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Epidemic Response

By Jason Hoekema Area Organizations Talk Opioid and Substance Abuse, Seek Local Data to Combat National Crisis The opioid crisis is gripping the heartland of America...

White River Marathon for Kenya Attracts Local Runners

Gary Emerick, Sr. takes first place in the 55-59 age group category. Several area runners participated in the annual White River Marathon Half-Marathon for Kenya...

Herald Announces Deadline Changes for Christmas Edition, and Christmas Week 

Upcoming holiday events will alter standard ad deadlines for the Douglas County Herald, especially ads being placed for the Dec. 13  and Dec. 27...

Ava R-I Board Releases Closed Session Details

At 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, the Ava R-I School Board convened for a closed session, and following the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jason Dial...

Open Season: Ava Lady Bears Begin Basketball Season with Double “W” on Road...

HOLLISTER – The Ava Lady Bears junior varsity and varsity programs opened the season with a tally in both teams’ win column in Tuesday’s...

Douglas County Crashes Claim Seven, Increase from 2017

In Douglas County, seven lives were lost on the roads through November 27. This is an increase of three from the previous year.  In total,...

Local Coffee Shop Opens on Farmers Market Success

By Jason Hoekema Saturdays hold a special place in the hearts of local coffee-roasting entrepreneurs Caleb Carmichael and brother Matthew Picking. Starting with an espresso machine...

Daughters of the American Revolution Donate Books to Ava Elementary Students

By Jason Hoekema Several books were donated to Ava Elementary students last Tuesday as part of a campaign to increase literacy and the love of...

City Council Hires New Police Officer

The Ava Board of Aldermen held a closed session meeting Tuesday, Nov. 27. During the session, council voted to hire Noah Reese, of Marshfield,...

Governor Requests State Audit of Dept. of Public Safety Director’s Office

Director Sandy Karsten Calls Results of Initial Review ‘Concerning’ and Says State Audit is Appropriate Next Step JEFFERSON CITY –– On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Mike...
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Ava Lady Bears Blast Chadwick Cardinals, ahead 30 at the Buzzer

By Jason Hoekema The Ava Lady Bears seem to have shaken off the season-start jitters after placing third in last week’s tournament. Monday, the Lady...

From the Mayor

Christmas Royalty 

Annual Ava Christmas Parade

Caring for Seniors

Ramblings of the Ole Parson