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Pioneer Festival in Ava Announces Music and Event Schedule

     The fourth annual Pioneer Festival of the Ozarks will be held this year at the Fox Trotters showgrounds on Hwy 5 just north of Ava on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2. The gate opens at 10 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday, while music begins at noon each day going until…

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James Gregory Young

James Gregory Young was born November 24, 1962, in Springfield, Missouri, and departed this life September 15, 2021, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, at the age of 58. He was the son of the late Marvin Dean Young and Dolores Jean ‘D.J.’ (Wilkerson-Young) Chastain. Greg, as he was known to most, lived all his…

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Dr. Craig Denney

Dr. Craig Denney, 51 years, 9 months, and 22 days old, passed away on, September 27, 2021 at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri. Craig was born December 5, 1969 in Yakima, Washington to Sherman and Veta Jo (Smith) Denney. Craig was a Christian and attended the Gentry Church in Ava, Missouri. Craig and Robyn…

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Deanne Carol Sullivan

Deanne Carol Selzler Sullivan, 72 years, 2 months, 26 days old, passed away on September 23, 2021 at her home with all her family by her side. Deanne was born June 28, 1949 in Minot, North Dakota to John and Phyllis (Schiff) Selzler. On September 18, 1967 Deanne and Larry Sullivan were united in marriage…

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Howard Orr

Howard Dale Orr, son of late Howard Lyle Orr and Mary Lorraine (Allen) Orr, was born January 24, 1935, i Wapato, Washington, and passed away at his home in Mountain Grove, Missouri, on September 18, 2021. He was 86 years, 7 months, and 5 days of age. Services will be held at a later date.…

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Ethan Lane Lakey

Ethan Lane Lakey, 16 years, 1 month, 7 days old, passed to his Heavenly home on September 25, 2021, after a tragic hiking accident in Kingston, AR in Newton County. Ethan was born August 18, 2005 in Springfield, MO to Lane and Sonya (Brown) Lakey. Ethan was a faithful Christian and we have the hope…

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Homecoming King and Queen

2021 Ava High School Homecoming King, Caden Lee, and Madison Wade, stand for a photo opportunity during a halftime ceremony Friday, September 24, 2021.

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Comeback Queens Lady Bears survive 5 sets

Jason Hoekema @JHoekemaPhotog The Lady Bears clapped back after finding themselves behind Willow Springs to take Tuesday’s match, 3-2, scoring 25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 15-9. With four days of non-competitive activity the Lady Bears from Willow Springs showed up fiercely with two aces and kills to start the first set up, 6-0, over Ava. If…

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End of the Gauntlet

Schedule lets up, Lady Bears get weekend off Jason Hoekema Twitter: @JHoekemaPhotog Swept twice at home is not what the Lady Bears had planned to cap-off homecoming week. Ava dropped the Thursday SCA match against Mountain Grove, 0-3, scoring 20-25, 19-25, 19-25. The Lady Panthers showed up with an ace up their sleeve in outside…

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