Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Little Apple

 April 17, 2024


Ellett Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a book fair on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 in the Out Patient Hallway from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Book Fair Mike will have a variety of books, gifts and gadgets for all ages.  Everyone is welcome to come shop!  Call 660-476-5216 with any questions.


The AC Spring City Wide Garage Sale dates are set for April 26 - 27. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at City Hall beginning Monday April 8 through Tuesday April 23. Permits to set up in the AC Park are $25 for the pole shelter, $15 for the stage, $10 for lawn permits and these fees cover both days. Park permits can also be purchased at City Hall on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved by phone. Maps will be available at Food Fair, Casey's, Fika and Powell's True Value beginning Thursday afternoon, April 25. House of Joy Ministries is scheduled to be at the City Park, Saturday from 3:00-5:00 to pick up donations, but may leave earlier if full. For questions, please call Dianne Foster at 660-679-1125.


Come meet some of the local Democratic candidates running for office in November, 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Lakeland Scout Center in Lowry City. Come meet Crystal Quade, candidate for governor; Richard Brown, lt. governor candidate; Elad Gross, for attorney general; Jeanette Cass and Mike McCaffree, each running for Congressional District 4; December Harmon, candidate for senate; and Kirsten Hockaday, representative candidate for District 126. There will also be a pulled pork dinner, silent auction, dessert auction and more!  Admission is $20 at the door.


Hudson R-IX Elementary will hold their annual kindergarten screening the morning of Monday, May 20.  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.


AC PTO presents a “Little Ladies Dance” 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. May 11 in the Elementary Gym.  Preschool to 6th grade girls are invited to bring their best dancing partner to join them for an evening of dancing.  The price of the dance is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional guest per family.


You are asked to please help the Appleton City FCCLA fund their trip to the National Leadership Conference in Seattle, WA this summer by signing up for their paint party 6:00-8:30 p.m. April 29 in the ACHS Commons Area.  It is co-hosted with Mrs. Shelly Bales with Blended Spirits Paint Parties. They look forward to a night of family fun and creativity with you. Sign up today at


Phil and Pam Morgan, Gospel music recording artists, will be performing at River of Life Fellowship in Rockville, MO, 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28 as part of their on-going “AMEN” Ministry Tour.  The multimedia presentation combines close family harmony with accomplished instrumentals for a fun, motivational experience. A love offering will also be taken to bless the Morgan’s ministry efforts.  For more information, please contact James Damon ([email protected]), at River of Life Fellowship.  Check out the Morgans online at:


MU Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the MO Forage and Grasslands Council are cooperating to provide a Management Intensive Grazing School on May 7-9 at the Forest Park Building, 206 East 5th Street, Appleton City, MO 64724.  Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at approximately 4:30 p.m. daily. This program is required to receive MO SWCD cost share funding and may help in receiving NRCS cost share funding for grazing system development. Registration and payment are required to attend this event by May 2.  Register online at  Cost to attend the event is $200 per person and $100 per additional person from the same farm not needing materials. Fee includes materials, lunches, and refreshments during the event. For all questions related to the event contact the St. Clair County MU Extension Center at (417) 646-2419 or Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist by email at [email protected].


Grazing multiple species of livestock (cattle, sheep, or goats) on the same area could be more profitable and sustainable. Diversifying your operation with multispecies grazing has potential to increase your cashflow and better pasture utilization. Join the University of Missouri Extension experts and as they discuss the importance of multispecies grazing. Topics and speakers include: Benefits of Multispecies Grazing - David Brown (MU Small Ruminant Specialist), Native Grasses in Livestock Production - Travis Harper (MU Field Specialist in Agronomy), Fencing Options for Multispecies Grazing - Andrew Kientzy (MU Research Analyst), Pasture Management for Sheep & Goats - David Hoffman (MU Livestock Field Specialist) and

Multispecies Grazing Success Story - Robert Salmon (Producer, Bobs Farm). The event will be 12noon - 4pm Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at the Rotary Club Building of Clinton, 200 W Franklin St, Clinton, MO 64735. Event sponsors: MU Extension, Hawthorn Bank Clinton, Farmers Elevator & Supply Co. Clinton, Henry County Soil & Water Conservation District, Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Cattlemen's Association. Register at by Friday, April 26 2024. Refreshments will be provided. For registration questions or ADA accommodations, contact Henry County MU Extension Center at 660-885-5556 or David Brown: [email protected]


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for April and May, 2024. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Apr 18– Podiatry- Dr. Pace, Apr 23 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Apr 24 - Ortho-Dr. Gray, Apr 24 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni,  May 1– Upper GI, Colonoscopy -Dr. Vardakis,  May 2– OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, May 8– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, May 10- Ortho-Dr. Gray, May 14 – Rheumatology-Dr. John,  May 15– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, May 16– Podiatry- Dr. Pace,  May 22- Ortho-Dr. Gray                                       



Apr 18     MU Extension office in St. Clair County Barn Quilt class from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the library in Osceola,

Apr 23     Ellett Memorial Hospital Auxiliary book fair in the Out Patient Hallway from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Apr 26-27     AC Spring City Wide Garage Sale

Papinville Yearly Meeting Held

                                             Papiville Yearly Meeting Held

     April 11, 2024 regular yearly bussiness meeting of the Papinville Historical and Cementery Association was held at the Meseum. Nineteen were present and yearly membership dues were paid by those present.  After regular bussiness was reported and approved the group went over the by-laws for the organization.  These had not been up-dated since 2001.  After several changes the membership approved the revised by-laws. 

There was election of officers and Trustees by ballott.  Those elected were as follows:   President--Trent Nelson, Vice-President--Rock Marquardt, Secretary Carey Klinksick, Treasurer--Ariel Tiller,Trustees--John Coffman, Bob Swarnes, John Stewart and Forrest Tiller. Appointed -positions are Gail Tiller--activity director and Beverly Sullins--correspondent secretary. Thanks to all out going officers and best of luck to those in coming officers.  

Our expansion project was discussed in great length.  It was voted to move slowly forward with this.  We have a seperate account set up for this and will be added to. The first event to bennifit the expansion will be a 5 K Run/Walk to be held on Saturday, June 8th. Sign-up forms will be available at Citizens Banks in Rich Hill and Butler and on Papinville Historical facebook page after April 24th.  Will keep everyone up-dated as plans progress. Need more information call Gail at 660-200-5620.

     We are looking forward to a great 2024 for the Association.  

                                                                                         Beverly Sullins, corres. sect.   

Scam Alert from the Bates County Sheriff's Office

 The Sheriff's Office has been made aware of a scam in our area. The caller is portraying themselves to be a Deputy or Sergeant with the Bates County Sheriff's Office. This is a reminder that no one from the Sheriff's Office will call you and ask you for money or advise you of a warrant by phone. We will never ask for prepaid cards of any kind to take care of fines or warrants. We will not ask you to scan a code and pay us for any kind of testing or fines. If you receive a call from someone who identifies themselves as law enforcement but you are not sure they are legitimately law enforcement, please hang up and call the Sheriff's Office yourself at (660) 679-3232 to verify it was truly a Deputy trying to reach you. Please make your loved ones aware of these types of scams, especially older people or those without social media.

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Ron “Big Ronnie” McKellips, age 85 of Amsterdam, Missouri passed away Sunday, April 14, 2024 at home surrounded by family.  A visitation will be held Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at Amsterdam Baptist Church, Amsterdam, Missouri.  Memorial services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday following the visitation, also at the Amsterdam Baptist Church. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Ronald Marion McKellips I, was born on November 17, 1938 in David City, Nebraska the son of Troy McKellips and Leona Byrom McKellips.

He was a horse trader and livestock dealer for many years, and he loved the sound of an auctioneer. He drove a semitruck for many years as well, and hauled everything from cars to livestock. Ronnie was a cowboy to the heart. He rode bareback horses and bulls, and dogged steers. Even as a teenager he would perform in Wild West shows. Big Ronnie loved his family and friends, and was always the life of the party.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents Troy and Leona (Byrom) McKellips, an infant son Troy Mckellips, his wife of 25 years Evelyn McKellips, three brothers Vernon McKellips, Delbert McKellips, Bob McKellips, and one sister Freda (McKellips) Mitchell.

Survivors include son Ron (Little Ronnie) McKellips and wife Kelly, daughter LeaAnna (McKellips) Foster and husband Jack, son Rick McKellips and wife Sharon, daughter Sharron Tarwater, numerous grandkids and great grandkids, five brothers Buzz, Jerry, Macky, Dick, and David McKellips, four sisters Juanita (McKellips) Campbell, June (McKellips) Blevins, Judy (McKellips) Crawford, and Doris (McKellips) Warner, as well as his companion of 28 years Judy Johnston McKellips.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Comer Love Fund Update

 A love fund for the Bobby, Becki, and Chris Comer Family has been set up at Adrian Bank in Adrian and Butler. The community is trying to reach the goal of $5000.00 to assist the Comer family with refurbishing their apartment where the family resides in Adrian. It will take the help of the village, to raise the funds to replace most furniture, appliances, and basic necessities, and volunteers make this dream come true for the family. The Comers will be supervised as the Adrian United Methodist Church assists them with purchases from your donations. If you or your business, church, or organization feels led to help meet this dream, we thank you in advance. Donations in any amount may be left at the Adrian Bank in Adrian or Butler.

Adrian Optimist Monday Night Bingo April 22nd

 Don’t miss an evening of entertainment at the Adrian Optimist Club Monday Night Bingo.   The doors open at 5 pm with dinner and concessions available in the kitchen.  Feel the anticipation in the air as bingo begins at 7 with jackpots for Hotball, Blackout, and King of Diamonds.


Here’s this weeks jackpots for Monday night, April 22nd.


Hotball: $1,550

Blackout: $1,650

King of Diamonds is at $10,084 with the winner taking $5,042.


Grab some friends and head to Adrian for Monday Night Bingo at the Adrian Optimist Club.


Butler: City Wide Clean Up



Butler, Missouri


WEEK OF APRIL 29th – MAY 3rd



The City of Butler, in cooperation with Countywide Disposal, will be conducting this citywide clean up for residential properties.


COUNTYWIDE DISPOSAL will pick up old furniture, appliances, paint, batteries, and miscellaneous junk.  Your clean-up items or trash should be separated from your regular weekly trash but should still be at the curbside.  This service is for residential properties only and there is a one pickup load limit per household.  They will NOT pick up tires or construction/building materials such as lumber, plywood or shingles. Paint products should be dry or empty containers only. No aerosol or spray paint containers unless they are empty. Households with larger amounts must make special arrangements with Countywide Disposal by calling 660-679-0717.


THE CITY OF BUTLER will pick up your normal yard waste of brush and limbs no larger than 6” in diameter. These must be placed at the curb and separate from the trash pickup for Countywide Disposal.  Leaves must be bagged in City of Butler leaf bags in order to be collected.  There is also a one pickup load limit of brush items per household. 


PLEASE have your trash or brush ready at curbside before Monday, April 29th at 6:00 am.  They will not make return trips after they have completed a street.  This is a free service provided by the City in the spring and fall of each year.  Residents are reminded not to place trash or brush at the curb more than one week in advance or you will be subject to code enforcement action.  Items not picked up must be removed from the curb immediately.

Butler City Wide Garage Sale May 4th

 Butler City Wide Garage Sale forms are available at 92.1 Radio Station and Mid America Live. This form gets you a permit for the garage sale and your address on the City Wide Map . The map will be available in the Shopper and on the Chamber Facebook page. Deadline April 26th. Pick up forms and drop of at the Chamber Office or in the overnight drop box outside the building. 10 dollars per garage sale and 5 dollars per Junk in the Trunk on the square. Butler Chamber is located at 112 West Dakota Street across from Mattress Plus. City Wide Garage Sale Saturday, May 4th in Butler.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Press Release from Bates County Sheriff, Chad Anderson

 Last week, the Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a Facebook post in regards to foot traffic along the railroad tracks north of Amsterdam Missouri. The report was of two males who appear to be of Hispanic descent. The same report also reported that shortly after they observed the males, a female with two children was observed.

Today we received a call in reference to a Hispanic male sitting on the back porch of a residence on County Road 10002. The male left the area traveling on foot to the northeast into a wooded area. Deputies arrived to the area and began searching the area. Drones were deployed along with deputies on foot.
While making contact with residents in the area, deputies were advised of several other residents who had observed two adult males, one female and one to two children.
The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate the group or individuals to identify them and assess whether the children has needs that need to be met.
The group or individuals have not been deemed dangerous. We are letting the area know of their presence and ask that if you come in contact with them please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232.
The Sheriff’s Office Facebook page is not monitored 24/7 so please do not pass information on to us on social media.

Barco Outdoor Movie Theatre to Open in May

 If you are looking for something to do as a family that will be entertaining

for everyone then we have just the thing, half-price admission tickets to

Barco Drive-In, these are normally $10.00 each but you can get them from FM 92 for only $5.00. Children ages 3 years old to 11 years old will be admitted for $5.00 each.

If your children or grandchildren have never been to an outdoor movie

theater then now is the time to plan a trip. It’s all about watching a movie

from your car or back of the truck or in a lawn chair using the window

speakers, getting something from the concession stand or playing on the

swings as you watch the movie.

Barco Drive-In is just down the road in Lamar and is one of only a few

outdoor movie theaters left in the United States. It’s something that

everyone should experience before they are all gone.

Get your half-price admission tickets from FM 92 and the Bargain Buy

Shopping Show for only $5.00 by calling 660-679-4191 or stop by the

studios at 800 East Nursery Street. These tickets sell fast and will expire on

October 31, 2024 so don’t wait, call us today.

You can see the schedule of movies on the Barco Drive-In Facebook page.

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Barco Outdoor Movie Theatre has fundraiser to help with the cost of a new Screen

 The Community Plaza Rescue Board is exiteded to announce a plan has been finalized for the new screen tower at The Barco Drive -In.

 The new tower will feature a screen that will be 72’ wide by 35’ tall. This is larger than the old 57’ by 34 screen!

 The new screen will better fit the aspect ratios (picture dimensions) of modern films.

The total cost is $160,000 which includes the demolition of the old tower. We have a great start on fundraising with $140,000 raised for the project. This leaves us $20,000 short of our goal.

 Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to preserve this piece of Barton County history. Contact Scott Kelley (417-214-1931) or Pat O’Neal (417- 214-9999) to make arrangements or bring a check payable to Lamar Community Betterment Council Inc. to Lamar Bank & Trust Company. A GoFundme has been setup if you would like to submit a donation that way. Http://


The Little Apple

  April 17, 2024   Ellett Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a book fair on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 in the Out Patient Hallway from 7...