Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

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Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Business World

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Kid organizers

ATLANTA (Cox) -- Back-to-school time used to mean new blue jeans, a good pair of brown shoes and a nifty Roy Rogers lunch box. Nowadays, parents often shop for educational computer software, faster modems and handy gizmos for their school-age kids. Sharp Electronics Corp. is taking aim at the back-to-school market with a new line of personal information organizers introduced with the student in mind.

Think of these organizers as glorified pocket calculators. They perform all the usual adding, subtracting and multiplication chores, but also have keyboards that allow the entry of text information. So they're useful for scheduling assignments, keeping track of grades and telephone numbers and appointments with the principal. Sharp also touts the calculators as being able to take notes, but for most folks the tiny keyboard would make it difficult to do more than jot down a few simple reminders. Even so, these are handy gadgets, since they can keep track of when assignments are due as well as perform mathematical calculations.

The organizers come in three models that have similar features.The more expensive models generally have more memory and a few additional bells and whistles. The least expensive is the YO-400 model, which sells for $70. It has the ability to link to an IBM- compatible PC so that information gathered on the organizer can easily be transferred to a home computer. Prices range up to $170 for the YO-530, which offers an enlarged eight-line display and larger on-screen type for easier reading.

Pilot Net project

OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- The Metropolitan Library System will take its first step toward providing Internet access with the Sept. 3 addition of three computers for customer use at the Downtown Library.

Anyone wishing to use the service must first complete the library's certification process. The pilot project will provide volunteer coaches to train those with little or not Internet experience.

"One of the computers will be aailable for walk-in use," said Downtown Library Manager Kay Bauman. "Customers wil be able to call ahead and reserve time for using another of the computers, and the third will be dedicated to training with the volunteer coaches."

Each user will be asked to sign an Internet use agreement, enabling the library to program the person's library card number for Internet access.

The library system hopes to have Internet access throughout Oklahoma County libraries by mid-1998.

Southwest's dividend

STILLWATER (JR) -- Southwest Bancorp. Inc., parent company of Stillwater National Bank & Trust Co., has declared a 7 cents per share cash dividend on its common stock for the third quarter. This dividend will be distributed to shareholders of record Sept. 18 and is payable Oct. 1.

The quarterly dividend of 7 cents per share is the same as last quarter. The company has paid a dividend in every year since it was organized in 1981.

Stillwater National has offices in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Chickasha.

Chain sales up

NEW YORK (DJN) -- Sales at retail chain stores rose 0.2 percent in the week ending Aug. 24 from the week before, according to a survey released Tuesday. The BTM-Schroders chain store index said back-to- school sales appeared to be the driving factor for the week and related sales were largely in line with retailers' expectations.

Panaco buys Gulf areas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (DJN) -- Panaco Inc. said Tuesday it agreed to buy Amoco Corp.'s interests in 16 exploration areas in the Gulf of Mexico for about $51 million in cash and stock. Panaco said Amoco's interest in the oil and natural gas fields ranges from 12 percent to 55 percent.

Kansas City-based Panaco is an independent oil and gas exploration company. Amoco Corp. is based in Chicago.

Digital family album

ATLANTA (Cox) -- If you keep up with new consumer software, you may know that a program called Echo Lake made a big splash. …

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