The Little Apple – News from Appleton City

The ACHS Junior Class will serve biscuits & gravy and pancakes 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8 at the Park Building.  Proceeds will be used to help fund the ACHS Prom All Nighter activities.

The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God (Holiness) will be 7:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.  Ron Dunlap will have a short devotional.

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

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.

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s meeting will be 6:30 p.m. February 11 at Lakeland High School FFA. Sponsors are MFA and Ashgrove Aggregates. The speaker will be Pat Miller, University Extension, on How Soil pH and Fertility Affect Weed Numbers and How to Control with Herbicides.

The ACHS basketball games against Drexel and the Pink Night activities are rescheduled to Thursday, February 6 at the same times.

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

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.

This week, check out the “Bushy Beards from 1970” in the Appleton City Journal.

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

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 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.

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.

Brown Chiropractic is excited to announce that they are teaming up with naturopath, Dr. Suzanne Taylor NP, MH, CHS, CNHP, CRTS, CASP.  Dr. Taylor has owned Realistic Remedies in Bolivar, Mo. for over 10 years.  She brings an alternative Holistic Health Service to Brown Chiropractic. Dr. Taylor will start seeing patients here Feb 14, 2020.  Please call her office in Bolivar, MO. for an appt. at 417-777- REAL (7325).

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.


Feb 6      Pink Night activities at ACHS Basketball game against Drexel 5:30 p.m.

Feb 8-9    Coyote Tournament.  Registration is February 7 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Montrose VFW

Feb 8     Men’s Fellowship Breakfast 7:00 a.m. at the Church of God (Holiness)

Feb 8     Pancakes, biscuit and gravy breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. in the AC Park Building

Feb 9     Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knights Hall in Montrose

Feb 11   St. Clair County Cattlemen’s meeting 6:30 p.m. at Lakeland High School FFA

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

Feb 17   President’s Day Holiday.   AC schools will have classes as a makeup snow day

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

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.

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.

Ag producers who need to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license can attend one of the following training sessions provided through University of Missouri Extension.  This class also completes the EPA worker protection training program for ag employees who handle pesticides.  Producers will be required to purchase an M87 manual for $12 unless they bring a 2007 M87 with them.   Please call in reservations to your local County Extension Center or register with the link for the class one week prior. If you have questions or need more information, contact Pat Miller, agronomy specialist, at 417-448-2560.  Let us know if you have any special needs at the time of registration.  In case of bad weather the classes may be rescheduled. University of Missouri Extension programs are open to everyone.  Classes are scheduled as follows:

February 25 at 6:00 p.m.  Call 417-448-2560 to register. Home Ec Bldg., Vernon Co. Fairgrounds, 1488 E Ashland, Nevada

February 27 at 6:00 p.m.   Call 660-679-4167 to register. Sheriff’s Annex, 11 W Dakota on the square, Butler

March 5 at 6:00 p.m.  Call 417-646-2419 to register. First Baptist Church, 505 Walnut, Osceola

March 18 at 9:00 a.m.   Call 417-448-2560 to register. Home Ec Bldg., Vernon Co. Fairgrounds, 1488 E Ashland, Nevada

March 19 at 6:00 p.m.  Call 816-380-8461 to register. Cass Co. Extension Center, 201 W Wall, Harrisonville

March 26 at 6:00 p.m.   Call 417-276-3313 to register. Cedar Co. Library, 717 East Street, Stockton

Sometimes you end up with pasture land that has been abused and neglected.  Maybe you’ve rented it, bought it or inherited it.  Now where do you start?  First, take a walk across the pasture to assess what you have.  While you’re at it, take a soil test, because there’s a good chance that it is low in several things.  Take a close look at what is growing out there.  You may think that there is no good grass out there but a close, hands-and-knees look may show you that there are actually tiny, stunted fescue plants there.  The pH and/or fertility may be so low that they just aren’t growing.  Maybe there aren’t any desirable forages out there and you do need to think about drilling in some grass.  Overseeding with legumes helps improve the forage quality and reduces fescue endophyte problems.  If the pH and fertility are low, lespedeza would be preferred to clovers till you can get things corrected. While you’re walking, look at the weed situation.  Broomsedge, also called poverty grass, is an opportunist.  You can recognize it by the one to two-foot tall orangey-tan seed stalks.  In the early spring you might find a short grass with soft, very fuzzy leaves.  This is downy brome, another low quality grass.  You can recognize it in early summer by its foot-tall seed stalks with fluffy seed heads.  If the good forages are absent or stunted, these weeds will come in.  Improving pH and fertility and planting desirable forages, if needed, will get rid of them over time as they outcompete them.  Annual weeds such as ragweed, pigweed and croton are easily killed if sprayed with 2,4-D when they are small but the best approach is to thicken the forage stand so they don’t germinate. Many biennials, such as the thistles, are easily killed if sprayed while they are in the rosette stage. Perennial weeds such as horse nettle may be more difficult as are the woody or brushy weeds like blackberries, sericea lespedeza and multiflora rose.  Blackberries and sericea lespedeza will require several treatments over a number of years.  Sprays for all these broadleaf weeds will also control desirable legumes.  So overseeding with legumes may have to wait until the weeds are under control.  It may be possible to spot spray areas with bad weed problems or work on part of the field at a time.  That way you don’t take out all the legumes at one time. So work on pH and fertility; add forages, if needed, and control the weeds, if needed.  Good pH and fertility will stimulate a healthy, thick stand of grass and legumes and that will go a long way toward eliminating or weakening weeds.

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.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for February 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Feb 6 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Feb. 7 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni,  Feb 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,   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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