Free Paint Available for Public Renovation Projects

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders (R-Kingfisher) is notifying individuals, local governments and organizations that they can apply for free paint to renovate and revitalize forgotten community structures as part of the Fresh Paint Days Campaign by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.

Paint is donated by donated by H.I.S. Coatings and a stipend for supplies is provided by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Applications are due by July 31.

“This is a wonderful public service project,” Sanders said. “I encourage volunteers to get involved in this creative and fun competition and see if we can’t bring some beauty back to some aging community structures in our district.”

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful describes Fresh Paint Days as a program designed to encourage volunteers to seek out unsightly community structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources. Willing volunteers make use of donated paint and a stipend for supplies to transform their building with the application of fresh paint, a little creativity, and a lot of elbow grease.

Complete rules and guidelines for the program as well as applications and permission to paint forms can be found by clicking this link:

Selected participants will be notified in August. The general public will then be encouraged to visit the contest page and vote for their favorite project. Winners will receive environmental excellence awards and be recognized at a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Celebration.

Angela Gore to lead nursing department at Southwestern

Dr. Angela Gore has been named chair of the Department of Nursing and director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Gore came to nursing as a second profession. She began her career as a middle school science teacher and after teaching for 11 years, she decided to return to school to become a nurse.

She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 2008 and worked in labor and delivery as a staff nurse and finally as a case manager in the home health business.

Gore then combined her love of teaching and nursing and began working at Canadian Valley Technology Center, teaching health careers students. She attained her Master of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 and began teaching nursing students at SWOSU.

She taught Child Health Nursing and Family Health Nursing until the summer of 2017, when she left to complete her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Oklahoma. She attained her DNP in May of 2018 and returned to the SWOSU Nursing Department.

Mineral Owners Annual Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Woods County Mineral Owners Association annual meeting on Thursday, June 27 at the Alva campus of the Northwest Technology Center located at 1801 South 11th St, Alva. Tom Ward will be our guest speaker for the evening. Ward is a prominent Oklahoma City businessman and philanthropist. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Mach Resources, a privately-owned energy company in Oklahoma City.

Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the meal at 6:30. Dinner reservations are $15 each and you may RSVP by calling the Woods County OSU Extension Office (580)-327- 2786, by June 24 so an accurate count can be provided to the catering service.