State offers farm grants
The state Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry is accepting applications for grants to assist existing farmers markets in promoting specialty crops. Market directors can submit applications ranging from $500 to $3,500. Grant applications are due Dec. 13. Grants may be used for signs, advertising or marketing of specialty crops available at the markets. The 2014 Oklahoma Grown Farmers Market Specialty Crops Grant program has $55,000 available. For more information and application forms contact Nathan Kirby, Oklahoma Grown Program Coordinator, at 522-6194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Food drive to dunk hunger
Gov. Mary Fallin will join the Oklahoma City Thunder for an event to benefit the governor's Feeding Oklahoma food drive before the team's Nov. 6 game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Spectators coming to the game against the Dallas Mavericks are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win Thunder merchandise. The drive will begin about 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. The results of the annual food drive will be announced during a wrap-up event Nov. 7 at the Capitol.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Group plans new hospital
The Norman Regional Hospital Authority has approved plans for a new, 100,000-square-foot, $28.8 million facility for Moore, to replace the hospital devastated by the May 20 tornado. The five-story medical center — scheduled to open in 2016 — will offer emergency and outpatient services, as well as lab, imaging, ultrasound and X-rays. Up to 80,000 square feet of medical office space will accommodate physicians and specialists and other services. Future phases could include physical therapy and a birthing center. In the meantime, construction has started on a temporary emergency department in Moore. The modular building will allow for trauma fast-track rooms for minor illnesses and injuries, an isolation room, treatment rooms, a triage area, X-ray, CT, ultrasound and lab services. The temporary facility could be open in December.