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Court Report

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A Norton man will have a preliminary hearing todayin Norton County Magistrate Court for drug charges.  Richard Estes has ben charged with sale of a narcotic drug a level 2 drug felony, in connection with an alleged july 12th incident.  He has also been charged with conspiracy a level four drug felony and unlawful use of a communication facility, a ... Read More »

Economic Development Notes

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THE UPDATE ON PROJECTS WERE THE MAJOR ITEMS FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD LAST NIGHT.  THE GRANT APPLICATION HAS BEEN TURNED IN FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE DOCTORS CLINIC FOR COLBY COMMUNITY COLLEGE.  THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT WILL BE 416 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE THE THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST AND THEN OTHER ... Read More »

Court Report

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AN OBERLIN MAN HAS PLED TO REDUCED CHARGES IN NORTON COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURT.  WILLIAM VASBINDER WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF CRIMINAL THREAT,  IN CONNECTION WITH AN ALLEGED JANUARY 28TH INCIDENT.  IN A PLEA AGREEMENT, VASBINDER PLED GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF HARASSMENT BY PHONE A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.  HE WAS SENTENCED TO 12 MONTHS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION, FINED ... Read More »

After Five Club Meeting

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ALL AREA WOMEN ARE INVITED TO THE NORTON AFTER FIVE CLUB MEETING THIS THURSDAY NIGHT.  THE MEETING WILL BE AT 6:30 AT THE TOWN AND COUNTRY KITCHEN.  CELEBRATE AMERICA” is the theme for the evening.  The special music for the evening is “OF THEE I SING”, presented by talented NCHS vocalist, Alec Melvin, accompanied by Justin Griffith on the guitar.  ... Read More »

Pet Show tonight

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  PRE-FAIR ACTIVITIES WILL KICK OFF TONIGHT DURING THE 4-H PET, DOG AND CAT SHOW AT the ANDBE HOME IN NORTON.  4-H Members will be on hand to display their hand pets, cats and work their dogs through the obedience and showmanship trials.  The DOG Show will begin at 6:30 with the PET SHOW to follow AT 7:30 AND WILL ... Read More »

Washington Woman To Be Sentenced In Norton County Court

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A Washington Kansas woman will be sentenced for two trafficking charges in August in Norton County District Court. Jennifer Layman was originally charged with three counts of traffic in contraband into a correctional facility in connection with an alleged April 14th incident. Those charges are level five and six non-person felonies. In a plea agreement, Layman pled guilty to two ... Read More »

Norton County Commissioners Minutes

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THE VIEWING OF COUNTY ROADS AND THE CLOSE OUT OF THE GRANT FOR THE EMS BUILDING WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  THE COMMISSION SPENT THE FIRST TWO HOURS OF THE AFTERNOON TOURING COUNTY ROADS WITH THE ROAD CREWS.  THEY ALSO MET WITH TOM BENNETT OF B.G. CONSULTANTS ABOUT THE BI-ANNUAL BRIDGE INSPECTIONS.  TWO BRIDGES ... Read More »

Drought Declarations Expanded In Several Kansas Counties

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Increasing drought conditions in south central and southwestern Kansas have led Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties he issued earlier this year. The update includes moving three counties from warning status up to emergency status. The updated drought declaration moves five counties from watch status up to warning status. It also adds 14 counties to ... Read More »

COC Meeting

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The Norton County Farm Service Agency  (FSA) will be conducting an informational meeting for the upcoming County Committee Election on July 20th at 1:00 at the Norton County FSA Office.  The purpose of the meeting will be to  discuss the duties of the County Committee, explain the FSA Local Administrative Area (LAA) that is open for a candidate, and the ... Read More »

Court Report

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 A Norton man will have a jury trial in september in norton county district court.  28-YEAR-OLD Ryan Zweygardt was charged with two counts of alleged rape.  Those charges are in connection with alleged incidents on March 19th and April 10th.  He was also charged with two counts of aggravated battery and aggravated sodomy, in connection with those two incidents.  At ... Read More »

School Board Notes

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SCHOOL BOARD NOTES  7/12/11  DW    THE BUDGET FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING WERE ITEMS FOR THE USD 211 NORTON BOARD OF EDUCATION LAST NIGHT.  ONLY FOUR BOARD MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO BE PRESENT AT THE MEETING.  THERE WAS NO PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT, SO THE MEMBERS APPOINTED CHRIS HARTING TO BE THE ACTING PRESIDENT.  SUPERINTENDENT GREG ... Read More »

Economic Development Agenda

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENDA  7/12/11  DW   THE UPDATE ON PROJECTS WILL HIGHLIGHT THE AGENDA FOR THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD TONIGHT.  THE BOARD WILL REVIEW THE AG VALLEY CONTRACT, THE BUSINESS AND VISITOR STATION AND THE HEATON BUILDING.  THEY WILL DISCUSS A GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR THE CITY OF NORTON.  THE BOARD WILL ADDRESS THE CONTRACT WITH THE ... Read More »

Natoma Corporation Honored

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A Norton business has been honored by the Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance.  During the 2nd Quarterly KREDA Meeting on June 15; three western Kansas businesses were honored with business appreciation awards. Members of KREDA nominated local businesses and a panel of judges reviewed the applicants to determine a winner in the following categories: Retail, Manufacturing and Hospital/Non-Profit.  Honored with ... Read More »

Tag Deadline

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THURSDAY iS THE DEADLINE TO RENEW VEHICLE TAGS AT THE NORTON COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE IF YOUR LAST NAME OR BUSINESS NAME BEGINS WITH THE LETTERS “H”, OR “I”.  THE OFFICE STAFF needS A current proof of insurance to verify the VIN number, policy number and current expiration date.  Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Driver license renewals ... Read More »

Harvest Tips

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Harvest season is nearing the Norton and and some parts of Kansas are already done, but the Kansas Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, and combines.  Most farm equipment is not designed to travel at highway speeds, and may only be designed to travel 15-25 miles per hour. Farm ... Read More »