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Ava (Mo.) High School alumni attempt to set Guinness World Record  KY3

AVA, Mo. -- Hundreds of alumni of Ava High School came together Saturday in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record. As it turns out, they might have set a ...



Looking Backward  Douglas County Herald

The Ava Recycling Center recently received $2,000 toward the purchase of a new glass crushing machine from White River Valley Electric's Operation Round ...



Renee' Marie Sudbury  Douglas County Herald

Renee' Marie Sudbury, 45 years, 4 months, 19 days old, of Latimer, Kansas (formerly of Ava, Missouri)passed away on August 4, 2019 at her home in Latimer, ...



Ava High School Hoopcoming Celebration February 5-8  Douglas County Herald

Hoopcoming Queen candidates selected for the 2019 Hoopcoming Court this year are shown above from left, Lauren Mendel, Shelby Korte, and Macey Phillips.



Kevin Eugene Breeding  Douglas County Herald

Kevin Eugene Breeding, age 42 years, 5 months, and 14 days, was born January 27, 1977 and passed away July 10, 2019 in Mt. Vernon, Mo with his family by ...



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 ...



RI 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 ...



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 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.



A Fond Farewell: Seniors to depart, but Ava baseball keeps growing  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. At the start of the 2019 baseball season, the Bears had only put three batters on base in their 2-0 winning season opener against Van Buren ...



Judy Streight Inducted Into Ava Alumni Hall of Fame  Douglas County Herald

The 2019 Ava High School Alumni Banquet was held Saturday, May 4 in the high school gymnasium. During this year's banquet, several classes celebrated ...



AHS All Class Reunion Set for July 27  Douglas County Herald

All alumni of Ava High School are invited to attend the AHS All Class Reunion, on Saturday, July 27 at the Ava Football Field, from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m..



Ava High School Students Inducted Into National Honor Society 2019 NHS Graduating Seniors Honored  Douglas County Herald

Fourteen seniors from Ava High School were honored at the National Honor Society ceremony held on Sunday, April 28. Those recognized were Coy Akers, ...



Heads Held High: Bears fall behind, 4-1, in state quarterfinals  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. WESTPHALIA – “You have nothing to be ashamed of,” said head coach Rex Sawyer as he spoke to his players along the third base line ...



2019 Graduating Classes  Douglas County Herald

Graduation is upon us, and it is likely students and especially parents will attest to the fact these last few weeks of the school year are a whirlwind of activities, ...



Ava High School Students Place Second in Math/Science Relay  Douglas County Herald

Submitted Photo. Front Row (left to right): Layla Giorgianni, Grace Key, and Karcee McFarlin. Middle Row: Makayla Elliott, Carter Crews, Kiona Diver, Jordan ...



Future Wildcat: Ava's Kate McDonald to Further Education, Play Volleyball at Culver-Stockton College  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. Another Ava High School student will be moving on to continue their education and compete at the collegiate level. Kate McDonald signed ...



The Do Run Club Begins June 4 at MOCH, With Coach Liz Kyger as Instructor  Douglas County Herald

The Missouri Ozarks Community Health Center is pleased to announce the addition of a new program called The Do Run Club. The program is being offered as ...



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 ...



Ava Football Rakes-In 2018 All-SWMFCA Class 2 All-Region Football Team Honors  Douglas County Herald

Ava High School quarterback Caleb Johnson (12) carries the ball during a Missouri Class 2 playoff game against Lamar on November, 17, 2018, in Lamar, ...



SCA Conference All-Stars  Douglas County Herald

From left, coach Nathan Houk, Lauren Mendel, and Ashton Bewley stand for a photograph inside the gymnasium Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Ava, Missouri.



Still Standing (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. “Aim for the stars,” is the colloquial phrase used when telling youth to yearn and reach for their goals. Interestingly enough the Ava Bears ...



Class of 1969 To Host 50-Year Reunion May 4  Douglas County Herald

The Ava High School graduating class of 1969 will hold a 50-year reunion in conjunction with the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 4. A room has been ...



School Lunch Menus  Douglas County Herald

Monday, March 11. Mini waffles, applesauce. Tuesday, March 12. Cereal with yogurt, apple. Wednesday, March 13. Banana chocolate chip breakfast cookie, ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Community Blood Center of the Ozarks upcoming blood drive  OzarksFirst.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is significantly short on most blood types and approaching emergency levels. Community Blood ...



Colton Overcast  Douglas County Herald

Colton David Overcast, 21 years, of Ava, Missouri passed on to Heaven on May 7, 2019 at his home from a sudden illness. Colton was born January 20, 1998 in ...



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, ...



Ava Middle School 2018-19 VFW Patriots Pen Winners  Douglas County Herald

Veterans of Foreign Wars Russel T. Scott Post 5993 announced the names of Ava Middle School students who were selected as winners of the 2018-19 VFW ...



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 ...



Chamber of Commerce Banquet  Douglas County Herald

Nina Carter, above right, was chosen as the 2019 John N. Dickison Award recipient. Marie Bristol, daughter of John Dickison, left, made the presentation during ...



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

The Ava R-I School Board agenda was predominately filled with annual procedures and topics relating to the start of a new school year. However, one exception ...



Annual Ava Christmas Parade  Douglas County Herald

A young girl twirls a flag ahead of the Ava High School band as they march in the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Ava, Missouri.



2018 Homecoming Queen and King  Douglas County Herald

The Douglas County Herald is your source for news and information about Ava, Missouri and the surrounding area. Contact us: info@douglascountyherald.com.



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 ...



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 ...



One Up, One Down: Ava Baseball goes 1-1 on road in Springfield, Thayer  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. SPRINGFIELD – New Covenant is a tough school to go toe-to-toe with and despite the 4-0 loss to Springfield's New Covenant Academy on ...



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 ...



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 ...



Track Bling  Douglas County Herald

These Ava Lady Bears received medals for finishing in the top 3 in their track events at the Marshfield Small School Meet on Monday, April 8. From left to right: ...



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 ...



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 ...



Ava Lady Bears Blast Chadwick Cardinals, ahead 30 at the Buzzer  Douglas County Herald

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 Bears ...



Ava RI 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 ...



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 ...



National Honor Society Service Project  Douglas County Herald

Julie Taylor, the Ava High School National Honor Society (NHS) sponsor, second from left, is shown above with members of the Piece and Friendship Quilt Guild ...



Tassle Hassle  Douglas County Herald

by Michael Boyink / mike@douglascountyheraldcom. The Amish have Rumspringa. The Jewish have Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. The Australian Aboriginies have ...



Activity Report From The Ava Police Dept.  Douglas County Herald

Reggie Johnson, Chief. Phone 417-683-2900–Answered 24 Hours a Day. Calls By Type. June 30-July 6. Animal Call – 5; Assault – 2; Assault, Domestic – 1 ...



The Emersons Deliver Trout: A Fish Tale  Douglas County Herald

By Kathleen Logan Smith. For Missourians, Friday, March 1 launched Catch & Keep Trout Season sending thousands of ambitious anglers to their favorite fly ...



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 ...



Ava Class of '79 Reunion – Douglas County Herald  Douglas County Herald

Submitted Photo. The Ava High School class of 1979 met for their 40th reunion Saturday May 4th at the Ava Life Church. Top row (left to right): Linda ...



Clearing-Out Cabool  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. Defense leads to wins in nearly any team sport out there. The Bears were able to overcome the Cabool, which fielded at 94.7-percent with ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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. ...



“Lady Luck” locks-in win over Mountain Grove  Douglas County Herald

By Jason Hoekema. MOUNTAIN GROVE – The Bears were holding their own but needed some insurance toward the end of seven innings in a game where Ava ...



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 ...



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 ...



Lady Bears Volleyball Take 3rd Place at Sparta Tournament  Douglas County Herald

By Leigh Heriford. Last week the Ava Volley Bears took on two SCA teams, Salem and Cabool. The Lady Bears pulled out a big win against the Salem Tigers, ...



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 ...



Blood Types O Negative and A Negative Needed  Douglas County Herald

Currently, the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) reports less than a three day supply of type O Negative and A Negative blood. But all blood types ...



Glade Top Trail Run Results  Douglas County Herald

New Course Record During the Glade Top Trail Run held on Saturday, Sharla Mathes set a course record, with a time of 34:12. Mathes was the winner in the ...



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 ...



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 ...



AHS National Honor Society Installs New Members  Douglas County Herald

Photo submitted. Newly installed members of the Ava High School National Honor Society are shown above. Not in order, they are: Mason Cole, Quinton Donley ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



CofO Announces Fall President's List, and Dean's List for 2018  Douglas County Herald

POINT LOOKOUT — College of the Ozarks has recognized students for earning a high level of academic distinction during the fall 2018 semester with inclusion ...



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 ...



Semi-Pro Football Coming to West Plains, Open Tryouts August 17  Douglas County Herald

The Midwest Defenders are a semi-professional eight man adult football team coming to West Plains, Mo. in the spring of 2020. Owned by a group of friends that ...



Kenneth Breeding, Sr.  Douglas County Herald

Kenneth Breeding, Sr., age 66 years 8 months and 13 days, was born July 5, 1952 and passed away February 18, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO ...



Open Season: Ava Lady Bears Begin Basketball Season with Double “W” on Road Against Hollister High  Douglas County Herald

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



AHS National Honor Society Celebrates Seniors  Douglas County Herald

Photo submitted. The Dorothy Norman Chapter of the Ava High School National Honor Society recognized 14 graduating seniors last month in April.



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 ...



Forsyth Woman Wins $100000 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.



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 ...



Lady Bears Win Cabool Bulldog Classic Tournament, Bewley Named MVP, Hits Career-High 28 Points  Douglas County Herald

Ava High School's Claire Fossett (13) reaches up to pass the ball inside to a teammate during the championship game of the Cabool Classic Tournament Friday, ...



High School Juniors Offered A Trip to Washington, DC  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 ...



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 ...



Shop Class for Adults  Douglas County Herald

Submitted Photo. Several members of the community have taken advantage of the Adult Shop Class being offered through Bears Den. Members of the class ...



Ava Middle School Lady Bears' Season Closes  Douglas County Herald

The Ava Middle school girls basketball teams wrapped up the season Tuesday in the Liberty Tournament. The 8th-grade team finished their season 11-3 and ...



Thomasena “Tommie” Newton  Douglas County Herald

Myra Thomasena Newton, age 92 years, 10 months, 21 days, Springfield, Missouri, passed on to dwell with her eternal Father in Heaven on April 18, 2019 at ...



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, ...



Ava Class of 1984 Holds 30-Year Reunion  Douglas County Herald

The Ava High School class of 1984 celebrated their 30th class reunion on Saturday, June 14. The celebration began Friday evening with some classmates ...



Justin MaggardOzark Radio News  Ozark Radio News

Justin Dale Maggard, 34 years and 22 days old, passed away on November 30, 2018 at his home. Justin was born November 8, 1984 in Cox's Hospital in ...



Jewell Elizabeth Smith  Douglas County Herald

Jewell Elizabeth Smith, 98, born on January 21, 1921 to George and Clone Cole in Douglas County, Missouri; died on June 28, 2019 at Benefis Eastview ...



Local FFA Students Attend National Convention  Douglas County Herald

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, thirteen Ava R-I FFA students departed for National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. These students were eligible because they ...



Douglas County Sales Tax Rate Increases April 1  Douglas County Herald

By Michael Boyink. mike@douglascountyherald.com. Douglas County residents take note – starting April 1st the sales tax rate goes up a half-cent. The increase ...



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 ...



Archie's Family Restaurant Opens Friday Morning To Welcome Customers  Douglas County Herald

Archie's Family Restaurant located on North Jefferson Street, across from the Ava High School, will reopen with a *fresh* new look on Friday, June 21.



Kacey Merriett Named to Honor Roll at Culver-Stockton  Douglas County Herald

Kacey Merriett was recently named to the honor roll at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. Merriett is majoring in Business Administration and he is the ...



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 ...



Farm & Home Calendar | Farm And Home Calendar  Farm Talk

Aug. 15–Alfalfa Workshop (rescheduled from Aug. 1). Located: Dadeville High School ag classroom, Dadeville, Mo. Register by Aug. 14 at 417-637-2112.



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 ...



Sizzling at Zizzer Track Meet  Douglas County Herald

Five Ava High School Lady Bears medaled at the West Plains Zizzer Relays last week on 4-11-19. Athletes had to finish in the top six to medal at this track meet.



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