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Talking Turkey: Gary Herd Has Hand-Crafted Turkey Calls for 33 Years

by Doug Berger For 47 years, Gary Herd has been in the woods near his Thornfield home during the spring and fall seasons hunting turkeys. But since 1987 he has gone hunting with calls he has crafted himself. Today these calls go into the woods with many other turkey hunters, and are also found in…

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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report

On the afternoon of September 27, 2020, Sheriff Degase arrested Matthew Frye, age 36, of Ava for multiple counts of burglary, property damage, and trespassing. Frye was found breaking into buildings and residence’s on CR 538 and upon arrival Sheriff Degase located Frye in a field with a stolen chainsaw. Frye was taken into custody…

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Columbus Day

Columbus Day is Monday, Oct. 12, and many offices and businesses will be closed for the holiday.  Since there will be no mail delivery on Monday, the Herald staff is asking all community correspondents to mail items early to ensure they arrive in time for next week’s publication.  If unable to mail the column by…

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Judge Carter’s Circuit Law Day Oct. 6, 2020

During Judge Craig Carter’s Circuit law day on October 6, 2020, the following defendants were sentenced to the Department of Corrections:   Shane R. Bujarski, 41, Norwood, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for Possession of Methamphetamine after he admitted to violating his probation. The original offense occurred in June of 2016 and was…

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Shady, Sketchy and Framed

By Doug Berger It has been over 40 years since a group of individuals with an interest in the arts came together to form an organization which later became the Ava Art Guild. The art guild was formally incorporated in 1990, but had been in existence for 12 years prior to that date. Today the…

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Five Ava Bear Cross Country Runners Receive Medals

oss Country teams competed at the 1st Annual Riann Lubinski Invitational hosted by Nixa High School on Wednesday, September 23rd. All runners competed in a 5K, 3.1 mile race. To medal in the Varsity races, a runner needed to finish in the top 20 and in the top 10 in the Junior Varsity races. The…

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