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Looking Backwards

25 years ago Christmas trees are still useful after the holiday season. They can be “recycled” to improve fish habitat in ponds or turned into natural bird feeders in your back yard. Pre-Christmas visitors with Joe and Virginia Crank of Ava were Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bell, Nancy Fay Crabb, Mrs. Kenneth Caudill, Mrs. Ina…

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Reginald Lee “Reg” Allen

Reginald Lee “Reg” Allen, age 65, of Ormond Beach, Florida, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Advent Health Care Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Reg was born January 13, 1954 in Cassville, Missouri, the son of Harley Lee and Laura Faye (Swofford) Allen. On August 17, 1974 in Ava, Missouri, Reg was united in…

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Paul Junior Fleetwood

Paul Junior Fleetwood, 76 years old, of Ava, Missouri, passed away December 16, 2019, at Mercy Hospital, in Springfield, Missouri.  Paul was born on September 5, 1941 at home in Douglas County, Missouri near Evans, to Frank and Retha Fleetwood.   Paul was retired from the Navy and enjoyed fishing.  Paul was preceded in death…

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report

During the week of December 15 to December 22, 2019 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received and answered 107 Calls for Service and arrested 18 individuals into the Douglas County Jail.   Currently there are 24 incarcerated in the Jail. On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, Corporal Wallace and Deputy Nelson made a traffic stop which…

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More Heifer Watchers than Bidders at Fruitland Show-Me-Select Sale

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The sale barn filled with more watchers than bidders for Show-Me-Select heifers at SEMO Livestock Sales, Fruitland, Dec. 7. Prices averaged $1,651 on 64 head. It was fourth of six fall sales. “We were short on buyers,” said Erin Larimore, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, Jackson, Mo. “I think this reflects…

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Darr Gift to Establish Agriculture Magnet School, Expand Companion Animal Program

By University Communications The Darr family has been friends and supporters of Missouri State University and Springfield Public Schools for many years. William H. Darr and the Darr Family Foundation’s latest gift will greatly expand agriculture education and opportunities for Missouri State and Springfield students. A $6.5 million gift will fund the construction of two…

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Middle School Lady Bears Update

The Middle School Lady Bears are rounding out their seasons. The Lady Bears have had a few full weeks of back to back games. On December 12th, they hosted the Reeds Spring Wolves for their final home game. The 8th graders played first and the 7th graders were only able to play one quarter because…

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High Pressure: Early Offense Puts Ava on Top

By Jason Hoekema / jason@douglascountyherald.com The Ava High School Bears basketball team hosted Forsyth Friday at home and sealed the 64-51 win early in each half with high defensive pressure forcing turnovers and the inevitable buckets on the other end.  Double Digits With the number of turnovers going in favor of the Bears, it is…

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A Score To Settle: Lady Bears Defense Holds Fordland

By Jason Hoekema / jason@douglascountyherald.com Around this time last year, the Lady Bears were returning from a road game against last Thursday’s rival, the Fordland Lady Eagles. In December of 2018 the Lady Eagles managed to get by the Lady Bears, 66-60, handing Ava their second loss of the season as well as breaking five-win…

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