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Lions Club Supports Coats for Kids Campaign

By Michelle Strubeck The Lions Club recently presented Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase with a check for $100 for their Coats for Kids campaign. Sheriff Degase stated in the past they have always held fundraisers such as softball or corn hole tournaments, but due to COVID and wanting to error on the side of caution,…

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Remembrance Month for POW/MIA’s

September has been designated as a remembrance month for POW/MIA’s and September 17th is National POW/MIA recognition day. Mayor Burrely Loftin recently signed a proclamation recognizing the month. The information on the proclamation reads as follows: The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is committed to achieving a full accounting of all POW/MIA’s from the Gulf…

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FFA Auction Raises Over $36,000

Written by Kerre Clark President of the Ava FFA Booster Club The Ava FFA Booster Club hosted their 5th Annual Auction and Dinner event on Saturday, September 18th at the Cold Creek Cowboy Church. After weeks of preparation it was an exciting event to watch it all play out. With approximately 400 members of the…

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Man Arrested on Sex Charges

A Willow Springs man has been charged in Douglas County for a sex crime involving a child younger than 12 years old. On September 9, 2021 Jeremy Collins, age 40, of Willow Springs, Missouri was placed on a 24-hour hold in the Douglas County jail for a charge of Child Molestation that was investigated by…

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Being Your Own Boss-Is Owning a Business Right for You?

By Michelle Strubeck With an ever changing world, more people are working remotely and some are rethinking their careers altogether. The idea of being your own boss can be very appealing to some, but there are a number of factors to consider when opening a business. First, you have to decide if business ownership is…

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Gear Up for the Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks

By Michelle Strubeck The Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks will take place on October 1st and 2nd at the Foxtrotters Showgrounds.  Nina Carter,  President of the festival said the mission of the two day gathering is centered around preserving traditional Ozarks culture and skills, acknowledge local artisans, and build new community relations. Exhibitors are…

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September 20th COVID Update

8 Confirmed 1 Probable 12 Active cases 1,664 Recovered cases 4 Hospitalized 41 Deaths Information from the Douglas County Health Department

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Shnurfy Goods, Boutique & Mercantile Joins the Chamber

By Michelle Strubeck A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 16th to welcome Shnurfy Goods, Boutique and Mercantile to the Ava Chamber of Commerce. Owner Levie Watterson stated she loves being on the Ava square and seeing the progress that is being made and seeing the town grow. Levie said it is her passion,…

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County Commission Working On Its Plan

By Kimberly Combs Better Newspapers, Inc. In January, Travis Cheyney and Brad Loveless took office as District 1 and District 2 commissioners. The two men entered office with a plan…a six-month plan, a first-year plan, and a first-term plan. Over six months into their first term as county commissioners, the two men are on target…

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MFTHBA Crowns Winners

By Ben Coffman the 63rd World Show and Celebration came to a conclusion Saturday at MFTHBA World Headquarters in Ava, Missouri. Saturday nights events seen the crowing of World Grand Champions and Reserve World Grand Champions in the final twelve class of the 8 day event. A total of 138 classes were exhibited since Sunday…

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