 6:30 pm in the Norton Public Library Community Room. The club will discuss One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd by Jim Fergus. All adults are welcome.
Art Club for Kids will be held at the library on Wednesday, February 10th, 4:00-5:00 pm. Come check it out!
Preschool Storytime will be held at the library on Thursday, February 11th at 10:30am. The library staff will be sharing snacks, stories, songs, games, and a craft about "Valentines Day." Come join the fun!
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.