The Norman Transcript

June 14, 2008

Business roundup

USDA Service Center

to host open house

A come and go open house will be 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the USDA Service Center, 1726 N. Green Ave., Purcell.

The Farm Service Agency, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, will answer questions about any programs offered by USDA through the Purcell Service Center.

Oklahoma Lottery

warns of potential scam

The Oklahoma Lottery is warning Oklahomans to be aware of a potential scam seeking to trick citizens into believing they’ve won a Powerball prize.

Recently, a number of individuals have contacted Lottery headquarters in regard to being sent a mailing, which includes a counterfeit check. Citizens are asked to send in a personal check for an insurance processing fee in order to be able cash the counterfeit check. The information in the mailings is not associated with the Oklahoma Lottery.

“The Oklahoma Lottery does not require any type of payment in order to claim a prize,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “Please use caution when you receive such notifications, because there are numerous scams similar to this that are circulating.”

Arvest extends posting hours

Arvest announced its 24 branches in central Oklahoma have extended their posting cutoff hours to 7 p.m. The prior cutoff for same day posting was 5 p.m.

“We knew many customers were scrambling to get to the bank before 5 p.m. to get their checks deposited. Now they have a little extra time after work to make their deposits and receive the benefit of same day posting. That should make life a little easier for them,” Kelly Brander, president and CEO of Arvest Bank, Central Oklahoma, said.

Oklahoma City locations that will post deposits until 7 p.m. include branches in Oklahoma City, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, and Yukon.

Take Five 4 Human Grooming acquires Moda Salon

Take Five 4 Human Grooming recently acquired Moda Salon, 1230 N. Interstate Drive in the Robinson Crossing Center, from Shane Martin.

Take Five now has three locations in Norman. The original Take Five Hair Co. opened on Campus Corner 15 years ago. Manilla Whitehorse changed the name to Take Five 4 Human Grooming Inc. and opened its second location in Harold’s Square approximately four years ago. That salon is known as CUT.

OG&E; to test ‘SmartPower’

OG&E; Electric Services will begin a research and development project to test wireless, “smart” technology with residents in two areas of northwest Oklahoma City.

OG&E;’s Positive Energy SmartPower program would enable customers to better manage their energy consumption and control costs.

The program will test a secure, wireless network to provide two-way, real time communication with “smart meters,” installed outside the residence, and programmable thermostats and touch-screen information panels inside the residence.

“Similar ‘smart grid’ technologies are being implemented by several other utilities, but OG&E; will be first to test the in-home programmable thermostats and touch-screen information panels in customers’ homes,” said Ken Grant, managing director of marketing for OG&E.; “This research period will give us a pulse of how our customers can use the technology to benefit them.”

Approximately 6,600 residents in northwest Oklahoma City will receive “smart” electric meters. Along with the smart meters, OG&E; will install touch-screen information panels and programmable thermostats in about 30 to 50 homes or apartments.

Paralegal seminar planned

The University of Oklahoma College of Law will offer a free orientation seminar for persons interested in a career as a paralegal 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at the OU Law Center, 300 Timberdell Road.

The OU Department of Legal Assistant Education is now enrolling students for classes that begin in August. The courses are designed to train individuals as paralegals for careers in corporate, private and government related law activities.

More information is available by calling 325-1726 or through e-mail to

— Transcript Staff