Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The Little Apple


Trinity United Methodist Church Christmas services are: Christmas Eve day will stay as a normal Sunday. Christmas Eve services at Trinity UMC 4:30 p.m. and Rockville UMC at 7:30: p.m. Everyone is welcome.


Christmas Masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose are Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m. and Christmas Day at 8:00 a.m.


A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 


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.


Appleton City Manor announces Florene French will be 100 years old on December 31. You are invited to send her birthday greetings to 600 North Ohio Street, Room 217, Appleton City, Mo 64724.


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.


The 40th SW MO Spring Forage Conference will be held Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri. Keynote presenter Jim Gerrish, independent grazing lands consultant, will address the conference on “Why we can’t continue business as usual”. For further education, conference participants can attend several breakout sessions, with topics such as: pasture recovery following drought, benefits of annual forages, native warm season grass establishment & management, enterprise options for $5000/acre pasture, extending the grazing season, managing nitrates in your forage system, understanding beef quality & yield, geo fencing, benefits & economics of liming, black vultures, and stretching your forage through efficient hay feeding. This conference also provides educational sessions specific to sheep and goat producers.  These session topics include myths around parasite control, breed selection or crossbreeding, and a multi-species grazing Q&A that includes a key small ruminant industry producer as well as being moderated by an MU Extension Specialist.  There will also be a producer panel discussing guard animals that includes local sheep and goat producers. A trade show is held in conjunction with the conference.  Agricultural businesses and organizations will have exhibits and representatives available to discuss their products and services. If interested in becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, contact Jody Wade at the Webster County MO SWCD office at (417) 468-4176 ext. 3 or by email at [email protected]. Conference check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., with sessions running from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A banquet luncheon is included with the registration. The cost is $55 per person.  To attend, register by February 9 online at  No walk-in registration allowed.  For additional questions, contact Jody Wade at the Webster County MO SWCD office at (417) 468-4176 ext. 3 or by email at [email protected].


It is important to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization.  Extension services from universities of Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, and Arkansas are providing a joint conference titled the KOMA Beef Cattle Conference.  This year’s Missouri portion of the conference will be held on February 12, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the MU Southwest Research Extension and Education Center, 14548 State Rd H, Mount Vernon, MO 65712.  This year’s conference will update the public on recent research from the 4 universities in cattle feeding, supplementation, reproduction, and grazing management.  These presentations will be given by university agricultural graduate students and professors.  In addition, there will be a keynote presentation given by James Mitchell who is an extension livestock economist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. A catered lunch will be provided by MERCK Animal Health.  In addition, snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the day. Agriculture businesses that support the event will also have booths set up.  Attendees can visit the booths and learn how their products can help improve their beef cattle operation. To attend the event, register and pay a $20 per person fee prior to February 8.  No refunds for cancellations after the registration deadline.  No walk-in registrations allowed.  Register online at For questions related to registration or the conference contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313, ext. 4, or by email at [email protected].


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for December and January. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Dec 21– Podiatry- Dr. Pace,  Dec 27 - Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 3– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Jan 4– OB/GYN, Dr. Kallberg, Jan 9 – Rheumatology-Dr. John,  Jan 10– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis,  Jan 12 - Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 17 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Jan 18– Podiatry- Dr. Pace,  Jan 23 – Rheumatology-Dr. John, Jan 24 - Ortho-Dr. Gray, Jan 24 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni.  


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Dec 21-Jan 2    No classes at AC Schools

Dec 25     Christmas Day

Dec 31     County and City taxes due

Country Stampede Music Festival