Little Apple Appleton City News

February 8, 2023

Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 will have their annual pancake breakfast Sunday, February 12 from 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hall, 219 E. 3rd St.  Meals are $8 for all you can eat. Children 5 and under eat free. Eat inside or carry out is available.  There will also be raffles for cash prizes.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday February 11.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.   Norman Black will have a short devotional.

The Parents & Friends of the Appleton City FFA would like to invite you to their Annual Labor Auction on February 19 in the high school gym.  The evening will begin with a buyers dinner at 5:00 p.m. served by Kickin’ Chicken. The live auction starts at 6:00 p.m.  They will also have a Savage 17HMR Rifle for raffle and a silent auction which will be setup along the south wall of the high school gym from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. that night.

Feb. 10, the Pup Squad (Kindergarten-5th) performs at half-time of the boys basketball game. Girls game starts at 5:30 p.m. The boys game follows.

The AC School District is excited to host a Teacher Recruitment Night 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 9, 2023 at the Appleton City High School, 408 W. 4th St, Appleton City, MO 64724. (In case of inclement weather, it will be rescheduled to February 13.)  Right now, 11 schools are planning to attend to meet and network with individuals interested in becoming teachers or working in a school setting. More schools may be added closer to the event. Please make plans to attend this event and meet/network with area school districts. Districts across the area are looking for teachers, counselors, librarians, paraprofessionals, substitutes, and more

KC Wolf will be at Hudson R-IX on Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. to “Edutain”. Everyone is invited.

Golden Apples is an over 50 social club that promotes the well-being of senior citizens in the cities of Appleton City, Montrose and Rockville, Missouri. Golden Apples was formed to address the issues of isolation and food security in this underserved rural area. You are invited to join them each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. for dinner and bingo (with lots of prizes). February 8, the Golden Apples will meet at the Methodist Church. They will be having soup, chili and sandwiches for dinner. February 15 they will be meeting at the Christian Church and having breakfast for dinner.

The St. Clair Co Cattlemen’s Assn. meeting will be 6:30 p.m. at the Lowry City Boy Scout Building. The Sponsor/Speaker will be Burch and Liles Insurance Solutions.

Sumo’s Pub will have a Valentine’s Day dinner special Tuesday evening February 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The special dinner includes 16 oz. ribeye steak, served with butterfly breaded shrimp, baked potato, side salad and texas toast. Dessert will be lemon raspberry tower cake, all for $34.99.  Call 660-476-2300 for reservations or more information.

The AC Spring City Wide Garage Sale dates will be April 28 and 29. Information regarding permits will be posted at a later date.

Three of the ACHS cheerleaders were chosen for a Cheer USA camp in Hawaii. This camp is open to all 50 states and each cheerleader must be nominated by their coach. Cheerleaders are then selected by a committee according to their leadership qualities, cheer skills, positive attitudes, ability to work well with others, academics and coach’s recommendations. Congratulations to Kaydance Litton, Peyton Long, and Damara Hood. If you would like to assist in helping with costs of this camp, please reach out to Hanna Heiserman at

The ACHS Alumni Scholarship Foundation, Inc. will award six $3,000 scholarships, at least one each to a traditional college and one to a vocational/trade school. There are no grade point requirements. A short paragraph is required.  The DEADLINE is March 8.  Please see the High School Counselor for more information.

The ACHS Senior class panels for 2023 special reunion years are displayed at the Farm House Restaurant.  Those on display currently are the 50 year class of 1973, 55 year class of 1968, 60 year class of 1963 and the 65 year class of 1958.  The Appleton City Museum wishes to thank the restaurant for displaying the photo panels

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for February and March, 2023.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Feb. 10 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Feb. 13 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Feb. 15 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Feb.16 – Podiatry- Dr. Pace, Feb. 20 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Feb. 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Feb. 22 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Mar. 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Mar. 2 – OB/GYN – Dr. Kallberg, Mar. 6 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Mar. 8 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Mar. 10 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Mar. 15 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Mar.16 – Podiatry- Dr. Pace, Mar. 20 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Mar. 22 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, Mar. 22 – Ortho-Dr. Gray     


Feb 8      Shopping in the City 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Feb 9      Teacher Recruitment Night 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Appleton City High School

Feb 10    Pup Squad during halftime of boys basketball game

Feb 12    AC Masonic Lodge #412 pancake breakfast from 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at their Hall

Feb 14    Valentine’s Day

Feb 14    St. Clair Co Cattlemen’s meeting 6:30 p.m. at the Lowry City Boy Scout Building. Sponsor/Speaker: Burch and Liles Insurance Solutions

Feb 19    Parents & Friends of the Appleton City Annual Labor Auction 5:00 p.m. in the high school gym

The 2023 Prom is April 15.  In previous years, the AC Junior Class parents have provided an alcohol-free and drug-free all night celebration and fellowship for the junior and senior class students and their guests.  This special celebration sends a clear message to every student that we care about their safety and future.  They are asking for your sponsorship to continue this FREE after prom celebration. They not only are asking for cash donations but also sponsorships, items for prizes, etc. Your donation is tax deductible and will be recognized as such. If you would like to donate to the Prom All Nighter please leave your donation in the High School office, mail to Appleton City After-Prom Celebration, 408 W. 4th St. Appleton City, MO 64724 or arrange to be picked up at your location.  They ask that all donations are made by Wednesday, March 1, 2023.  This has been an extremely successful safe project for the ACHS prom goers.  On behalf of the students, parents, and staff of ACHS, thank you for supporting this safe, drug and alcohol free alternative. For any questions, please contact the school at 660-476-2118.

Funds are needed for the “Backpack Program”.  The backpacks have kid friendly food that goes home with 25 needy school kids weekly.  Trinity United Methodist Church in Appleton City houses this project, which is funded by community donations.  At this time, with the increase in cost of groceries, they are reaching out for your help. Donations are accepted at the church. For more information, call 660-492-7591

It is once again time for any non-profit organization to write an essay to possibly win the Elva Gwinn Huffman Quilt contest. Your essay should

tell about your group, what you would use the proceeds from this quilt for, and how you would use the quilt to raise the funds.  You should send the essay to DbarJ Quilts etc, PO Box 48, Rockville MO 64780.  This year they will accept email submissions at Any question may be asked at 660-598-2222 during normal business hours.  The drawing will be on April 2 so they must have your entry by March 31, 2021.

Montrose VFW Post 8820 is sponsoring their 7th Annual Montrose VFW Post 8820 Coyote Tournament March 3-5, 2023. Registration is 6:00 p.m. March 3, 2023. Check-in is March 5 at 3:00 p.m. sharp at the Montrose VFW Hall. Entry fee is $100.00 per team and there will be a $5 side pot for mangiest dog. There is a maximum of three people on a team. Coyotes may be taken by all legal methods as defined by the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. There is a cash payout for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and the biggest dog.  All participants will be entered to win door prizes and a Heritage Barkeep 22LR Revolver. Sponsors include Ryan Kalwei Trucking and Rhodes Exterminating. For questions call Colby Bourland at 660-492-5206

Appleton City Schools have a few open positions for the 2023-2024 school year. Come join a great school district and a great team. They offer competitive salaries, a 4 day school week, and a supportive group of staff, parents, and community. For details and current openings, please visit…/employment. To inquire about a position, please contact Sarah Miller, Superintendent, by email at or by phone at 660-476-2161. Current openings at this time include Secretary to the Superintendent, Middle School ELA, Middle School Math, High School Math, Special Education Teacher, and Paraprofessional.

The Truman Lake Community Foundation (TLCF) will distribute more than $70,000 in grants this year, $35,000 this spring, and your organization has an opportunity to receive some of the funds. If your school, 501c3 not-for-profit organization, church, or governmental entity is seeking money for a project, then the TLCF might be able to help. The 2023 TLCF grant making cycle will run until 5:00 pm March 10, 2023. Grant applications must be completed online at There are various foundations on the website, so be sure to look for the Truman Lake Community Foundation Grantmaking Program Spring 2023. Awarded grants will be distributed in April 2023. From the generosity of various organizations and community members, the Truman Lake Community Foundation has ballooned to manage more than twelve million dollars in assets. Generally, TLCF uses interest earnings on some of their funds to facilitate the grants and give back to the community. Since TLCF’s founding, it has given out 384 grants totaling nearly $600,000. For any questions, contact Bryan Himes at or call 660-499-2239.

Care Connection’s Clinton Senior Center will present a free, five-part online series titled “Gift of Peace of Mind” to help older adults plan for their later years. The series, to be presented at the center at 970 E. Sedalia, will feature a variety of experts at 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 14 to March 14. You may register by calling Tammy Wilkey at 660-438-3300, extension 3, or online at Topics include: Feb. 14: Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? — decision-making obstacles when passing on personal possessions; practical suggestions and proven strategies.

Feb. 21: Preparing for Your Care — in-home care, skilled nursing, and how to pay for them. Feb. 28: Advance Healthcare Planning — durable power of attorney; living wills; “do-not-resuscitate” orders; and guardianship/conservatorship. March 7: Estate Planning — Trusts, probate court, and titling accounts/property – featuring an elder care attorney. March 14: End of Life Planning — what to do when someone dies — canceling services; sending a will to court, etc. – featuring a funeral planner. Each session addresses frequently asked questions by clients of Care Connection. The sessions are informational, with no products sold or endorsed. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or visit

Drought has affected the forage base and cattle operations in Southwest Missouri and cattle producers will benefit from management strategies as they rebuild their farming operations.  Therefore, the SW MO MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference will be held 4:00 p. m. March 14 at the SW MU Research Extension and Education Center, 14548 Highway H, Mount Vernon, MO 65712. This year’s conference will have MU Extension state and field specialist in the forage and beef cattle area discussing management strategies to rebuild the forage base and beef cattle herd following a drought. the list of presenters and topics include: Dr. Harley Naumann, MU Associate Teaching Professor in Plant Science and Technology, will be discussing warm season grasses, Dr. Sarah Kenyon, MU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist will be discussing what cattle producers can do in the short term to deal with thin pasture stands, Dr. Jordan Thomas, Assistant Professor/State Cow-Calf Extension Specialist, will be discussing rebuilding the cow herd after a drought. Agriculture businesses that sponsor the event will have booths set up.  Attendees can visit and learn how their products can help improve their beef cattle operation.  For more info or to register to be a booth sponsor, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313.  Deadline to register to be a booth sponsor and pay fee is March 1. The evening will include a catered meal with your registration. To attend the event, registration and $25 payment is required by March 7.  Registration can be done online at or you may mail your registration and payment to the Cedar County MU Extension Center at 113 South Street, Stockton, MO 65785, by the deadline. No refunds for cancellations after the registration deadline.  No walk-in registration allowed. For all other questions related to the conference contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or Davis by email at    

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