Huckster’s Day Vendors needed

The Butler Chamber of Commerce will have their annual Huckster’s Day Festival on Saturday, October 16th.  This family fun event is a great way to spend a Saturday on the Historical Butler Square. 

Vendor’s space is still available for Huckster’s Day, if you are food or craft vendor and would like to have a space at Huckster’s Day contact Marsha Youngblood by email at or by phone at 816-716-9217. Vendor’s spaces fill up fast so reserve your spot today. Vendor hours are 9am to 3pm.

Vendors that have reserved their spots include

JoJo’s – Nancy Conard – crafts & flower arrangements

St. Matthew Lutheran Church – Kim Jacob’s – Baked Items and other goodies

Crafts by Brenda – wreath, jewelry holder, Christmas ornaments & decorations

SnoBiz – Lester & Kimberly Algiere – Sno Cones

Bates County Cattlemen – Ribeye’s, Smoked Beef, Hamburgers with Chips & Water

Bates County Memorial Hospital – Health/Educational display, raising awareness for health, services provided by BCMH and Family Care Clinics

Tropical Sno – Seth Hogue – Shaved Ice

The Wires Edge – Margie Shatto – Handmade Jewelry

Town to Village Community Water Well Project – Debbie Norman – Baked Good & Snacks

Clinton High School Football Program Announces Changes for the 2021 Season

Clinton High School is announcing today that they will not participate in Varsity Football for the 2021 season. Due to the lack of adequate number of varsity level players, concerns for physical safety of athletes and the need to restart a program that has lost 31 varsity games in a row, this difficult decision was made.

Clinton High School will declare to the Missouri State High School Activities Association today that they will not participate in the Class 3 District and State competition for this year. As part of this one year program decision, Clinton High School will participate in Junior Varsity level Football only for the ‘21 season, including already scheduled conference games. The goal of this decision is to spend a year developing a team of primarily younger players to more appropriately compete at the varsity level in the future.

Head Coach Kevin LaFavor said, “In the long-term development of football in Clinton, we felt like this decision needed to be made in the best interest of our student-athletes. Competing at the junior varsity level only for a year gives us time to develop our players both mentally and physically. This will give us the restart needed to be competitive starting with the ‘22 football season”

Clinton High School and district-level administrators agree that this is what is best for the football program at this time. At a meeting Monday night, Activities Director Alex Johnson worked with CHS football staff, parents and players to work through any concerns. Johnson stated, “We want our student-athletes and coaches in the sport of football to find success both on and off the field. This decision helps them to develop as young men both in the sport of football and as leaders for our school and community”.

Questions or concerns regarding this may be directed to Alex Johnson, Clinton District Activities Director at


Clinton High School

Statement from Bates County Memorial Hospital

Hospital CEO: We Need to Use All Avenues to Help Reduce COVID-19 

This week, Bates County Memorial Hospital saw a plateau in the number of COVID hospitalizations, averaging 2-3 per day, but the daily census remains consistently higher than normal. Their clinics and emergency room continue to see high traffic for respiratory illnesses and testing.  Bates County remains somewhat of a hot spot for COVID-19 cases, ranking 7th in the state for total new cases with 50 reported in the last 7 days (as of 8/16) on the Missouri DHSS COVID-19 dashboard. To date, 33.8% of Bates County residents have initiated a COVID-19 vaccination.  

Other sources are reporting Missouri has peaked. While that is encouraging, students are going back to school, and hospital and clinic staff anticipate another possible wave of cases due to the highly contagious Delta variant.  

Beyond the numbers and the data, it may help to understand the burden a pandemic’s surge places on a hospital, especially in rural areas.  

  • Bio-hazard waste issues and a kink in the food industry supply chain are just two recent examples of unexpected problems that consume more time and energy than Bates County Memorial Hospital employees have to spare. BCMH is handling these problems with no disruption to patient care, but they add to the strain. 
  • Kansas City is currently experiencing surge. The lack of beds creates grave issues for all in the metro area, including rural hospitals, especially the transfer of high acuity and trauma patients. 
  • Patients refusing to wear a mask in the hospital and clinics is still a big concern. Screeners, registration clerks and nurses encounter belligerent patients using abusive language every day over the requirement to wear a mask in their facilities. BCMH considers this a serious safety issue for their employees and has zero tolerance for violence. CDC and OSHA both require all individuals to wear a mask within healthcare facilities regardless of vaccination. 
  • The strain on employees is inevitable. All of Bates County Memorial Hospital’s services and departments remain open, and they are extremely proud of their employees and their dedication. 

What can we do as a community? 

BCMH CEO stated, “We are a sole community hospital, we employ almost 300 people, and we are struggling with staff and beds.  So that tells you what type of crisis we are having here, and when we know that the way to stop that from happening is to wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and get a COVID vaccine, we would be foolish to not be for all of those avenues to help reduce the COVID population in our community.” 

Photo: Kalinda Dulier, RN geared up in her personal protective equipment, happy to dismiss a COVID patient home.

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 33

                                                August 18 2021

Classes resume at Appleton City Schools August 24.  Parents are asked to check the postings about COVID-19 and their re-entry plan on Facebook.  You can view the posts and see other information at

St. Clair Co Health Department reports 1006 positive cases and 23 deaths as of August 17, 2021 in the county.  There are 38 current cases.  More information is available at

The Montrose Class of 2024 is sponsoring a benefit whole hog raffle for Keon Engeman. They are selling raffle tickets for a whole hog plus the cost of processing. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The hog is from the Henzlik Family Farm and the cost of processing is paid for by donations from families of the Montrose Class of 2024. If you win, you will be contacted via telephone. The drawing is September 1, 2021 and the pig will be delivered to processor at the beginning of September. All proceeds for this raffle will go directly to Keon Engeman for medical expenses. Contact any member of the Montrose Class of 2024 to purchase raffle tickets. If you have questions or need tickets, call Michelle Henzlik at 660-492-2885.

Does your school, not-for-profit organization, church or governmental entity have a project in mind that could use some funding?  Truman Lake Community Foundation, Inc. announces their Fall 2021 Grant Application cycle opens on August 1, 2021.  Grant applications must be completed online at (be sure to look for the Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Fall 2021) before the 5:00 p.m. August 31, 2021 deadline.  Awarded grants will be distributed in October 2021.  Any questions will be answered by emailing or calling 660-885-6195 and asking for Ryan Cook.

CDI Head Start in Appleton City is taking applications for the 2021-2022 school year for children between the ages of 3-5 years.  This is a totally FREE program.  Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided.   Call 660-717-2024 to set up an appointment to apply.

Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for August, 2021. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Aug 18-Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 19 Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Aug 25 Ortho – Dr. Gray, Aug 25 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Aug 26 – Rheumatology – Dr. Tay

It wasn’t the best of springs for baling hay.  According to Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist, stockpiling fall forage can stretch your hay supply by delaying how early you start feeding hay plus reduce your harvesting costs.  Miller says, “Think of it as letting the cows do their own harvesting.”  Fall fescue pastures have excellent forage quality, running 15 to 18% protein. If you want to get fall grazing or winter stockpiling from your fescue stands, fertilizing needs to be done in late summer, preferably just before a rain.  Much of the late growth of fescue is made during August and September.  So for the fertilizer to benefit the fall growth it needs to be applied in August.  Miller says that forty to sixty pounds of nitrogen would be plenty. Apply phosphorus, potash and lime according to soil test recommendations to get the benefit of all the nitrogen you apply. If the stand is primarily fescue, it can also be stockpiled for winter use.  Because of its cell wall structure, the fall growth of fescue can be stockpiled for winter grazing.  For this use, Miller recommends that cattle should be removed by August and returned after the first of the year so that the endophyte level is reduced in high endophyte varieties. On novel entophyte varieties, grazing can begin in October. Other grasses and legumes do not work as well for stockpiling.  The best way to utilize this stockpiled fescue is to strip graze or limit graze.  An electric fence can be moved each day to give them one day’s worth of grazing.  This way the cattle will not trample the grass before they are able to eat it.  Miller says, “They’ll probably be there waiting for you to move the fence.”  For more information see guide sheet G4646, Tall Fescue. 

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.

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Aug 24     First day of school at Appleton City Schools