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Douglas County University Extension Planning Programming

The Douglas County Extension office is currently planning programs for the coming year and your Extension Council wants to know what you would like to see offered in the local area during the next 12 months. Last spring Extension offered classes on home butchering chickens as well as a class on curing your own bacon…

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Electronic Waste Collection Events Fall 2023

Bring your old computers, printers, and other electronics to the 2023 Fall E-Waste Collection events. The South Central Solid Waste District is pleased to offer these E-Waste Collection events free of charge to residents of Douglas, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, Howell, and Wright counties. The E-Waste Collection events will be held from 10:00 a.m. to…

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Ava Man Dies in Crash

A man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Douglas County last night, Feb. 22. Nathan I. Schmude, 30, of Ava, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 22. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Schmude was driving a 2000 Honda Civic on Highway 76 a…

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First Day Hike Planned at Bryant Creek State Park

Is there a better way to kick off the new year than by getting outside and burning off some extra holiday calories? On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks organization will once again celebrate with the year’s inaugural First Day Hikes initiative. A hike is planned this year at Bryant Creek State Park. The two-mile…

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New Trooper Stationed in Douglas County

Captain Bruce D. Fiske, commanding officer of Troop G, Willow Springs, announces the assignment of two new troopers within the Troop G area. The new troopers were members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s 115th Recruit Class which graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on December 22, 2022. The new troopers will report for…

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Little League

3&4 Year Old T-Ball Schedule Week 1 Saturday, June 5 9:00am Fourth Generation Logging vs. Cheyney Auction Company 10:00am Givans Furniture vs. Bassett Construction *Home team will be in the 3rd base dugout. 5 & 6 Year Old T-Ball Schedule Week 1 Monday, May 24 6:00 MOCH vs. PC Express 7:00 Pitts & Son vs.…

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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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