Max Motors Scholarship

Max Motors Dealerships is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship open to high school students interested in becoming Agricultural Leaders.

Students have until March 15, 2022, to submit their application and essay explaining how they plan to become the next generation of Agricultural Leaders in our communities.

Once the application deadline is met, all entries will be reviewed by Max Motors Management and a winner will be announced on April 20, 2022, and contacted privately.

Visit to apply.

News from The Little Apple

Right now, additional helpers are needed to collate and deliver the Apple. The Appleton City Industrial Development would like to thank all the volunteers who help make this newsletter possible and Community First Bank and their employees who have photocopied the issues each and every week since the newsletter started October 27, 1993.  Each Wednesday, volunteers collate and deliver “The Little Apple” around town. If anyone is willing to help one or more Wednesday mornings a month, please contact Dr. Don Payton at 476-2197. The Appleton City Industrial Development Committee would also like to thank the citizens of the area for their support over the last 28 years the many contributors who have donated the funds to purchase the paper it is printed on.   

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

City Hall will be closed December 31 for New Years. 

The Appleton City Public Library is currently seeking an individual to fulfill their children’s librarian position. For questions about what this role entails, please call/text Megan Schenker at (660) 492-0499 or Kamber Grishow at (660) 492-3502. Applications can be picked up at the library during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2022.   Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 5– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 13 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Jan 14– Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 20 – Podiatry- Dr. Ciaramello, Jan 26 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Jan 26 –Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay. 

Are you passionate about working with youth and the 4-H program? Someone who enjoys teaching nutrition and health? The University of Missouri Extension is hiring a full-time Nutrition & Youth Program Associate in St. Clair County. This position offers great benefits and pay and may be the perfect fit for you! Find more information and start your application today by clicking this link:  OR by contacting Human Resources at 573-882-7976 OR by following this link:

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.

New Year’s helpful hint: Go ahead and write 2022 on the next several checks in your checkbook.  That way, you won’t write the wrong year on them during the first few days of 2022.

“The Little Apple” was started by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication.  Please email articles for “The Little Apple” to by Tuesday evenings or bring them to Dr. Payton’s office to be included in that week’s edition.  To receive “The Little Apple” free by e-mail, send your e-mail address to  If you have changed your previous email address, you are asked to send the current address, so the list can be updated.


Dec 31  Taxes due to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

Jan 1     New Years Day

Jan 4     Classes resume at AC Schools

Jan 10-15     AC Basketball Tournament

MSHP Reports Eight Traffic Fatalities Over Christmas Holiday Weekend; No Drownings Or Boating Fatalities

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provides the following preliminary statistics related to the Christmas holiday weekend:

Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 78-hour counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 23, 2021, and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2021.

2021 Christmas Holiday Traffic Statistics

Troopers investigated the following:

Traffic Crashes — 310
Traffic Crash Injuries — 92
Traffic Crash Fatalities — 4
DWI — 67

[Note: Last year during the 78-hour Christmas counting period, there were 746 traffic crashes statewide. In those crashes, 10 people were killed and another 10 were injured. During the 2020 Christmas holiday, troopers investigated 307 traffic crashes which included all 10 fatalities and 86 injuries. Troopers arrested 62 people for driving while impaired in 2020.]

There were no boating crashes or drownings over the 2021 Christmas holiday counting period.

Of the four fatality traffic crashes investigated by troopers, two occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, area, and two occurred in the Troop F, Jefferson City, MO, area. The remaining four fatalities were investigated by Kansas City Police Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Overland (MO) Police Department, and Wentzville (MO) Police Department.

There were no traffic fatalities on Thursday, December 23, 2021, during the holiday counting period.

There were five traffic fatalities on Friday, December 24, 2021. Zachary M. Sutton, 32, of De Soto, MO, died when the vehicle he was operating crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck head-on. Sutton was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 28 one mile west of Missouri Route A in Osage County. Osage County Coroner A.J. Probst pronounced Sutton deceased at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck sustained moderate injuries in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt.

Kenneth H. Mustain, 57, of Camdenton, MO, died when the ATV he was operating traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Mustain was ejected from the ATV. The crash occurred on Greenview Drive near Hermit Holler in Camden County. Dr. Barnes pronounced Mustain deceased at University of Missouri Hospital. Camden County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

Cesar Estrada-Lopez, 18, of Bridgeton, MO, died when the motorcycle he was operating struck the rear of a vehicle and he was ejected onto the highway. A third vehicle swerved to avoid striking the motorcycle and struck Estrada-Lopez. Estrada-Lopez was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Interstate 70 west of North Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis County. Dr. Schwartz pronounced Estrada-Lopez deceased at SSM Health DePaul Hospital. Neither of the other two drivers involved in the crash were injured. They were both wearing a seat belt.

Zachary M. Ward, 28, of Kansas City, MO, died when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving while taking an exit. The vehicle struck a guardrail, went off the roadway, traveled down an embankment, and overturned multiple times. Ward was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. The crash occurred at the exit for Shoal Creek Parkway on U.S. Highway 169 in Clay County. Officers with the Kansas City Police Department handled the investigation.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in the vicinity of West Florissant and Thrush Avenue in St. Louis, MO. Officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

There were two traffic fatalities on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021.

A pedestrian was struck and killed at Midland Boulevard and Woodson Road in St. Louis County. Officers with the Overland Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

A fatal crash involving a motorcycle occurred on David Hoekel Parkway over Interstate 70 in St. Charles County. Officers from the Wentzville Police Department are investigating. No further details are available.

There was one traffic fatality on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Amy L. Veit, 37, of Lonedell, MO, died when her vehicle traveled partially off the right side of the roadway and she overcorrected. Her vehicle began skidding, traveled across the center of the roadway and rotated counter clockwise striking the front of another vehicle. Veit was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Route H east of Dry Creek Road in Jefferson County. Valle Ambulance District personnel pronounced Veit deceased at the scene. The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle sustained minor injuries. They were wearing their seat belts.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back.”

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