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Aging Equipment Plagues County Commission

During December, the Douglas County Commission has been trying to repair roads and fix damage caused by recent rains. Their work has not been easy. Both road districts have been plagued with equipment breakdowns. “Four of our five dump trucks in the district were broke down,” Commissioner Brad Loveless explained. In mid-December, the trucks were…

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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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Ava Man Seriously Injured

An Ava man was seriously injured September 25th in a one-vehicle crash. The accident occurred at 9:55 P.M. on Highway 14, 3.5 miles from Ava. Joshua C. Patterson, 26, was flown by Life Flight from the scene after he wrecked his 2002 Yamaha motorcycle. The Highway Patrol said Patterson ran off the right side of…

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An Introduction to Macrobiotic Cooking

By Michelle Strubeck Many people may not have heard of macrobiotic cooking or if they have, they might be unsure of what it is. Macrobiotic cooking is based on ancient Chinese medicine. It follows a diet of whole, pure prepared foods to balance the yin and yang. Christina Chiffo of Touch of Healing Wellness Center…

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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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