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Hutchinson Facility Honored

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The Hutchinson Correctional Facility WAS honored by the Environmental  Protection Agency for reducing its volume of solid waste through innovative and aggressive recycling programs.  EPA presented a WasteWise State Government Partner of the Year Award to the correctional facility. This honor is awarded annually to one State WasteWise partner in the country. WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program that ... Read More »

Wellness Program

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  THE NORTON COUNTY HOSPITAL AND DOCTOR MARTIN GRIFFEY ARE HOSTING ANOTHER FREE WELLNESS SEMINAR MONDAY NIGHT  IN NORTON.  THE PROGRAM WILL BE ON CORONARY HEART DISEASE.  THE PROGRAM WILL BE MONDAY NIGHT AT 7:30 IN THE BASEMENT OF PRAIRIE LAND ELECTRIC AND IS FREE.  TO RESERVE A SPACE OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE NORTON MEDICAL CLINIC.  THE FREE ... Read More »

KHP Accident

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A NORTON MAN WAS INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT SUNDAY IN BARTON COUNTY.  A 1998 CADILLAC, DRIVEN BY 50-YEAR-OLD TERRY GAUTIER OF NORTON WAS SOUTHBOUND ON U.S. HIGHWAY 281 EAST OF GALATIA IN BARTON COUNTY.  FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, THE CAR LEFT THE ROADWAY AND ENTERED THE DITCH.  THE CADILLAC OVERTURNED AND STRUCK AN EMBANKMENT.  GAUTIER WAS TAKEN TO THE ... Read More »

Winter Tips

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Winter is here for a couple more months and when going outside, make sure to bundle up and stay as warm as possible.  If you are working outdoors, traveling or enjoying winter sports wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves and waterproof boots. Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches. Learn safety precautions to ... Read More »

Court Report

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A Norton young man is on a diversion agreement for a minor in possession charge from Norton Municipal Court.  Nicholas Kerns was charged with minor in possession of alcohol in connection with an alleged December 16th incident.  He entered into a six-month diversion agreement.  He was to pay A 100-DOLLAR assessment fee, diversion fee of 100 and court costs of ... Read More »

Loans Available

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USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for the Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program.  The program assists low to moderate income rural Kansans obtain financing to purchase a home.  Loans funds can be used to build, repair, renovate or relocate a home, or to purchase and prepare sites, including providing water and sewage facilities.  With the direct loan program, there ... Read More »

Court Report

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A Norton man was found guilty of a criminal trespass charge in Norton Municipal Court.  Roger Thomas was charged with criminal trespass in connection with an alleged January 9th incident.  He pled no contest and was found guilty.  Thomas was fined 1000 dollars suspended to 100 dollars and court costs of 76 if there is no trouble during probation.  He ... Read More »

CAFO Regulations

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt last week submitted a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency to scrap a proposed regulation on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Brownback and Schmidt cited concerns that the rule would place an undue burden on Kansas livestock producers. The proposed rule, known as the CAFO Reporting Rule, would require all CAFOs ... Read More »

Norton City Council Election Slate

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  THE SLATE OF NOMINEES FOR NORTON CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS HAS BEEN SET AFTER THE DEADLINE EXPIRED AT NOON TODAY.   IN WARD ONE, THE POSITION HELD BY JEFF OTTER, HE DID NOT RE-FILE.  HARRIETT GILL FILED FOR THE POSITION.  IN WARD TWO, A POSITION HELD BY DONNA FOLEY, SHE RE-FILED FOR THE POSITION.  IN WARD THREE, A POSITION HELD ... Read More »

Court Report

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A NORTON MAN WAS SENTENCED FOR A THEFT CHARGE IN NORTON MUNICIPAL COURT.  MATTHEW MEHMEL WAS CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR THEFT, IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED DECEMBER 12TH INCIDENT.  HE PLED GUILTY.  HE WAS FINED 100 DOLLARS, PLUS COURT COSTS OF 76.  MEHMEL WAS SENTENCED TO 30 DAYS IN JAIL, SUSPENDED IF THE FINES ARE PAID WITHIN THREE MONTHS AND RESTITUTION ... Read More »

Commissioners Notes

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THE UPDATE ON DEPARTMENTS AND THE COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING LAST MONDAY.  KAREN GRIFFITHS FROM THE COURT TRUSTEE OFFICE UPDATED ON THE DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS AND POSSIBLE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED.  THE COURT TRUSTEES DOES CHILD SUPPORT FOR THE SIX JUDICIAL DISTRICT AND RUSSELL COUNTY.  THEY ADDRESSED THE HR AND ... Read More »

Business Incubator has a tenant

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Elements of Massage will open their Norton location on February 1st in the Norton Business Incubator located at 104 S State Street.  Ceena Owens, owner, is a Registered Nurse as well as a Registered Massage Therapist. Working with her will be Amber Nuttycomb who is a Certified Massage Therapist. The first Business Incubator program was started in New York in ... Read More »

Council Election Deadline

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THE DEADLINE TO FILE FOR NORTON CITY COUNCIL POSITIONS COMES UP today.  POSITIONS HELD BY JEFF OTTER IN WARD ONE, DONNA FOLEY IN WARD TWO AND TOBY KUHN IN WARD THREE ARE UP FOR ELECTION.  THE FILING DEADLINE FOR THE APRIL 3rd GENERAL ELECTION IS TODAY AT NOON AT THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE.  A Primary election will be held on ... Read More »

Court Report

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AN ALMENA MAN WAS SENTENCED FOR A FORGERY CHARGE IN NORTON COUNTY DISTRICT COURT.  JESSE LENTZ PLED GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF FORGERY IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED SEPTEMBER 20TH INCIDENT.  ONE COUNT OF CONSPIRACY WAS DISMISSED.  THAT CHARGE WAS IN CONNECTION WITH A 75 DOLLAR CHECK INVOLVING THE ALMENA STATE BANK.  LENTZ WAS SENTENCED TO 12 MONTHS WITH THE ... Read More »

Domestic Violence Funding

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with attorneys general from 46 other states in asking Congress to reauthorize federal programs directed at keeping women and families safe from domestic violence.  The law, known as the Violence Against Women Act, was first passed in 1994. The law was last reauthorized in 2006. In their letter of support, the attorneys general ... Read More »