Little Apple News from Appleton City

Immaculate Conception Church / St. Mary’s School, Montrose will hold its 9th Annual Smoked Meat Dinner Sunday, January 26.  The dinner will be served in St. Mary’s School Hall from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The menu includes smoked pork and chicken, baked beans, potato casserole, slaw, rolls, homemade cobbler and cake and tea, lemonade or coffee. A freewill donation will be greatly appreciated.  All proceeds will benefit Immaculate Conception Parish.  Please join them for great food and fellowship as they kickoff Catholic Schools Week.

Montrose VFW Post 8820 will host a Coyote Tournament February 8-9, 2020.  Registration is February 7 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Montrose VFW.  There will be $100 entry fee per team (3 man team is max).  There will also be a $5 side pot for the mangiest dog. Coyotes may be taken by all legal methods as determined by the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Check in is Sunday, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. (If you are late you will not be counted). There will be cash payouts for 1st, 2nd and 3rd laces and the biggest dog.  All participants will be entered to win a Mossberg 590 shotgun (all state laws apply). Sponsors include: Ryan Kalwei Trucking, Andrew Hon and Rhodes Exterminating. If you have further questions, call Matt at 660-492-0756 or Colby at 660-492-5206.

Magician Mario Manzini will have free performance 7:00 p.m. February 5, 2020 at Hudson R-IX School.

Appleton City Elementary PTO will be hosting the 3rd Annual Little Ladies Dance on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the elementary gym.  This dance is for all little ladies pre-K through 5th grade in our community and their special guy in their life (dad, grandpa, uncle, family friend, etc.) to come out for a night of dancing, snacks, pictures and overall good fun.  Tickets are $20 for a couple (add $5 per additional sibling attending).  No RSVP is needed and tickets will be purchased at the door the night of the dance.  Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Each couple will receive a complimentary 4×6 photograph to remember the night’s events. Check out the AC Elementary PTO page for more information.

The ACHS Alumni Meeting will be Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. with a noon meal/meeting. Class coordinators of years ending in 5 or 0 are asked to please contact Linda Lampkin at 660-476-5857 or to receive a detailed letter and postcard sample. Reservation of $12/person made to ACHS Alumni can be sent to: Patty Purvis Young x68, 101 E. 3rd St., ACMO 64724.  Alumni traveling a distances like to make plans early.

Once again DbarJ Quilts Etc will be sponsoring the Elva Gwinn Huffman Essay Contest for non-profit groups. Any non-profit group can write an

essay about their group, their good works, how they would use the quilt to help them raise money for their cause. It is best if you keep it to no more than 2 pages. Due date for the essays in March 31, 2020. They will be read and the quilt will be given out on April 2, which is Elva’s birthday. If you wish more information, you can call 660-598-2222 during business hours, M,W,TH,F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

The Appleton City Museum will provide a stroll down memory lane with a Photo Display during the SQC Celebration. Over 150 pictures will be on display of businesses, buildings, area occupations, leaders of the community and basically pictures of the past (anything that isn’t current). If anyone would like to donate an 8×10 photo to the Museum for this event, they will be glad to display it. However, they ask for prints that will become the property of the Museum in preserving AC History. The deadline to submit will be April 1, 2020. They may be mailed to: A.C. Museum, 305 N. Maple, ACMO 64724 or you can drop them off workdays at the museum, which are some Wednesday afternoons during the winter.

There will be a community play held during the Sesquicentennial event in June 2020. Abby Sage and Kamber Grishow are producing and directing the production and would like to formally extend their invitation for all those who wish to be a part of the event to please contact them. Whether you are interested in acting, assisting with costumes or set design, or simply want to offer your help with the process but don’t know how, please let them know. Auditions for the play will be held later in January (date TBD). Sage can be reached at (417) 766-8708 and Grishow at (660) 492-3502. More information can be found on the Appleton City Community Play Facebook page.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January and February 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 28 – Orthopedics – Dr. Gray, Feb 3 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Feb 5 –Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 6 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Feb. 7 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni,  Feb 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,   Feb 13– Podiatry-Dr. Dowell, Feb 14 – Orthopedics-Dr. Gray, Feb 17 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Feb 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Namin,   Feb 26 – Orthopedics – Dr. Gray.                

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Jan 21-24      Courtwarming week activities at AC Schools

Jan 23     AC Basketball against Ballard 5:30 p.m.  COURTWARMING ACTIVITIES

Jan 26     Immaculate Conception Church / St. Mary’s School, Smoked Meat Dinner in St. Mary’s School Hall from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Feb 5      Magician Mario Manzini free performance 7:00 p.m. at Hudson R-IX School.

Knitting classes, led by Ann Barclay, have resumed at the Appleton City Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Come join them and see what you might learn or get support in projects you are working on. Supplies are available if you don’t have any already. Learn something new this year. All ages are invited. Call 660-476-5513 for more information.

Appleton City Head Start is enrolling children for the 2019-2020 school year. Children need to be 3 years old on or before August 1, 2019. They have class Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Their phone number is (660)234-8767. The address is 214 S Beech St., AC MO 64724.

A program to discuss Missouri’s Complicated Fence Law will be held on Monday evening, February 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Osceola First Baptist Church, located at 555 Walnut Street in Osceola. There is a $25 charge for this meeting and that covers the program and materials. Pre-registration is recommended by January 31 as space is limited. Missouri continues to have a very complicated fence law, in large part due to the fact that 2 separate laws cover the state depending on the county that your land is in. Joe Koenen, Agricultural Business Specialist with University of Missouri Extension who will be presenting the program that night. If you own land, you really need to know the law and how it impacts you whether you own livestock or not.  Furthermore, in 2016 a portion of the law was changed to address livestock liability that affects livestock and non-livestock owners alike. Other problems are that both laws are subject to interpretation and can be a little different, depending on the county you are in. A comparison of both laws will be given at this program. Joe has been presenting programs on the fence law for over 30 years throughout the state, including via Zoom, Skype and ITV. Landowners need to be aware of what the law is in their county and this meeting will help them better understand their rights and responsibilities. This program will be done via Zoom so attendees can see the presentation and also ask questions of the presenter. It allows the presenter (Joe) to talk to several folks in a wide area without traveling to each location.  Contact Raysha Tate at the St. Clair County Extension Office (417-646-2419) if you have questions or would like to register or you can e-mail her at   

According to state statute Sec. 262-577, RSMo 69, citizens of voting age in St. Clair County have the opportunity to vote and elect members of the University of Missouri Extension Council in January. At least one person has been nominated for each of the elective positions in their respective district.    County residents can vote in person during the week of January 19 at the University of Missouri St. Clair County Extension Office, 655 Second Street, 1st Floor of the Courthouse in Osceola or at the NRCS Soil and Water Conservation office located at 3835 NE Hwy 13 in Osceola.

If you are unable to reach the voting sites, you can cast your vote on-line.  On-line voting is simple. Log onto and click on “Council election”. Cast your vote for the representative of your district by following the simple instructions. St. Clair County University of Missouri Extension helps people meet the unprecedented opportunities and challenges of the 21st century with research-based education and information to enhance St. Clair County’s economic viability, create strong individuals, families and communities, and create and sustain healthy environments. The mission of St. Clair County University of Missouri Extension is to improve the lives of St. Clair County residents by addressing their highest priorities through the application of research-based knowledge and resources. University of Missouri Extension is a partnership of the University of Missouri campuses, Lincoln University, the people of Missouri through county extension councils, and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Council members assume their duties on March 1 unless appointed to fill an unexpired term. All terms are for a two-year period. No member may serve more than two successive terms, but may be re-elected or appointed after a lapse of one year. Elections are held the third week of January each year. Council officers take the oath of persons holding public office. These documents must be filed with the county clerk. Council members serve without pay, although they may be reimbursed for expenses. The St. Clair County Extension Council meets the first Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December. Officers may meet the first Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November to take care of financial and other routine matters. The meetings are held at the First Baptist Church in Osceola. The council has four purposes assigned by law: Make recommendations and suggestions to the University concerning the extension programs; Make recommendations and suggestions to the University concerning the appointment or removal of extension personnel; Arrange for and administer the county’s share of the cost of the extension services over which the council has jurisdiction; Receive, hold and/or sell real and personal property reasonably required for the extension program. (262.590).


KAY-LYNN LYSINGER, District I Delegate, Townships: Chalk Level, Butler, Jackson.  Kay-Lynn lives in rural Lowry City with her husband Geoffrey and their two children. She is a weatherization admin and HeRO coordinator for West Central Missouri Community Action Agency and is active in Farm Bureau, Osceola Optimist organization, LR FFA Alumni, and St. Clair County Young Farmers and Ranchers. She enjoys spending time outside with her family and has a great interest in the local youth, taking a special interest in helping them achieve their goals. With her interest in local, state and federal laws and regulations of agriculture she will be a great asset to the county council.

KATHRYN (KATHY) MORLOK, District II Delegate, Townships: Appleton, Monegaw. Kathy is a lifelong resident of St. Clair County and is running for re-election to serve a second two-year term on the council. Kathy is a retired postmaster in Appleton City and enjoys baking, crocheting and gardening in her spare time. She is an active member of PEO Chapter CC and the Mt. Zion Cemetery Board.  Kathy states, “I have learned a lot about Extension in the last 2 years and hope to continue learning.”

REBECCA SIEGISMUND, District III Delegate, Townships: Center, Osage, Taber, Roscoe, Speedwell. Rebecca is a lifelong resident of rural Taberville and currently attending college for a future career in Wildlife Conservation and Management. She was involved in many organizations while in high school and is currently a member of 4-H and Appleton City community band. One of her favorite quotes is “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others with your own limited imagination.” (Mae Jemison) Rebecca has lived in the county her whole life and watched her parents be on the county council that she would like to now be involved in to make a difference in her community.

GENE HARTLEY, District IV Delegate, Townships: Osceola, Polk. Gene has been a full time resident of the county since 2018, after maintaining a part-time residency from 2007-2018. He is retired from KY-3 News and enjoys scouting, hiking, bicycling and travel. He is an active member of Osceola Optimist, St. Clair County Food Banc, Rotary Club of Springfield, Missouri State University Community Band, Boy Scouts of America, and Bear Creek Church. Gene’s familiarity with extension programming through his involvement in Southwest Missouri will be a valuable asset to the council.   

Be sure to exercise your right to vote the week of January 19, 2020!