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NCHS Forensics Team 3A State Champions

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3A State Championship 2014 Team Results: 1st Norton – 399 2nd St. George – Rock Creek – 348 3rd Minneapolis – 280 Jared Shelton – State Champion – Serious Solo Neysa Carlson – 2nd Poetry Neysa Carlson – 2nd Humorous Solo Acting Jared Shelton/Shelby Mulford – 2nd Serious Duet Acting Ashley Hildebrand/Skylar Davis – 3rd Serious Duet Acting Landon Slipke/Lauren ... Read More »

Norton County Resident Dianne Davis Recieves Award From Girl Scouts Of Kansas

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Girl Scouts Honor Dedicated Volunteers Norton resident receives special honor   WICHITA – A Norton resident has been recognized with a special award from the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland for her extraordinary service as a volunteer.   Dianne Davis of Norton received an Appreciation Pin for providing excellent service in delivering the Girl Scout mission but also for helping ... Read More »

KDOT Offers Tips To Drive Through Dust Storms And Blowing Smoke

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With recent road closures because of dust storms in northwest Kansas, the Kansas Department of Transportation would like to remind drivers of simple tips when driving into or through dust storms. Drivers are urged to stay alert because strong winds can result in sudden periods of limited or zero visibility due to blowing dust and or smoke during burning season. ... Read More »

Classic Hits KQNK Mobile Apps Launch; Available For Download

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NORTON, KAN. – Dierking Communications, Inc. and Nobex Technologies today announced the launch of mobile applications for Classic Hits KQNK, available for download on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones. The application allows smartphone users to stream live programming from Classic Hits KQNK-FM, and check the latest updates from the station Facebook and Twitter accounts. Users will be able to ... Read More »

Suspect Shot Dead In Oberlin Police Incident

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During the evening of Monday, March 10, 2014, the Oberlin Police Department responded to a call of possible criminal activity in their city. During the course of the investigation, a suspect ran from the Oberlin Police and the Kansas Highway Patrol who were assisting. Shots were fired at the officers in the 700 block of East Commercial Street in Oberlin ... Read More »

Smith Center Hosting All-Star Basketball Game March 22nd

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The Smith Center Recreation Commission will be hosting the 4th Annual Sunflower Shootout all star basketball game on Saturday, March 22, at the Smith Center High School gym. The games will feature senior all stars from the Mid-Continent League against a team of all stars from a 14-county area in North Central Kansas. The girls game will tip off at ... Read More »

Kansas, Pakistan Find Common Ground Through Innovative Aquaculture Project

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Lucas Heinen, a soybean farmer from Everest, was surprised at how much he had in common with the Pakistani aquaculture-industry representatives he met at Kansas State University (K-State) last year. He found them eager to cooperate on the important task of feeding their nation, the sixth-most-populous country in the world. Heinen, a Kansas Soybean Association director and the American Soybean ... Read More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Surpasses $200 Million

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TOPEKA, KAN. – No ticket matched all numbers in the February 25 drawing, so the Mega Millions jackpot has rolled to an estimated $216 million ($119.6 million cash option) for Friday, February 28. One ticket sold in south central Kansas matched four of the first five numbers and the Megaball to win a $5,000 prize. The winning numbers for the ... Read More »

KDOT Hay Harvest Permits Required On State Right Of Way

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The Kansas Department of Transportation announced that permits will be issued to landowners wanting to harvest hay on Kansas highway right of way. Those with land adjacent to the right of way will be given permit priority from Jan. 1 until March 31. After March 31, permits to harvest will be issued in the order in which they are received. ... Read More »

Governor’s Ringneck Classic to Take Place November 14-17, 2013

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October 21, 2013 – Norton, Kansas – The 3rd Annual Governor’s Ringneck Classic pheasant hunting event will take place November 14-17 in Norton and Graham Counties. The pheasant hunting event will include organized hunts, trap/clay shooting, the Governor’s reception featuring a performance by Morgan Frazier and awards dinner. Additionally, kids ages 12-16 are eligible to apply for the Classic. Two ... Read More »

47th Annual Heller Halloween Festival to Take Place October 24, 2013

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October 14, 2013 – Norton, Kansas – The Halloween Parade and Wiener Roast will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013 in downtown Norton. The Norton Volunteer Fire Department and the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce will again co-sponsor the event. Participants in the parade are asked to assemble downtown at 5:45pm. Tara Vance, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, ... Read More »

October is “Co-op Month” – Kansas Co-ops Support Communities Through Food Drives

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Topeka, Kansas – October is national “Co‐op Month” and Governor Brownback has proclaimed it “Co‐op Month” in Kansas, as well. Cooperatives across the state and throughout the nation will be celebrating all month long. “Co‐op Month” also includes “International Credit Union Day” on Oct. 17. The Kansas Cooperative Council and our member cooperatives host numerous events in October, highlighting the ... Read More »

Former Ness City man sentenced to additional 12 ½ years in prison for escape, aggravated burglary

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NESS CITY – A former Ness City man was sentenced yesterday to an additional 151 months in prison after pleading guilty to escape from custody and two counts of aggravated burglary, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Benito Cardenas, Jr., 38, was awaiting sentencing on two Jessica’s Law convictions when he escaped from the Ness County jail in August 2012. ... Read More »

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week Helps Keep Kids Safe On Our Roads

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Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week is September 15-21, 2013, with National Seat Check Saturday occurring on September 21. This annual observance brings child safety advocates together to help educate families on the importance of selecting the right car seat for their child and how to use it correctly. “The safety of our children across the state relies on their caretakers. ... Read More »

On The March: Parade, Halftime Performance Highlight K-State Band Day Sept. 14

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MANHATTAN — High school marching bands from across Kansas — and even Missouri — are coming to Manhattan on Saturday, Sept. 14, to participate in Kansas State University’s annual Band Day. Band Day starts with a parade at 1 p.m. in Aggieville’s Triangle Park, with the bands starting east on Moro Street, turning south on 11th Street and then west ... Read More »