From the Bates County Sheriff’s Office

At around 9:00am on November 9th Bates County deputies were called to assist Rich Hill Police Department on a report of a military grade mortar found in a city owned building. Apparently, an employee was looking for some tools in the building when the item was discovered. Upon arrival of Bates County deputies, contact was made with Lee’s Summit Bomb Squad who referred the call to Kansas City Bomb Squad. Bates County Deputies sent photos of the mortar to the Kansas City Bomb Squad who referred the call to EOD Specialists out of Ft. Riley Kansas.

Rich Hill Police Officials have cordoned off the area while awaiting the arrival of the Ft. Riley EOD Specialist. Assistance is also being provided by the National Guard Unit out of Camp Clark in Nevada.

On Tuesday evening the US Army Bomb squad from FT. Riley Kansas did a controlled explosion of the military grad mortar.

US Army Bomb squad detonated a live mortar round found earlier on Tuesday.  It’s reported that this was originally found approximately a year ago and placed on a shelf and forgotten.

The area was deemed safe and emergency crews cleared the area.

Cass County Covid19 Report

Harrisonville, MO (November 8, 2021) – 

Cass County has released its weekly report documenting COVID-19 impacts and vaccination efforts to combat the pandemic. The data is through the week ending November 6, 2021.

There were 109 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, up from the 98 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 35 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), down from 51 cases the week prior.

86 people were notified of possible exposure, down from 111 last week.  36 of those exposures related to school systems, down from 88 the week prior. 50 people were notified of exposure outside school systems, up from 23 such notifications the previous week.

Overall, Cass County has reported 11,535 cases, about 10,911 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county has reported 124 deaths (117 per 100,000 residents), with no deaths reported in the last week.

The Cass County Health Department administered 288 vaccine doses last week, down from 299 doses the prior week. They have now administered 10,734 first doses and 10,378 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, 283 third doses and 1,095 booster shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have now been administered to those who qualify. The department uses the Pfizer (age 5 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) vaccines.

In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other entities are offering vaccines to county residents. According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Data Hub which uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 52.4 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 45.9 percent have completed vaccinations. 75.7 percent of residents 65 and older, and 51.18 percent of residents 18-64 have been fully vaccinated.

The Health Department will continue to offer vaccinations from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at their new clinic location at 2061 N Commercial St., Harrisonville, MO 64701. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred.  For an appointment, residents can call 816-380-8425 to schedule.

More vaccine clinic information can be found on the Health Department website ( and on their Facebook Page @CassHealthDepartment. 

The Little Apple

Vol 29 no 45

                                             November 10, 2021

It would be an “Act of Kindness” during the Christmas Season to remember our local service people serving in the military with a Christmas Card.  You can tell them who you are or belong to, classmate, know relatives, or whatever might tell them about your connection in AC. If you would like to add names of AC area service people to the list, email, subject “military”. The list will be published in the near future.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday November 13.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.   Delbert Scott will have a short devotional. 

The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, November 14 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day and Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26 for Thanksgiving.

The Montrose Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Germantown Turkey Shoot on Sunday November 28, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Germantown ball field. Tickets are $3.00 each and advance sale tickets will enter the purchaser into a drawing for 1 of 4 cash prizes. There will be a youth line shot every hour. Tickets are available in Appleton City at Dr. Payton’s office, Fennewald Plumbing or any Knights members.

The AC Public Library is conducting their Friends of the Best Sellers Program until November 20, 2021. The purpose is to fund the purchase of new hardback books for the library. You can become a friend by either choosing a book from the list, or requesting another book you’ve wanted to read and then donating $20.00 for said book. The perks of being a Friend to the library are that you will be the first person to check the book out, you’ll have the opportunity to read other books purchased by Friends first and you will be honored by having your name placed on a special nameplate in the front of each of the Library Friend books. Library hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The 25th Annual Christmas in the Country will be Saturday, December 4, 2021.  The Depot Craft Show, sponsored by the Appleton City Museum, will feature returning popular artisans with their handmade items and space for a few more.  Contact Patty Bartz at 660-598-4151 for information.

The PTO is organizing events at the High School Gym with a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza and a Baked Potato Lunch served by the Hudson Hustlers 4-H Club in the High School commons area. Call Jennifer Hawkins at 417-359-3849 for info on these events.  New events and open houses are encouraged throughout the day. Christmas in the Country has become a community event that supporters look forward to each year.  It provides an opportunity to shop locally for those on your Christmas list and enjoy the Christmas Spirit right here in Appleton City. If you want your Christmas Open House or event listed in the flyers and advertising, please send information to Susan Rotert at 660-464-0288 no later than November 18. 

The first organizational meeting of a new 4-H club forming in St. Clair County will be Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church at 505 Walnut Street in Osceola. Everyone is welcome. Come and be part of a dynamic youth organization where youth have opportunities to gain leadership, citizenship and life skills, all while having fun, making new friends and taking part in hands-on activities. If you have questions, please contact the MU Extension office at (417) 646-2419.

AC Rural Health Clinic now has both the high dose flu Shot and the low dose flu shots. Both are an inactivate influenza vaccine indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by influenza virus sub types A & B, (H1N1)(H3N2). Contraindication is for persons allergic to egg proteins. Low dose is Fluarix Quadrivalent for patients ages 6 month-65 yrs.  High dose is Fluzone High Dose Quadrivalent for ages 65+. These are the recommendations for the 2021- 22 seasons.  Flu shots can be given without an appointment or provider visit. Call the clinic at 660-476-2121 with any questions. Please bring your Medicare or insurance card with you and they will file for insurance benefits.

AC Elementary PTO sponsored “Puzzle Race” scheduled for Saturday, November 13, has been cancelled.

AC Second Saturday event has been cancelled for November 13.

Farmhouse Kitchen & Sumo’s Pub will be closed November 9- 15.

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Ellett Memorial Hospital offers outpatient specialist services for November and December. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Nov 11 Rheumatology, Dr. Tay , Nov 12– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Nov 17– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Nov 18 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Nov 24 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Nov 24 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Dec 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Dec 9 –  Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Dec 10– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Dec 15– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Dec 16 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Dec 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Dec 22 – Ortho-Dr. Gray


Nov 11     Veterans Day Holiday (Post Office government offices and banks are closed)

Nov 11     Veteran’s breakfast 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at Ellett Memorial Hospital

Nov 13     Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God 7:00 a.m.

Nov 14     Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knights Hall in Montrose