Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Little Apple News

 February 14, 2024


The Parents & Friends of the Appleton City FFA would like to invite you to their Annual Labor Auction on February 18 in the high school gym.  The evening will begin with a buyer’s dinner at 5:00 p.m. served by Kickin' Chicken. Auction buyers eat for free but carryout dinners will be available for $15 per plate. The live Labor Auction starts at 6:00 p.m.  As part of this event, they will also have a Henry Lever Action 22 Rifle for raffle and a silent auction from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. which will be setup along the south wall of the high school gym.


Ash Wednesday Service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 14. The sanctuary will be open 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. to receive communion and imposition of ashes with prayer services: 9:00 - 9:15 and 12:30 - 12:45. You are welcome to come anytime during the day.  Elevator (East Entrance) will be available 12:00 - 2:00 and for evening service. Area Ministerial Alliance welcomes everyone!


Ash Wednesday services will be held 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose.


For your Valentine's Day shopping and dining pleasure, please join Main Street merchants on February 14 for the Second Wednesdays Meet Me On Main Shop and Stroll from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Jina's Junque, Rural Roots, 3 Wishes, and the AC Library with vendors, Fika, Half Baked Take & Bakery, Bluebird Lounge, and Cork & Keg look forward to seeing you!


Immaculate Conception Church Lenten Fish Fry Dinners will be served February 16, March 1 and March 15 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s School Hall, Montrose. They plan to serve dine-in and carry out. The menu is fried fish, Suzy Q’s, cole saw, corn bread, cookies and a drink. Adults eat for $12, children under 10 for $6. They are serving the best fish around!


Hudson R-IX will be hosting Sports in Kansas, LLC for an informative assembly regarding children and social media entitled “Think Before You Post” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 22. This assembly is intended for 4th – 8th grade students.  However, any parent could benefit from this information.  The public is welcome.  The assembly will be held in the multi-purpose building in the back of the school.


There will be an informational meeting 6:00 p.m. February 19 at the Montrose Community Building concerning the pros and cons of solar farms in the area. All interested parties are invited to attend.


Rockville Lions Club pancakes and sausage breakfast will be 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Rockville City Hall. A free will donation will be accepted. They are also having a 50/50 cash raffle.


The AC School District is excited to host a Teacher Recruitment Night 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. February 29, 2024 at the Appleton City High School, 408 W. 4th St, Appleton City, MO 64724.  Right now, 11 schools are planning to attend to meet and network with individuals interested in becoming teachers or working in a school setting. If you have ever thought of working in education or are currently seeking a position in education, please make plans to attend. Dinner will be served by thee AC BBQ Team, so RSVP if you'd like dinner. Come visit with area schools, drop off resumes, or just gain information.  More schools are being added so they are hoping for a good turnout of candidates.


With the upcoming 100 year celebration of the Appleton City Fire Department Doug Snodgrass is attempting to put together a list of Fire Chiefs over the 100 year span. The names and approximate years of the Chief status would be appreciated.


The 2024 Prom is April 13.  In previous years, the AC Junior Class parents have provided an alcohol-free and drug-free all night celebration and fellowship for the junior and senior class students and their guests.  This special celebration sends a clear message to every student that we care about their safety and future.  They are asking for your sponsorship to continue this FREE after prom celebration. They not only are asking for cash donations but also sponsorships, items for prizes, etc. Your donation is tax deductible and will be recognized as such. If you would like to donate to the Prom All Nighter please leave your donation in the High School office, mail to Appleton City After-Prom Celebration, 408 W. 4th St. Appleton City, MO 64724 or arrange to be picked up at your location.  They ask that all donations are made by Wednesday, March 1, 2024.  This has been an extremely successful safe project for the ACHS prom goers.  On behalf of the students, parents, and staff of ACHS, thank you for supporting this safe, drug and alcohol free alternative. For any questions, please contact Misty Long via email at [email protected]..


Grace Christian Academy will have their 4th annual hog roast dinner with silent and live auctions fundraiser Saturday, March 9 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Lowry City Civic Center, 4th & Cleveland in Lowry City.  The hog roast dinner for $10 includes meat, sides, dessert and drink. Children 4-12 years eat for $6, 3 and under are free.  Carry out is available.  Silent auction from 4:00 – 6:30 and live auction starts at 7:00 p.m.



Feb 14     Valentine’s Day

Feb 14     Ash Wednesday

Feb 14     Meet Me On Main Street Shop and Stroll 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Feb 16     Immaculate Conception Church Lenten Fish Fry Dinner 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s School Hall, Montrose

Feb 18     Parents & Friends of the Appleton City FFA Annual Labor Auction 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Feb 19     Presidents Day Holiday - Banks, government offices and schools closed

Feb 22     Assembly at Hudson School 6:30 p.m.







The Appleton City High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation, Inc. will be awarding seven $3,000 scholarships to the graduating seniors in May, 2024.  Students may be attending any type of post-secondary training.  The applicants' names are eliminated from the forms before being mailed to the out-of-town alumni judges.  Seniors may pick up their forms from the school counselor.  The deadline for application is March 6 at 9:00 a.m.  All ACHS seniors are encouraged to participate.  These awards are made possible by contributors interested in the youth of the Appleton City area.


The City of Appleton City is placing a Use Tax for online purchases on the ballot.  This tax is based on online out of state purchases.  The tax you already pay for the online purchases goes to the State of Missouri.  With a Use Tax in place, the State is then directed to return what is the current city sales tax to Appleton City. The Use Tax will not increase the sales tax, affect businesses and it is not a loan or a bond. It is the money that citizens already pay, that can be utilized by Appleton City for the community.  There will be several town hall informational meetings to further explain the Use Tax and answer any questions.  All meetings are held at the Park Building at 6:00 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to attend at least one meeting.  The meetings will be held: March 5 and March 19.  The City Council will meet after the March 19 meeting.


The private pesticide applicator license issued by the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture is required for producers wanting to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides. Application by unlicensed workers under the supervision of licensed applicators will no longer be allowed beginning in 2025. Agricultural producers needing to obtain or renew certification of this license must take this pesticide safety training every five years. You must be 18 years of age and directly involved in the production of agricultural commodities to obtain this license. The training class will be held in Osceola on February 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 555 Walnut Street. There is no cost to attend the class, but registration is required. Register online at or by calling the St. Clair County Extension Center at 417-646-2419.  This will meet EPA and MO Dept. of Ag requirements.  This class does not include the annual training required to apply synthetic auxin herbicides (i.e. dicamba) given by the registrants. See for more information. This training also does not include the supplemental training required to apply paraquat dichloride. For more information see


The University of Missouri Extension, St. Clair County will hold American Lamb Consumer and Producer Workshop to connect local sheep producers with potential consumers, thereby increasing lamb meat demand. According to a recent survey, only half of the U.S. population has tried eating lamb. Ironically, many sheep producers have never tried the mouthwatering savory lamb they raise. The focus and intent of this workshop is to bridge the gap between producers that are looking for ways to boost their production and adventurous consumers seeking to diversify their home cooking cuisine. This combination will increase local sheep production and more profit margin for the producers. The topics and speakers are: Sheep Farming Profitability - Linda Coffey (Livestock Specialist, NCAT), Sheep Market Outlook - Jennifer Lutes (Ag. Specialist, MU), Why You Should Eat Lamb - David Brown (Livestock Specialist, MU) and Lamb-Cut Demo - MU Value Added Meat Team. A special guest will be Chef Lou Rice, Author of “Ozarks Cooking, the Best of Chef Lou & a Little More” with 35 Years Professional culinary & Hospitality. Registration is at The cost is $10 |Adult $5 |Student, which includes a lamb burger dinner and free lamb recipe books. Registration is limited to 40. The workshop will be 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 29 at the First Baptist Church, 555 Walnut St, Osceola, MO 64776. For more information, contact St. Clair County MU Extension at 417-646-2419 or David Brown at [email protected] American Lamb Meat Purchased with Grants Provided by Missouri Sheep Merchandising Council.


The ACHS Alumni Meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2024, with a noon meal/meeting. Reservations to ACHS Alumni Meeting are $15/person and should be mailed to Patti Purvis Young, 101 E. 3rd St., ACMO 64724.  The reservation deadline is May 11.


It is once again time for any non-profits to determine if they could use a quilt to help with their fund raising needs.  All you have to do is write an essay and send it in.  Best essay wins.  Your essay should tell who your non-profit is, what it does and how you would use the quit to raise money for the non-profit.  Be sure to include your mailing address and phone number. Send the essay to Elva Gwinn Huffman Essay Contest c/o DbarJ Quilts etc, PO Box 48, Rockville MO 64780. This year, they will accept email submissions at [email protected]. All essays need to arrive before March 31, 2024 as they will be read April 2. Any question may be asked at 660-679-1809.


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.


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for February. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Feb 14– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 15– Podiatry- Dr. Pace, Feb 21 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Feb 28 - Ortho-Dr. Gray,  Feb 28 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni.


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