Six win scholarships in contest
Six children each won $529 toward a college savings account plus another $529 for each of their schools from the Kids on College Survey Sweepstakes, state Treasurer Ken Miller announced. The contest, a partnership between the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan and state Gap Stores, challenged Oklahoma grade-schools students and their parents to test their knowledge of college and its future costs. From those who entered the online survey, a student from each grade, kindergarten through fifth, was selected randomly. Each of the six students won $529 toward an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account. The winners include: Roger Guilford, Oklahoma City, kindergarten, Cleveland Elementary; Maggie Steelman, Moore, first grade, Christian Heritage Academy; Deven McCormick, Del City, second grade, Ridgecrest Elementary; Zoe Hammond, Oklahoma City, third grade, Young Achievers Academy; Addison Barnes, Sand Springs, fourth grade, Barnes Elementary; and Jarod Williams, Kansas, fifth grade, Cookson Hills Christian School. Gap Stores provided a matching award to either the art or music program at each student's school.
New biofuel station opens
MIDWEST CITY — Midwest City has opened a new biofuels station to serve city vehicles. The city and Association of Central Oklahoma Governments provided the funding for the $270,000 project that included three new underground storage tanks for biodiesel, ethanol and unleaded fuels. The addition allows about 57 percent of the city's fleet to use some sort of alternative fuel. “Alternative fuel will allow the city to reduce its carbon footprint and become more environmentally responsible,” said Craig Davis, the city's transportation manager.
Matrix gets $12M in N.J. contracts
TULSA — A Matrix Service Co. subsidiary has been awarded more than $12 million worth of contracts for high-voltage transmission line work in New Jersey, the company announced Thursday. Matrix SME will remove and install more than 200 wood and steel power poles, and rebuild several miles of existing transmission lines. “These project awards further demonstrate the company's capabilities in the transmission and distribution industry, as well as our commitment to growth within our electrical infrastructure segment,” Matrix CEO John Hewitt said.
Norman's cost of living praised
NORMAN — Norman was ranked the second least expensive U.S. city to live in, according to the most recent 2012 Cost of Living Index, which is published quarterly by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The most affordable city, according to the ranking, was Harlingen, Texas; the most expensive city to live in is New York. “Norman has such a high quality of life it is surprising the city is so affordable; this will be a great tool to assist us in our recruiting efforts,” said Don Wood, executive director of the Norman Economic Development Coalition. The index uses data on prices of consumer goods and services in each city, but excludes taxes and nonconsumer expenditures. Key categories include housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.
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