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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Nevada woman seriously injured in Linn County Crash

On 3/31/20 around 10:10am the Kansas State Highway Patrol in Linn County along with Linn County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on US-69 Highway around 4 miles north of Pleasanton, Kansas.

The Kansas State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the when the 2013 Peterbilt driven by 23 year old Kristopher Gloodt of Neosho, Missouri was northbound on US-69 when it bounced off a guardrail and struck a 2014 Chevrolet truck driven by 65 year old Sharon J. Duncan of Nevada, Missouri.

Sharon J. Duncan sustained serious injuries in this accident and she was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Chevrolet was towed from the scene of the crash by Saker Tow of Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Corbin Wainscott for Bates County Assessor

Corbin Boone Domer Wainscott would like to announce his candidacy to seek the position of Bates County Assessor.

He was born in Kansas City to Marlene Wainscott and Bill Wainscott and graduated from Butler High School in 2008.

Corbin works at Community First Bank as an account representative and on the side; he is the MT Pleasant Township Clerk, he stocks bread at Wal-Mart for Bimbo Bakeries, and he occasionally aids for Cole Priset, grandson of Beverly Warren.

For the MT Pleasant Township, he worked with FEMA, SEMA, and consultants to recoup some emergency funds for the floods we had April 2019.

He is presently representing Community First Bank as a member of the Butler Chamber of Commerce and has either coached or refereed soccer for the Electric City Soccer Club for the past several years.

Corbin writes movies in his spare time and that is where his true passion lies.

I’d enjoy this position, the duties, and the knowledge that would come with it. 

I’ve always worked hard for my customers and I would enjoy working hard for the people of Bates county.

Vote Corbin Wainscott for Bates County Assessor

MoDOT TRAFFIC ALERT: St. Clair County Route B CLOSED West of Osceola April 6-9 For Pipe Replacement Work

St. Clair County Route B CLOSED West of Osceola
April 6-9 For Pipe Replacement Work

What: St. Clair County Route B CLOSED between County Road Northwest 1025 and County Road Northeast 75 west of Osceola

  • 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, April 6-8 on St. Clair County Route B west of St. Clair County Route M
  • 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, April 8 on St. Clair County Route B east of St. Clair County Route M
  • Road open at night

Details: MoDOT crews replacing deteriorating drain pipes underneath the road

Traffic Impacts:
  • St. Clair County Route B CLOSED only where crews are set up working
  • Drivers will be able to get to driveways and entrances on either side of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone
  • Drivers urged to find alternate routes. No signed detours are planned.
  • Electronic message boards located near the planned road work will alert drivers to any changes in the work schedule
  • Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for road closings/traffic impacts

(Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule)

Obituary - William Allen Grimes

William Allen “Al” Grimes, age 73 of Urich, Missouri died Sunday, March 29, 2020 at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born February 27, 1947 to William “Peanut” Ivan and Ruth Maxine Cox Grimes in Butler, Missouri.

Al, one of four children, grew up a farm boy in Henry County, Missouri where he graduated from Sherwood High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. He was a member of the Steelworkers and United Auto Workers unions in the late 1960s. Al was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years--deployed on a battleship, an aircraft carrier and an Aegis cruiser serving overseas in Guam, Japan, Italy and England. He also served in the White House for the U.S. Naval and NATO Atlantic Forces. A community servant as well, he was elected to two terms as Mayor of Urich, Missouri, co-founder of a nonprofit community betterment organization, Commander of the American Legion Post #371, and member of the Missouri 4th District Democrats.

Al is described as being honorable, passionate, loyal, loving and compassionate. He enjoyed spending time with his daughter and granddaughters, traveling all over the world, standing up for a purpose in politics, making friends, and supporting the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. Al was not only a loving father, son and brother . . . but a devoted Harry Truman Democrat who believed in the power of government to improve the lives of Americans.

Al is survived by a daughter, Michelle Grimes Martell and husband Eddie of Westlake, Louisiana; a son, Justin Grimes of Westlake, Louisiana; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Trahan, Breanne Martell, Hunter Grimes and Nathaniel Grimes; and three brothers, Wayne “Red” Grimes, Jerry Grimes and Jim Grimes and wife Judy. He was preceded in death by his parents, William “Peanut” Ivan Grimes and Ruth Maxine Cox Grimes.

Military honors and memorial graveside services will be scheduled at a later date at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555), Butler. Online condolences

With the restrictions on the number of people who can gather in one location, it's going to be difficult to bring our community together when a death occurs. Visitations and funerals are more than just ceremonies--they are avenues to bring family and friends together to support one another. If you know Al Grimes, a card or phone call to his family would go a long way in remembering him. If you don't have family addresses, feel free to mail notes or cards to us at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (1301 N. Orange St., Butler, MO 64730) and we will send to the family.

Obituary - Norma Frances Edmonds

Private graveside services for Norma Edmonds of Maryville, Missouri will be at Balltown Cemetery in Horton, Missouri under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) of Butler, Missouri. 

There are no public services scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions to Edmonds-King Scholarship Fund (Northwest Foundation, 800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468). Online condolences

Norma Frances Edmonds, age 96, formerly of Butler, Missouri and Nevada, Missouri died March 26, 2020 at Maryville Living Center, Maryville Missouri. Norma was born January 27, 1924 in Horton, Missouri to John and Edyth Perry Cole. She was married to William Donald Edmonds in 1946 and they later divorced.

After graduating high school in Rich Hill, Missouri she resided in Pittsburg, Kansas performing telephone and clerical work for McFarland Flying Service. From there she went to Kansas City to do similar work for TWA and the Civil Aeronautics Administration. Norma was a caseworker supervisor for the Missouri Division of Family Services in Bates County for 35 years, retiring in 1993. Norma was a member of the Church of Christ in Butler.

Norma is survived by her son, Dan Edmonds and wife Carole of Kansas City, Missouri; four grandsons who were the light of her life also survive, Paul and wife Jennifer, Brian and wife Joya, Jeff, and John and wife Ashley; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joe Allen Cole and Lawrence D. Cole; and her son Bill.

Attention Butler Elementary School Parents

BES parents,

Your child's teacher will be trying to contact you today or tomorrow by phone, email, or electronic platform. 

If you happen to get a call from a private or unknown number it might be them. Please check your messages. Thank you!

Cass County Confirms First Death Due to Covid-19

Appleton City area news

April 1, 2020  
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.
The AC School district closing has been extended to April 24.  
Appleton City Area Ministerial Alliance and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose have announced that ALL their Holy Week activities have been cancelled.
Immaculate Conception Montrose is having another Curbside Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on April 3, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:30. The adjusted menu is fried fish, suzy Q's, and cole slaw. Orders will be taken/filled curb side on 6th Street in Montrose, just west of the church. The line will start in front of the "chicken coop". Small fish dinners are $10. Family fish dinners are $30 (Approximately feeds a family of 4). They hope to see you there and thank you for all the support this year.
Bates County Disposal will have some dumpsters/roll-offs placed out at the City Barn on South Maple for large item disposal on April 7 -9. There will be one designated for "Appliances/Electronics" and another one for "Other". Please DO NOT put items on the ground next to the dumpsters. This is a service that BCD provides to their Appleton City customers. Please don't abuse it.
The AC FFA will be holding their spring plant sale starting on April 6. The FFA greenhouse will be open for business from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Just stop by the Greenhouse for assistance. Curbside delivery is available during these times as well, if you would rather give them your order and they fill it for you. The FFA has garden vegetables and flowers for sale, such as tomatoes, cabbage and peppers, as well as potting flowers like petunias, annual vinca, impatiens and geraniums. Flowers and vegetables can be purchased as four or two packs, individuals or as hanging baskets. Photos and information about all the items available in the greenhouse are located on the school website as well as the Facebook pages. The costs are $1/2 packs, $2/4 packs, $1/tomato plant, and $12/hanging basket or 3 hanging baskets for $30. For more information, feel free to give Mrs. Leiber a call at 660-424-3668. Due to continued health concerns in the nation, only two people will be allowed in the greenhouse at a time. They are requesting all payments be in check form to lower the contamination risks to all involved. Please also follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing while in the greenhouse.
Appleton City PTO Bake Sale, scheduled for Saturday, April 11 has been postponed. A date will be determined at a later time.
Please consider participating in Appleton City PTO's on-going fundraiser of Box Top, Best Choice and Food Fair receipt collection. Drop off of these items needs to take place by May 8. Any community members may contribute by dropping off their collections at St. Clair County Bank to give to Janet Payton. 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.
Governor Parson’s executive order moving the municipal election from April 2 to June 2 this year, allows time to have communication concerning what Proposition K.I.D.S. (Appleton City Schools levy) is all about. With the arrival of social distancing and restrictions on public activity, the options are limited. One total safe way is through email. With this in mind, AC School has created the following email account: propkids2020! to give people in the school district a way of asking questions and receiving information. They will still be using newspaper articles and the district website and facebook pages to provide information about what Proposition K.I.D.S. is all about. Questions received through propikids2020! will help them to be clear and thorough in answering your questions. If conditions improve between now and June 2, where public gathering are no longer a threat, they will look into scheduling a public forum but for now, this will hopefully get the discussion going.

April 3 Curbside Fish Fry at Immaculate Conception Church Montrose 5:00 – 7:30

April 7-9 Bates County Disposal customers large trash pickup in AC at the City Barn

April 12 Easter Sunday
The AC Facts item in AC Journal March 27 is about the original landowner of 520 acres that became Appleton City.
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 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.
Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for April, 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Apr 1 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy - Dr. Namin, Apr 3 – Ophthalmology - Dr. Soni, Apr 6 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Apr 8 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Vardakis, Apr 9 – Podiatry - Dr. Dowell, Apr 10 –Ortho - Dr. Gray, Apr 15 - Upper GI, Colonoscopy - Dr. Namin, Apr 20 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Apr 22 – Ortho - Dr. Gray. With the uncertainty of weeks ahead, all schedules are subject to change.
St. Clair County Cattlemen have postponed their Got An Idea Primitives Cattlewomen Activity set for April 4. They will let everyone know a date in May once the date is set. Also, the April 14, 2020 Cattlemen's Monthly Meeting that was to be held at Farmhouse Kitchen, Appleton City Sponsored by Appleton City Feed Service with speaker Mike Klem, Missouri State University will be postponed until May 12, 2020. St. Clair County Cattlemen do plan to set up at Carney's Five Star Supermarket in Osceola, Buzz's Market in Collins and Food Fair in Appleton City on May 2 for “May is Beef Month”. Cattlemen plan to be there from 9:00 a.m. to noon to allow individuals to sign up to win 2 - $125 Beef Coupons, 2 - Beef Logo Lawn Chairs, and 1 - MBIC Grilling Spatula at each store. Winners do not have to be present to win and will be contacted that afternoon. Cattlemen's members that are willing to help with “May is Beef Month” please contact Lawanna Salmon at 660-492-7259.
Appleton City School Kindergarten Round—Up Enrollment/Screening Day has been postponed and a later date will be announced.
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.
Due to concerns over the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus, Governor Mike Parson has postponed the April Municipal Elections until June 2.
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.
The lobby at all branches of Community First Bank will be by appointment only until further notice. 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.
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
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 options: Manager Debbie McSperitt, 417-646-2419, County Engagement Specialist Raysha Tate 417-283-4902
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