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Loge Named All-State In Baseball

Ben Loge achieved all-state status this week when the Missouri high school baseball coaches named their all-state teams. Loge, a 2014 senior at Ava High School, was the ace of the Ava pitching staff with a 2.53 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 58 innings. He had one perfect game and one no-hitter on the season.…

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Michelle A. Tyner-Voigts, 42

Michelle A. Tyner-Voigts, age 42 of Bonner Springs, Kan., and previously of Ava, Mo., passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 at her home.  Memorial Services will be 7 p.m. Thursday June 26, at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home with a visitation prior to the service from 5 to 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial…

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Russel E. Somers, 74

Russel E. Somers, 74 years, passed away on June 21, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo., with his family by his side. Russel was born Oct. 23, 1939 in Hyndsville, N.Y., to Earl Homer and Hannah Mary (Gillett) Somers. He was a resident of the Ava community since 1997 moving from Cobleskill, N.Y. On Jan.…

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Area Fourth Of July Celebrations

When it comes to observing the Fourth of July, there is no excuse to not celebrate in the Ava area. Three major events will be held this weekend, beginning with the annual Heart of the Ozarks celebration on Friday night, the Squires Picnic and Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday night, and Celebrate America at…

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Fireworks Must Remain On Private Property Within City Limits of Ava

With the Fourth of July just over a week away and fireworks stands now open for business in Ava, it would be a good time to review the City Ordinance regulating fireworks within the city. In a nutshell what the ordinance says is that fireworks may only be shot on private property; and rocket propelled…

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Douglas Co. Is Eligible For Low-Interest Loans

Small businesses affected by August 2013 storms have until July 8 to apply for Federal Disaster Loans SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Dennis S.  Melton, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) St. Louis District Office, announced last Friday that small businesses have until July 8, 2014, to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). “These…

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Seven Ways to Strengthen Your Communication Skills by Loosening Your Smartphone Grip

Digital connectivity is no guarantee of a human connection. Communication expert Geoffrey Tumlin shares seven ways to step away from the screen and strengthen the communication skills that are essential for productive and meaningful relationships. In the always-on digital age, we’re all guilty of indulging in communication shortcuts. We email our colleague Jim instead of…

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Class of 1979 Holds 35-Year Reunion

The Ava High School class of 1979 met for a 35-year reunion recently. Class members pictured above are, from left, back row: Marc Workman, Kevin Tweedy, James Elliott, David Moore, Terry Coats, Mark Evans, Bobby Joe Moore, Rick Miller. Middle row (from left): Gwen Hubbard, Anna Haynes-Coe, Bevy Bice-Moore, Dalene Roy-Robertson, Sandy Ingram-Dietz, Dixie Koop-Pierson,…

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CDC: Risky Teen Behavior Shifts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Less cigarette smoking, soda drinking and physical fighting, but more time at computers and other tech devices. That’s the snapshot from the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Risk Behavior survey. The government goal of reducing teen smoking nationally to less than 16 percent has been met. CDC…

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Pets and Distracted Driving: What You Need To Know

When we hear the term “distracted driving,” most of us think of the obvious culprits – eating, putting on makeup, talking on the phone, texting, or rummaging for a dropped object on the car floor.   However, few of us consider the driving distraction leaving our furry friends unsecured can cause. This fact is underscored by…

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