Little Apple News from Appleton City

The Sesquicentennial Celebration / 2020 Fair have been postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the uncertainty of the guidelines for the summer months, an advanced decision was necessary in regard to booking of the carnival and nightly entertainment. However, a whisker picture contest will be conducted until May 31. For more information regarding this decision, see the AC Facts elsewhere in the paper.

Times for picking up AC elementary student belongings are Wednesday May 6 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday May 12 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Parents may come through the circle drive and a staff member will bring their child’s belongings to the car. When picking up belongings, please bring back any library books or other school property that may be at home. Third quarter grades will be students’ final grades for the school year. A second copy of the third quarter grade will be provided with your child’s belongings. If you have not already picked up spring photos, these will also be available. If you have any questions, please contact the office by phone at 660-476-2161, by email at or via Facebook messenger. They will do their best to get back to you in a timely manner.

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s monthly meeting will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at Farmhouse Kitchen in Appleton City, sponsored by Appleton City Feed Service with speaker Mike Klem, from Missouri State University.  If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Lawanna Salmon by May 9 at 660-492-7259 so they can plan accordingly. St. Clair County Cattlemen will set up at Carney’s Five Star Supermarket in Osceola, Buzz’s Market in Collins and Food Fair in Appleton City on May 16 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” are asked to please contact Lawanna Salmon at 660-492-7259. 

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

The Appleton City Public Library reopened Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The library will be open normal hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays) but there will be some minor changes until further notice: No more than four patrons will be allowed in the library at a time.  Patrons must sanitize their hands when entering the building (hand sanitizer will be provided). Patrons are encouraged to wear masks and will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  No more than two people will be allowed to use the computers at a time (to follow the six feet apart recommendations) and patrons will be limited to one hour of computer usage per time. In addition, there will be no Story Hour, Knitting Club, Book Club, or Summer Reading Program until further notice. The library staff is very excited to open the doors to the public again. With that in mind, they ask that you please use your best judgment and not to come to the library if you are sick or if you’ve been exposed to someone who is sick. The health and safety of the community is their top priority. They will be taking every precaution with cleaning and sanitizing and ask that you do the same.

Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus-19 and its complications the Officers and Executive Committee have decided for the safety and welfare of the ACHS Alumni to dispense with the 2020 meeting. The ballgames will not be held. Individual Classes may determine their own celebration time and location. Contact your Class Representative. Reservations will be notified. Please email or facebook your classmates of the change. They encourage contributions to the ACHS Alumni Scholarship fund be sent to Lori Bartz, 14378 NE County Road 4, ACMO 64724. They hope to see you next year. If you have questions, please contact Linda Lampkin from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 660-476-5857 or

The Appleton City Landmarks Museum will not open the display area to the public this year until June 5 from 1:30-4:30. The office/library area is usually staffed on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  The 150th Sesquicentennial book is back from the printers and will be available for pickup at the Museum office when the stay at home order is lifted. The cost of the over 500 page book is $25.00 picked up at the museum office or it can be mailed for $30.00. You can pick up the book on Wednesdays and Fridays starting May 6 from 2:00-4:00.  Please observe social distancing guidelines and have your check made out for the number of books you wish to buy. If you want them to mail your copy of the book, mail your check with the address to A.C. Landmarks 503 North Maple Appleton City, MO 64724. They will mail books after check is received.

Ellett Memorial Hospital and Appleton City Rural Health Clinic would like to thank the community for staying safe during the covid-19 crisis/pandemic. They want you to know how thankful they are for all of the support they have received from the community to the hospital. They strongly encourage everyone to continue to follow social distancing guidelines within reason. With this being said, Ellett Memorial Hospital is lifting its temporary restrictions on visitors to Emergency Room patients to (1) and inpatient visitors to (1). The kitchen is open to outside visitors and the coffee drinkers as well. They are also lifting restrictions on the PACE class. They look forward to seeing everyone but do encourage you to practice frequently washing your hands. If there is anything they can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact them at (660) 476-2111 or if it’s an emergency dial 911 immediately.


May 6, 12      Pickup AC elementary students belongings at school

May 10          Mother’s Day

May 12          St. Clair Co Cattlemen’s meeting 7:00 p.m. at the Farmhouse Kitchen

The 2020 Sesquicentennial / Fair was set to go this June. The health safety and welfare of the community was the greatest concern as sixty-seven individuals representing organizations, churches, events, business proud sponsor and elected officials were sent the a questionnaire about how to handle the event . 62% responded with 80% voting to hold the Celebration in the summer of 2021.  The date and details will be announced later. The committee will be discussing some changes soon. For the guys who were just growing whiskers for the celebration and want to shave it off right now, a picture contest is being held The deadline is May 31, 2020 to submit before and after shaving photos. It is to be a head shot (probably not a selfie). Submit the photos to chairman Shelley Davis 660-492-7644 or For those of you who are procrastinators, it’s time to dig into those boxes of pictures and find stories of members of the military from this area. You may find some old things you’d like to display, like pieces of art created by area talented folk and then decide just which one to exhibit. Get the old vehicle running this summer and drive it around so folks to see your classic. Work on making your residence a show place for the town tour that will be offered during the SQS.  Find the right material to make a reproduction costume. Watch the AC Facts in the “Appleton City Journal” for ways to celebrate the town history and learn facts about our favorite hometown. “The Little Apple” and the Facebook page, AppletonCityMoSesquicentennial2020, will continue to offer updates.  Souvenirs will be available for pick-up at Community First Bank as they arrive or after hours, contact chairman Denice Nitchals by text at 660-492-3180 or Souvenirs that are now available include: ornaments (glass or egg) $10, crock $28, coin purse $2.50, insulated cup $6, walking-yardstick $6, flashlight $2.75, pocket knife $14, dish towel $5, tote bag $10, 2020 calendar $20, QQC picture book $25, t-shirts (gray or blue) S-XL $15, 2X-3X $17, 4X-5x $20, larger sizes can be  pre-ordered. The SQC History book has been published and is 506 pages with 122 pages of AC History and 154 family histories.  It is available for pickup at the museum 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays for $25, or it can mailed for $30.  If you want them to mail your copy of the book, mail your check with the address to A.C. Landmarks, 503 N. Maple, Appleton City, MO 64724. They will mail books after check is received.

With the stay at home order lifted, the University of Missouri Extension Office in St. Clair County has reopened to the public and has resumed their normal business hours. In line with the CDC, they ask everyone practice social distancing and to call first before visiting the office. Their number is 417-646-2419 and they look forward to seeing you soon.

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.

There is a need for new or upgraded handicapped accessibility resources throughout the Appleton City R-II School District campus. The number of children with special needs has been increasing in our district. Since compliance with meeting the needs of these children is required by state and federal law, this issue is a high priority. The funding allocated or available to our district from state or federal funding sources does not cover these needs. More local tax revenue is needed to fill the gap. This need is identified in our District Capital Improvement Plan. The following list has been provided by our Special Needs Education staff to provide more detail information on the subject:

The south ramp entrance door of the elementary building opens out instead of in, making accessibility difficult. This is a barrier and needs to be changed.

Handicapped restrooms are needed in many locations in the district.

Handicapped accessible playground and adaptive playground equipment are needed.

Handicapped accessibility in the cafeteria (lunch lines, tables, etc…).

Local revenue for funding personal student aides to meet anticipated increases.

Improving handicapped accessibility in our campus means better and safer access for our students in the people of our community. This need is and will be an ongoing priority for our school. Your support of Proposition K.I.D.S. in June will help ensure that this need is met. Thank you.

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 

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.

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 Box Top, Best Choice labels and Food Fair receipts until September 1.  Please hold onto and save the current items you have saved, as they will still be good to turn in at that time. Thank you again for your continued support of Appleton City PTO.

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

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for May, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: 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.    

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