Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Appleton City Local News

 December 6, 2023


On Friday night, December 8, the Appleton City FBLA will host the final Pink Night of the year at the Home Basketball Game against Montrose.  They have been fortunate to receive such wonderful community support this year and appreciate everyone that has supported us in this endeavor.  All proceeds this year have gone to Jeanette Hill, who has been a huge member of the school and community over the years and they look forward to your continued support Friday night.  FBLA thanks all of you that have supported them in giving back to her as she fights cancer.  She has given the school and community so much and now is the time for us to support her as she continues this journey.  FBLA will have games, a 50/50 drawing, t-shirt sales, and the students have chosen this as their community service project to take to the state FBLA contest.  They look forward to seeing you Friday night to increase their gifts to such a beloved community member and retired teacher of the Appleton City School District.


Sunday, December 10, Trinity United Methodist Church will sponsor a Dinner Theater/Vesper Service with Communion at the Manger with the animals at the Rustic Duck Restaurant. The play, “The Christmas Story, Upon Grandma’s Feather Bed!”, will feature area ministers and the community choir. Dinner tickets are $20 and $10 (10 years & under). Tickets available at Rustic Duck Restaurant and Trinity UMC 660-492-7591. Dinner will be served at 5:00. Doors open at 4:30. (Play only at 6:30: Donation, doors open at 6:00).  Balcony seating with (Handicap seating available). A limited amount of dinner tickets will be sold. Proceeds will go toward the AC Ministerial Alliance and Backpack Program


The AC/Montrose band is doing a pancake breakfast/open mic 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. December 9 in the AC elementary gym. They are trying to raise money to go to St. Louis. There is a contest at Six Flags they are going to perform at but they need money for hotel rooms, food, etc. If you would like to perform at the open mic or help with the pancake breakfast, please contact Dr. Yancey at [email protected]


The monthly Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God will be 7:00 a.m. on Saturday December 9.  All the men of the community are invited to join them for a time of great food and fellowship.  Jonathon Smalley will have a short devotional. 


Santa Claus will be returning to Rockville United Methodist Church Saturday, December 9 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Come visit Santa, get your picture taken, and hear some stories about the true meaning of Christmas. Each family will receive a small gift. There will also be some ornament crafts for the kids to make while they are waiting. Milk and cookies will be provided.


The “Spirit of Christmas” annual celebration at St. Ludger Church, Germantown, Missouri will be held 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9.  St. Ludger Church is listed on the National Historic Register and this is a wonderful opportunity to view this historic building, beautifully decorated for Christmas.  A variety of local soloists and musicians will perform.  There will be a Christmas gift basket raffle and refreshments available.  Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.  All monies go to the St. Ludger Fund for Historic Preservation.


The Knights of Columbus will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose on Sunday, December 10 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


Hudson R-IX Christmas Program, “The Littlest Christmas Tree”, presented by K-8th, along with a preschool performance as well, will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 13 in the gym. All are welcome.


The ACHS FCCLA will sponsor a blood drive 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 18 in the Elementary Gym.  Appointments are preferred.  Book your appointment at  Enter Group Code: KCZ6.  For more details, contact Dallas Gutshall at 660-476-2161 or [email protected]. All presenting donors will take home a free Chiefs T-shirt.


Our community is ringing the bell at Food Fair on Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas. This year, total collection will go to AC Area Ministerial Alliance and the Backpack Program.  These programs are for the community funded by our/your community. Thank you for your continued support.


MU Extension in St. Clair County is offering a Beginning Beekeeping Workshop on Tuesday, December 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 555 Walnut Street in Osceola. If you are considering trying your hand at beekeeping, this class is for you. Before you invest in bees and equipment, knowledge is essential. Join MU Agronomist, Terry Halleran, as he provides important information focusing on getting started in the world of honeybees. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Call the St. Clair County Extension office at 417-646-2419 to register.



Dec 7        Senior Citizen’s Dinner noon in the Appleton City School Elementary Gym

Dec 8        Pink Night at the ACHS Basketball games against Montrose

Dec 9        The AC/Montrose band pancake breakfast/open mic 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the AC elementary gym

Dec 9        Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at the Appleton City Church of God 7:00 a.m.

Dec 9        Santa Claus at Rockville United Methodist Church from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Dec 9        The “Spirit of Christmas” annual celebration at St. Ludger Church, Germantown, Missouri 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Dec 10      Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Knight’s Hall in Montrose

Dec 10      Dinner Theater/Vesper Service with Communion at the Manger with the animals at the Rustic Duck Restaurant. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Dec 13      Hudson R-IX Christmas Program at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym

Dec 18      ACHS FCCLA sponsored blood drive 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary Gym






If you are looking for a novel gift for someone the Appleton City area, AC Chamber Bucks might be worth checking out.  The Bucks are issued in $10, $15 and $25 denominations and can be used like cash at most Appleton City business establishments.  Using the Bucks increases local business and “keeps the money in town”.  To purchase the Bucks, or for more information, contact Janet at St. Clair Co. Bank in Appleton City.


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for December 2023. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Dec 5 – Rheumatology-Dr. John,  Dec 6– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis , Dec 7– OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, Dec 13– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis,  Dec 20 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Dec 21– Podiatry- Dr. Pace,  Dec 27 - Ortho-Dr. Gray   


In compliance with Rs.MO 115.127.5, notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Community Memorial Hospital District dba Ellett Memorial Hospital that pursuant to an order duly made by the Board of Directors of Community Memorial Hospital District, the annual Municipal Election will be held April 2, 2024 for the purpose of electing one director to serve a term of 6 years. All candidates for the office of said director must file their declaration of candidacy at Ellett Memorial Hospital during the hours of 8:00 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning December 5, 2023 and closing December 26, 2023. 


The Appleton City R-II School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the school board to file to be a candidate in the April 2, 2024, election. Interested persons may file at the Superintendent's offices located at 408 W. 4th Street, Appleton City, MO. 64724. For more information contact Sarah Miller at 660-476-2161. Filing will begin on December 5, 2023, 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. Except for the first and last day of filing, filing will not occur on days that the school district's central offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will also not occur on the following holidays and breaks when the school district's central offices are closed: December 21, 2023 - December 25, 2023 for Christmas Break. Filing will resume on December 26, 2023, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. There are two positions available with three-year terms.


Nominations are being accepted for the January 14-20 public election of St. Clair County’s University of Missouri Extension Council. Candidate recommendations may be made by contacting the county extension center, (417) 646-2419. Nominees will then be contacted to secure their permission before being placed on the ballot. Nominations for the 5 open positions must be made prior to December 20, 2023. 2 Candidates are needed from the North District (Appleton, Monegaw, Chalk Level, Butler, Jackson, Center Osage and Taber Townships). 3Candidates are needed from the South District (Osceola, Polk, Dallas, Doyal, Roscoe, Speedwell, Washington and Collins Townships). St. Clair County’s council election will be held at the same time as all other counties in Missouri, the third week of January (specifically Jan. 14-20, 2024). The election is being held in accordance with state law (Chapter 262.550-262.620 R.S. Mo. 1969).


Bull breeding soundness exams (BSE) are important to make sure bulls are ready for the upcoming breeding season.  These exams determine if bulls are physically and reproductively sound to breed cows during the breeding season.  Using bulls that are unsatisfactory in reproductive and physical soundness can lead to poor conception, pregnancy, calving and weaning rates which results in poor cattle operation productivity and profitability. The BSE is a good time to deworm and vaccinate bulls to make sure they are not bringing anything into the herd that will cause health or performance problems. Therefore, veterinarians work with ZOETIS to provide vaccinations and parasite control at a reduced rate during these BSE Days.  Also, this is a good opportunity to provide education to cattle producers and collect data to use for educational purposes.   Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist, along with MU Extension, was able to partner with four SW MO veterinary clinics to educate 40 farms and collect data on 164 bulls during October bull BSE days. One reason for the BSE is to determine if the bull is reproductively sound for the upcoming breeding season.  Soundness is determined by palpation of the reproductive tract and evaluation of semen quality.  Of the 164 bull records collected, 5 bulls were failed or deferred because of the semen quality issue such as abnormal sperm morphology or not giving a semen sample. One young bull had abnormal sperm morphology and the veterinarian chose to defer the bull and have him retested in 60 days due to his age to see if his semen is acceptable.  However, in this bull's case, if he has unacceptable semen at retest, he should be culled. Another reason for the BSE is to determine if the physical structure of the bull is sound to breed cows during the breeding season.  Foot scoring was evaluated on the bulls by looking at the claw set which evaluates the hoof and the foot angle which evaluates the pastern and heal.  These are evaluated separately on a 1 to 9 scale with the ideal range for both measurements being 3 to 7.  For the bulls evaluated during the bull BSE Days, 3 bulls had a foot angle and claw set score greater than 7.  The veterinarians passed two of these bulls and failed one of them. The bull that failed had a hoof injury and the veterinarian trimmed the hoof, treated the injury and blocked one of the claws on the hoof to help it heal.  Even though the veterinarian felt the other two bulls were sound enough to breed cows. Cattle producers need to watch bulls with poor foot scores closely for lameness issues.  If lameness appears in these bulls they should be evaluated immediately by the veterinarian to determine if the bull can be treated to an acceptable outcome or if he needs to be replaced. Bulls with untreated lameness issues will negatively affect the bull’s ability to breed cows, as well as operation productivity, and profitability. Body condition score (BCS) is a measure of the animal's energy status.  Optimum energy status is important as bulls enter the breeding season to make sure they have the energy to breed cows during the breeding season.  The ideal BCS for bulls as they enter the breeding season is a 6, which is a smooth appearance of condition throughout the body.  Sixteen of the 164 bulls evaluated had a body condition score of 4, which is considered thin.  Of these 16 bulls, 3 bulls failed the BSE due to bad semen morphology or hoof injury.  Cattle producers should evaluate bull BCS at BSE time and adjust nutrition, so bulls reach that optimum BCS of 6 prior to the breeding season. Six of 164 bulls failed the BSE and are not acceptable bulls for the upcoming breeding season.  This is 3.7% which is below the typical range of 10 to 20%.  Since the beginning of this program in 2005 approximately 5,591 bulls have been tested and the extremes for fail/deferral rate were from 17% to 3.2%.  The important part of this program is that the owners of 5 of these bulls know that their bulls are subfertile and these bulls either need to be retested later under veterinary recommendation or culled and replaced with bulls that have passed a BSE.  As for the owner of the injured bull, if the bull recovers from his injury and passes a BSE, he would be acceptable to breed cows.  Furthermore, these events help cattle producers make decisions that promote operation productivity and profitability.  For more information on any information discussed in this article contact Davis at (417) 276-3313 or by email at [email protected] or your local MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.

The December edition of the MU Extension SW MO Cattle Call Newsletter is available.  This newsletter is put out by MU Extension Ag Specialist to let cattle producers know about upcoming meetings that provide education on management strategies to help make their cattle operations successful.  Furthermore, this newsletter provides educational articles to cattle producers to help make there farming operations successful.  Here is the link if you want to sign up to receive the newsletter electronically:

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