Missing Two Year Old Found in Johnson County, MO

On 06/22/20 at approximately 4:17 p.m., Johnson County Deputies were dispatched to a rural address north of Knob Noster in regards to a missing two year old, whom had been missing for approximately twenty minutes.

Within a few minutes, Cpl. Nicole Collins arrived on scene and observed a large pond several hundred yards north of the residence and immediately inquired from the mother whether or not the pond had been checked and she was told it had not. Cpl. Collins responded to the pond and observed the child approximately ten to fifteen feet from the bank with water up to the child’s neck. Cpl. Collins determined that the child was stuck in the mud and went into the pond and rescued the child.

Everyone at the Sheriff’s Office would like to commend Cpl. Collins on her quick action in regards to this life saving incident.

Stranded Boaters Rescued at Harrisonville City Lake

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Harrisonville City Lake near Pleasant Hill to assist the Pleasant Hill Fire Department locate a stranded boater. City of Harrisonville Lake Caretaker located the boat and two occupants. Everyone was returned safely and the boat was towed back to the ramp. The owner experienced a dead battery on the far side of the lake and was able to call 9-1-1 for help.

“We are thankful to have a positive outcome to this situation. A cooperative effort between City staff, fire department, and the Sheriff’s Office made sure this fishing trip ended safely.,” said Sheriff Jeff Weber.

Boaters are reminded to make sure you have all safety equipment on board and leave a travel plan with someone in case of unexpected delays or emergency.

Upcoming Event at the Bates County Museum

Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site On Thursday, June 25th at 7pm, a Wildflower Walk will be conducted by Rebecca Knox from Prairie State Park. The wildflowers are beautiful this year so it should be an excellent evening stroll.

Little Apple News

City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of Independence Day. They will re-open on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

It is with deep regret that the Appleton City Manor and Countryside Estates have decided to cancel their Annual Independence Day Celebration. They will look forward to seeing you next year.

The 16th Annual Appleton City Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, July 11 at the City Park.  Check-in is from 8:00 a.m. to noon and the Car Show will be from noon to 3:00 p.m.  This year, please turn north on the street on the east side of the park. Circle the park and come in the normal entrance. They will collect the $10 entrance fee and hand out entry forms as you enter the park. They will collect the entry form later from your windshield. There will be judging for all classes with the top 70 for cars and trucks, top 3 for motorcycles and top 3 for rat rods. The first 150 entries will be given dash plaques.  D.J. Brandon Wallace will present music on the stage.  There will also be a 50-50 drawing and door prizes.  Food concessions, biscuits & gravy and cobbler & ice cream will be available. Proceeds from the Show will go toward a pair of $1000 scholarships for local high school students.  In addition, Zink Motor Co, which is one of the oldest Ford dealerships in the country, is hosting the Kansas City Antique Car Clu8b at the dealership in Appleton City during the car show.  20-25 Model A’s and Model T’s will be on display. There will be an open house and tours of this historic dealership.  The admission is free.  The location for this show is across the street from the Appleton City Car Show.  For car show information, email to appletoncitycarshow@yahoo.com.

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic is announcing FREE sports physicals 2 days in July.  Physicals will be offered Wednesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  These days are by appointment only.  Jamie O’Farrell, FNP and Kenny Maus, CNP will conduct the physicals.  Physical forms must be signed by a parent or guardian. Call the ACRHC at 660-476-2121 to make your appointment today!

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic (ACRHC) proudly announces the addition of Kendrick Maus, CNP to their team of exceptional health care providers, including Jamie O’Farrell, FNP, Cindy Moran, NP, and Dr. Jerad Widman, MD.  Kenny comes backed by a very impressive work history with emphasis in trauma medicine, and a passion for taking care of people.  His nursing career started after receiving his nursing degree from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Upon graduation, he worked as a pediatric Registered Nurse (RN) for a year at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas before spending 2 years at Cox South in Springfield as a trauma RN.  He completed his RN career as a trauma nurse at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, while finishing up his Master’s Degree in Nursing through Cox College.  For the past year Kenny has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the emergency department (ED) at Mercy-Joplin.  Recently, Kenny became a new property owner in rural Appleton City, resigned from Mercy-Joplin, and joined the clinic team full time. Kenny would like to further integrate into the community by getting involved with the local high school sports programs through athletic training, in which he would attend the sporting events to provide medical attention to injured players.  He would also like to get more involved in the promotion and utilization of the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) program adopted by the athletic department at ACHS last year. Kenny is currently accepting new patients at this time. He is looking forward to planting some roots and building his practice by doing his part to provide exceptional care to the members of his new community. The other full time Nurse Practitioner is Jamie O’Farrell, FNP-BC.  Jamie has been providing exceptional care to her patients at ACRHC since 2018, going above and beyond to ensure they are taken care of to the best of her ability.  Jamie takes great pride in her practice of providing care to the members of her home town. Jamie, born and raised in rural Appleton City, is the daughter of Jim and Janice McEwan and a high school graduate of Appleton City High School (ACHS).  Jamie has a strong working knowledge of chronic disease management and pediatric care, making her a pivotal asset to the rural community with the ability to provide the highest quality care to patients of all ages. In 2018 when an NP position became available, she took it as her opportunity to return to EMH-ACRHC. She is driven by her desire to give back to the community that she was raised in and calls home.  She would like to be a part of the continued growth of the clinic and hospital services as well as collaborate with community resources and local businesses to promote healthy lifestyle management within the community. Jamie is also very involved in the community in many ways outside of work.  During the 2019 fall sports season she helped the ACHS athletic department obtain and implement the ImPACT program and has coordinated care for the local athletes that qualify for the testing. She will be the head volleyball coach for the 2020 season and has been coaching volleyball for the Optimist Club youth sports program for the past several years. She is also an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City and a co-leader for the Hudson Hustler’s 4-H program.  Jamie is accepting new patients every day and looks forward to seeing you for all your primary healthcare needs.

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Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for June and July, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: June 26 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni, July 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy Dr. Vardakis,        July 2 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, July 8-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, July 9 – Podiatry, Dr. Dowell, July 9 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 10 – Ortho, Gray, July 15-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, July 22– Ortho-Dr. Gray, July 23 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, July 24 – Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni.

ACHS seniors Wyatt Dixon, Austin McClure, Ethan Maas, Michael Aversman, Sawyer Fischer, Sarah Parsons and Meadow Phillips can pick up their athletic pictures at Powell’s True Value.


July 11     The 16th Annual Appleton City Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at the City Park starting at 8:00 a.m.