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Spotlight on Douglas County

We asked some of our local elected officials to write some thoughts about why they feel Douglas County is special. Enjoy! Senator Roy Blunt Douglas County is a beautiful part of our state. It’s home to family-run farms, small businesses, and one of Missouri’s – and our nation’s – top National Forests. Whether it’s fishing,…

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Area Colleges Announce Dean’s Lists

Drury Earning a spot on Drury University’s Dean’s List is a significant accomplishment; it means a student earned a grade point average of 3.6 or greater (on a 4-point scale) while carrying a full-time course load of 12 or more semester hours at Drury. In the spring semester, the following students made the evening school…

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Two Crashes Injure Five

On June 10th, a 2007 Dodge Ram driven by Ronald Sobanek of Douglass, Kansas ran off the road on highway 181, eleven miles east of Van Zant. The truck struck a ditch and overturned. Sobanek sustained moderate injuries and was transported by helicopter to Cox South Hospital in  Springfield. He was not wearing a seat…

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North Highway 5: 4th Fatality in 12 Months

On Friday, June 11th, Julie Freeman, 53, of Squires was driving her 2007 Pontiac Solstice northbound on Highway 5 when a 2017 Ford F150  driven southbound by Emert Wall, 32, of Ava crossed the centerline and struck Freeman’s Pontiac head-on. Both vehicles ran off the road. Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene by Douglas…

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One-Car Wreck on West 14

Jose Guerra, 28, of Ava was driving this 2001 Chevrolet Corvette eastbound on Highway 14 one mile west of Ava when it traveled off the right side of the road, became airborne, and came to rest on its wheels. Breana Sheffield, 18, of Ava was a passenger in the car and suffered minor injuries. She…

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Local Athletes Get State Level Attention

Ava Baseball Pitcher Zach Richards received all-state honors in for baseball. Richards was listed as an honorable mention on the 2021 MHSBCA Class 4 All State Team for his pitching abilities.   Bryse Dodson and Payton Evans have been elected as nominees for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The duo has fished competitively for…

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Discover the Ozarks Starts Friday

Discover the Ozarks kicks off this weekend. Friday’s activities include: James Halpern presentation on the CCC. Historical Museum open. Ava Art guild open. Historic poster exhibit. How to Talk Ozark in Seven Simple Steps. For times and locations visit discovertheozarks.org online, or call the Ava Chamber of Commerce at 417-683-4595, or pick up a brochure…

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Rummage Sale to Support Ava Band

The Ava Pride Band Boosters are having a rummage sale at the Ava Performing Arts Center on June 19th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Proceeds will support the Ava Pride Band. If you have items you would like to donate for the sale bring them to the APAC June 14-18 between 8:00 a.m. and…

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Storm Siren Testing

Ava’s storm sirens will be tested on Wednesday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the tests will be the held the next day, Thursday, June 17th, 2021.

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Ava R-1 2021/2022 Hires

During a special meeting the Ava R-1 School board approved the following staff changes for the 2021/2022 school  year: Hires: 7th Grade Math – Annette Copeland Elementary Math Intervention – Brandy Harvill 4th Grade – April Nash Middle School Math Intervention – Sabrina Lafferty HS SPED – Ginessa McFarlin HS SPED – Cindy Hailey HS…

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