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Join Over 10,000 Gardeners at the 16th Annual Spring Planting Festival

Celebrate the gardening season here in Mansfield, Mo. at the Baker Creek Annual Spring Planting Festival! Two fun-filled days with activities for the whole family to enjoy, May 1-2, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be over 140 vendors, old time musicians, educational activities for children, thousands of seed varieties and plants to choose…

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What About This…? 4.28.2016

By Wayne William Cipriano The Douglas County Republican Committee Provided on 3/4s of an entire page in the March 31, 2016 edition of the Douglas County Herald, a printed forum of school board candidates responses to six exceptionally well-chosen questions just in time for the April 5 election. It was the next best thing to…

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Gladys Ann Holman

Gladys Ann Holman, 79 years, 9 months, and 1 day old, passed to heaven on April 25, 2016 at her home in Seymour, Mo., (Cedar Gap) with her family by her side. Gladys was born July 24, 1936 in Evans, Mo., to William “Bill” and Lena (Beavans-Thornsberry) Rippee. Gladys was a retired housekeeper from Trinity…

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Russell Verl Turner

Russell Verl Turner, 93 years, 7 months, and 8 days old, passed to heaven on April 24, 2016 at Gainesville Healthcare Center. Russell was born Sept. 16, 1922 in Squires, Mo., to Earl and Ica (Wilkinson) Turner. Russell was employed as a farmer. He liked to go hunting, fishing, and gardening and enjoyed working on…

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Sears Hometown Store In Ava Will Open In June

It was announced this week that a new Sears Hometown Store Within A Store will be opening in Ava, located inside the Cooper Lumber True Value Hardware. The store will open in mid to late June of 2016. “We are delighted to have local business owners and residents, Scott and Sandy Fleetwood and their team…

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Mail Car Burns; Some Mail Lost

The Herald was able to confirm this week that the car of a rural mail carrier out of the Ava Post Office caught fire and burned last week, and some mail was destroyed. Postmaster Kellie Stafford was not available for comment about the incident this week and the employee we spoke with said she was…

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Pearlie Christine Breshears

Pearlie Christine  Breshears, 76 years, 4 months, and 3 days old, passed to heaven on April 24, 2016 at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Mo., with her family by her side. Christine was born Dec. 21, 1939 in Ava, Mo., to Barden Wesley and Mary Modena (McCoy) Lupton. She graduated from Ava High School in…

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Baseball Bears Fall to Mtn. Grove; Beat Willow Springs at Home

The Ava Bears scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning here last Thursday to escape a shutout at the hands of Mtn. Grove. The Panthers defeated Ava 8-3, dropping the Bears to 3-2 in league play. On Monday, the Ava Bears hosted the Bears of Willow Springs and took a 14-1 SCA…

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Ava Middle School Boys Take 1st, 2nd In Relays Meet Here

The Ava Middle School Relays were held on Tuesday, April 19, at C.E. Harlan Stadium. Nine area schools participated in the meet for 7th and 8th grade athletes. Results for Ava athletes who placed in the top six places to score points for their team are listed below: 7TH GRADE BOYS 100 Meter Hurdles:  …

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Bethene Mitchell

Bethene  Mitchell, 77 years, 6 months, and 12 days old, passed to Heaven on April 1, 2016 at her home in Hillsboro, Ore. Bethene was born Sept. 20, 1938 in Pansy, Mo., to Elzie and Dora  (Williams) Stillings. Bethene was a retired caterer. She was a Christian and a member of the Baptist Church. Bethene…

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