Little Apple News: Please note: Due to precautions concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all events are subject to change.

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 660-476-5219, TO ALERT STAFF PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL!   Ellett Memorial Hospital recommends: Clean your hands often!  Wash them often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  IF YOU ARE SICK: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.  If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).  EMH is taking all appropriate and necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our community.  In compliance with their infectious disease protocols, they will remain vigilant and continue to follow CDC and MO Department of Health guidelines.

The Appleton City Library will be closed due to COVID-19 until further notice.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, St. Clair County Bank’s lobby is closed until further notice.  The drive up window is available and open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:00 a.m. – noon on Saturday.

Food Fair has announced that there will be no weekly ads beginning March 18.  The warehouse cannot guarantee deliveries of some items.  If customers cannot shop normally, curbside pickup is available 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Call them at 660-476-2131 and they will gather your groceries and either have them up front or bring them to your car. They still offer deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays in the local area for $3.  Just call the above number. There is a cut off time of 2:00 p.m. to call in your order.  Food Fair would like to thank their customers for their patience and understanding.  You can get more information on their Facebook page: food fair supermarket appleton city

The Golden Apples will discontinue meeting for Wednesday lunches until further notice. They urge everyone to stay home as much as possible during this critical time.

Immaculate Conception Church, Montrose, will serve a modified Lenten Fish Dinner March 27 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. (or until food runs out). As long as they can get the food needed, they will still have their last dinner on March 27, but in a modified fashion. They will be doing orders to go only. Order, pay, and receive your to go meals in your car, so you can take them home to eat with your families. Meals will contain fish, fries, cole slaw, green beans, corn bread, and a cookie. Condiments will also be included. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

The A.C. Spring City Wide Garage Sale dates will be April 3 – 4. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall until March 31. Permits to set up in the A.C. Park which covers both days are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits and are also available at City Hall on a first come, first served basis. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Powell’s True Value & Casey’s beginning Thursday afternoon. House of Joy Ministry will be at the City Park Saturday from 3:00-5:00 to pick up donations. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 476-2390.

The annual AC Easter Egg hunt will be 9:00 a.m. Saturday April 4 at the City Park next to Casey’s. Ages newborn-11 are welcome! The ACHS FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) is hosting the event with assistance from Optimist Club.

The Appleton City FBLA chapter will have a chicken dinner fundraiser on Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the High School Commons Area to raise money for FBLA State and National contest expenses.  Robert Perryman will be cooking his famous chicken. You may purchase tickets from any FBLA member for this event.  Tickets are: $10.00 for adults, $ 6.00 for children age 12 and under, with children under 2 eating for free.  You will also be able to purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event, but please purchase them ahead of time to allow them to prepare for attendance.  Donations are also welcome to support the students in the event you cannot come out and eat with them. They currently have 10 students competing in the State FBLA competition in Springfield, MO on April 19 – 21.  They will be staying in Springfield for the duration of the event.  The students have been working very hard on their events and are excited to move forward from Districts to State competition.  They are hopeful that they will move from the State Competition to the National Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah in June of this year.  Please come out for this event and support the students in their efforts to succeed at competition.  If you have any questions, please contact the school’s FBLA advisor, Trisha Freemyer, at the school.  Thank you in advance for your continued support of the students in their endeavors.  They appreciate all that you in the community do for them as they travel on our journey to excellence.


Mar 19      Spring begins

Mar 27      Fish Fry-Day at St. Mary’s School basement (Montrose) 5:00 -7:30 p.m.

April 2      Kindergarten screening at Hudson School

April 7      Election Day

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s sesquicentennial, Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends April 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After April 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, June 11.

Appleton City School Kindergarten Round—Up Enrollment/Screening Day will tentatively be April 9.  If your child will be 5 before August 1, now is the time to begin thinking about Kindergarten enrollment requirements. The following items are required for enrollment: immunization records, state issued birth certificate, social security card and proof of residence. Call Malia Mount at the school at 660-476-2161 to make an appointment or for more information. Did you know that your child can receive the immunizations that are needed to attend Kindergarten anytime on or after his/her fourth birthday? You do not need to wait until age five. They encourage you to have your child fully immunized now and bring the immunization record to school on the day of Kindergarten screening. If you have questions regarding required immunizations, please feel free to contact Nikki Piepmeier, School Nurse, at 660-476-2601, option #7.

Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual preschool & kindergarten screening on Thursday, April 2.  Please call (660) 476-5467 to set up an appointment.  You will need your child’s social security card, birth certificate and current immunization record.  If you call and the school office is closed, please leave a message and they will get back to you.

The ACHS senior class panels have been updated at Farmhouse Restaurant with this year’s special classes of 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1970.  Respectively they are the 70 year class, 65 year class, 60 year class and the 50 year class. The Appleton City Museum is grateful to Eric and Vickie Christie for allowing the class panel for display this year.  The Museum will officially open Friday, May 1 from 11:30-4:30 for the 2020 season.  Every Friday afternoon someone will be at the Museum.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for March 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Mar 23 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Mar 25 – Orthopedics-Dr. Gray.

Appleton City Area Ministerial Alliance will hold Community Services as follows:  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.

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.

Brian “Super B” Knight t-shirts are being sold as a scholarship fundraiser sponsored by the Ellett Memorial Hospital.  Shirts will have big emblem on the back and a small outline emblem on left chest.  Colors are: red, midnight and charcoal.  Sizes run from youth XS 4/6, Small 6/8, Medium 8/10, Large 2/14, and X Large 16/20.  Adult sizes small – IV large.  Cost is $20 with check made out to EMH Foundation. Call 660-476-2111 for info.

Proper management of sheep and goats is important to the profitability of this industry.  Therefore MU Extension will be conducting a sheep and goat workshop to discuss management factors that will lead to optimum profitability of the operation. The sheep and goat workshop will be held at the Cedar County Library at 717 East Street, Stockton, Mo. 65785, 6:00 – 9:00 p. m. April 9 from MU Extension agriculture specialists will conduct the workshop and the topics covered will include: Nutritional Management, Parasite Management and Making a profit. There will be a meal served at this workshop.  Cost of this workshop is $30 per person and fee payment along with registration needs to be completed by April 7 to the Cedar County MU Extension Center, 113 South Street, Stockton, Mo. 65785.  You can also register online at  For all other questions, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313.

Expanding an ag business?  Starting an alternative ag enterprise?  Looking for opportunities in agriculture?  Come and find out about resources to help you be successful at the Ag Entrepreneurs:  Resources for Success on April 1 at Centennial Hall at the Vernon County Fairgrounds.  The Fairgrounds are located at 1488 E. Ashland in Nevada, MO.  The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will have speakers from University of Missouri Extension, Sustainable Agriculture Resource Development, Missouri Agriculture & Small Business Development Authority, Missouri Small Business Development Center, USDA Rural Development and Missouri Northern Pecans. The cost is $30 per person, with lunch included.  Call in meeting reservation by March 27 to Vernon County Extension Center at 417-448-2560 or register on-line at Let them know if you have any special needs.

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