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Ava’s Stan Lovan: 40 Years of Fighting Fires

For over 40 years, Stan Lovan has been traveling throughout the United States to assist firefighting efforts in forests, swamps, cactus, and brush. Lovan estimates he averages between 50 and 60 days of firefighting annually.  Lovan started traveling to the fires as an employee of the Missouri Department of Conservation. He is now retired from…

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Geneva Ann Hodges

Geneva Ann Hodges, 80 years, 8 months, 4 days old, passed away on October 24, 2020 at her home with her husband Lee and family by her side. Geneva was born February 20, 1940 in Ava, MO to Clarence and Opal (Walker) King. On September 16, 1972  Geneva and Lee Hodges were united in marriage…

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Ava Bears Finish The Season Play with a Win

The Ava Bears football squad finished out their regular season play at home Friday with a 38-6 win over the Willow Springs Bears. The Bears take a 5-4 record into Class 3 District 5 play. Ava finished out the South Central Association Conference  matchups with a 4-3 record. Ava finished in third place in conference…

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Activity Report From The Ava Police Dept.

Calls By Type October 18 – October 24, 2020 Abandoned Vehicle – 1 Alarm – 1 Animal Call – 3 Assault, Domestic – 1 Assist Agency – 2 Assist Agency (Division of  Child Services) – 1 Assist Agency (Medical) – 2 Assist Agency (MSHP) – 1 Check Person – 3 Check Vehicle – 2 Check…

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Kenneth “Kenny” Wiles

James Kenneth “Kenny” Wiles, 78 years, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2020 with his family by his side. Kenny was born September 27, 1942 in Douglas County, MO, the only son of Adrain “Cap” and Elma (Stillings) Wiles. Kenny was a member of the Breeden Church of Goodhope. He loved the outdoors. One of…

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Ava Lady Bears Finish Regular Season Play

The Ava Lady Bears volleyball squad fell to a strong Cabool squad in their final regular season game last Tuesday, 3-0. The Lady Bears finished their regular season with a 14-13-3 record.  Cabool came into the game with a 26-3-4 record. The Lady Bulldogs went out to an early lead in the first set and…

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Larry D. Bradshaw

Larry D. Bradshaw, 66, of Mansfield, Missouri, passed peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2020.  Graveside services were held October 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Demolition Derby Winners

The Douglas County Fair ran its demolition derby last weekend. The event featured 24 lawn mowers and 15 cars. Event winners are as follows: Little Tykes: 31 Ford Young & Kelly Scrivner 15 Remi Lane 58 Titus Lane Lawn Mower: 1st Place: Heath Roberts 2nd Place: Ricky Croney 3rd Place: Bo Stamper 4th Place: Daniel…

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