Area News

Johnson Retires After Nearly 30 Years With Ava PD

by Doug Berger When Ava Police Chief Reggie Johnson retires from the department on May 31, he will have served 29.6 years with the department. Johnson started his service with the police department in January, 1992. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998; Lieutenant, 2003; and Police Chief in 2010. “I was actually hired by…

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Pioneer Festival Seeks Volunteers

The Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks is seeking exhibitors and volunteers for its fourth annual festival, to be held October 1 and 2.  This year’s free festival will change to a Friday-Saturday schedule and be held much closer to Ava at the Fox Trotters park on Highway 5. Putting on the festival requires considerable…

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Library Announces 2021 Summer Reading Program

   Join us at the Douglas County Public Library as we present “Tails and Tales,” our 2021 summer reading program.    Children from ages 3 to 12 can join us for storytime with take-home crafts and weekly prize drawings.  Registration and face masks are required. Schedule: Ages 3 to 5 Mondays, 10:00 to 10:30 AM…

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Correction

In last week’s Herald we wrote that Mayor Loftin testified in favor of Senate Bill 508.  That’s incorrect. Ava Mayor Loftin testified  against Senate Bill 508, which means he testified in favor of the Grain Belt Express.  The language of bill 508 is such that you have to be against the bill in order to…

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Correction

In last week’s Herald we wrote that Mayor Loftin testified in favor of Senate Bill 508.  That’s incorrect. Ava Mayor Loftin testified  against Senate Bill 508, which means he testified in favor of the Grain Belt Express.  The language of bill 508 is such that you have to be against the bill in order to…

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Missouri to Hold 1st Black Bear Hunting Season

by Doug Berger The Black Bear is native to Missouri, but the numbers were almost non-existent in the state by the mid-twentieth century. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in its bear management plan indicates a verified report of a black bear killed in southeast Missouri in 1931. The management plan history also referred to…

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Apply Online for One of 400 Bear Permits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians interested in hunting black bears in the state to apply during May for one of 400 permits being offered by MDC for the state’s first black-bear hunting season this coming fall, Oct. 18–27. The maximum total harvest for the season will be 40…

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