NATURAL GAS RATES TO CHANGE FOR LIBERTY UTILITIES CUSTOMERS

JEFFERSON CITY—The natural gas rates of Liberty Utilities (Midstates Natural Gas) Corp.
d/b/a Liberty Utilities customers will change under a filing that will take effect on October 1, 2020.
The rate change reflects the Weather Normalization Adjustment Rider (WNAR) which
authorizes rate adjustments based on weather variations. The WNAR projects anticipated gas usage
changes due to weather that is either warmer or colder than normal. This filing generally reflected
warmer than normal weather in Liberty’s Northeast, West and Southeast rate districts.
Under the Liberty Utilities filing, natural gas rates will increase for a residential customer
using 100 Ccf of natural gas a month by approximately $2.01 a month in Liberty Utilities’ Northeast
and West Districts. Natural gas rates will increase by approximately $0.86 a month for a residential
customer using approximately 100 Ccf of natural gas a month in Liberty Utilities’ Southeast District.
Liberty Utilities serves approximately 55,000 natural gas customers in Missouri. The
Northeast and West District service area includes the Missouri counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis,
Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler, Scotland, Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair. The Southeast
District service area includes the counties of Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New
Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne.

Third Covid-19 Death Reported in Bates County

We are saddened to report that we have been made aware of the third COVID-19 related death in Bates County. Our sympathies to family and friends during this difficult time. No personal information can be released. Please out of respect for family and friends no disrespectful comments—remember to be kind.

Henry County/ General Election Voting Information

In News for the public from Henry County : As the General Election rapidly approaches, questions linger about the best, safest and most effective way to vote on November 3. Absentee voting is now open for eligible voters at the Henry County Clerk’s office (1st Floor of the Courthouse).

 In Missouri, mail-in ballots and some absentee ballots must be notarized. In October, The Democrat Club will host 2 Free Saturday Drive-up Notary Events for all voters who have received their mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot that requires a notarized signature.

The deadline to register to vote – on-line or in-person – is Wednesday, October 7, 2020. County residents can register to vote at the Henry County Clerk’s office (Courthouse – First Floor) during regular office hours. Registering on-line requires access to a (computer) tablet, mobile device, or other touchscreen device to electronically sign the registration form.  “Mail-In Ballots” can only be mailed to the local election authority (County Clerk) and must be received by 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

 Votes that are not received by that time will not be counted.  The Free Mail-in Ballot Notary Events will be on the East Side of the Clinton Square outside the Switzer Law Office (136 S. Main, Clinton) Saturday, October 3 and 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Voters can choose to bring their mail-in ballot into the law office to be notarized but will also be greeted outside and can have their ballot notarized in their car. 

Voters must bring state or federally-issued legal photo identification (such as a driver’s license or identification card). Face coverings are requested to ensure safety for the voters and the notaries. After the mail-in ballot is notarized, the voter should immediately deliver the ballot to the U.S. Post Office around the corner to ensure vote safety and ensure that the ballot arrives in time to be counted. Once the vote is submitted by absentee or a mail-in ballot, it is illegal for the voter to vote again in-person at the polls. If you have any questions about the mail-in ballot process, please contact the Henry County Clerk (660) 885-7204 or the Missouri Secretary of State at (573)751-4936.

Little Apple News

September 30, 2020

Appleton City High School Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, October 2.  The list of activities and information for Homecoming 2020 is as follows: 1:45 – Pep assembly for high school and junior high, 2:30 – Students participating in the parade are dismissed, 2:45 – Homecoming Parade, 7:00 – Football game against Osceola Indians with Queen/Princess coronation at halftime. There are no restrictions for spectators and there will be concessions available. The Junior Class will sell breaded tenderloin sandwiches starting at 6:00 p.m.  Immediately following the game until 11:30, there will be food, games, and music at the football field, provided by the ACHS Student Council. This activity will take the place of a traditional Homecoming dance. This activity will only be available for Appleton City students in grades 9-12 and their registered out of school dates.

Junior Class will be selling tenderloins under the big white tent at the Homecoming game this Friday starting at 6:00 p.m. before the game. The regular concession stands will still be available. A tenderloin sandwich, chips and water will be $8.00.  All proceeds go to the ACHS 2020/2021 Prom expenses

Ellett Memorial Hospital is hosting a GIRLS DAY OUT on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.at the Hospital.  Please come join them for their 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Wellness & Awareness Day. Come receive your pre-registered annual mammogram by Diagnostic Imaging Center Mobile Coach and receive a special gift. There will be Breast Cancer speakers sharing their life stories, talking about genetics and facts of Breast Cancer. Door prizes awarded, fellowship, stories from survivors, caregivers and support will be shared. A light lunch served and treats to indulge. Vendors will be set up for your guilty pleasures and essential information available. If you or someone you know is a Breast Cancer survivor, please let them know who and how long, so that they may recognize them and celebrate. Stay connected to the Girls Day Out on the Hospital’s Facebook page event link (https://www.facebook.com/Ellett-Memorial-Hospital-155939294485962/) to receive more updates.  Uninsured women 40-49 that meet the guidelines can apply for funding of a mammogram through our “Show Me Healthy Women Program”.  Call EMH at

660-476-2111 and speak with April Loney or Julee Snyder for info or help scheduling a mammogram.

The Montrose Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” including an open house at the fire station on October 4, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  You will be able to meet and talk with your Firefighters, First Responders and Jr. Firefighters, tour the station, view fire and medical equipment and see how they work.  There will be fire education station, Sparky the Fire Dog and games for the kids.  You can also enjoy refreshments of hamburger / hot dogs, chips, cookie and drink.

Back to School “Underwear, Sock & Hygiene” packs can be picked up at the Trinity United Methodist Church (214 E 3rd) on September 30, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and October 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please come to the West Door (Office). Call 660-476-5322 for more information.

The Appleton City Landmarks Restoration was featured in “Ozark Farm & Neighbor Newspaper”.  The article can be found at http://www.ozarksfn.com/2020/09/21/saving-history/

The deadline for Quasquacentennial Souvenir Stamp Cancellation is October 8. Mail items to be cancelled (with stamps on them) to USPS, 119 W. 4th St. ACMO 64724.

Sesquicentennial Poster Contest guidelines are coming soon for children living in the Appleton City or Hudson School Districts and any adult who has ever resided within 15 miles of AC. Categories will include both free hand art and computer generated art. The art must be about “Appleton City Past or Present”. Everyone may participate by encouraging artists in the AC area to create and enter a poster.

The annual Fall Festival at Living Water Ranch, Osceola, is scheduled for October 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The festival is free to attend and is open to the public. A full concession stand will be available, no outside food or drinks, please. Activities will include zipline, archery, Forgers for Christ forging station, Wild Edible samples (cricket cookies anyone?), giant slide, petting zoo, pony rides, hayride, BB guns with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Deputies, and other activities. Come enjoy a beautiful day outdoors. Address of the festival is Living Waters Ranch, 4520 SE 450 Road, Osceola, Missouri. Living Waters Ranch is a faith based, 501C3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people in rural MO.

Appleton City Manor is asking area residents to send Virginia Wolf a card to help celebrate her 100th birthday. On October 2, 2020, Virginia Wolf, will be 100 years young. Please send cards to Virginia Wolf, 600 N Ohio St., Appleton City, Mo 64724. Also, if you would like to make her day even more special they ask you to drive through their parking lot following the ACHS Homecoming parade October 2, 2020 and give her a birthday honk. They ask that you stay in your car at all times. If you have any questions, contact Tracey at 476-5524.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for October. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Dr. Tay, Oct 1 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Oct 2 –Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni, Oct 7- Upper GI, Colonoscopy Dr. Namin, Oct 8– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Oct 9– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Oct 14-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Oct 21 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Oct 22– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Oct 28– Ortho-Dr. Gray                                     

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sept 30 – Oct 1    “Underwear, Sock & Hygiene” packs can be picked up at the Trinity United Methodist Church 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Oct 2       ACHS Homecoming activities. Parade at 2:30 p.m., Varsity Football against Osceola 7:00 p.m., Coronation at halftime

Oct 4       Girls Day Out at Ellett Memorial Hospital

Oct 4       Montrose Fire Department Fire Prevention Week activities 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The University of Missouri Extension in Cass County is offering a virtual workshop “Surviving Parenting the Teen Years” class October 17, 2020 from 10:00am -12:00pm via zoom. Raising adolescents or tweens? This class is for you. Adapted from the Parenting a Second Time Around curriculum, this is a parenting program designed for anyone who is raising teens.  They will discuss adolescent behavior and when things have progressed beyond typical; and how to provide guidance and maintain safety.  Continuing education hours are available for foster families.  The cost is $25 per person. Register online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/surviving-parenting-the-teen-years. If you have any questions please call the facilitator Kyleigh Sullivan at 660-619-1355.  And find MU Extension Kyleigh HDFS Specialist on Facebook for updates.

A master gardener training has been scheduled beginning October 6, 2020 and concluding November 10, 2020.  The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow”.  The Master Gardener program provides in-depth horticulture training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education. This class will be a hybrid virtual training.  Participants have the option of attending the class completely online, via Zoom, from the comfort of their home.  The alternative is to attend the class live at one of the following locations: Boonville – Cooper County Extension Office, Sedalia – Pettis County Extension Office, Versailles – Morgan County Extension Office, Columbia – Boone County Extension Office and

Higginsville – Lafayette County Extension Office.  There will be a limit of 10 participants at each of the live locations and social distancing/masking recommendations will be in place.  At each of the 5 in-person locations there will be a moderator knowledgeable in horticulture to help facilitate and answer questions.  At some point during the training each site will have a live speaker.  During other weeks, the live speaker will be at one of the other locations and broadcast to the remaining sites. The class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on October 6 and concluding on November 10.  The cost for the training is $200.  Registration can be done online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/multi-county-hybrid-master-gardener-fall-2020-training or by calling the Cooper County Extension Office at (660)882-5661. 

Each year, the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) and University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry (UMCA) host the family-friendly and educational Missouri Chestnut Roast event. This year is going to look a little bit different.  Instead of offering an in-person event at the Research Center, located in New Franklin, Mo., HARC and UMCA will go virtual this year, along with the rest of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Research Centers during the annual field day season. The HARC Virtual Chestnut Roast will be held Saturday, October 3, with numerous unique videos available through the Research Center’s website and Facebook page.

The videos will include informative content on the production of pecan, chestnut and elderberry, from start to finish. While you won’t be able to smell the aroma or taste the flavor of roasted chestnuts, you will be treated to new behind-the-scenes footage and video tours of HARC that will immerse you in a true Missouri agroforestry landscape. The event promises to be inspiring for audiences near and far. The Virtual Chestnut Roast will include a keynote video given by Curtis Stone, known as “The Urban Farmer” from Canada, who, according to his website, has an area of expertise in quick-growing, high-value annual vegetables for direct consumer market streams.  Individuals can find the presentations beginning around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, on the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center Facebook page (facebook.com/mizzouharc/). Presentations will be posted throughout the morning. The videos will also be posted on a special webpage (harc.missouri.edu/chestnut-roast/) on the HARC website. Attendees are welcome to visit the Center for Agroforestry Facebook page (facebook.com/centerforagroforestry) and the Mizzou Agroforestry YouTube channel (youtube.com/channel/UCUOh8LRAf21gW2dt3uPf_UA) for the videos and additional resources as well.

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital, 660-476-211.

As the General Election rapidly approaches, questions linger about the best, safest and most effective way to vote on November 3. Absentee voting is now open for eligible voters at the Henry County Clerk’s office (1st Floor of the Courthouse). In Missouri, mail-in ballots and some absentee ballots must be notarized. In October, The Democrat Club will host 2 Free Saturday Drive-up Notary Events for all voters who have received their mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot that requires a notarized signature. The deadline to register to vote – on-line or in-person – is Wednesday, October 7, 2020. County residents can register to vote at the Henry County Clerk’s office (Courthouse – First Floor) during regular office hours. Registering on-line requires access to a (computer) tablet, mobile device, or other touchscreen device to electronically sign the registration form.  “Mail-In Ballots” can only be mailed to the local election authority (County Clerk) and must be received by 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  Votes that are not received by that time will not be counted.  The Free Mail-in Ballot Notary Events will be on the East Side of the Clinton Square outside the Switzer Law Office (136 S. Main, Clinton) Saturday, October 3 and 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Voters can choose to bring their mail-in ballot into the law office to be notarized but will also be greeted outside and can have their ballot notarized in their car.  Voters must bring state or federally-issued legal photo identification (such as a driver’s license or identification card). Face coverings are requested to ensure safety for the voters and the notaries. After the mail-in ballot is notarized, the voter should immediately deliver the ballot to the U.S. Post Office around the corner to ensure vote safety and ensure that the ballot arrives in time to be counted. Once the vote is submitted by absentee or a mail-in ballot, it is illegal for the voter to vote again in-person at the polls. If you have any questions about the mail-in ballot process, please contact the Henry County Clerk (660) 885-7204 or the Missouri Secretary of State at (573)751-4936.

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