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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Appleton City area news

Please note: Due to precautions concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all events are subject to change.


If you have been in close contact with a person known to have Coronavirus or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of Coronavirus, as well as experiencing fever, cough, or trouble breathing and need medical attention, please call 660-476-5219, TO ALERT STAFF PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL!   Ellett Memorial Hospital recommends washing your hands often!  Wash them often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  IF YOU ARE SICK: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.  If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).  EMH is taking all appropriate and necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our community.  


Appleton City School Board will have their regular board meeting at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the school library instead of the commons. The agenda was reposted at the post office with the following message included in order to be compliant with Missouri sunshine law: Viewable on Facebook Live via the Appleton City HS Facebook page with a link on the Appleton City Elementary Facebook page. Electronic viewing will also be available in selected classrooms in groups of 10 or less, in compliance with COVID-19 meeting guidelines. In person attendance will be limited to the seven board members and the three administrative team members. 


AC Schools and OPAA are making and serving meals for any children in the Appleton City school district 18 and under while AC school is closed.Meals will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the following locations: School Circle DriveRockville Methodist Church, Taberville Fire Department and Ohio Christian Church. The Food Service Request form will need to be completed prior to meal picked up.


Due to recent restrictions due to corona virus, FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo's Pub will offer carry out, curb side pick-up and delivery within city limits 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  They will offer carry out and curb side pick-up 5:00  8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 11:00-2:00 and 5:00-8:00 p.m. on FarmHouse side.  They will resume regular hours and schedule as soon as restrictions allow.  


Immaculate Conception Church, Montrose, will serve a modified Lenten Fish Dinner March 27 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. (or until food runs out). As long as they can get the food needed, they will still have their last dinner on March 27, but in a modified fashion. They will be doing orders to go only. Order, pay, and receive your to go meals in your car, so you can take them home to eat with your families. Meals will contain fish, fries, cole slaw, green beans, corn bread, and a cookie. Condiments will also be included. $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.


In order to comply with the social distancing and gathering restrictions, the AC Easter egg hunt has been cancelled


For the safety of the students and community, the Appleton City FBLA chapter’s chicken dinner fundraiser has been moved to May 3.  All tickets will be honored on the future date.  They wish to still have it because some of the funds raised provide scholarships for the students, so it will be held even if they have to move the date again.


Trinity Lutheran Church has suspended all services and activities through the end of March. The elders and Pastor Smith will meet again the week before Palm Sunday to decide how to proceed from there. Pastor Smith is offering Word and Sacrament ministry to all the members of thecongregation on an individual basis. He has begun posting sermons on thechurch Facebook page. He will offer two a week ... on Wednesdays and Sundays. He also will post short prayer and reading services every day except Friday.


The AC First Baptist Church has suspended services. They will provide a drive thru lunch for any community members from noon-1:00 or while supplies last. Pull up to a designated area and you will receive a to-go lunch and a quick blessing if you would like and then be on your way. 


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Montrose) will be open dailyfor private prayer, even though there will be no public Masses scheduledat this time. Sunday Mass is recorded and is aired at 10:00 a.m. Sundays on Butler Radio StationKMAM 1530 KMOE FM 92.  Fr. Jason will continue to have Eucharistic Adoration 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursdays. Theweekly parish bulletin will be available in church to pick up. St. Mary's School (at this time) will be closed until April 3. Updates will be in bulletinThey are asking for parishioners to mail in their contribution envelopes or drop them at the rectory so expenses, which continue, can still be paid. 


Due to concerns over the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus, Governor Mike Parson has postponed the April Municipal Elections until June 2.



Mar 25     AC School Board meeting 7:15 p.m. 

Mar 27      Fish Fry-Day at St. Mary’s School basement (Montrose) 5:00 -7:30 p.m.







The A.C. City Wide Garage Sales are cancelled at this time due to the corona virus. They hope to be able to reschedule at a later date and will post details when they become known.


Food Fair has announced that if customers cannot shop normally, curbside pickup is available 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Call them at 660-476-2131 and they will gather your groceries and either have them up front or bring them to your car. They still offer deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays in the local area for $3.  Just call the above number. There is a cut off time of 2:00 p.m. to call in your order.  Food Fair would like to thank their customers for their patience and understanding.  You can get more information on their Facebook page: food fair supermarket appleton city


The lobby at all branches of Community First Bank will be by appointment only until April 1st, 2020.  All Drive Thru lanes will remain on their normal schedule until further notice. In addition to Drive-Thru and lobby access by appointment only, Community First Bank also offers Online Banking and ATM access 24/7.  


St. Clair County Bank’s lobby is closed until further notice.  The drive up window is available and open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:00 a.m. – noon on Saturday.


The Appleton City Library will be closed due to COVID-19 until further notice.


In line with the University of Missouri's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Clair County University of Missouri Extension office will transition to remote operations only and will be temporarily closing the office to the public effective March 25, 2020. Their services are still available with some modifications. They ask that you please call or email with your request and they will work with you to fulfill them. You may reach them at the following< Manager Debbie McSperitt,<, County Engagement Specialist Raysha Tate<  


Mark your calendars for the annual PTO Bake Sale which will be held at Food Fair on Saturday, April 11 from 8:00 a.m. until sold out.  Grab yourgoodies for Easter breakfast or dinnerIf you are willing to donate anykind of baked good(s), please plan to have them delivered to Little ApplesDaycare/Sarah Eye between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10 or dropped off at Food Fair by 7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.  This annual fundraiser raises funds that allow elementary students to participate in field trips throughout the school year, as well as fund additional requests from teachers throughout the school year.


The last box top, Best Choice and Food Fair receipt collection will take place on May 8.  Please send in all of your labels and receipts with your student at this time.  Any community members may contribute by dropping off at the elementary office during school hours.  Box tops cannot be expired and Food Fair receipts need to be from January 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all older receipts will not be counted.  Please help the PTO earn money from this through this on-going fundraiser.


In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s sesquicentennial, Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliqu├ęd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends April 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After April 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, June 11.


The Sesquicentennial Committee welcomes ideas and suggestions.  However, the deadline is March 31 to include any items to be considered. They want to begin making people aware of the schedule. While we are homebound it might be a good time to think how everyone will participate in the Sesquicentennial. Volunteers for each event will be needed, entries for artist work, photography, quilts, military, whisker contest, costume contest, float decorating and kids’ decorated vehicles. Contact Linda Lampkin at 660-476-5858 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. or


The topic this week under AC Facts in the AC Journal is about the Ritchie Building, most recently home to Yoss Grocery.


Appleton City School Kindergarten Round—Up Enrollment/Screening Day will tentatively be April 9.  If your child will be 5 before August 1, now is the time to begin thinking about Kindergarten enrollment requirements. The following items are required for enrollment: immunization records, state issued birth certificate, social security card and proof of residence. Call Malia Mount at the school at 660-476-2161 to make an appointment or for more information. 


The ACHS senior class panels have been updated at Farmhouse Restaurant with this year’s special classes of 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1970.  Respectively they are the 70 year class, 65 year class, 60 year class and the 50 year class. The Appleton City Museum is grateful to Eric and Vickie Christie for allowing the class panel for display this year.  The Museum will officially open Friday, May 1 from 11:30-4:30 for the 2020 season.  Every Friday afternoon someone will be at the Museum. 


Appleton City Area Ministerial Alliance will hold Community Services as follows:  Holy Thursday Service April 9, 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church with Pastor Alan Black; Good Friday Service April 19, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church with Pastor Tony Reynolds; and Sunrise Service April 12, 6:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Pastor Ryan Campos.  Everyone is welcome.


DbarJ Quilts Etc is 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. Due date for the essays is March 31. The quilt will be given out on April 2. For more information, 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.

Obituary - Kay Johnson

Kay Johnson, 65, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Monday, March 23, 2019 at the Kansas City Hospice House, Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Robert, by her side.

Cremation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

A complete obituary and service time will be posted when it becomes available.

Vernon County Sheriff’s Office to deliver food to senior citizens

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said his office has been working with Woods Supermarket in Nevada to provide grocery delivery to senior citizens.

Mosher said “while Woods is working to make free deliveries within 5 miles of any store, Deputies will be available to deliver food anywhere in Vernon County from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Monday-Friday. Mosher said his Office has also been delivering student lunch bags provided by the schools to homes and helping pass out food at schools as they request help.

In a press release provided to the Sheriff’s Office, the supermarket said:
Dear Valued Guests,
We are continually searching for ways to assist our Senior Guests, those 60 and over, as we deal with the effects of the corona virus (COVID-19). To that end, we are launching our Senior Express Delivery Hotline effective Wednesday 3/25. We will continue this service until the need for it diminishes.
Details of the program are as follows:
Senior Express Delivery Hotline
• Call 417-204-4790 for delivery.
• Available to Senior Guests age 60 and over
• Call Center will be open 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Delivery time will be between Noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
• 30 items or less
• Free Delivery within 5 miles of all Woods locations
• Limited Deliveries available daily Monday through Friday.
• Deliveries will be made in order received and may roll to following day.

Our Woods Team is proud to offer this service to you as a part of our commitment to the communities we serve.

News from Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber

As we continue to find a new normal in these trying times, I wanted to let you know that the Cass County Sheriff’s Office is committed to Keeping Cass County Safe, and while we have made adjustments where necessary, all divisions of our office are operating as usual. 

We will continue to provide the community the best service possible while enforcing the laws of the state of Missouri, protecting the public and upholding our Oath to the constitution. We live in a great nation, state and county, and we will get through this, emerging stronger from it.

Thank you for supporting the Men and Women of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jeff Weber

4th Confirmed Case of Covid -19 in Linn County Kansas

Press Release - 4th case in Linn County. Link shown in Press Release provided below for convenience:

Obituary - Nina Holt

Nina Jean Holt, 93, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville.

Private family burial will be held in Freeman Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office News Release March 17 through 24, 2020

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made 12 arrests and took multiple reports during the week of March 17 through 24, 2020.

Click on link for more information. 

Obituary - Dianna Lynn Cumpton

Dianna's wishes were to be cremated. There are no public services. Contributions to Giving Fore Living or Butler Saddle Club. Arrangements, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Online condolences,

Dianna Lynn Cumpton, age 63 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, March 23, 2020 at her home in Butler. She was born June 6, 1956 to William and Frances Josephine Spayhowa Light in Bakersfield, California.

Dianna grew up in Bakersfield for the first 12 years of her life. She then moved to Butler where she attended Butler High School. Dianna first worked at Thorco in Butler. She later worked as a lab technician and helped with lab tests at a horse barn--which she loved.

Dianna was a “jack of all trades” and could do just about anything. She enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, traveling, fishing, hunting, raising dogs and visiting with family and friends. She would go out of her way to help anyone.

Dianna is survived by her mother, Frances Light of Butler, Missouri; daughter, Jami Chastain of Butler, Missouri; special daughters, Jenny Wainscott and husband Danny of Butler, Missouri; Shannon Burkes and husband Carl of Adrian, Missouri and their son Bryant; daughter Stephani Parker of Wichita, Kansas and six grandchildren; one son, Daniel Chastain II of Butler, Missouri; special grandchildren, Kody, Kyla and Kara; great-granddaughter, Ava; brother, Donald Light and wife Lynn of Ballard, Missouri and their son Jake; and one sister, Donna Light of Chetopa, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her father, William R. “Bill” Light; and one brother, Danny Light.

O’Reilly’s to maintain normal hours of operation

O’Reilly’s in Butler will continue to operate under normal business hours of Monday through Saturday 7:30 am to 8 pm and Sunday 8 am to 7 pm.

From Rep. Patricia Pike: Important changes

Dear Citizens:   

Please be aware of the following important changes:

Missouri Medicaid-MO HealthNet:  Eligibility for any Medicaid participant will not be terminated unless the individual requests a voluntary termination of eligibility or the individual ceases to be a resident of the state through the end of the federal emergency COVID-19 declaration
  • Extending 90 days of MO HealthNet coverage to Missourians ages 19-64 who test positive for COVID-19 and meet the income and resource eligibility guidelines
  • Relaxing requirements related to prescription refills and prior authorizations to ensure participants have access to essential medications
  • Expediting new provider enrollment applications and waiving certain enrollment requirements such as application fees and on-site visits to enable providers to serve Medicaid participants
  • Waiving the co-payment for any services provided by means of telehealth
Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • The Family Support Division is waiving all work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents for 90 days
Child Care Subsidy Program 
  • Child Care Subsidy benefits are extended for 90 days
  • Provider application renewals are extended for 90 days
  • Approve additional hours of care for families on a case-by-case basis
Family Support Division has requested waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service to: 
  • Waive all Food Stamp adverse action notices for 90 days;
  • Waive initial in-person Food Stamp interviews for 90 days and
  • Extend Food Stamp certification periods by 6 months - this waiver has been received 
 Relief for Missouri Families and Businesses 
  • Filing deadline extended: The deadline to file income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
  • Payment relief for individuals and corporations: Income tax payment deadlines for individual and corporate income returns with a due date of April 15, 2020, are extended until July 15, 2020. This payment relief applies to all individual income tax returns, income tax returns filed by C Corporations, and income tax returns filed by trusts or estates. The Department of Revenue will automatically provide this relief, so filers do not need to take any additional steps to qualify.
  • This relief for individuals and corporations will also include estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020.
  • Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. Individuals and corporations that file their return or request an extension of time to file by July 15, 2020, will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the tax paid by July 15.
  • Vehicle owners with registrations or license plates expiring in March and April have been granted an automatic two-month extension. Owners will be able to continue operating their vehicles on Missouri roadways without penalty until they can apply for renewal.
  • The time frame in which a vehicle safety and emission inspection is valid for March and April license plate expirations has also been extended an additional 60 days. Applicants for title will not be assessed a late title penalty when visiting a license office, effective immediately; this waiver will continue through April 30, 2020.
  • Valid Missouri driver licenses, nondriver licenses and noncommercial instruction permits with original expiration dates of March 1, 2020, through April 30, 2020, have been granted an automatic 60-day extension.
Help for Small Businesses and Non-Profits 

• The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Missouri’s request for assistance through the federal agency’s disaster loan program. This move makes low interest disaster loans available to small businesses and private non-profits severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

• SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

• Applicants will be able to apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. 


Constituent Services
It is an honor to serve on your behalf.  Please contact my office at 573-751-5388 or e-mail at for assistance on State Issues, Resolutions, assistance for Veterans, Capitol and District visits.  Our District 126 Legislative Assistant is Jeff Sutterer, who can be reached at and our Capitol office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. year-round in Jefferson City, MO.

Requesting a Courtesy Resolution
The Missouri House of Representatives is proud to provide courtesy resolutions to commemorate our citizens' most important and precious life events. If you would like to request a courtesy resolution, please download and complete the appropriate form below and send it to Please feel free to call our office at (573) 751-5388 if you have any questions.

Birthday Resolution
Death Resolution
Eagle Scout Resolution
Generic Resolution 
Girl Scout Gold Resolution
Glory Award Resolution 
Marriage Resolution
Retirement Resolution 
Sports Resolution 
Marriage Anniversary Resolution 

Service Members and Veterans
The members of the Missouri House of Representatives have great appreciation and respect for the sacrifices the men and women of our armed services make in order to defend the freedom of the United States and its citizens. It is very important to me to represent and advocate on behalf of the veterans of District 126 and Missouri. I have been proud to serve on the House Veterans Committee through my years of service in office. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (573) 751-5388 or with any questions or concerns you have regarding service member or veterans issues.
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