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Achievement Unlocked: Ava Student Lands Dream Scholarship

By Jason Hoekema / jason@douglascountyherald.com In these interesting times as Americans become introverts at the behest of the government, a group of Americans have taken the time to catch up on their favorite pastime to pass time. Playing video games.  Long before the quarantine Caiden Palmer was eagerly saving up for his first Mass Multiplayer Online…

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Previous Pandemic

Editor’s note: COVID-19 isn’t the first time Ava and Douglas County have dealt with a deadly pandemic. On October 10, 1918, the Douglas County Herald ran the following article from then Mayor A.H. Buchanan and the Board of Health describing the Spanish Flu and advising people on how to avoid spreading it. While the phrases…

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Law Day on Monday Sends Three to Dept. of Corrections  

With the courts closed to in person hearings through May 15, the April 24th law day docket was held by video conference.   Judge Craig Carter sentenced the following individuals to the Department of Corrections:  Timothy Caudill, 41, Oldfield, was sentenced to eight years in prison for possession of methamphetamine and three years in prison…

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Fun Parade Saturday for HOTO and Ava Place Residents

Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare and Rehab Center is hosting a special parade Saturday, May 2, in Ava.  Local folks are urged to attend and participate in a show of compassion and demonstrate support for residents of HOTO and Ava Place, as the residents have been quarantined for weeks due to the COVID-19 threat.  …

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Governor Appoints Adam Caine as Circuit Judge for 16th Judicial Circuit

JEFFERSON CITY –– On April 20, Governor Mike Parson appointed Adam L. Caine as Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. Caine will fill the Circuit Judge vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable George E. Wolf. Mr. Caine, of Kansas City, currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District…

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Russell Eugene Heatherly

Russell Eugene Heatherly, age 80 of Ozark, Missouri passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 in Buffalo Prairie Care Center after a long illness. He was born June 24, 1939 in Ava, Missouri to Vernie and Beulah (Dye) Heatherly. On June 22, 1958 he was united in marriage to Patricia Ruth Goos. Russell enjoyed lending a…

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Raymond Irby

Raymond Lenn Irby, 63 years, of Ava, Missouri passed away on April 25, 2020 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO with his wife, Leslie and daughters by his side. Raymond was born October 19, 1956 in Mansfield, MO to Raymond Ross and Grace Lorraine (Hicks) Irby.  He was a 1975 Ava High School graduate.…

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