The Norman Transcript


February 10, 2013

business news in brief



 2-1-1 is a free, 24-hour phone service that provides Oklahomans access to information on any type of health or human service simply by dialing 2-1-1. Call Specialists listen carefully to callers and make an in-depth assessment and referral plan, providing callers with one or more options.

The highly trained Call Specialists at 2-1-1 are available seven days a week, 365 days a year. 2-1-1 has continued to see an increase in call volume every year. 

Statewide, 311,556 calls were answered in 2012 with an average of 1 in 5 households in Oklahoma utilizing 2-1-1 for access to basic human needs such food, clothes, shelter, health care, and mental health care.


2013 class for

Leadership Arts

Thirty-two individuals from 22 Oklahoma communities are set to join a growing list of community arts leaders in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Arts Council today announced the names of its 2013 Leadership Arts program class members. Members receive in-depth instruction on how to use local arts and cultural resources for economic development, improved education, and enhanced quality of life.

Local members of the 2013 class of Leadership Arts include: Jonathan Fowler (Fowler Volkswagen of Norman), Kevin Smith (Cimarron Opera), and Stephen Koranda (Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau)

U.S. Cellular extends military discount to vets

U.S. Cellular recently extended its military discount to include military veterans. Now, active duty, reserve military and veterans can all receive a 15 percent discount off of their monthly calling plan charges on individual plans $39.99 or higher and family plans $59.99 and higher. This adds up to an annual savings of more than $70 on the $39.99 plan and more than $100 on the $59.99 plan. Customers who are participating in or are a veteran of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps., Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves are eligible for the discount.

— Transcript Staff

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