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James L. Cowart, 78

James L. Cowart, age 78, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at his residence. He was born June 10, 1933 in Jarrell, Texas, to Wilburn Lee Cowart and Lois Louise (Whitley) Cowart. James graduated from high school in Florence, Texas. He was a veteran who served in the Korean War and then…

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Emerson Report 1.26.2012

“No” Is Still Not an Energy Policy Not many of the policies coming out of the White House make a whole lot of sense these days, but the Obama Administration’s decision to block a major new pipeline of oil from Canada to the United States runs counter to our economic interests, our energy policy and…

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Old Squires Store Burns; Reward Offered In Fires

Fire of an undetermined origin destroyed the old Squires Store building south of Ava last Sunday night, adding to the concern of folks in that area. The Squires community has seen an outbreak of fires in recent weeks, and no one is believing it is coincidence. For that reason, a reward of up to $5,000…

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County Adopts Budget of $3.5 Million; Suspends Funding for Extension Office

The Douglas County Commission approved a budget on Jan. 12 that calls for total expenditures of $3,546,000 and revenues this year of $3,095.424. A fund balance at the end of 2011 of $622,858, however, gives the county total funds available of $3,718.282, and an anticipated ending balance of $171,500. One of the most noticeable cuts…

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Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Route Rejected

Center for Rural Affairs Applauds Denial of Pipeline Construction LYONS, Neb. – Americans concerned about the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline received welcome news Jan. 18 when the Obama administration announced the rejection of a special U.S. State Department permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. “We applaud President Obama and Secretary of State…

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Bears Games Result In Lopsided Finishes

The Ava Bears played in two games that resulted in blowout results during the past week. Unfortunately, only one was in Ava’s favor. Last Friday night the Bears traveled to Marshfield for a return bout with the Blue Jays that Ava had played to an overtime finish in the Blue and Gold Tournament just after…

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Lady Bears Set For Finals At Reeds Spring

The Ava Lady Bears will play for the championship of the Reeds Spring Tournament this Friday night, with a repeat encounter with the Lady Zizzers of West Plains. A year ago West Plains defeated the Lady Bears 45-28 to win the title. However, earlier this season (Jan. 2) Ava defeated the Zizzers in West Plains,…

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Ava JV Bears Win Fair Grove Tournament

Ava played their first game of the Fair Grove tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Ava won 50-45 over Pleasant Hope. The scoring was led by Brandon Guengerich with 15 points, followed by Phillip Eubanks and Jesse Dean, each with 8 points, Chase Gastineau 6, Cooper Emerich and Tristan Haltom 4, Seth Dobbs 3, and Tyler…

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The Amazing Esther Wrinkles

When our hills and hollers are brown and bare and winter grasp is cold and hard, Ozarkers yearn for hints of coming spring. One of the surest signs in Douglas County, as reliable as the swelling of buds and the rise of tender lily shoots, is the  photograph in this paper of Mrs. Esther Wrinkles…

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School Board Adopts 12-Panel Drug Test, Discusses Resource Officer Options

By Sue Curry Jones A decision to broaden the scope of student drug testing was approved by the Ava R-1 School Board in a 7-0 vote last Thursday evening during the board’s regular monthly session.   According to motions presented by board members Pat Henry and Marsha Aborn, the upgraded screening services will go into affect…

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