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Highway Patrol Set To Start Texting Enforcement July 1st

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The July 4th holiday is this week, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has some important enforcement initiatives that motorists should be aware of. Beginning July 1, and lasting through July 10, the Patrol will be conducting a texting enforcement initiative. Troopers will be out looking for drivers who are violating Kansas’ texting law, and will be citing those observed in ... Read More »

AAA: Fourth of July Travel Up; Strongest For Auto Travel

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Topeka, KS (June 26) – AAA projects nearly 3.2 million people in the West North Central* region, which includes Kansas, will travel at least 50 miles from home for the Independence Day holiday, a .7 percent increase from 2013 and the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2010. This represents 15.1 percent of the region’s population traveling this holiday ... Read More »

KDOT Reminder: Political Signs Not Allowed On Highway Right Of Way

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It’s a sign of the season – campaigning to support your favorite political candidate. However, if your plans involve placing a political sign, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) reminds you to make sure it’s not located on highway right of way. By law, all right of way on state highways is to be used exclusively for public highway purposes. ... Read More »

KDOT Program Will Reduce Number Of Deficient Bridges On Local Road Systems

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A Kansas Department of Transportation program designed to reduce the number of deficient bridges on local road systems will also benefit the state’s agriculture industry. The new $10 million program, announced today in Hutchinson by Transportation Secretary Mike King, will provide up to $120,000 to local jurisdictions – primarily counties – to replace small bridges that are rated deficient. Bridges ... Read More »

Blue-Green Algae Advisories Extended To More Lakes In Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. – (June 20, 2014) The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples publicly accessible bodies of water for cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom in Kansas lakes. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and other ... Read More »

Funeral Notice For Walter “Red” LeBeaug

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Rosary services for Walter “Red” LeBeau, age 81, of Norton, will be held Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 7:45 PM at the Enfield Funeral Home in Norton.  Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 30, 2014, at 10:30 AM at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Norton.  Interment will be held in the Norton Cemetery.  ... Read More »

Unoficial City Council Minute May 22nd, 2014

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NOTE:  The following minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled council meeting.       May 21, 2014   The Norton City Council met in regular session Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., with Mayor David Corns presiding.  Council members present were Gary Lacy, Ron Briery, Jerry Jones and Roberta Ryan.  Chriss McDiffett and Jeff Urban ... Read More »

Unoficial City Council Minutes May 7, 2014

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NOTE:  The following minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled council meeting.   May 7, 2014   The Norton City Council met in regular session Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., with Mayor David Corns presiding.  Council members present were Chriss McDiffett, Gary Lacy, Jerry Jones, Roberta Ryan and Jeff Urban.  Ron Briery was absent. Others ... Read More »

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 »