Appleton City News

 May 31, 2023

The group who honored Memorial Day with the placement of the over 2000 yellow roses at the Appleton City Cemetery thank you for your support. Now it’s time to pick those roses up. Yellow Rose Pickup Day will be Monday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m. The rain date will be June 6 at 8:30 a.m.   For information, contact:  Kathy Gengler, 660-492-7065, Pam Bartz, 417-321-4177, Donald Yoss, 660-492-7218 or City Hall, 476-2631

Do you want to try your hand at jewelry making, get a painting of you and yours while you wait or let the kids craft and play? All this and more, including food trucks and a local art show, are free for area residents to enjoy 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 at the Liston Center, 508 N. Main St., in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. The festivities take place while international street artist ARCY paints LIVE an 8 ft x 12 ft mural of Sally Liston, longtime local educator and namesake of the Liston Center. An artist reception follows at 4:00 p.m. Known for his paint-splashed style, ARCY spray paints live event walls in front of onlookers in cities across the nation. ARCY’s mural will portray a young, turn-of-the-century Sally Liston imagining infinite horizons for herself and all local children. Event hosts West Central Missouri Community Action Agency and New Growth Women’s Business Center operate at the Liston Center. Participating Local Artists and makers signed up to date for demonstrations, activities, and displays include: Vanessa VanBuskirk, Vitrum Jewelry – jewelry and jewelry making, Rhonda Wallen – painting household items (pots, sacks), Dennis Wallen – whittling, Pam Elliott, Danika’s Treasures – pressed flower art, Rachael Daulton, Aidy & Ardy – soap making, photography, Brenda Carrel, Namaste Creations – jewelry, Jennifer Caldwell, Parents as Teachers, kids’ art activities, John Zalzar – wood figures, live paintings, Shelia Benham, artwork and student work, Shelia Benham, artwork and student work and Amber Francis, artwork and student work.

From 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday June 10, 2023, “The Train Guy”, Mike Offineer, will discuss “The Katy Railroad: History & Heritage” at the historic 1870 MKT Depot on Highway 52, Appleton City, MO.  He will present historical aspects of railroading and share railroad photographs and artifacts, like old lanterns, timetables and how to tie hoop orders.  After 41 years, Mike retired as an MK&T and then Union Pacific locomotive engineer.  Rick Kraus will also be present with two tracks of model railroads. The displays open at 1:00 p.m.

A summer kids event, Stellar VBS, will be hosted at First Baptist Church of AC June 21-24. Stellar is for kids 5 years old through those that have completed 4th grade. They will start with a meal at 5:30 and conclude at 8:30 p.m. each evening. Family members and friends can join in daily at 8:15 p.m. as they wrap up their day. They also invite families to church on Sunday, June 25 for the finale and a meal following services. Sign up free online at:  Paper copies are available upon request. For more information call 660-476-5512 or message them on Facebook.

Free private tennis lessons are offered to anyone at the tennis courts at Donnohue-Dugan Park.  Rackets and balls will be provided.  To set up appointments for your private lessons or if you have questions, call Dennis Dunham at 476-2151 or 476-5514 or Tommy Payton at 816-863-6624. Open tennis is every day 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tennis is exercise that is fun!

The AC Carousel will be open 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday through Labor Day. Read the rules/guidelines posted at the Carousel and the old Yoss grocery store on the corner.

Appleton City Rural Health Clinic will offer free sports physicals in the clinic on the following dates: Wednesday, June 7, Wednesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 21.  Physicals are by appointment only from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Call the clinic at 660-476-2121 to make your appointment. 

The Appleton City Museum is open every Friday 1:30-4:30 through September 29, as well as the first Saturday of each month from 1:30-3:30. If these times are not convenient, an appointment may be made by calling Patty at 660-598-4151 or Susan 660-476-5579. It is time to renew annual memberships to the Appleton City Museum.  The Museum operates solely on donations, memberships, fundraising lunches and interest from an endowment.  Please consider a new membership or renewal at $15 individual, $25 family or $500 lifetime membership.

Sign up now for the Summer Reading program. Every Monday in July, the AC Public Library will hold two summer reading groups. Kids 10 and under will be welcome at 11:00 a.m., while those 10 and up can come at 2:00 p.m. that same day for a little more in-depth learning. Parents and guardians can sign up any time during normal business hours between now and June 20, or call the Library at (660) 476-5513 for more information.

The 19th Annual Appleton City Car Show will be July 8 in the City Park, right off 52 Hwy across the street from Zink Motor Company. Check in 8:00 a.m.-noon.  Car Show noon-3:00 p.m. This is a judged event. There is a $10 entry fee, with proceeds going to two $1000 scholarships for local high school students. Top 70 cars and trucks combined, top 3 motorcycles, and top 3 rat rods.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for June, 2023.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. June 1 – OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, June 7 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, June 9 – Ortho-Dr. Gray,  June 12 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, June 14 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, June 15– Podiatry- Dr. Pace, June 21 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,  June 12 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, June 28 – Ortho-Dr. Gray,   June 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni. 


June 2    Art Festival 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Liston Center, 508 N. Main St., in El Dorado Springs

June 5     Pickup yellow roses at the AC Cemetery 8:30 a.m.

June 7     Free sports physicals at AC Clinic (call for appointment)

June 10   “The Train Guy”, Mike Offineer, at the AC MKT Depot 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Bates County Fair Extends Date for Queen and Princess Candidates Now June 9th

The date has been extended for Bates County Fair Queen and Princess Candidates. The deadline is now June 9th. The Bates County Fair Board is now looking for the 2023 Bates County Fair Queen and Princess candidates. Requirements are posted on the Fair Facebook Page and the 92.1 News Now page. The Bates County Fair candidates will have the chance to win the Fair Queen or Fair Princess title, crown and money. All candidates will have the chance to earn 10 percent of their total ticket sales. All candidates must pre-register with Lacey Lee at 660-464-4732. There is an informative meeting on June 9th at 6:00pm at the Bates County Fairgrounds.

What’s Up by Leroy Cook

We couldn’t ask for better flying weather last week, and the skies were filled with aircraft most of the time. There were some thunderstorms associated with a weak cold front late in the week, but they were easily circumnavigated with planning.

Some of the transient aircraft seen included a Piper Warrior and Archer, a Cessna 182, a Piper Dakota, a Black Hawk helicopter and a Piper Twin Comanche.  A Civil Air Patrol Cessna Skylane also came in. Local airplanes taking wing were Roy Conley’s Grumman Tr2, Jim Ferguson’s Cessna Skylane, my Aeronca Champ and the resident AirTractor sprayplane. Jeremie Platt took three Fliars to breakfast on Saturday in his Grumman Tiger.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced the first quarter 2023 new airplane delivery numbers last week.  GAMA put its usual positive spin on things, quoting a 10% increase over last year in piston planes delivered. That brought the total to 274 for the first three months. Shoot, in 1979 Cessna alone used to make 10 times that number during a quarter, with the other manufacturers contributing the same. Prices of basic new airplanes were about twenty-some thousand back then; today, a multiplier of 12 would be needed. Thank goodness we have a used fleet for the average buyer to choose from.

The price of one thing hasn’t risen with inflation; as long as I can remember (and that’s more than I can reveal) the FAA’s fee to send you a replacement pilot’s license has been $2.00. I’m sure it’ll get a boost when the bean counters discover this static charge, but for now, if you lose your certificate you can request a replacement for a mere $2 bill. That was the price when licenses were flimsy cardboard printouts; today we use ones resembling credit cards–magnetic strips, holograms and all. I’m sure it costs more than a couple of bucks for the guvinmint to replace one.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid may be good for something, but not for powering jet engines. Somebody in the Southeastern U.S. got it mixed up with anti-icing additive and added it to a business jet’s fuel tanks, causing both engines to flame out at high altitude. The crew reportedly glided 280 miles to a safe landing, which is how the error was discovered. Keep DEF away from airplanes.

Our traditional questions of the week for this time is “why was the F4U Corsair fighter plane of WW-II given an inverted gull wing shape, AND which tire manufacturing company built Corsairs?” You can send your answers to

Adrian: Free Fishing Day

The Adrian Lions Club Annual Free Family Fishing Day will be June 10th. The event is held at Harley Martens Pond in Adrian.

Go 1 and one half miles East of Adrian on 18 Highway. There will be free hot dogs, chips, pop and water.

No fishing license required for the Adrian Free Family Fishing Day to be held Saturday, June 10th from 10 am until 1 pm. The free Family Fishing Day is hosted by the Adrian Lions Club.