Little Apple News from Appleton City

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of President’s Day and will re-open on Tuesday, February 18t at 8:30 a.m.

Appleton City Elementary PTO will be hosting the 3rd Annual Little Ladies Dance Saturday, February 15 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the elementary gym.  This dance is for all little ladies pre-K through 5th grade in our community and the 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.

Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 will have its annual spring pancake and sausage breakfast Sunday February 16 from 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The meal is all you can eat for $5.00.  Children under 6 eat for free. The proceeds go toward their senior scholarship fund and building upkeep.

The Hudson R-IX PTO meeting and magician have been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Appleton City School snow make up day will be President’s Day, February 17. There will be no school at Hudson R-IX.

The Parents & Friends of the Appleton City FFA would like to invite you to their Annual Labor Auction on February 22 in the high school gym. The evening will begin with a buyer’s dinner at 6:00 p.m. served by Kickin’ Chicken, with the live auction starting at 7:00 p.m.  As part of this event, they will also have a silent auction which will be setup along the south wall of the high school gym beginning at 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. that night.

Appleton City Area Ministerial Alliance will hold Community Services as follows:  Ash Wednesday Service February 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor James Damon; Holy Thursday Service April 9, 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church with Pastor Alan Black; Good Friday Service April 19, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Tony Reynolds; and Sunrise Service April 12, 6:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Pastor Ryan Campos.  Everyone is welcome.

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.

Sumo’s Pub will have a dinner for two Valentine’s Day dinner special Friday evening February 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The special dinner includes spinach artichoke dip with tortilla chips for an appetizer, 2 -12 oz. KC strip steaks or boiled shrimp or breaded shrimp with choice of potato, salad and texas toast.  Desert will feature lemon raspberry tower cake for $$49.99.  Regular menu items are also available.  Call 660-476-2300 for reservations or 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.

A+ Storage LLC, conveniently located at 411 N Beech is now open to accommodate your storage needs. A+ Storage is owned and operated by Herman and Anne Nitsche. One easy to use feature of A+ Storage is being able to rent and pay online. Just go to It’s simple and easy. If online is not your thing, then just call 660-476-2221 and set up an appointment to meet in person and complete the rental process. Some of the features of A+ Storage include being able to rent online or at the site, 3 sizes and prices to choose from in well lighted area. The lock is furnished and there is easy access.

The knitting group has grown at the Appleton City Public Library but there’s still room for more. Projects include a felted hat, socks, dishcloths and more. New things are being learned every week. Come join the group on Tuesdays at 10:00. Need materials? They have extra! Need help over a hump? Ann Barclay, the instructor, can help you find answers. All ages are welcome.

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 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. 


Feb 14     Valentine’s Day

Feb 15     Little Ladies Dance Saturday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the AC elementary gym

Feb 16     AC Masonic Lodge pancake and sausage breakfast 6:30 -1:30

Feb 17     President’s Day Holiday.   AC schools will have classes as a makeup snow day.  Hudson School will not have classes

Feb 18     Magician Mario Manzini free performance and PTO meeting 7:00 p.m. at Hudson R-IX School.

Feb 22     AC FFA Annual Labor Auction 6:00 p.m. in the High School gym

The Appleton City Journal will be publishing Facts either upcoming Sesquicentennial Events/Activities and/or historical facts about the town weekly.

If you want to keep up with upcoming Extension ag events and crop and forage updates, sign up for updates sent out by Pat Miller, University of Missouri Agronomy Field Specialist.  They usually are sent weekly.  Miller covers Bates, Cass, Jackson, St. Clair and Vernon counties.  To receive these, e-mail her at She, along with others, hosts a Facebook page: University of Missouri Extension Ag on the Western Edge.  Producers are encouraged to “like” and “share” the page.  The West Central Region of Missouri also has a bi-monthly ag newsletter.  Contact your local extension center to sign up for that.  If you have questions, contact Miller at 417-448-2560. 

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 is 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.

Starting Monday, March 2, MU Extension will teach a Stay Strong, Stay Healthy course at the Warsaw United Methodist Church (154 W. Washington). This class will meet twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. until Monday April 27. The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program is based on simple, strength-building exercises that will improve balance, health and state of mind. No, it’s not strenuous weightlifting. It is not aerobic and you don’t have to get down on the floor. All exercises are done sitting in a chair or standing behind it and holding on to the back.  You’ll start at a level that’s right for you and adaptations are made to accommodate participants with mobility challenges. No one is too inactive to participate. Building strength promotes quality of life and independence, especially for adults over age 60. Certified instructors lead this evidence-based program developed by the University of Missouri. These exercises are easy to learn, safe and effective and do not require special supplies or equipment, just you, stable and comfortable shoes and a water bottle! Exertion is not at a level you will need to shower or change clothes afterwards. You will learn exercises that you can continue at home. The cost for this eight week class is $50 per person. Preregistration before February 24 is required. Call 660-438-5012 to register and learn more or stop by the Benton County MU Extension Center, 100 W Washington, Warsaw.

The following is a list of unacceptable items not allowed in the weekly trash: universal waste (yard waste), animal waste, asbestos containing materials, closed barrels, cans or drums, compressed gas cylinders, explosives, anything highly flammable or volatile, hazardous waste, industrial waste, incinerator residual, infectious waste, liquid waste, motor oil, pesticides, pcb’s, radioactive waste, septic tank pumping’s or sludge, no electronics (televisions, computers, microwaves, etc.)

New HiSet/GED classes continue in the Appleton City School Library. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00-7:30. You may enter through the back door across from the playground. They are looking forward to a new year and helping many reach their full potential. If you have any questions, please call Joni Bollig at 476-2108. It’s never too late to learn!

The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation was established in 2000 by a local couple to benefit and carry out the purposes of Ellett Memorial Hospital.  The Foundation has played a major role in the Hospital’s recent renovation/expansion project.  The Foundation is a 501c3 organization and plays an important role in ensuring the future of the Hospital by providing an avenue for individuals, groups and corporations to lend their financial support through tax-deductible contributions. The Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend an invitation to the community to assist with this project.  They would like to welcome all current and past members of the community and service area to make a donation to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation. Donations can be restricted or non-restricted for use as the donor identifies.  Recognition will be given for all contributions.  For further information, contact Julee Snyder, Ellett Memorial Hospital at 660-476-211.

Sesquicentennial calendars and Quasquacentennial books may be purchased at either AC Banks or at the museum.

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