Little Apple News from Appleton City

St. Clair Co. Health Department reports there have now been over 509 COVID cases with 12 deaths in the county. AC had 17 new cases last week for a total of 121 cases. This count does not include the nursing homes. According to the Health Department, due to people in the community spreading this disease, it has now come into the elderly care facilities. Hospitalizations are happening more frequently. They ask people to please stop running around, having parties, get togethers and visiting family and friends. One visit is all it takes. You should wear masks, social distance, wash your hands often and stay home! Don’t go to work sick. Stop the spread!

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 Ellett Memorial Hospital at 660-476-5219, OR AC Rural Health Clinic at 660-476-2121 TO ALERT STAFF PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL!  

Appleton City City Hall will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday December 25 for Christmas. They will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day.

FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo’s Pub will be closed December 22 until January 5.

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year!  St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Association will be auctioning off a Gallagher TW-3 Weigh Scale Set and Alleyway Load Bar Set at Wheeler’s Livestock Auction on January 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  All Proceeds will go to support the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund.

Sesquicentennial Souvenirs would make great Christmas gifts for all ages. They can be purchased from committee members or at Community First Bank. Orders may be placed for pickup at the bank. Call or text Denice at 660-492-3180 or email

In 2021, you can start on the road to better health with the MU Extension Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program, an eight-week course of one-hour, twice-weekly classes. The evidence-based program is built on simple, strength-building exercises that will improve balance, health and state of mind. It is not strenuous weight-lifting. You’ll start at a level that’s right for you. No one is too inactive to participate. Building strength promotes quality of life and independence, especially for adults over age 60. Classes are available in Pettis, Henry and Benton County. Henry and Benton County are offering in-person Stay Strong Stay Healthy (SSSH) Level I courses starting February 8. SSSH–1 exercises are all completed sitting or standing behind a chair and can be adapted to accommodate participants requiring support resources such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Pettis County Extension is offering a more advanced Virtual class on Zoom that will help participants develop more strength for everyday life.  This course requires floor exercises, a yoga mat and an internet connection by phone or computer that can connect to ZOOM.  Registration for all classes is $50. Info for each class is: Pettis County – SSSH Level 2 (on-line with Zoom) Mondays and Wednesdays January 11- March 3 10:30 – 11:30 am (Orientation session Wednesday January 6) To register, go to, Benton County – SSSH Level 1 (Warsaw Methodist Church – 154 W. Washington, Warsaw MO 65355) Monday & Wednesday February 8 – March 31 2-3 pm. To register contact the Benton County MU Extension Center at or call 660-438-5012 or register on-line at, Henry County – SSSH Level 1 (Henry County Museum Lobby – 203 W. Franklin, Clinton, MO 64735) Monday and Thursday February 8 – April 1 9-10 am. To register contact the Henry County MU Extension Center at or call 660-885-5556 or register on-line at, Face coverings are required in face-to-face courses and social distancing, surface sanitization and individualized equipment (hand and ankle weights) strategies are used.

The Sesquicentennial Poster Contest is open to anyone age from 3rd grade to beyond retirement age. The deadline is January 31, 2021. Categories will include both free hand art and computer generated art. The art must be about “Appleton City Past or Present”. Everyone may participate by encouraging artists in the AC area to create and enter a poster. You can get guidelines and entry forms from school art teachers or call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. or email

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Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January 2021 2020.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Jan 6- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Namin, Jan 7 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Jan 8 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 13 -Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 14 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Jan 20- Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Namin Jan 27 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 27 –Ophthalmology, Dr. Soni, Jan 28 -Rheumatology, Dr. Tay.


Dec 23-Jan 5  Christmas break at AC Schools

Jan 11-16   ACHS Invitational Varsity Basketball Tournament