The Little Apple

December 9, 2020

Trinity United Methodist Church of Appleton City will hold its 74th Vesper Service (Covid Style) 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 13.  A service of song, scripture and Communion will be held on the front steps of the Church.  You are invited to stay in your car or bring a lawn chair.  Everyone is invited to take part in this annual service as they celebrate the coming of the Christ.

St. Clair Co. Health Department reports there are now at over 426 COVID cases with 10 deaths in our county. AC has had 91 cases. Hospitalizations are happening more frequently. They ask people to please stop running around, having parties, get togethers and visiting family and friends. One visit is all it takes. You should wear masks, social distance, wash your hands often and stay home! Don’t go to work sick. Stop the spread!

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 Ellett Memorial Hospital at 660-476-5219, OR AC Rural Health Clinic at 660-476-2121 TO ALERT STAFF PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL!   Ellett Memorial Hospital recommends washing your hands often, wearing a mask as much as possible, stay home if you don’t feel well and practice social distancing!

Appleton City City Hall will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday December 25 for Christmas.

Darrell Pohlman will host his annual Christmas display (weather permitting) from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays through December 23. The display can be seen at 513 W. 7th St. in Appleton City.

The PACE classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Ellett Memorial Hospital will be cancelled until 2021.  They will notify participants when it will begin again.

Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to READ. Appleton City School Library will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair December 8-11 from 3:30-6:30. Come out and support the school library and find a special book to wrap up for Christmas. Extra measures have been taken to provide the safest book fair possible and they ask that you please wear a mask and social distance as necessary. The back door of the Library (across from the playground) will be open for you to come in and shop.

AC Rural Health Clinic now has flu shots: FLUZONE Quadrivalent High Dose is an inactivated influenza vaccine recommended for 65 and older and is indicated for active immunization against influenza disease dose caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B (H1N1) (H3N2) contained in the vaccine. FLUZONE Quadrivalent is for patients ages 4 month-65 yrs., and is an inactivated influenza vaccine indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by influenza virus sub types A & B, (H1N1)(H3N2). Contraindication is for persons allergic to egg proteins. These are the recommendations for the 2020 – 21 season. Flu shots can be given without an appointment or provider visit from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the clinic at 660-475-2121 with any questions. The cost for FLUZONE 4mo-65 yrs. is $52.75 and Fluzone for 65+ is $128.25. Please bring your Medicare or insurance card with you and they will file for insurance benefits.

Sesquicentennial Souvenirs would make great Christmas gifts for all ages. They can be purchased from committee members or at Community First Bank. Orders may be placed for pickup at the bank. Call or text Denice at 660-492-3180 or email

The following is a list of military personnel from the area. It would be an “Act of Kindness” during the Christmas Season to remember our local service people serving in the military with a Christmas Card.  You can tell them who you are or belong to, classmate, know relatives, or whatever might tell them about your connection in AC. If you would like to add names of AC area service people to the list, email, subject “military”  

Daniel Parsons, Building 1900 Shay Street, Room 102 B, Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473, Daniel graduated ACHS 2018, son of Marcus ACHS 1988 & Tracy (an AC Teacher).

PV2 Bell, Steven P., PSC 307 Box 922, AP0 AP 96224. Steven was born in AC, attended school till 3rd grade in AC, graduated from Butler in 2020. Basic in OK and now at Camp Case in South Korea. Mother is Amy Crusha Peterman, ACHS 1995. Grandparents Bill & Eileen Crusha.

Pvt Austin Nold c/o Amy Nold, 25NW 51 Road, Urich, MO 64788. Austin is in CA with no current stable address. Mother’s address will forward to him, so when addressing, leave room for her to forward. ACHS 2020. Parents Jeff and former Amy Green Nold, daughter of Chris & Karen Green.

Pvt. Austin McClure, 14257 SE County Road 836, ACMO 64724. Currently he will be home waiting location assignment. ACHS 2020. E-2pv 2. Parents Greg & Jessica McClure.

Dalton Rapp, 164 E. River Drive, Altus AFB, Oklahoma 73521. He attended AC elementary till 5th grade with ACHS 2015. Father was Danny Rapp, Grandfather Duwayne Rapp.

Daylen Doll, 12830 SE County Road 7586, Rockville, MO 64780. Currently home from West Point Army Academy. ACHS 2018. Parents Logan & Brenda Clark.


Dec 9        Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner at ACHS

Dec 13      Trinity United Methodist Church of Appleton City 74th Vesper Service (Covid Style) 4:30 p.m.

A letter from the Appleton City R-II Schools Superintendent:

With the end of the first semester approaching, along with the holiday season, we look back on what we have been through here in Appleton City R-II School District. Over all, there is a lot to be grateful for. We have not experienced anything like the lockdown, which happened in March, April and May. They majority of our students have been in school receiving seated classroom instruction. All of us agree that there is no better way to teach kids than to have them present in the classroom with the teachers and resources they need. We have made the best of any distance learning that has been necessary with our team giving 120% in every way to make the experience as effective as possible. The goal of our Board of Education and Staff has been and will continue to be to use quarantining only when needed to keep kids and staff safe and to bring them back as soon as is safely possible. Teaching happens in two ways at ACR2. First is in the classroom; great teachers giving everything they have to motivate and educate the kids of our community, support staff meeting the needs of our kids as they go through their day, and administration providing leadership that supports our mission. Teaching also happens during our extracurricular activities: clubs, academic and service activities, the arts, and athletics. Here as well as in the classroom, the community and our staff have had great success as partners in keeping most of these opportunities available and safe for our kids. This partnership deserves to be celebrated and continued. This road has not been easy in many ways; but everyone involved has strived to do their best with the commitment to do better.

Both in and out of the classroom, our strength lies in the mission statement of our district: Building Unique and Lifelong Learners, Developing Ongoing Growth and Success. We are strongest when we work together, help each other in our weaknesses and support each other in our successes. On behalf of the Appleton City R-II Board of Education and ACR2 staff, we thank you.

Joe Dunlap

Appleton City R-II Superintendent

The Appleton City R-2 School District will accept declarations of candidacy from any person interested in running for a position on the School Board in the April 6, 2021 election.  Persons interested may file at the Superintendent’s office located at 408 W. 4th St., Appleton City, MO  64724.

Filing will begin on December 15, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will continue during the district’s regular business hours, which are Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Filing will not occur on days that the school district’s offices are closed due to inclement weather.  Filing will also not occur on the following holidays when the school district’s offices are closed:  December 23, 2020 through January 4, 2021 for Christmas Break.  Filing will resume on January 5, 2021, 8:00 a.m. and end on January 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. There are 2 positions available with three-year terms.

In 1817 Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Income tax time is just around the corner and farmers need to start getting prepared.  A good resource that can help is the free Farmer’s Tax Guides available at your local University of Missouri Extension center. This is a free publication and is very helpful in explaining tax related issues.  Whether you file your own taxes or hire a professional tax preparer, you still need to understand the basic farm income tax principals.  To request one of these free publications, stop by your local MU Extension Center and for farm tax questions, contact your local Agricultural Business Specialist, Raysha Tate, by calling the Extension Center at (417) 646-2419, or coming by the center on the first floor of the courthouse in Osceola.

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, 660-476-211.

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