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Searching For Answers After the Murder Of Josie Ann Abney

by Donald Dodd Publisher, The Salem News Editor’s note: This article ran last week in The Salem News. It’s not an easy story, but we felt it was an important story.  Ten-year-old Josie Ann Abney was buried at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 13th in Cedar Grove Cemetery outside Salem, with an 11 a.m. visitation at…

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Ava Ambulance Unit Destroyed in Fire

 The Ava Area Ambulance District suffered a major setback on Thursday, October 15, when, due to a mechanical issue, one of the district’s ambulances caught fire and burned on Highway 60 east of Springfield, at Diggins.  Thankfully, the ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time and no one was hurt. However, the 2019…

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Associate Court Day October 15, 2020

During Associate Court Day on October 15, 2020, there was a total of 44 criminal cases on the docket. There were 26 felony cases and 18 misdemeanor cases. There were 5 misdemeanor guilty pleas and 1 failure to appear warrant was issued. Seven cases waived preliminary hearing and are now in Circuit Court. Source: Douglas…

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Douglas County Fair This Saturday

The Douglas County Fair board is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 24th!  The Livestock Show begins at 10:00 A.M. and includes goats, sheep, beef cattle and dairy cattle. Show participants can register at arrival on Saturday morning. Demolition Derby car inspection begins at 2:00 P.M. No cars will be alllowed after 5:30 P.M.…

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Route 95 in Wright County to CLOSE for Culvert Replacement

WILLOW SPRINGS – Route 95 in Wright County will be CLOSED as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace the culvert pipe under the roadway. The road will be CLOSED between Route JJ and Route 38.                                         …

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Ava Art Guild Fall Show Results

The Ava Art Guild’s  Fall Art Show opened on Wednesday, October 14th and runs until October 24th.  There are  approximately 60 entries including paintings, 3-D art, fiber art and more.  The show is open Wednesday  through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Visitors are encouraged to vote for People’s Choice in the adult and junior…

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