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Drought Watch

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THE WINTER CONDITIONS AND SPRING CLIMATE FOR KANSAS LED GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK TO UPDATE THE DROUGHT DECLARATION FOR KANSAS COUNTIES WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER.  THE UPDATE INVOLVES 91 COUNTIES EITHER IN A WARNING OR WATCH STATUS.  THE UPDATED DROUGHT DECLARATION HAS 16 COUNTIES IN A WARNING STATUS AND 75 IN WATCH STATUS. THIS ACTION WAS RECOMMENDED BY TRACY STREETER, DIRECTOR ... Read More »

Economic Development Notes

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THE E-COMMUNITY APPLICATIONS AND HOUSING WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD LAST NIGHT.  THE FIRST TWO APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR LOANS FROM THE E-COMMUNITY.  THE LEADERSHIP TEAM REVIEWED THE APPLICATIONS AND SENT THEM ON TO THE FINANCIAL REVIEW BOARD.  THAT BOARD WILL MEET TODAY.  DIRECTOR SCOTT SPROUL STATED THE APPLICATIONS WERE COMPLETE AND THE FULL AMOUNT ... Read More »

Hiring Recommendations

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NORTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE DUSTIN MCEWEN WILL BE RECOMMENDED TO THE USD 211 BOARD OF EDUCATION AS THE NORTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AND 7-12 ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. THE BOARD WILL TAKE ACTION ON THE RECOMMENDATION AT THEIR MAY 14 MEETING.  MCEWEN, A 1991 GRADUATE OF NORTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, IS CURRENTLY THE PRINCIPAL OF THE WICHITA COUNTY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH ... Read More »

Court Report

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THE TRIAL FOR AN ALMENA MAN HAS BEEN CONTINUED IN NORTON COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT.  DEREK HORACEK HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF DOMESTIC BATTERY, A CLASS B PERSON MISDEMEANOR.  THAT CHARGE IS IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED MARCH 18TH INCIDENT.  HORACEK MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE MARCH 21ST.  AT HIS ARRAIGNMENT HE PLED NOT GUILTY.  HIS TRIAL TO THE BENCH ... Read More »

Economic Development Agenda

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THE BOARD POSITIONS UP FOR APPOINTMENT AND THE UPDATE ON PROJECTS WILL HIGHLIGHT THE AGENDA FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD TONIGHT.  THE BOARD POSITIONS FOR GREG MANN, GAYLE JAMES, BRAD HOPKINS AND DEENA WENTE ARE UP FOR APPOINTMENT BY THEIR VARIOUS COUNCILS OR COMMISSIONS.  ALSO, DIRECTOR SCOTT SPROUL WILL UPDATE THE BOARD ON THE COLBY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ... Read More »

D.U.C.K. in weather

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS A NEW ACRONYM TO REMIND CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE THAT THERE ARE KEY SAFETY RULES DURING SEVERE STORMS – ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT MIGHT LEAD TO TORNADOES. THE ACRONYM IS DUCK – SHORT FOR: DOWN TO THE LOWEST LEVEL; UNDER SOMETHING STURDY; COVER YOUR HEAD; AND KEEP IN THE SHELTER UNTIL THE STORM HAS PASSED. THESE ... Read More »

Court Report

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AN ALMENA WOMAN PLED GUILTY TO ONE OF FOUR CHARGES FILED AGAIN HER IN NORTON COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT.  IANNY TOWERY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO STOP AT A STOP SIGN, NO PROOF OF INSURANCE A TAG NOT ASSIGNED TO THE VEHICLE, AND DRIVING WHILE REVOKED.  THOSE CHARGES ARE IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED JANUARY 10TH INCIDENT.  IN A PLEA ... Read More »

Retirement Reception

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WITH MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE NORTON SCHOOL DISTRICT, THOSE TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS RETIRING THIS YEAR WILL BE HONORED WITH A RECEPTION COMING UP TUESDAY MAY 22ND.  THE RECEPTION WILL BE AT 1:30 AT THE EAST CAMPUS AUDITORIUM.  THOSE RETIRING INCLUDE ALICE EVANS, DANA MADDEN, LIDA SHARP, BELINDA THALHEIM AND DAVID WILL.  RETIRING FROM THE SPECIAL EDUCATION COOPERATIVE ... Read More »

Norton County Commissioners Agenda

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THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HAVE THEIR REGULAR MEETING MONDAY.  ON THE AGENDA WILL BE  NORTON COUNTY APPRAISER ALAN HALE FROM 9 TILL 10:30.  SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD PRESENTS HIS REPORT AT 10:30.  STUART PORTER FROM SCHWAB EATON WILL MEET WITH THE COMMISSION AT 11:00.  MARK DETTER WITH DEWAAY FINANCIAL HAS SET AN 11:30 APPOINTMENT.  THERE MAY BE REPORTS ... Read More »

Norton County Commissioners Notes

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THE BURN BAN FOR THE COUNTY AND THE AGREEMENT TO ASSIST WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  THE COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO REMOVE THE BURN BAN FOR THE COUNTY, BUT ARE ASKING THAT IF ANY BURNS ARE SCHEDULED, LET THE FIRE CHIEFS KNOW BEFOREHAND.  JUSTINA SMITH FROM THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTED AN AGREEMENT TO ASSIST DURING ... Read More »

Court Report

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A NORTON MAN WAS CHARGED WITH TWO DRUG RELATED CHARGES IN NORTON COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT.  DEVON HUSTED WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT EACH OF POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, BOTH CLASS A MISDEMEANORS.  THOSE CHARGES ARE IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED MARCH 11TH INCIDENT.  HUSTED MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE APRIL 17TH.  HIS ARRAIGNMENT IS SET FOR MONDAY (TODAY) AT ... Read More »

Memorial Work Night

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THE VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE WILL BE HAVING A WORK NIGHT TONIGHT.  THEY ARE ASKING FOR ANYONE WITH A SHOVEL AND THE DESIRE TO HELP TO COME TO THE MEMORIAL PARK ACROSS FROM PAMIDA TONIGHT.  THEY WILL BE LANDSCAPING THE MEMORIAL IN PREPARATION FOR THE DEDICATION ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.  SOD NEEDS TO BE REMOVED, TREES PLANTED AND MULCH PUT DOWN ... Read More »

Norton County Arts Council Future

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THE NORTON COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL HELD THEIR ANNUAL MEETING ON APRIL THIRD. THE FUTURE OF THE ARTS COUNCIL WAS DISCUSSED EXTENSIVELY. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS DETERMINED THAT A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT SEVEN IN THE NORTON PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM TO GET INPUT AS TO WHETHER THE ARTS COUNCIL SHOULD CONTINUE. THE ARTS COUNCIL HAS BEEN ... Read More »

Norton City Council Notes

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THE ORDINANCE FORMING A PUBLIC BUILDING COMMISSION AND AN INVITATION WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT.  THE COUNCIL HEARD THE FIRST READING OF THE ORDINANCE FORMING A PUBLIC BUILDING COMMISSION TO WORK WITH THE SWIMMING POOL ISSUE.  THIS COMMISSION WILL OVERSEE THE BONDS FOR THE POOL AND IF IN THE FUTURE, THE COUNCIL WANTS ANOTHER BOND ISSUE ... Read More »

Court Report

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A BEAVER CITY MAN HAS CHANGED HIS PLEA IN NORTON COUNTY MAGISTRATE COURT.  TYLER LINNER OF BEAVER CITY WAS CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, ALL IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED MARCH 10TH, 2011 INCIDENT.  AT HIS ARRAIGNMENT HE PLED NOT GUILTY.  HE CHANGED HIS PLEA TO GUILTY OF ONE COUNT OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE, AND THE OTHER ... Read More »