Little Apple: News from Appleton City

The public is invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. Join the Appleton City chapter of GFWC, Jr. Achievers, at Forest Park on Monday, August 24, at 9:00 a.m. as they offer a “Walk with the Suffragists”. The members will make stops along Main Street, reading from the script, “Failure Is Impossible”, which was read at the National Archives for the 75th anniversary celebration in 1995. Other stops where the public can join in are the pocket park at City Hall, Community First Bank, Food Fair, the U. S. Post Office and the Library. For more information, contact the Achievers president, Debbie Barber 660-351-5358.

There is a beef raffle to benefit the Appleton City Cemetery.  There will be two chances to win ½ beef processed by Powell’s in Clinton.  The drawing will be in the fall of 2020 with a definite date to be announced later.  You need not be present to win.  Tickets are $10 each.  All proceeds go to support the Appleton City Cemetery.  Tickets can be purchased at Zink Motors, St. Clair Co. Bank, Noble’s, Community First Bank, Powell’s Tru Value and Green Welding.

West Central will be collecting items for back to school supplies for the AC Elementary and Hudson Elementary Schools.  This year it will be a little different from prior years, they will be collecting school supplies until August 13, 2020 and then be distributing them to each school.  They would appreciate any school supplies or money donations. Please call Traci Fields at 660-476-2182 ext. 1306 or Kelly Knepp 660-476-2185 ext. 1309

After much deliberation, Immaculate Conception Parish has canceled the Annual Labor Day Picnic.  However, they will still hold the quilt raffle.  Anyone who would like to support that raffle, may buy tickets from a parish member, the Parish Office, or at Montrose Savings Bank.  They would like to thank all who have supported the Picnic for many years.  They look forward to having it again next year.

The 3rd annual Farm, Family & ME Summit for Women focuses on resilience, financial and farm stress, self-care, and mental well-being.

The free virtual event is 9:00 a.m. to noon Thursday, September. 3.  Women are the caretakers of their families and often put themselves at the bottom of their priority lists. They hope this conference reminds them to take care of themselves along with providing resources and educational information. Rural mental health specialist Monica McConkey kicks off the Zoom session with “Put on Your Oxygen Mask!” She offers tips on coping with farm stress through self-care and techniques to strengthen mental well-being. Kelli Jo Buettner, vice president of scored lending and credit operations at FCS Financial, helps women in agriculture deal with money-related stress by understanding important issues in financial health. A panel of farm women wraps up the session by sharing how they find balance in their work and personal lives. For more information, contact Devlin at 660-397-2179 or Register at

Jack and Shasta Hetherington and family of Clinton are honored to be selected by the Henry County Extension Council and the local Farm Bureau as the 2020 Henry County Farm Family.  In addition to Jack and Shasta Hetherington, their family includes Megan Radford, Tara Radford and Owen Hetherington of the home.  This year the Hetheringtons were honored by presentation of a yard sign that commemorates their selection. The Hetheringtons operate a 20-acre cattle operation and Jack manages Hetherington Meat Processing, that has been in his family since 1952.  Shasta is a Clinton High School English teacher where Megan Radford will be a Sophomore this year. Tara Radford is in the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program at State Fair Community College.  Owen Hetherington will be a 5th grader this school year and is a member of the Shawnee Indians 4-H Club. The annual Farm Family event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau; the Missouri Department of Agriculture; the Missouri State Fair Commissioners; the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and MU Extension and Engagement. This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring 482 people from 115 farm families. The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state.

The University of Missouri Extension in Cass County is offering a one-time virtual parenting workshop “Strong Parents, Stable Children: Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families” August 22, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – noon via Zoom.  This class can count for clock hours for foster families. This class is about promoting healthy child development and protecting and nurturing young children. Every family experiences challenges and stress. However, even when different families face similar struggles, some cope better than others. There are many reasons why families handle stress differently, but one has to do with protective factors. Protective factors are strengths and resources that families draw upon during difficult times. Protective factors help promote optimal development by helping families succeed and thrive, even in the face of risks and challenges. When we focus on building strengths and promoting positive home environments for children, we may help put children on a path to a generational cycle of protect.  This program was developed by University of Missouri Extension in partnership with the Missouri Department of Mental Health/Project LAUNCH and the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund. Content is based on the Strengthening Families framework, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP).  There is a $40.00 fee for the class. Organizations that would like to sponsor parents to attend can contact the facilitator, Kyleigh Sullivan, at 660-619-1355.  Registration can be completed online at After registering, participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting.  For accommodations and general inquiries please contact the facilitator

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for August, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Aug 12 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Aug 13 – Podiatry, Dr. Dowell, Aug  13– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Aug 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Aug 26–  Ortho-Dr. Gray, Aug 27 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay


Aug 24     Jr. Achievers “Walk with the Suffragists” 9:00 a.m. at Forest Park

Aug 26     First day of classes at Appleton City School