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18 Graduates 6 Departments 3 Counties

The Squires Volunteer Firefighter I & II Academy recently graduated a class of 18 firefighters, with students representing six departments across three counties. Departments with graduates included Squires Volunteer Fire Department Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department Twin Bridges Fire Department Pontiac/Price Place Volunteer Fire Department Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department Cedar Creek Volunteer Fire Department…

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Ava Wanted to be a Prison Town

Ava City Council Spent 28 Days in 1985 Courting State Prison Contract Editor’s note: Over the course of 28 days in 1985, Ava applied to be the site of a $44 Million, 1000-bed state prison. Residents favored the idea, the city sought land, applied to the state, but were rejected without comment. What follows are…

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Breastfeeding Month Proclamation

On July 22, 2021, Mayor Burrely Loftin issued the Breastfeeding Month Proclamation for the month of August. According to the proclamation, breastfeeding promotes healthier mothers and benefits society through lower healthcare costs for infants. Standing with the mayor is Whittney Baldwin, Douglas County Health Department.

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Fatal One Car Crash

On Monday, July 26th, Joseph Hamby, 78, of Ava, was pronounced dead after his 2007 GMC Sierra ran off the roadway on private property four miles south of Goodhope, and came to rest in a creek bed. It’s unknown whether Hamby was wearing a seat belt. The accident was investigated by Master Sergeant C.A. Hogue…

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Ava R-1 Schools Pre-Enrollment August 3-4

The Ava R-1 School system is holding a pre-enrollment event  for new and transfer students entering PK-12 on Tuesday, August 3rd and Wednesday, August 4th, from 9:00 a.m.- Noon, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Representatives will be available in the Ava School Board Room, located behind the High School, to verify records and help enroll…

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Plainview R-8 School New Student Registration

Plainview School will be open for new student registration on Tuesday, August 3 & Wednesday, August 4, 8:30am – 3:00pm. The registration is for all new students, Preschool – 8th grade. To register, please bring: Birth certificate Current immunization records Proof of residency For more information or if you have questions, contact Mrs. Reed at…

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Kayla Rose

Kayla Rose Tanner-Hampton, 25 years, 5 months, 2 days old, passed away on July 19, 2021 in Abesville, MO following a car accident with her son, Miles Hampton.  Kayla Rose was born February 17, 1996 in Georgetown, TX to Mike Tanner and Julia Rose Hampton.  In 1999, she moved to Ava, MO with her mother…

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Joseph “Joe” Hamby

Joseph Dallas Hamby, 78 years, passed on to his Heavenly home on July 26, 2021 at Ava, MO. Joe was born May 24, 1943 in Smallett, MO to Otto Carl and Velma Ivon (Garrison) Hamby.  Joe was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country during the Vietnam War.    On July 8, 1961, Joe…

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Clifford Troy Sievert

Clifford Troy Sievert, age 91, passed away on July 26, 2021, at the Willard Care Center in Willard, MO. He was born on February 16, 1930, in Almartha, MO, the oldest of nine children born to Verna James and Argie (Henley) Sievert.  After serving in the U.S. Army, Clifford married Beverly Jean McConnell in Omaha,…

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Phyllis Fleetwood

Phyllis Fleetwood, 79 years, 5 months, 17 days old, passed away on July 23, 2021 at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, MO with her family by her side. Phyllis was born February 6, 1942 in Ava, MO to Franklin and Sona (Denny) Thomas. On January 2, 1958 Phyllis and Ronnie Fleetwood were united in marriage  in…

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