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Bears Fall 7-6 in District Game

by Doug Berger On a rain-soaked field last Wednesday afternoon, the Ava Bears made a run at Springfield Catholic in the final inning of the Class 4 District 10 Tournament championship. The Bears couldn’t make up the full four run deficit, and fell 7-6. In a game where the pitchers had a tough time getting…

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Sam Shipps

Sammie Clarence Shipps, 69 years, 9 months, 11 days old, passed away on May 21, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.   Sam was born August 10, 1951 in Heppner, Oregon to Burl and Wilma (Spurlock) Shipps. Sam was an Ava High School graduate. He was a retired Engineer in Construction and also a…

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“Bill” Pruett

William H. “Bill” Pruett, 87 years, 7 months, 2 days old, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2021 at his home with his wife, Edna holding his hand and his daughters and grandchildren by his side. His grandson Teagan read verses from the bible for him. Bill was born October 21, 1933 in Douglas County,…

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Michael Len Orchard

Michael Len Orchard, age 55 of Ava, Missouri, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 19th, 2021. He was born May 22, 1965 in St Louis, Missouri to James and Nina (Barks) Orchard.  Michael graduated from Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas in May 1984. Michael always knew he wanted to serve his country. He was…

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Dale Ray

Dale Boyd Ray, 70 years, 4 months, 4 days old, passed peacefully to Heaven on May 23, 2021 at his home with Debby and Jennifer by his side. Dale was born January 19, 1951 in Gainesville, MO to Carl Wayne and Norma Neressa  (Cantwell) Ray.  On November 25, 1972 Dale and Debby Rogers were united…

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Virgil Eugene Caudill

Virgil Eugene Caudill, 86 years, passed peacefully on May 20, 2021 at his home with his children and family by his side. Virgil was born March 24, 1935 in Ongo, MO in Douglas County to James Orbin and Mary Emmalee (Britten)   Caudill. Virgil was a member of Local Union 101, Operating Engineers. He was…

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Minor Injuries on Rt 14

Chelsey Horinek, 30, of Ava sustained minor injuries when her 2008 Chevy pickup crossed the centerline on Route 14, seven miles west of Ava. The vehicle then lost control and collided with the Ava school bus driven by Roger Sanders, 56, also of Ava. Neither Sanders nor any of the bus passengers were injured. Horinek…

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Memorial Day Services Begin at 11:00 A.M.

Ava’s Memorial Day ceremony starts at 11:00 A.M. at the Ava Cemetery. The service includes: Singing of the National Anthem Wreath laying Featured speaker: American Legion Post 112 Commander Tom Bentley  Military honors and colors Taps: Chris Sacco Benediction: Chaplin Jerry Loveland

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Ava Was Home To World’s Oldest Living Person

by Michael Boyink mike@douglacountyherald.com There was a period of time. Almost a year. From November, 1982 until October, 1983. Special months for one notable person living in Ava. During that timeframe she could lay claim to a title very few others in Ava, Missouri, or the world can claim. The Gerontology Wiki is “a collaborative…

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CMU Dean’s List

Central Methodist University announced recently the students included on the Spring 2021 Dean’s List. The following local students were among those recognized: Colton Skyles (Ava) — senior; physical education Taylor Dial (Ava) — senior; business

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