Area News

Ava City Council: Police Chief Johnson to Retire, Sgt. Overcast to Fill Role

On Tuesday, January 12th, the Ava Board of Aldermen convened for a business session at 5 p.m. Closed Session During closed session the council the aldermen voted 3-0 to promote Ava Police Sergeant David Overcast to Police Chief following current Police Chief Reggie Johnson’s retirement on May 31, 2021. City Finances City Treasurer Peggy Porter…

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Martin Luther King Day Closures

The Martin Luther King holiday is being observed Monday, Jan. 18, with most financial institutions and government agencies closing their doors for the holiday. Locally, offices in the Douglas County Courthouse and City of Ava will close for day, along with the Douglas County Library. Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday, consequently post…

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Sign Up to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination Once Available

Ozarks Healthcare is now accepting sign-ups for those who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available for them.  Based on availability and guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (MO DHSS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, Ozarks Healthcare will be providing the COVID-19 vaccine based…

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2020 in Review: Top 10 Local News Stories

Editor’s note: 2020 was certainly a year for the books. What follows is our totally non-scientific, subjective choice of the top ten news stories that the Herald covered in 2020. 1. COVID-19 There’s just no way around it. 2020 will primarily be remembered across the USA as the year of COVID-19.  Locally, we wrote about…

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Douglas County Disperses $1.5M in CARES Dollars

Douglas County has received $1,549,826.36 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act income including interest.  All of the funds have been disbursed, Douglas County Clerk Karry Davis indicated. Included in the transactions for the program from May through December are: City of Ava ($323,546.46). Transfer to EMA Fund ($469.80). Ava School ($167,428.95). Transfer…

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Douglas County Health Department: COVID-19 Vaccine Supply ‘Very Limited’

According to Valerie Reese, Douglas County Health Department Administrator, “We have received numerous calls in regards to the COVID 19 vaccine. Vaccine supply is very limited. At this time the state of Missouri remains in phase 1A.” The Department of Health and Environmental Control defines Phase 1A as “vaccinating frontline workers in a healthcare setting…

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School Board Now a Race

According to the Ava R1 Public Schools, there are now three candidates for the two seats opening up.  Chance Dry joins incumbent Deana Parsick and Rory Boeddeker   on the April ballot. Other candidates can register in the school district administration office located at 303 Martin Avenue, in Ava, during regular business hours between 8:00…

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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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