Little Apple News from Appleton City

Hudson R-IX is hosting an on-line Scholastic Book Fair from April 21 – May 4.  The school will receive 25% of the sales.  Shipping on orders over $25.00 is free.  Check it out at

Ellett Memorial’s commitment to COVID-19 reflects the way they care for their patients, visitors and staff each day, regardless of the many challenges we may face. The commitment to the community and surrounding area is unlike any other. Ellett Memorial Hospital has invested extensive time, training and resources over the past few months to ensure they are equipped to handle COVID-19 and other health care related concerns. They have extensive policies, procedures and protocols in place to treat patients with COVID-19, while maintaining a safe environment for their staff and patients being treated for other needs. They want to assure you they are here for all of your medical needs, regardless of what may arise and are available to you 24/7. They are proud to serve our community and will continue to strive to be your trusted choice for healthcare.

AC City Hall reminds everyone to bag all your trash before you put it in your trash carts. The trash company will not pick it up at this time without being bagged due to the Coronavirus. They are sorry for the inconvenience, however, their concern is for the citizens and workers in our community.

Prairie Queen Garden Club has revised their list of trees available for Arbor Day. Those trees they are out of have been deleted and they are running low on a few others, so order now. Because of the Covid 19 social distancing, they are taking orders over the phone and they will be delivered when weather allows. If you would like any of their trees listed below, call Marlene Hanson, President, at 1-660-492-3185 or contact Marlene or Daylon Snyder on Facebook. The trees are free but they do accept donations to the Club. Thank you for your continued support. The list of trees they have are as follows: Deciduous Holly, Wild Plum, False Indigo, Ninebark, Bald Cypress, White Oak, Black Walnut, Button Bush, Hazelnut, Spicebush, Redbud and Short Leaf Pine.

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 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.

Updated information on Appleton City PTO’s collection of Box Top, Best Choice labels and Food Fair receipts:  With the current restrictions in place and no school for the rest of this school year, the AC PTO will be postponing their collection of these items until September 1.  Please HOLD ONTO AND SAVE the current items you have saved, as they will still be good to turn in at this time!  Thank you again for your continued support of Appleton City PTO.

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 First Christian Church would like to include anyone who has attended their church in the SQC Military Storyboard. For details contact Church Historian Linda before 9:00 p.m. at 660-476-5857 or email

The Appleton City Journal is available online for public access during the Covid-19 pandemic at Older editions are also available. Other local papers are available at  In this week’s Journal, read about the Lindale Train Terminal. 


April 21-May 1     Hudson R-IX on-line Scholastic Book Fair

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.

The Missouri Food Finder is a new online tool that easily connects Missouri consumers with people growing and selling locally produced food in their region.

A big question for the planning of the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration is what is going to happen about the event? Time will tell. It is under 2 months away and the committee members are finalizing the plans as to whether it happens as scheduled or if a delay has to be announced or even a different format implemented. Many factors will play into the decision. Many people will be involved in that decision. 47 chairmen will be asked to vote, elected officials at various levels and public health leaders will be consulted. Priority will be the safety and welfare of people attending. The decision can ride on what government officials suggestions will be in place, like social distancing, protective gear and what other public spectator events are happening. Right now, it’s a time frame allowance issue. Whenever it happens, they need every family’s participation. There are opportunities for all ages, birth to death. So, plan to grow that beard. Make the historical outfit. Design a float for your group, or a window display. Clean up around the house for the bus tour that may pass by. Get the old vehicles/machinery ready to display. Decide what artist item to display. Go through the pictures for the military display and the photo exhibit. Get out the old authentic clothes for the fashion show. The quilt and photo display would like to have the registration or submitted photos before April 30 (this is part of their planning & organization required). Souvenirs with the 2020 Logo will be sold soon when social distancing is no longer suggested. They will be great gift ideas for birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s Day, graduation, wedding or a new baby. Items include crocks, t-shirts, whistles, walking sticks, cups, flashlights, Christmas ornaments, mugs, coin purses, history books, etc. They will be a way to remember what a year it’s been!

By order of Governor Mike Parsons and with the support of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education all public school districts in Missouri will remain closed through the end of the current school year.  For the Appleton City R-II School District this means through May 13, 2020. Meal deliveries and instructional activity packets and online will continue through that date. As a reminder, Proposition K.I.D.S. for Appleton City R-II School District will be on the ballot for the June 2, 2020 rescheduled municipal election. The following information was provided by our district custodial/maintenance staff to explain some of the needs listed in our Proposition K.I.D.S. capital improvements plan:

Improvements needed at Appleton City School Appleton City, Missouri

The current Agricultural building needs a new roof because it leaks when it rains.  There also needs to be some major drainage work done around the building.  When it rains the building floods, sometimes the flooding is so bad that it takes a couple of hours to clean up.  The flooding has caused damage to the bathroom and office walls.

 The elementary school needs a new roof.  There are currently five leaks in the elementary school.  There are two leaks in the hallways and three in classrooms.  One leak in over a Smart board in a second grade classroom, one is in a window in a second grade classroom, and the other leak in the art room.  Each time it rains buckets have to be put out to catch the water in the hallways and the art room.

In addition to a new roof the elementary school also needs new drains put on the outside of the school.  The current drains are leaking and making the side of the building mold. Problems with guttering and drainage are making the volleyball post holes fill with water in the gym.

All of the outside security doors need to be replaced.  The doors are currently rusting and will not last a lot longer.

Most all of the heating and air conditioning units need to be replaced in the school.  There is a unit in the high school that has not worked for over a year.  The units in the high school freeze up easily and do rooms, and not always work properly.  The units in the middle school each cover three rooms making it hard to keep each room comfortable. Upgrading to adjust the heating/cooling zones would help this. They are also older units making it hard to find parts to repair them when they break down.    The units in the elementary school cover multiple rooms and are getting older making them hard to repair.

Another important need that our district faces at this time is more and better handicapped accessibility throughout our campus. The number of children needing handicapped accessibility has increased significantly in the last two or three years. We anticipate this need to increase for the 2020-2021 school year so this need is immediate.

It is our hope to answer as many of your questions as possible as to the importance of these needs at this time. A reminder: the email address for sending in questions about Proposition K.I.D.S. is available at this time. The address is If conditions between now and June 2 permit, we are planning to schedule a public forum for Proposition K.I.D.S. but until then we would like to hear from you.

Thank you.   Joe Dunlap, Appleton City R-II Superintendent

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for May, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: May 1 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni, May 4 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, May 6 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy Dr. Vardakis, May 7 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, May 8 – Ortho-Dr. Gray,  May 13 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 14 – Podiatry-Dr. Dowell, May 18 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, May 20 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 27 -Ortho-Dr. Gray. With the uncertainty of weeks ahead, all schedules are subject to change.    

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.

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