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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 »

Bussing requests

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NORTON USD 211 REMINDS PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO RESIDE IN NORCATUR, AND WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE NORTON SCHOOLS FOR THE 2011-12 SCHOOL YEAR, THAT OUT OF DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION BUSING APPLICATIONS ARE DUE IN THE OBERLIN SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICE.  CURRENT STATUTES ALLOW THE NORTON BUSSES TO ENTER NORCATUR TO PICK UP STUDENTS PROVIDING THE STUDENT’S APPLICATION HAS BEEN FILED WITH ... Read More »

School Board Notes

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The projects from 360 Energy Solutions and the handbooks for the next school year were items for the USD 211 Norton Board of Education yesterday morning.  Joe Hurla from 360 Energy presented the bids received for the various projects throughout the district including boiler work, lighting and heating control work.  Projections for all the projects was set at 1.1 million ... Read More »

Father’s Day Fatality

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A HAYS MAN LOST HIS LIFE IN A ONE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY IN TREGO COUNTY.  A 2000 FORD RANGER PICK-UP, DRIVEN BY STEVEN SCHMEIDLER OF HAYS WAS EASTBOUND ON A TREGO COUNTY ROAD FIVE AND A HALF MILES SOUTH OF THE I-70 EXIT AT ELLIS AND THEN 2.3 MILES WEST ON AN ELLIS COUNTY ROAD INTO TREGO COUNTY.  THE PICK-UP ENTERED THE ... Read More »

Richard graduates

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Air Force Airman Kyle J. Richard graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.  Richard completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.  Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree ... Read More »

Lightning awareness week

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This week has been designated National Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  Across the country, National Weather Service offices are promoting lightning awareness by issuing Public Information Statements and playing special safety information on NOAA Weather Radio.  The Fourth of July holiday is fast approaching, a time when people are outdoors at picnics, at the lake, playing baseball, and attending parades and ... Read More »

Soil Health and Wealth

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WITH THE CURRENT COMMODITY MARKETS AT HIGH PRICE LEVELS, IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT THE SOIL FOR GRAIN PRODUCTION BE MAINTAINED.  SOIL HEALTH AND WEALTH WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT 9:30 AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN NORTON.  DISCUSSION WILl INCLUDE MANAGEING SOIL FERTILITY USING COVER CROPS, CROP ROTATIONS, TRANSITIONING TO ORGANIC CROP PRODUCTION AND MARKETING ORGANICALLY GROWN CROPS.  PRESENTATIONS WILL BE GIVEN BY ... Read More »