18 Graduates 6 Departments 3 Counties

July 29, 2021

The Squires Volunteer Firefighter I & II Academy recently graduated a class of 18 firefighters, with students representing six departments across three counties. Departments with graduates included Squires Volunteer Fire Department Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department Twin Bridges Fire Department Pontiac/Price Place Volunteer Fire Department Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department Cedar Creek Volunteer Fire Department…

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Ava Wanted to be a Prison Town

July 29, 2021

Ava City Council Spent 28 Days in 1985 Courting State Prison Contract Editor’s note: Over the course of 28 days in 1985, Ava applied to be the site of a $44 Million, 1000-bed state prison. Residents favored the idea, the city sought land, applied to the state, but were rejected without comment. What follows are…

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Breastfeeding Month Proclamation

July 29, 2021

On July 22, 2021, Mayor Burrely Loftin issued the Breastfeeding Month Proclamation for the month of August. According to the proclamation, breastfeeding promotes healthier mothers and benefits society through lower healthcare costs for infants. Standing with the mayor is Whittney Baldwin, Douglas County Health Department.

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Fatal One Car Crash

July 29, 2021

On Monday, July 26th, Joseph Hamby, 78, of Ava, was pronounced dead after his 2007 GMC Sierra ran off the roadway on private property four miles south of Goodhope, and came to rest in a creek bed. It’s unknown whether Hamby was wearing a seat belt. The accident was investigated by Master Sergeant C.A. Hogue…

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Ava R-1 Schools Pre-Enrollment August 3-4

July 29, 2021

The Ava R-1 School system is holding a pre-enrollment event  for new and transfer students entering PK-12 on Tuesday, August 3rd and Wednesday, August 4th, from 9:00 a.m.- Noon, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Representatives will be available in the Ava School Board Room, located behind the High School, to verify records and help enroll…

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Plainview R-8 School New Student Registration

July 29, 2021

Plainview School will be open for new student registration on Tuesday, August 3 & Wednesday, August 4, 8:30am – 3:00pm. The registration is for all new students, Preschool – 8th grade. To register, please bring: Birth certificate Current immunization records Proof of residency For more information or if you have questions, contact Mrs. Reed at…

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COVID-19 Outbreak Puts Sheriff’s Office on Emergency Status

July 22, 2021

Employees and inmates tested positive for COVID-19. That’s what caused the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to announce on Monday, July 19th, that it was operating under emergency status. According to Sheriff Chris Degase’s post on the organization’s Facebook account, “We have the Health Department scheduled to come in and test those inmates that are symptomatic…

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History of Wasola Pt. 2

July 22, 2021

Editor’s note: This two-part series was originally published in the Herald in February of 1989. The articles cover the history of Wasola, Mo., located just south of the Douglas County line in Ozark County, on Highway 5. The history was compiled and submitted to the Herald for publication by J. Venue Hicks, of Springfield.  (Continued…

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Douglas County a COVID Hotspot

July 22, 2021

According to an update posted on Friday, July 16th by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services:  DOUGLAS, TEXAS & WRIGHT COUNTIES: Your counties are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases over the last week. Disease is expected to move east from Southwest Missouri. The Delta variant, which spreads more easily and poses higher…

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Barn Quilt Show

July 22, 2021

Entries in the Barn Quilt Show currently running at the Ava Art Gallery. The show runs through July 24th and will feature a winner selected by viewer choice votes. Visit the gallery at 303 E. Washington Ave, Ava, Missouri, just east of the Ava square.

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