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Burn Ban Lifted for Norton County

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AT THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING LAST WEEK, THE COMMISSION STATED THEY WOULD LOOK AT THE IDEA OF LIFTING THE BURN BAN THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE LAST MONTH AT THEIR MEETING YESTERDAY.  IMMEDIATELY EFFECTIVE, THE BURN BAN IMPLEMENTED ON MARCH 12 IS LIFTED FOR NORTON COUNTY PER UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT OF THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.  PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT ... Read More »

Court Report

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A CALIFORNIA WOMAN WHO SHOT AT TWO KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS DURING A 2011 CAR CHASE HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 13 YEARS IN PRISON, ACCORDING TO KANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT.  PIPER LACEY STOUT-BRIESE, 31, OF PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA WAS SENTENCED THURSDAY IN SHERMAN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. JUDGE SCOTT SHOWALTER SENTENCED STOUT-BRIESE TO 161 MONTHS IN THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT ... Read More »

VA Help

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JODY TUBBS WITH THE KANSAS COMMISSION ON VETERAN’S AFFAIRS WILL BE MEETING WITH CONSTITUENTS TOMORROW  IN THE NORTON AREA. TUBBS WILL BE AT THE DECATUR COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AT NINE TOMORROW MORNING, FOLLOWED BY AT THE SENIOR CENTER/COMMUNITY BUILDING IN NORTON AT 10:45 THEN AT THE GRAHAM COUNTY LIBRARY IN HILL CITY AT ONE. TUBBS WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST ... Read More »

Treasurer’s Office News

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OVER THE NEXT WEEK, THE TREASURER’S OFFICES IN THE STATE OF KANSAS WILL BE UNABLE TO PROCESS ANY VEHICLE TAG OR DRIVER’S LICENSE BUSINESS.  THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WILL BE UPGRADING TO A NEW, MORE EFFICIENT SYSTEM FOR TITLING AND REGISTERING VEHICLES.  THEY ESTIMATE IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 100 CONTINUOUS HOURS TO CONVERT 6.8 MILLION VEHICLE REGISTRATION RECORDS TO THE ... Read More »

Norton County Commissioner Agenda

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THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HAVE THEIR REGULAR AND MONTH END MEETING MONDAY. ON THE AGENDA WILL BE THE REVIEW OF THE VOUCHERS AND WARRANTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL STARTING AT NINE. JUSTINA SMITH FROM THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WILL MEET ALSO AT 9:00. SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD PRESENTS HIS REPORT AT 10:30. MARK DETTER FROM DEWAAY FINANCIAL WILL ... Read More »

National Work Zone Awareness

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KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WORKERS ACROSS THE STATE HAVE BEEN SPORTING ORANGE RIBBONS IN HONOR OF NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK.  WHEN DRIVING, WE NEED TO REMEMBER TO STAY ALERT AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE ROADWAY.  SIGNS AND WORK ZONE FLAGGERS SAVE LIVES.  TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHT SO WORKERS AND OTHER MOTORISTS CAN SEE YOU.  DON’T SPEED OR TAILGATE. ... Read More »

Court Report

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A NORTON MAN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF A DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGE IN NORTON MUNICIPAL COURT.  SETH BATSON WAS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED MARCH 26TH INCIDENT.  HE PLED NO CONTEST AND WAS FOUND GUILTY.  BATSON WAS FINED 250 DOLLARS PLUS COURT COSTS OF 76, ACCORDING TO MUNICIPAL JUDGE JERRY HAWKS.  HE WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE DAYS ... Read More »

Norton County Commissioners Notes

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DISCUSSION ABOUT ROADS AND THE SECURITY SYSTEM FOR THE LANDFILL WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  NIKI KINDERKNECHT WAS AT THE MEETING TO ADDRESS A LETTER SHE SENT TO THE COMMISSION CONCERNING THE ROADS AND SPECIFICALLY COUNTY ROAD E-9.  SHE IS CONCERNED WITH THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD AND THE COUNTY TAKING ON OTHER PROJECTS ... Read More »

DCP Sign Up

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THE DIRECT AND COUNTER CYCLICAL PROGRAM SIGN-UP BEGAN JANUARY 23, AND RUNS THROUGH MAY 31.  ALL SIGNATURES MUST BE IN BY THE MAY 31 DEADLINE.  THERE IS NOT AN ADVANCE THIS YEAR SO ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE MADE IN OCTOBER 2012.  THE FINAL REPORTING DATES FOR FEED GRAINS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP TO JULY 15. FSA REALIZES FARMERS WILL BE ... Read More »

Treasurer News

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MONDAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR THE RENEWAL OF VEHICLE TAGS FOR THOSE WHOSE LAST NAME OR COMPANY NAME BEGINS WITH THE LETTER “C” OR “D” AT THE NORTON COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE.  WHEN RENEWING YOUR VEHICLES, REMEMBER TO INCLUDE CURRENT PROOF OF INSURANCE FOR ALL VEHICLES. FOR TRAILERS PROOF OF INSURANCE, THE OFFICE STAFF NEEDS INSURANCE FOR THE VEHICLE THAT WILL ... Read More »

Hospital Board Notes

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THE UPDATE ON THE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS AND THE UPPER LEVEL PLANNING WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THEIR MEETING LAST WEDNESDAY.  THE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IS MOVING TOWARD MEANINGFUL COMPLETION.  THEY WILL BE DOING A 90-DAY TEST AND THEN IF THE HOSPITAL PASSES, THEY WILL BE GOING FORWARD TO THE NEXT STEP.  IF THEY ... Read More »

Court Report

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A NORTON MAN WAS FOUND GUILTY AFTER AN APPEAL FROM NORTON MUNICIPAL COURT.  JASON MAJORS WAS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC BATTERY IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED MARCH 7TH 2011 INCIDENT.  HE PLED NO CONTEST AND WAS FOUND GUILTY.  HE APPEALED THAT DECISION TO THE DISTRICT COURT AND A BENCH TRIAL WAS SET FOR APRIL 19TH.  AT THE TRIAL, MAJORS WAS FOUND ... Read More »

Governor Appointment

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AN ATWOOD MAN IS ONE OF THE APPOINTMENTS FOR A STATEWIDE OFFICE MADE BY GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK. THE SOLID WASTE GRANTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE REVIEW COMPETITIVE GRANT APPLICATIONS AND ESTABLISHES A PROJECT PRIORITY LISTS OF EACH FISCAL YEAR BASED UPON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS. THE GRANTS AWARDED BY THIS COMMITTEE ARE TYPICALLY FOR THE REUSE OF CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS, RECYCLING ... Read More »

Court Report

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A NORTON WOMAN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF A THEFT CHARGE IN NORTON MUNICIPAL COURT.  JENNIFER VOHS WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF MISDEMEANOR THEFT, IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED MARCH 5TH INCIDENT.  SHE PLED NOT CONTEST AND WAS FOUND GUILTY.  VOHS WAS FINED 500 DOLLARS PLUS COURT COSTS OF 76, ACCORDING TO MUNICIPAL JUDGE JERRY HAWKS.  SHE WAS SENTENCED TO ... Read More »

Food Safety Class

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THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WILL HOST REGIONAL FOOD SAFETY HANDLING CLASSES IN MAY.  FOODBORNE ILLNESS AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND CLAIMS THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS EACH YEAR. THESE CLASSES ARE DESIGNED TO TEACH KANSANS HOW TO PROPERLY STORE AND PREPARE FOOD IN ORDER TO REDUCE FOOD SAFETY RISKS.  THE CLASSES ARE OPEN TO ALL, FROM THE HOME COOK OR ... Read More »