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City Wide Clean Up Planned Oct. 4-8

The City of Ava will sponsor a City Wide Fall Clean-Up October 4-8. It is a great time for property owners to get rid of some unwanted items. The city crew will start on the east side of town on Monday and Tuesday and west side on Wednesday and Thursday. Have your items out early…

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Ava Chamber of Commerce welcomes 5 Girls and a Chainsaw

By Michelle Strubeck On Friday, August 20, 5 Girls and a Chainsaw became the newest member of the Ava Chamber of Commerce. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in celebration of the occasion. Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce has numerous benefits such as networking, community involvement, marketing and advertising, and referral services…

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89 Seniors Graduate from Ava R-I

by Doug Berger The 2021 Ava High School commencement ceremonies were moved to the high school gymnasium Saturday evening due to inclement weather. The ceremonies were also presented on the screen at the Ava Performing Arts Center. Eighty-nine graduates received their diplomas during the ceremonies which featured presentations by the Ava High School band and…

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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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Ava Bears Scrap with Bulldogs for the Win

By Doug Berger The Ava Bears basketball squad improved their record to 7-1 with a ten point win over Gainesville in a non-conference contest. The Bears were able to record a 50-40 win in the game. Gainesville came out in the first quarter and opened the game with a three-pointer from freshman Easton McGee. Ava’s…

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