Little Apple News

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 washing 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.

Appleton City School Board will have their regular board meeting at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the school library instead of the commons. The agenda was reposted at the post office with the following message included in order to be compliant with Missouri sunshine law: “Viewable on Facebook Live via the Appleton City HS Facebook page with a link on the Appleton City Elementary Facebook page. Electronic viewing will also be available in selected classrooms in groups of 10 or less, in compliance with COVID-19 meeting guidelines.” In person attendance will be limited to the seven board members and the three administrative team members.

AC Schools and OPAA are making and serving meals for any children in the Appleton City school district 18 and under while AC school is closed.  Meals will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the following locations: School Circle Drive, Rockville Methodist Church, Taberville Fire Department and Ohio Christian Church. The Food Service Request form will need to be completed prior to meal picked up.

Due to recent restrictions due to corona virus, FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo’s Pub will offer carry out, curb side pick-up and delivery within city limits 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  They will offer carry out and curb side pick-up 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 11:00-2:00 and 5:00-8:00 p.m. on FarmHouse side.  They will resume regular hours and schedule as soon as restrictions allow.

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.

In order to comply with the social distancing and gathering restrictions, the AC Easter egg hunt has been cancelled.

For the safety of the students and community, the Appleton City FBLA chapter’s chicken dinner fundraiser has been moved to May 3.  All tickets will be honored on the future date.  They wish to still have it because some of the funds raised provide scholarships for the students, so it will be held even if they have to move the date again.

Trinity Lutheran Church has suspended all services and activities through the end of March. The elders and Pastor Smith will meet again the week before Palm Sunday to decide how to proceed from there. Pastor Smith is offering Word and Sacrament ministry to all the members of the congregation on an individual basis. He has begun posting sermons on the church Facebook page. He will offer two a week … on Wednesdays and Sundays. He also will post short prayer and reading services every day except Friday.

The AC First Baptist Church has suspended services. They will provide a drive thru lunch for any community members from noon-1:00 or while supplies last. Pull up to a designated area and you will receive a to-go lunch and a quick blessing if you would like and then be on your way.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Montrose) will be open daily for private prayer, even though there will be no public Masses scheduled at this time. Sunday Mass is recorded and is aired at 10:00 a.m. Sundays on Butler Radio Station, KMAM 1530 KMOE FM 92.  Fr. Jason will continue to have Eucharistic Adoration 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly parish bulletin will be available in church to pick up. St. Mary’s School (at this time) will be closed until April 3. Updates will be in bulletin. They are asking for parishioners to mail in their contribution envelopes or drop them at the rectory so expenses, which continue, can still be paid.

Due to concerns over the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus, Governor Mike Parson has postponed the April Municipal Elections until June 2.


Mar 25     AC School Board meeting 7:15 p.m.

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

The A.C. City Wide Garage Sales are cancelled at this time due to the corona virus. They hope to be able to reschedule at a later date and will post details when they become known.

Food Fair has announced that 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 lobby at all branches of Community First Bank will be by appointment only until April 1st, 2020.  All Drive Thru lanes will remain on their normal schedule until further notice. In addition to Drive-Thru and lobby access by appointment only, Community First Bank also offers Online Banking and ATM access 24/7.

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.

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

In line with the University of Missouri’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Clair County University of Missouri Extension office will transition to remote operations only and will be temporarily closing the office to the public effective March 25, 2020. Their services are still available with some modifications. They ask that you please call or email with your request and they will work with you to fulfill them. You may reach them at the following options:< Manager Debbie McSperitt, 417-646-2419<, County Engagement Specialist Raysha Tate 417-283-4902<

Mark your calendars for the annual PTO Bake Sale which will be held at Food Fair on Saturday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. until sold out.  Grab your goodies for Easter breakfast or dinner.  If you are willing to donate any kind of baked good(s), please plan to have them delivered to Little Apples Daycare/Sarah Eye between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10 or dropped off at Food Fair by 7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.  This annual fundraiser raises funds that allow elementary students to participate in field trips throughout the school year, as well as fund additional requests from teachers throughout the school year.

The last box top, Best Choice and Food Fair receipt collection will take place on May 8.  Please send in all of your labels and receipts with your student at this time.  Any community members may contribute by dropping off at the elementary office during school hours.  Box tops cannot be expired and Food Fair receipts need to be from January 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all older receipts will not be counted.  Please help the PTO earn money from this through this on-going fundraiser.

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.

The Sesquicentennial Committee welcomes ideas and suggestions.  However, the deadline is March 31 to include any items to be considered. They want to begin making people aware of the schedule. While we are homebound it might be a good time to think how everyone will participate in the Sesquicentennial. Volunteers for each event will be needed, entries for artist work, photography, quilts, military, whisker contest, costume contest, float decorating and kids’ decorated vehicles. Contact Linda Lampkin at 660-476-5858 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. or

The topic this week under AC Facts in the AC Journal is about the Ritchie Building, most recently home to Yoss Grocery.

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.

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.

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. DbarJ Quilts Etc is 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. Due date for the essays is March 31. The quilt will be given out on April 2. For more information, 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