Little Apple: News from Appleton City

If you have been in close contact with a person known to have Coronavirus or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of Coronavirus, as well as experiencing fever, cough, or trouble breathing and need medical attention, please call 660-476-5219, TO ALERT STAFF PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL!   Ellett Memorial Hospital recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  IF YOU ARE SICK: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room  EMH is taking all appropriate and necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our community. 

Appleton City Area Ministerial Alliance, First Christian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose are suspending services until further notice. There will not be any Holy Week services this year. Remember even though your Church may not be having services at this time, expenses still need to be paid.  Please be generous in your tithing and giving. Giving a little extra could also help offset some of the deficit where some members are going through a difficult financial time and cannot contribute as they once did.

Bates County Disposal will have some dumpsters/roll-offs placed out at the City Barn on South Maple for large item disposal on April 7 -9. There will be one designated for “Appliances/Electronics” and another one for “Other”.  Please DO NOT put items on the ground next to the dumpsters. This is a service that BCD provides to their Appleton City customers. Please don’t abuse it.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God (Holiness) is canceled for the month of April.

AC City Hall and Park Board are currently accepting applications for lifeguards and an assistant pool manager for the 2020 Summer season. Call City Hall at 660-476-2631 to have an application mailed or e-mailed to you. You may return it in the night drop box at City Hall or mail it back to them at 114 E. 4th Street, AC, MO.

The AC School district closing has been extended to April 24.

The AC FFA is having their spring plant sale.  The FFA greenhouse will be open for business from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Just stop by the Greenhouse for assistance. Curbside delivery is available during these times or, if you would rather, give them your order and they fill it for you. The FFA has garden vegetables and flowers for sale, such as tomatoes, cabbage and peppers, as well as potting flowers like petunias, annual vinca, impatiens and geraniums. Flowers and vegetables can be purchased as four or two packs, individuals or as hanging baskets. Photos and information about all the items available in the greenhouse are located on the school website as well as the Facebook pages. The costs are $1/2 packs, $2/4 packs, $1/tomato plant, and $12/hanging basket or 3 hanging baskets for $30. For more information, feel free to give Mrs. Leiber a call at 660-424-3668.  Due to continued health concerns in the nation, only two people will be allowed in the greenhouse at a time.  They are requesting all payments be in check form to lower the contamination risks to all involved.  Please also follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing while in the greenhouse.

Appleton City PTO Bake Sale, scheduled for Saturday, April 11 has been postponed.  A date will be determined at a later time. 

Please consider participating in Appleton City PTO’s on-going fundraiser of Box Top, Best Choice and Food Fair receipt collection.  Drop off of these items needs to take place by May 8.  Any community members may contribute by dropping off their collections at St. Clair County Bank to give to Janet Payton.  Box Tops cannot be expired and Food Fair receipts need to be from January 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all older receipts will not be counted.  Please help the PTO earn money from this through this on-going fundraiser.

Governor Parson’s executive order moving the municipal election from April 2 to June 2 this year, allows time to have communication concerning what Proposition K.I.D.S. (Appleton City Schools levy) is all about.  With the arrival of social distancing and restrictions on public activity, the options are limited.  One total safe way is through email.  With this in mind, AC School has created the following email account: propkids2020! to give people in the school district a way of asking questions and receiving information.  They will still be using newspaper articles and the district website and facebook pages to provide information about what Proposition K.I.D.S. is all about.  Questions received through propikids2020! will help them to be clear and thorough in answering your questions.  If conditions improve between now and June 2, where public gathering are no longer a threat, they will look into scheduling a public forum but for now, this will hopefully get the discussion going.


April 7-9     Bates County Disposal customers large trash pickup in AC at the City Barn

April 12   Easter Sunday

St. Clair County Cattlemen have postponed their Got An Idea Primitives Cattlewomen Activity set for April 4. They will let everyone know a date in May once the date is set.  Also, the April 14, 2020 Cattlemen’s Monthly Meeting that was to be held at Farmhouse Kitchen, Appleton City Sponsored by Appleton City Feed Service with speaker Mike Klem, Missouri State University will be postponed until May 12, 2020. St. Clair County Cattlemen do plan to set up at Carney’s Five Star Supermarket in Osceola, Buzz’s Market in Collins and Food Fair in Appleton City on May 2 for “May is Beef Month”.  Cattlemen plan to be there from 9:00 a.m. to noon to allow individuals to sign up to win 2 – $125 Beef Coupons, 2 – Beef Logo Lawn Chairs, and 1 – MBIC Grilling Spatula at each store.  Winners do not have to be present to win and will be contacted that afternoon.   Cattlemen’s members that are willing to help with “May is Beef Month” please contact Lawanna Salmon at 660-492-7259.

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s sesquicentennial, Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends April 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After April 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, June 11.

The ACHS senior class panels have been updated at Farmhouse Restaurant with this year’s special classes of 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1970.  Respectively they are the 70 year class, 65 year class, 60 year class and the 50 year class. The Appleton City Museum is grateful to Eric and Vickie Christie for allowing the class panel for display this year.  The Museum will officially open Friday, May 1 from 11:30-4:30 for the 2020 season.  Every Friday afternoon someone will be at the Museum.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for April, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Apr 8 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Vardakis, Apr 9 – Podiatry – Dr. Dowell, Apr 10 –Ortho – Dr. Gray, Apr 15 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy – Dr. Namin, Apr 20 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Apr 22 – Ortho – Dr. Gray.  With the uncertainty of weeks ahead, all schedules are subject to change.    

For the safety of our students and the community, the FBLA chicken dinner has been postponed from May 3, 2020 to a date to be determined in the future.  All tickets will be honored on the future date.  As soon as they can confidently assure the safety of our community and students they will set a new date and provide the information to everyone.  They will have the dinner as soon as possible.  It provides scholarship money to the students and they wish to provide scholarships to all those students who qualify, so it will not be cancelled, only postponed for everyone’s safety.  Thank you for your understanding in these uncertain times.

The lobby at all branches of Community First Bank will be by appointment only until further notice.  All Drive Thru lanes will remain on their normal schedule until further notice. In addition to Drive-Thru and lobby access by appointment only, Community First Bank also offers Online Banking and ATM access 24/7.

St. Clair County Bank’s lobby is closed until further notice.  The drive up window is available and open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:00 a.m. – noon on Saturday.

The Appleton City Library is closed due to COVID-19 until further notice.

Food Fair has announced that if customers cannot shop normally, curbside pickup is available 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Call them at 660-476-2131 and they will gather your groceries and either have them up front or bring them to your car. They still offer deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays in the local area for $3.  Just call the above number. There is a cut off time of 2:00 p.m. to call in your order.  Food Fair would like to thank their customers for their patience and understanding.  You can get more information on their Facebook page: food fair supermarket appleton city

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