Little Apple News from Appleton City

FBLA will be hosting pink night on February 4, 2020 at the basketball game between the Appleton City Bulldogs and the Drexel Bobcats. Game time is 5:30 p.m. Games will be available, t-shirts for sale, cookies for sale, and a raffle for two tickets to Dolly Pardon’s Stampede in Branson, MO.  Raffle tickets are available from FBLA members before the game and at the game for $ 1.00 for a ticket or 6 tickets for $ 5.00.  The drawing will be at half time of the game and you do not need to be present to win.  All proceeds will go to breast cancer. The theme for this year’s Pink Night is Hoops for Hope.

 Appleton City School snow make up day will be President’s Day, February 17.

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

 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.

 The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, February 9 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Treat your family to a hot breakfast you don’t have to cook or clean up.  A free will donation will be greatly appreciated

 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 Rockville Lions Club is having a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast Sunday March 1, 2020 from 8:00- 1:30 p.m. at the Rockville City Hall Free will Donations will be accepted.

Does your school, not-for-profit organization, church or governmental entity have a project in mind that could use some funding?  Truman Lake Community Foundation, Inc. announces that their Spring 2020 Grant Application cycle opens on February 1.  Grant applications must be completed online at


before the 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2020 deadline.  Awarded grants will be distributed in late April 2020.  Any questions will be answered by emailing or calling 660-351-3633.

 Read Appleton City Facts & Sesquicentennial items in the “AC Journal” beginning with the January 21 edition. There is a story and pictures about how Appleton City got its name.  Pick up a paper to learn about Appleton City.

 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.

 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.

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.

 Rules for Sesquicentennial Costume Contest, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 are as follows:  Contestants must be in 1870’s period costumes.  Preregistration will be 7:00 p.m. at stage with the contest at 7:30 p.m.  Age groups will be: Children 0-10, Children 10-18, Men and Women over 18 and Groups. 1st – 3rd place prizes will be awarded in each category.

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.

On January 7, Area 7 FFA officers met in Sedalia, MO for the annual Greenhand Motivation Conference. Every year, each chapter within our area sends their first year FFA members or Greenhands, to take part in this leadership conference. The conference began with the opening ceremonies conducted by the Area Officers and was followed by a skit presented by the State Officers. Greenhands were divided into several groups where they were able to hear a motivational speech given by State Officers. To conclude the day’s events, all members gathered together and Area Officers gave the closing ceremonies. These conferences are very important because it may be one the first times new members can really see what they can accomplish through FFA and gives them more drive to pursue various goals and opportunities within FFA at Chapter, District and State levels.

 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.

The volunteers from Living Waters Ranch, Gene Holtgrewe, Jay Binyon and Joyce Brown, were very happy to usher in the new year with the first of 12 monthly Special Touch Day Camps for adults with developmental delays or disabilities and their staff/caregivers. These Day Camps are hosted monthly at no charge to enrich the lives of the campers and provide a day out to experience fun activities. The day camps are held at the Osceola Assembly of God Church and include a meal and seasonal/holiday activities.

This month the campers were blessed by Officer Hilty and Officer Hodges from the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, along with their respective search dogs, Havik and Cormi. Officer Hilty started the demo by introducing their canine partners, then everyone watched, and was amazed by the ability of the dogs to search and find drugs that the officers had previously hidden throughout the church gym. After demonstrating their abilities, Havik and Cormi were allowed to walk around and be petted by the campers. The officers answered many questions and shared very interesting information about the raising, training, and use of the canines to assist law enforcement officers in locating illegal drugs.

The next day camp will be held on February 13, at the Osceola Assembly of God Church, at 10:00 a.m.  The camp will include decorating a Valentine bag, exchanging Valentines, a craft activity, and spaghetti luncheon. Participants are asked to RSVP and the camp is open to any willing to drive. You can RSVP at 660-924-6890 or email You can also request a list of 2020 dates by contacting Joyce Brown, with either of those contacts.

The use of the local church has enabled LWR to expand the day camps to year round, starting in 2017. A huge thank you to them for allowing the use of their beautiful facility. The day camps start at 10:00 a.m. and are normally over by 1:00 p.m. Each camp is planned around the season or holiday and would not be possible if not for the donations received by local organizations, businesses, churches, and individuals. Some of the annual donors are Knights of Columbus-Clinton, Truman Lake Community Foundation, Easy Living INC, Osceola Assembly of God Church, Roscoe Christian Church, Collins Christian Church, Hawthorn Bank, Kottwitz Fertilizer Co., and Tri County Publishing.

If you would like more information about the day camps or other outreach programs offered by LWR, or to become a donor, contact director Joyce Brown, 660.924.6890 or email Currently field trips are being scheduled out to the ranch for area schools, churches, and organizations. Activities at the ranch include fishing, giant slide, zipline, leadership course, and many other outdoor activities. Field trips can be faith based or secular, and help to fulfill the mission of LWR that children/families would develop a love of the outdoors and choose to be more physically active. Contact Joyce Brown for more information, or to schedule a trip.