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Notes From Hunter Creek – 6.30.2016

Rivers or Lakes During the course of authoring this column, I have been asked several times about why I don’t cover the fish­ing and recreational value of our lo­cal lakes. In my answer, let us refer to the often asked question: cats or dogs, do you prefer?  My answer to that one is easy-both. But…

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Looking Backward 6.30.2016

25 Years Ago July 4, 1991 The Ava R-I Board of Educa-tion voted last Thursday night to make kindergarten a half-day pro-gram in a cost-saving effort that trimmed almost $100,000 off the 1991-92 budget. Other cuts ap­proved by the board include drop­ping the district’s membership in the Missouri School Board Associ­ation, a 10-percent reduction in…

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What About This…? 6.30.2016

By Wayne William Cipriano The other day I heard that in all of 2015 there were only 12 (yes, twelve) re­ported cases of polio in the entire world; all, I think, in Pakistan and India. With such a relatively small area of confinement and our deep under-stand­ing of the malady, with so effec­tive a preventative,…

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City Receives Grant for Electric Upgrades; Council Appoints Airport Manager

By Sue Curry Jones Mayor David Norman and the Ava Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, June 28, at 5:00 p.m.  Councilmen Stan Lovan, Leon Harris, Burrely Loftin and Keith Jones were present. During the board meeting, Ewell Lawson from the Missouri Public Util­ity Alliance presented the City of Ava and Mayor David Norman a…

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Letter to the Ava R-I Board of Education

(read during the Thursday, June 16 meeting, by Sarah Key): I have always been proud of our community and the way people step up to help each other in difficult circumstances or tragedies and I still am. But lately, I have begun to feel like we are living in the midst of our own reality…

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Looking Backward 6.23.2016

25 Years Ago June 20, 1991 The heat and humidity started earlier than usual this summer, and rainfall has been very limited. Sassafras Sprouts Hoedowners participated in national clogging competition at Silver Dollar City last weekend and came away with the second place trophy.  Mabel Everett, director of the troupe, said there were a total…

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Letter to the Editor – Unfair Treatment By School – 6.23.2016

In response, the Thursday school board meeting was well orchestrated.  The teachers address was heart-warming, for the good of the children speech, by saving a hundred thousand a year off the transportation budget; seems to be a good idea, but the administration never could come up with the figures to prove their thesis. One wise…

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Letter to the Editor – Bus Issues – 6.23.2016

Editor: At last week’s board meeting, a young woman spoke about the ongoing transportation issue.  I would like to respond to some of the things she said.  She stated that there was a lot of animosity and bitterness.  I am pretty sure anyone would be bitter and have just a little animosity if someone tried…

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Letter to the Editor – Community Center – 6.23.2016

To the Editor: I heard that the Ava Community Center was looking for some volunteers to deliver hot meals on a daily basis to shut-ins.  It is a great program and I stopped in to see about it. I spoke with Bonnie Evans who has been running these programs at the center for over 20…

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