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R-I School Board Accepts Resignations, Adopts Minor Change to 2018-19 Calendar  Douglas County Herald

Troy Tredway, left, was recognized for his *service* on the school board last Thursday. As outgoing board members, Tredway and Lowell Strong have served ...



Skating legend Scott Hamilton keynote speaker at FCA awards banquet in Branson  KY3

BRANSON, Mo. - It was an exciting night in Branson Thursday. Olympic Gold medalist Scott Hamilton was the keynote speaker at the annual Fellowship of ...



Two Charged for Bringing a Weapon on the Ava High School Football Field Grounds  OzarksFirst.com

AVA, Mo- Two people have been charged after being involved in an incident at the Ava High School football field.



Ava High School Jazz Band Excels in Competitions  Douglas County Herald

On Saturday, Feb. 23, for the first time in Ava High School history, the High School Jazz Band entered their first competition and traveled to the University of ...



Ava Middle School Students Compete in Mathematics Contest  Douglas County Herald

Middle school math students brought home several awards, placing in three different categories during a recent math competition held in West Plains.



Curtain Call: Ava Bears End Season Against Springfield Catholic  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. CLEVER – Much improved since the last time the Bears faced Springfield Catholic, Ava was able to hold off the Fighting Irish and keep their ...



Free Reign: Ava Bears Roll Past Lutie High For 8-5 Record, Swofford Returns With 13 Points  Douglas County Herald

THEODOSIA – Out for two game, Nate Swofford made an in-game appearance for 13 points before taking time to continue recovering from an ankle injury ...



Moms Tell School Board –– Bullying Is a Problem and It’s Being Ignored  Douglas County Herald

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April 6 Sixth Annual Glade Top Trail Run  Douglas County Herald

The sixth annual Glade Top Trail Run is fast approaching and organizers are readying for the big event, which will be held Saturday, April 6 in the beautiful Mark ...



See Ya’ Seymour!  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. The Ava High School Lady Bears took to the asphalt against the Seymour Tigers Thursday, Nov. 29. The varsity and junior varsity squads ...



Ava Bears Run Past Bradleyville With 95 Points  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. Runs is a term normally used in Baseball, but the Bears were able to run the board up a few times Monday. In addition to the point-sprints, ...



What Made the News in the Douglas County Herald in 2018  Douglas County Herald

January 4: 18 year old Skyla S. Boyd from Ava was seriously injured on New Year's Day in a wreck in Douglas County, on Highway 76 near the Taney County ...



Marshfield Defense Holds Ava at Bay  Douglas County Herald

MOUNTAIN GROVE – The boys bench was on the road to compete in the Panther Classic Tournament, facing Hartville (13-4) on Monday, dropping the game ...



Joshua “Josh” Matthew Flemming  Douglas County Herald

Joshua Matthew Flemming, 39 years, 1 month, 21 days old, of Springfield, Mo. passed away on November 22, 2018 at his home in Springfield, MO. Josh was ...



2018 Homecoming King and Queen Candidates  Douglas County Herald

Ava R-I homecoming festivities which includes the parade and king and queen coronation ceremony, are on Friday, Sept. 28 when the varsity Ava Bears take on ...



Ava, Douglas County Under Winter Weather Watch  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. The National Weather *Service* in Springfield has issued a “Winter Storm Watch” on Thursday, Dec. 6, ahead of the arrival of a weather ...



Ava Holds on for Three Periods, Thayer Out-Paces Bears in Fourth Quarter  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. THAYER – The Ava Bears went on the long road down to Thayer to play an SCA, non-district game against the Thayer Bobcats. The Thayer ...



Year in Review Part II: What Made News in 2018  Douglas County Herald

February 1. The Board of Directors of the Ava Ambulance District planned to meet on Feb. 1 and discuss the addition of a training room at the ambulance station.



Ava Christmas Frolic and Parade Dec. 7-8  Douglas County Herald

The Christmas season is upon us with a host of local activities to choose from this year –– tree lightings, candlelight tours, vesper services, and local church ...



Buzzer-Beater and a Blowout  Douglas County Herald

Alive. That was the feeling inside the Ava High School gym Tuesday, Nov. 27, when the Bears took on the Gainesville Bulldogs at home. The varsity squad was ...



Filling The Gap: Ava Bears Drop Third Straight With Player Absence, Now 6-5  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. HOLLISTER – Down two from back-to-back losses at the 73rd Annual Blue and Gold Tournament in Springfield, the Ava Bears were hunting ...



Ava Tops Willow Springs in Overtime, Pick Up Win, Now 10-9  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. WILLOW SPRINGS – On the eve of the coldest air mass to hit Missouri this winter, the Bears – both Ava and Willow Springs – were warming ...



Homecoming Week at Ava High School  Douglas County Herald

Ava High School and the entire Ava R-1 School District will be celebrating Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 15. Leading up to this occasion is a week of school ...



Loss, Not Lost  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. The Mansfield High School Lions handed the Ava varsity squad its first loss of the season Friday, Nov. 30. Yet the loss didn't distract from ...



Localized Storm Causes Damage to Country Club, Homes and Uproots Trees in Ava  Douglas County Herald

Destructive winds hit the Ava Country Club August 10, totaling four or five cars and causing extensive damage to the area. Approximately 35 people were in the ...



The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Ava Bears Top Foul-Troubled Houston  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. The Ava Bears toppled the foul-ridden Houston High School Tuesday night with a near-double score over the visiting Tigers. The win wasn't ...



Tough Match  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. There is only room for one victor in a basketball game, and it sometimes comes down to a pivot in momentum during a short period of the ...



Local Students Host National Honor Society State Convention  Douglas County Herald

Missouri Association National Honor Society Executive Director Linda Whitford, above left, is shown presenting Ava High School's National Honor Society ...



Ava Goes Toe-To-Toe With Mountain Grove for Three Quarters, A Few Short of a “W”  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. MOUNTAIN GROVE – Ava faced Mountain Grove for the second time as they played the Panthers at their tournament Saturday. It was a ...



Leaving a Mark: Ava’s Dalton Named to MSHSAA All-District Team  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. CLEVER – After a much-improved performance against Springfield Catholic, the Ava Bears walked away with heads held on high despite ...



Ava v. Gainesville, Lady Bears v. Hollister  Douglas County Herald

Ava High School freshman guard Lauren Hall, right, grabs the ball after a possession struggle with Hollister sophomore Victoria Houtchens in Tuesday's Class 3 ...



Christmas Parade Line-Up Instructions  Douglas County Herald

The 2018 Christmas Parade is this Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m. and for those participating in the event there are several rules and regulations participants ...



Bill Martin Municipal Airport Sign Dedication  Douglas County Herald

(Ava, MO) – The Ava Bill Martin Memorial Airport sign dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, Oct. 20, with many family members of the former U.S. Navy ...



High School Juniors Offered A Trip to Washington, D.C.  Douglas County Herald

BRANSON, Mo. – White River Valley Electric Cooperative is once again extending the trip of a lifetime to area youth. Marking its 56th year, Missouri's electric ...



Dreams Dovetail on the Ava Square  Douglas County Herald

by Michael Boyink. Roads intersect on the square in Ava. And sometimes, dreams do too. Dick Salgado dreamt of a better Ava square. Improved signage. Higher ...



Change of Pace: Ava Boys Squad Break Losing-Streak, Top Conway and Improve to 7-5  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. A not-so-familiar face graced the court Tuesday night with the return of Zach Mendel to the Ava bench. The 6'1” sophomore has been out ...



High school classmates injured, killed in Ava parking lot brawl  KY3

It was an argument between the two recent Ava High School graduates, Payton Esterline and Paul Porter, that lead them to parking lot at the school, classmates ...



Mansfield Homecoming Preparations Underway  Douglas County Herald

Mansfield Homecoming is Friday, Dec. 14, in the high school gymnasium. The Mansfield Lions will begin play at 6:00 p.m. versus the Mountain Grove Panthers, ...



Ava’s Movie Theater Reopens Saturday  Douglas County Herald

By Michael Boyink. The Avalon. Ava Live Theatre. Ava Family Theater. The Avalon (again). If you call Ava's only remaining movie theater by any of those names, ...



Graduation Activities Begin For Ava High School Seniors  Douglas County Herald

The graduation process for approximately 100 Ava High School seniors begins this week with a myriad of activities. The annual Honor Awards Program will be ...



Missouri State Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class  Douglas County Herald

SPRINGFIELD — The Missouri State University Athletics Hall of Fame will enshrine six former athletes and a long-time supporter as part of its 45th induction ...



AHS Renaissance Assembly  Douglas County Herald

Gold Card 4.0 GPA – Class of 2021: Layla Giorgianni, Grace Key, Harley Kilgore, Paige Kimmons, Allyson Roberts. Class of 2020: Claire Fossett, Olivia Heriford, ...



University of Missouri Leaders React to NCAA Sanctions  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. COLUMBIA – Press releases flew into email inboxes as University of Missouri leaders and Missouri politicians weigh-in on sanctions that ...



Herald Celebrates 133 Years in Publication  Douglas County Herald

The Douglas County Herald is celebrating a birthday anniversary this week, because with this issue, the Herald rolls over into its 133rd year of publication.



The Greatest Show  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” This very ...



Academic All-State Honors  Douglas County Herald

Photo courtesy of coach Emily Petty and Leigh Heriford. Ava High School volleyball players recently recognized for earning Academic All-State during the ...



It’s Finally Spring!!! For baseball, at least  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. It is finally spring, except that it really isn't, and it's been cold the last week following an ice event on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and snow… in ...



Local Scouts To Receive Eagle Scout Recognition February 13 in Ava  Douglas County Herald

Boy Scout Troop 68 has six scout members who have recently obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. An Eagle Court of Honor will be held February 13, 2019 at 7 ...



Local EMA Group Is A Community Resource  Douglas County Herald

As residents of central Alabama continue to recover from the severe thunderstorm and devastating tornadoes that swept through the state last week, it is timely ...



New Teachers at Ava R-1  Douglas County Herald

Some new faces, as well as some familiar ones, will be starting the school in new-teacher positions today. Pictured from left are: Casey Merrifield, alternative ...



Frederick Dechow Is Candidate for Skyline School Board  Douglas County Herald

My name is Frederick (Fred) Dechow. I am a Christian Constitutional conservative who was born in a small town in the Midwest and, after a professional career ...



Ava R-I Hires Assistant Superintendent, Four Teachers and Extends Swatosh’s Contract  Douglas County Herald

By Sue Curry Jones. School board members addressed several hiring issues during the closed session segment of the March board meeting, and according to ...



Area Students Honored at DAR George Washington Tea  Douglas County Herald

Daughters of the American Revolution recognized the following students, from left: Hailey Fiedler, sixth grade, Kirbyville Middle School; and Ashley Garza, ...



Double, or Nothing: Lady Bears Fall to Forsyth at Mansfield Tournament In Teams’ Second Matchup of Season  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. MANSFIELD – The Ava High School Lady Bears traveled up Highway 5 to play in the 29th Annual Mansfield Lady Lions Tournament.



Foresight: Ava Bears Varsity Improves to 5-2 with Nail-Biting Win Over Forsyth  Douglas County Herald

With a great team usually comes a great coach who is so enveloped in the program they run that it shows on the court. Behind the Ava crew running the maple ...



Jerry Lee Harley | Obituaries  Christian County Headliner News

Jerry Lee Harley. March 7, 1938-Sept. 19, 2018. Services: A celebration of life *service* will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at Barnes Family Funeral Home ...



Margaret Elaine “Peggy” Tucker  Douglas County Herald

Margaret Elaine “Peggy” Tucker, 98, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born June 20, 1920, in Independence, Missouri, the daughter of Walter and Emma (Pooler) ...



One Teen Dead, Another Hurt In Shooting Incident In Ava  Douglas County Herald

Updated 7/28: An early morning shooting on the Ava High School parking lot Monday morning resulted in the hospitalization of one teen and the death of ...



Douglas County Sheriff’s Office – Activity Report  Douglas County Herald

During the week of September 3 to September 9, 2018, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received and answered 112 calls for *service*. Deputy Reed handled ...



Missed Opportunities: Varsity Lady Bears Drop to 7-4, Behind Six at the Horn  Douglas County Herald

By Jason HoekemaMANSFIELD – After nearly two weeks off on the holiday break, the Lady Bears ushered in the new year with a 7-3 record and the daunting ...



Football Seniors Honored Friday Night  Douglas County Herald

Last Friday Night, October 19, Senior Night was held at Silvey Field during halftime of the football game against Willow Springs. Senior football players that were ...



Man is charged with assaulting student at Ava school, resisting arrest  KY3

AVA, Mo. - Police say a man from the Squires area assaulted a student at a school, waved a gun at two officers at his home, and kicked out the window of an Ava ...



Commencement Friday Night For Ava High School Class of 2014  Douglas County Herald

Commencement exercises for the Ava High School graduating class of 2014 will be held Friday night at 7 p.m. The graduation program is scheduled to be held ...



Make-A-Wish fulfills dreams for Ava brothers  Springfield News-Leader

Before a packed gymnasium at Ava High School, principal Teresa Nash beckoned Brendan and Ryan McFarlin to center stage, both boys clueless as to what ...



Local Author Specializes in Amish Romance Stories  Douglas County Herald

By Michael Boyink. If you were writing the story, it might go something like this… Danielle Steele's expensive European car breaks down on a backroad in ...



Ava High School Homecoming Is Being Observed This Week  Douglas County Herald

It's Homecoming at Ava High School this week, and all the events will climax with the coronation of the 2014 Homecoming Queen and King on Friday night.



Norm Stewart Classic –– 48 Hours of High School Basketball  Douglas County Herald

COLUMBIA, Mo. –– Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Norm Stewart and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association will host the 11th Annual Norm Stewart ...



Southern's Taylor Haltom takes 13th at Hillcat Spring Invitational  Joplin Globe

OWASSO, Okla. — Taylor Haltom carded a 7-over-par 78 in Tuesday's final round of the Hillcat Spring Invitational played at Bailey's Ranch Golf Club to lead the ...



Forsyth Woman Wins $100,000 on Missouri Lottery Scratcher  Douglas County Herald

Kathy Everett, a Scratchers player from Forsyth, recently picked up a Missouri Lottery “Full of $500s” Scratchers ticket from one of her usual stops in town.



Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Needs Donations  OzarksFirst.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Winter weather and illness have combined to cause blood donation levels in the Ozarks to drop substantially over the past several weeks.



Fall 2017 Preview: Ava Volleyball  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Josh Hall (Josh.hall@ky3.com). The Ava High School volleyball team will be young this season. And while it might take the Lady Bears a few matches to get ...



Farm & Home Calendar | Farm And Home Calendar  Farm Talk

April 18–Farm Friends. Located: Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, 1335 W. Knapp, Fayetteville, Ark. For more information, call 479-444-1755. Time: 3:30 ...



Introducing Marshfield R-I's new assistant superintendent | News  Marshfield Mail

Since he began his position on July 1, Mike Henry, Marshfield R-I's new assistant superintendent, has been busy preparing for the upcoming school year.



Glade Top Trail Run April 6  Douglas County Herald

The 6th Annual Glade Top Trail Run is only one month away, as this year's scholarship generating event is set for Saturday, April 6, with races starting at 9 a.m. ...



2018 Spring Preview: Ava Baseball  Ozarks Sports Zone

By Kary Booher (For OzarksSportsZone.com). Rex Sawyer has been coaching 34 years, 23 as the baseball coach at Ava High School. So, yes, he's walked into ...



Amy Louise Collins  Douglas County Herald

Amy Louise Collins, daughter of the late John and Golda (Stout) Hicks, was born February 20, 1930 in Mountain Grove, Missouri, and departed this life February ...



Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Upcoming Blood Drive  OzarksFirst.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is the sole local provider of blood for patients at more than 40 area hospitals in southwest ...



Zilla (Graham) Parker Lambert  Douglas County Herald

Zilla Ann Lambert, 73 years, 10 months, 16 days old, passed away on Sept. 7, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo., with her family by her side. Zilla was born ...



Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition  Douglas County Herald

Youths participating in the Knights of Columbus free throw competition held in Ava recently are shown above showcasing a trophy or certificate of recognition.



Shirley Louise Clark | Obituaries  Christian County Headliner News

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Adams Funeral Home, ...



The perfect Valentine's Day story: Father-Daughter share heart transplant bond  KY3

Valentine's day is all about the heart. And for a family from Rogersville named Valentine, it's definitely about hearts as a father and his daughter have both had ...



Strong Work Ethic, Commitment and, a few innocent pranks along the way.  Douglas County Herald

By Sue Curry Jones. Having worked his way through college, Cody Whitaker is thankful to be teaching at Ava High School, where he serves as an educator in ...



Ava High School Band – 1930s  Douglas County Herald

This picture of the Ava High School Band is believed to have been taken in the 1930s. Identified are, from left, back row: Beulah Davis, Howard Pettit, Wilma Sell, ...



Pokin Around: The heart of Ava runner, 16, still beats strong  Springfield News-Leader

Tucked in the hills of Ava, a mile from the high school, sunlight slants onto a black six-lane track where Jacob Luebbering refuses to give up. Several months ago ...



Miss Merry Christmas Pageant Rescheduled for This Sunday  Douglas County Herald

The Anchor Club Miss Merry Christmas Pageant has been reschedued for this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Ava Performing Arts Center. The pageant was ...



2017 Class 2 All-Region Softball Teams  Ozarks Sports Zone

Pitchers Alyssa Tidwell, JR, Kelly High School Sydney Miller, JR, Willow Springs High School Allyse Agers, FR, St. Pius X High School MaKenna Moore, SO ...



Ava Middle School Choir Students Participate In Solo, Ensemble Festival  Douglas County Herald

On Saturday, April 26, Ava Middle School choir students participated in a solo and ensemble festival at the Ava Performing Arts Center. The guest judge was ...



Hall of fame announces football honorees  Springfield News-Leader

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Football Luncheon set for Oct. 16.



RONALD MEDLOCK  Houston Herald

Ronald Edwin “Ronnie” Medlock, 71 years, 0 months, 27 days old, went to be with his savior on Nov. 23, 2017, after a long illness at his home with all.



Ava FFA Members Attend National Convention  Douglas County Herald

FFA attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., on Oct 29-31. The top 13 fundraisers qualified to go. Those attending were, from left, front row: Wes ...



Sparta district promotes middle school principal to superintendent  Springfield News-Leader

Rocky Valentine, who has worked in Sparta for seven years, is the new superintendent.



Vincent Larimore  Ozark Radio News

Vincent Edward Larimore, 53 years, 9 months, 18 days old, passed away on November 13, 2017 at the ManorCare Health Services in Springfield, MO.



Prof. Walter Darrell Haden  Douglas County Herald

Walter “Walt” Darrell Haden, served as professor of English at The University of Tennessee at Martin for nearly 40 years. He was a man of many talents and ...



SCA Coaches Name All-Conference Athletes  Douglas County Herald

Coaches of the South Central Association met last week and named all-conference teams in football, softball and volleyball. In addition, coaches of the ...



Ava Bears Will Host Forsyth Monday At Hammons Field  Douglas County Herald

The Ava High School Baseball Bears remain undefeated on the year after picking up two conference wins last week over SCA rivals Mtn. Grove and Willow ...



Tributes | vindy.com — LORENE N. (TISONE) NICOPOLIS  Youngstown Vindicator

Youngstown, Ohio | Tributes, In Memoriam, Deaths, Obituaries, for Warren, Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Poland.



Stephen Copeland Attends WRVEC CYCLE Program In Jefferson City  Douglas County Herald

BRANSON – Stephen Copeland, Ava, and Bethany Miller, Branson, were among the 109 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the ...



Donald Sallee  Ozark Radio News

Donald Eugene Sallee, 88 years, 10 months, 5 days old, passed away on September 17, 2017 at his home with his loving wife, Mary Lou, by his side. Don was ...



Bradleyville School Band Selected to Perform at State Music Educators Conference  Douglas County Herald

The Bradleyville Screaming Eagle Band will perform at the 76th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference today (Jan. 23), at 12:30 p.m. ...



Ava Runners Improve Their Times at Springfield Catholic Cross Country Meet  Douglas County Herald

The Ava Bears cross country team traveled to Springfield, Tuesday, Oct. 8, for the Irish Invitational hosted by Springfield Catholic High School. A total of 207 ...



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