Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Local News

May 14, 2013

Awards thrice as nice for Main Street — Praise and accolades seem to be developing as a regular result of efforts from those involved with Main Street Pauls Valley.

However, for MSPV Director Samantha Robb, her involvement along with several other volunteers was only partly to thank for coming away with three big Oklahoma Main Street wins at this year’s awards banquet. She attributes most of the credit to the community itself and how different parts from the city government to businesses and said volunteers went out of their way to earn being honored for improvements over the past year.

“This year I streamlined it and concentrated only on things I thought that the judges might be looking for,” said Robb, noting how in years past the organization was happy to just be finalist and it was a pleasant surprise since they didn’t even get that much at the last banquet. “That’s the thing to remember, these are all nominations for Pauls Valley… We don’t do that all by ourselves, so while it’s the state Main Street that awards them I consider them Pauls Valley’s awards.”

Out of 14 total categories with submissions by Robb this time around, two were actually for work completed on the Main Street Office/Arts & Cultural Center. It’s particularly impressive considering that in her time here, there had been only one other occasion the organization had won a competitive award at this level, which was in 2010 for the restoration of the Yeatts Furniture neon sign.

The two trophies received for the office were for Best Facade Restoration over $10,000 as well as Best Public Improvement Project, and while the work by the city did not restore everything to exact standards set for historical preservation, it was done in a way that complimented the structure’s early beginnings, according to Robb. It also helped bring a bit more comfort that all their investments were paying off even after harder times came, including a drop in funding like sponsorship as well as a removal of what they used to receive from the city in the previous year.

“I nominated it in three categories and we won it in two categories,” said Robb, noting how their operating location will only serve to benefit the organization for years to come, especially once they are able to finish the rest of the first floor and beyond. “This could be a wonderful event center once it’s all finished. Our main goal now is to raise funding, maybe get a grant or two and complete the first story. We love being in our new home.”

On the other award front, they came away with the top honor for Creative New Event thanks to what was accomplished by the Living Dead Center Festival, said Robb. They were able to share that award with a couple of out of town zombies who happened to buy tickets to the banquet and it put them above the competition due to activities like the Zombie 5K Run or Monster Ball.

All of these wins provide hope of even more exposure for Pauls Valley in the future, which Robb thinks could be just around the corner thanks to another impressive month celebrating all things Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. As with last year when an a new award was created through OG&E to honor the imaginations that came up with the PV Arts Council Trash in Fashion Show, there is potential for new accolades as that again gained nation attention with this year’s winner covered by a national fashion magazine. Add to that other new additions in April like the Recycling Center as well as community garden.

Of course, Robb noted how future success is going to take a continued, if not increase, in generosity when it comes to donations if they are going to be able to meet their mission of outreach. It’s something she feels is worth any struggle.

“I hope it’s a good foundation for the future,” said Robb. “I think this is an exciting start... We’ll continue to promote all things Pauls Valley as we can.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Earth Day Recycling Anniversary Recycling fun for Earth Day

    Tips on living healthy, conservation and even plastic water bottles were flying all over this week as Pauls Valley’s new recycling center celebrated its first ever birthday.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Unicycle fun one more time

    A class teaching kids and adults alike how to ride a unicycle is about to make a second go around here in Pauls Valley.

    April 23, 2014

  • Arbor Week Honor Tree honor runs deep

    Maysville’s grade school was a good place for some learning, namely about trees as students and others gathered Monday to celebrate one of their own taking the top prize in a statewide Arbor Week contest.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community rallying around teen

    Waging a war against cancer has always included support not just for those afflicted, but for loved ones impacted by the disease.

    April 22, 2014

  • Relay for Life Treats Tasty Treats Help Relay for Life


    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • BrickFest, Hero Day to join forces

    The wait is finally over and the news is looking good for a BrickFest event this year in Pauls Valley.

    April 21, 2014

  • Visions big for local food pantry

    Board members for a Pauls Valley food pantry now have their plans in place for yet another holiday tradition later this year.

    April 21, 2014

  • Worker safety focus of area event

    Bringing people together for some family fun and a serious message is a way for a couple of Wynnewood and Pauls Valley widows to honor their late husbands.

    April 21, 2014

  • Easter Story Time A very Easter Storytime


    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Diaper drive seeking supplies

    An area charity that’s done a lot of good covering infants and small children is looking for assistance to replenish supplies.

    April 18, 2014

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video