Vaccinations Available in West Plains on Friday, April 9th

April 8, 2021

WEST PLAINS, MO – Ozarks Healthcare and Missouri State University West Plains (MSU – WP) will partner to present a community COVID-19 vaccination event at MSU – WP’s Lybyer Technology Center on Friday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lybyer Technology Center is located at 605 W. Main St. in West Plains. …

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Storm Siren Testing

April 8, 2021

On Wednesday, April 14th at 10:00 A.M., the Douglas County Emergency Management staff will be testing the Ava storm sirens. In the event of bad weather the tests will be run the following day at the same time.

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Ava R-I School Board: Teacher Stipends, New Insurance Consortium

April 8, 2021

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Crafting a Second Career: 27 years teaching leads to fulltime arts and crafts work

April 8, 2021

by Doug Berger After retiring from a 27 year teaching career, Regina Robertson knew she had to find something to help occupy her time. Robertson spent 26 years as he middle school art teacher in the Ava School District. She had spent her first year of teaching at Gainesville. “I liked teaching middle school. That’s…

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Full Pull Fever:50 Years of Experience Nets Don Kapraun a National Championship

April 8, 2021

By Doug Berger Douglas County resident Don Kapraun has been involved in the sport of tractor pulling for 50 plus years, and recently had a championship finish at a nationals event held in Lincoln, Neb. in the 8500 Division 2 Antique class. Kapraun started his interest in tractor pulling while living in Illinois. His family…

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Ava R-I School Board: Teacher Stipends, New Insurance Consortium

April 2, 2021

by Michael Boyink The Ava R-1 School Board convened for a special board meeting at 5:30 p.m. on April 1, 2021. During the open portion of the meeting, the board discussed the following: Insurance Consortium The board voted 7-0 to begin purchasing employee health insurance through the “Mask-2” consortium. Dr. Dial said the rates will…

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Douglas County Offices Closed on Good Friday

April 1, 2021

Douglas County offices will be closed Friday, April 2 for Good Friday. The Douglas County Clerk’s office will be open for voting on Saturday April 3rd from 8-12. The Circuit Court will remain open on Friday. 

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Ava Rally for Life

April 1, 2021

by Doug Berger Over 40 persons attended a Rally for Life at the Ava TrueView Family Theater on March 18 and concluded the rally with a candle lit walk to the Douglas County courthouse. Dave Plemmons, a representative of the Missouri Right to Life, was one of the guest speakers at the rally. Plemmons recommended…

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Melissa Payne Named Ava R-1 Assistant Superintendent

April 1, 2021

The Ava R-I Schools have named Melissa Payne as  Assistant Superintendent, filling the vacancy to be left by current Assistant Superintendent Aaron Dalton. Dalton is moving into the Superintendent role next fall. According to the School’s press release, “Mrs. Payne is completing her 10th year in education, the last three of which she served as…

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Options: 15 Years of Service in Ava

April 1, 2021

by Doug Berger Options Pregnancy Center (OPC) of Ava has been offering resources for crisis pregnancies and educational support for the community for over 15 years. The Center operates a satellite clinic in Gainesville, which was opened in 2018. Options operates with a staff consisting of part-time employees and volunteers. Currently there are three employees…

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