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Storm Sirens

The Ava storm sirens will be tested on Wednesday, January 13th at 10:00 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the testing will take place on Thursday, January 14th at 10:00 a.m.

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Teaching School in a COVID World: Ava R-1 Staff Discuss Challenges of Teaching Seated and Online Students (Part 2/2)

Editor’s note: this is the second of a two-part series exploring the challenges Ava teachers and administrators are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Doug Berger Agriculture instructor Branstetter stated that the students are burned out on mask wearing, and it has been an additional stress constantly monitoring mask and social distancing protocols. The implementation…

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MSHP Winter Driving Tips

Missourians know to expect colder temperatures, snow, rain, ice, or a mix of these during the winter months. Already, there has been several days with colder temperatures and snow in some areas of the state.  The weather forecast indicates snow, snow showers, and even freezing rain are likely this week. Each of these conditions affect…

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Associate Court Day

During Associate Court Day on December 17, 2020, there was a total of 138 criminal cases on the docket with some still being conducted by video.  There were 42 felony cases, 84 misdemeanor cases and 12 infractions. There were 17 misdemeanor and/or infraction guilty pleas and 37 failure to appear warrants were issued. Nine cases…

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Teaching School in a COVID World

by Doug Berger The Covid-19 virus has changed many things during 2020, including the operation of the schools.  Almost 300 Ava School District students started the school year with on-line or virtual learning. Of the 1,345 school district students 94 from the elementary school, 77 from the middle school and 96 from the high school…

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MDC Reports Elk Hunters Go Five For Five In Inaugural Elk Hunt

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s first elk-hunting season ended Sunday with all five of the hunters selected for permits harvesting bull elk during the firearms portion Dec. 12-20. An archery portion ran Oct. 17-25 with no harvests. The five Missouri hunters were selected for elk-hunting permits through a random drawing of more than 19,215 permit…

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Only Election Race is for Mayor

So far, the only race in the April elections is for Ava Mayor. Both incumbent Burrely Loftin and Matthew Overcast have filed for the position. Ava city aldermen incumbents Noel Dye and Billy Stewart are running unopposed.  Other candidates for city positions can file with the City Clerk at Ava City Hall. The Ava R-1…

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Progressive Foster Christmas Party

New Year’s Day will be observed on Friday, January 1st, with many businesses, state and federal agencies closing for the day.   In observance of New Year’s Day, offices of the Douglas County Herald will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, reopening Monday morning at 8:30. Submissions for next week’s paper will be subject to…

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Ava Teen Dies in Holiday Crash

Sydnee Paige Snow, 14, of Ava died in a one-car crash on highway 181 three miles north of Dora at 9:35 p.m. on Christmas Eve. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Snow was a passenger in a 2010 Kia Forte driven by Madison Croney, 20 of Ava. While traveling southbound the vehicle skidded…

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