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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Appleton City Area news

The Middle School FBLA and the High School FBLA chapters will be hosting Pink Night on Thursday, October 22 for Volleyball and Friday, October 23 for Football.  They will be selling cookies, playing games for prizes, and taking orders for T-shirts.  All proceeds will be donated to the fight for cancer in our community.  If your business wishes to be a sponsor for their fight against cancer, the cost is $50.00. Your business will be listed on the back of the T-shirt and you will receive a free T-shirt. Sponsors will also be announced at all pink night games including the basketball Pink Night.  Forms will be available at these games or you may contact Trisha Freemyer, FBLA sponsor, at the school. This is a little different than they have done in the past, but after consideration of the safety of the students and the community due to Covid-19 concerns, they felt this was the best way to give sponsors the opportunity to assist them in the fight against cancer. Both the Middle School and the High School chapters will be using these Pink Nights as their community service project this year and taking it to state contest in the spring. They thank you in advance for your support in the fight against this disease which has affected so many in our community. The theme this year is: "PAWS FOR A CAUSE". They hope to see you there. Questions may be directed to Trisha Freemyer at (660) 476-2118 or


Ellett Memorial Hospital is hosting a Collective Goods book fair on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Outpatient hallway.  There will be great shopping for books, gifts and gadgets for birthdays, Christmas and just because you like it items. 


Join the Appleton City Achievers in a spooky Halloween Costume Contest ONLINE! In lieu of Halloween in the Park (and due to Covid-19), the Achievers are asking parents of li'l goblins to post a photo of their costumed children on their Facebook page - Appleton City Achievers. 'Like' the page and post the photo WITHOUT a name - only the applicable age group. One little goblin per photo! Photos must be posted sometime on Halloween. Your photo will be assigned a number so winners can be notified by 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 2 on the Achievers' Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd place in each age group. Age groups are as follows: birth to age 2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12 and 13 up.


Sesquicentennial Poster Contest guidelines are coming soon for children living in the Appleton City or Hudson School Districts and any adult who has ever resided within 15 miles of AC. Categories will include both free hand art and computer generated art. The art must be about “Appleton City Past or Present”. Everyone may participate by encouraging artists in the AC area to create and enter a poster. You can get guidelines and entry forms from school art teachers or call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.or email


Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for October. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: Oct 21 - Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Oct 22– Rheumatology, Dr. Tay, Oct 28– Ortho-Dr. Gray       


FarmHouse Kitchen and Sumo's Pub will be closed from Friday October 23 through Monday November 2.  They will resume regular business hours on Tuesday November 3.


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.


October 27 is the 27th anniversary of “The Little Apple”, which began in 1993 by the A. C. Economic Development as way of informing residents of news and events sponsored by area businesses and organizations.  Items of a clearly personal nature, such as birthdays, anniversaries, awards (not group sponsored), personal sales and the like are not accepted for publication. The Appleton City Industrial Development Committee would like to thank the citizens of the area for their support over the last 27 years.  They would also like to thank the volunteers who help make this newsletter possible.  Community First Bank and their employees who photocopy the issues each and every week and the many contributors who have donated the funds to purchase the paper it is printed on.  We would especially like to offer special thanks to the volunteers who collate and deliver the Apple each week.  The Little Apple is truly a worldwide newsletter, being sent by email to people interested in A. C. all over the world.  If you would like to subscribe to the Little Apple by email, please send your email address to  If you are willing to donate a few hours of your time each month to help with distributing this newsletter, please contact Dr. Don Payton at 476-2197.



Oct 23-24    Pink Night activities at ACHS Varsity Games

Oct 23-Nov 2     Sumo’s Pub and Farmhouse Kitchen will be closed

Oct 26   No School at Hudson R-IX (Parent-Teacher Phone Conferences.)

Oct 27    PAFT Safe Trick or Treat on Main Street in AC

Oct 29    Ellett Memorial Hospital hosting a Collective Goods book fair 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Outpatient hallway

Obituary - Jennifer Naughton

Jennifer Naughton, age 48, of Belton, Missouri, passed away October 14, 2020 at her home.

A memorial visitation will be held 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr., Raymore, Missouri 64083. A Prayer Service will follow the visitation at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jennifer was born on August 4, 1972, in Queens, New York. She is the daughter of Jeffrey Gibel and Suzanne Ensmenger. Growing up Jennifer had three siblings, Mark, Danny, and Desiree. Soon after graduating high school, Jennifer was joined in marriage with her husband Richard Naughton on August 5, 1995. Together they were blessed with two children, Bobby and Michael. Jennifer worked in sales most of her life, however she often enjoyed writing and music.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her son Bobby Naughton. She leaves behind her loving husband of twenty-five years, Richard D. Naughton; son Michael Naughton; parents, Jeffrey and Suzanne Gibel; two brothers, Mark Gibel (Jamie) and Danny Gibel (Caroline); and sisters, Desiree Renz (Steven).

Update: Nevada woman injured in one vehicle accident west of Butler

On 10/20/20 around 3:28pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies, Bates County EMS and Butler Fire Department responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 52 West Highway just east of K Highway west of Butler.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2004 Buick Century driven by 21 year old Lydia P. Harris of Ottawa, Kansas traveled off the roadway and struck a MoDot sign and ditch before coming to rest.

A passenger in the vehicle 24 year old Brittany A. Terry of Nevada, Missouri sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler for treatment.

The vehicle was towed from the scene of this accident by Don's Tow of Butler.

Copyright Mid America Live News 

Obituary - Jewell Alvin Welch

Funeral services for Jewell A. Welch will be 2 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2020 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.

Visitation will be prior to services from 1-2 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to Alphapointe (helps the blind get jobs). Online condolences,

Jewel Alvin Welch, age 81 of Kansas City, Missouri died Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Northland Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He was born April 17, 1939 to Ralph Wilbur and Rachel Ruth Lockard Welch in Butler, Missouri.

He is survived by one son, Brian Welch and wife Stefanie of Chandler, Arizona; one daughter, Michele Poynter of Liberty, Missouri; one brother, Leroy Welch of Butler, Missouri; three sisters, Wilma Eide of Lawson, Missouri, Nancy Dillon and husband Mike of Kimberling City, Missouri and Bonnie Dickerson and husband Larry of Butler, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jerica Brown and husband Christopher, Victoria Poynter, Luca Welch and Nico Welch; and four great-grandchildren, Van, Connor, Liam and Eris.

Update from Liberty Utilities 10/20/20 7:30pm

Attention Rich Hill and Hume, Missouri, gas customers (10/20/20, 7:30 p.m. Update): Additional crews have arrived to assist with our response. We have approximately 400 customers without service. Crews are currently visiting individual customer homes to shut off gas meters.

During the home visits, crews will first identify themselves with their Liberty Utilities photo identification. If you are not home or don’t answer your door, our crews will shut off the meter and leave a door tag. 

Once repairs on the system are completed, crews will begin to return to each home to restore service. Service restoration is not expected to be complete for all customers until late Wednesday night or by noon Thursday. Crews will work into the night tonight to make as much progress as possible and then start back early tomorrow morning. 

Please leave your front porch light on tonight for our crews if possible. We appreciate your patience as we work to safely repair our system. We will provide additional updates as they are available.

For the safety of our customers, only qualified Liberty Utilities personnel should shut off the gas meter. Customers should never attempt to shut of their own meter. While we have made the system safe following this incident, please always remember, if you smell gas, immediately leave the site and call our gas emergency line at 1-855-644-8134 or 911.

Obituary - Douglas “Doug” Earl Johnson

Douglas “Doug” Earl Johnson, 57, of Nevada, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Doug was born on August 12, 1963 to Billy Joe and Donna Kay (Beisly) Johnson in Fort Scott.

Doug was raised in Deerfield and graduated from Nevada High School Class of 1981. He then attended Fort Scott Community College for 2 years majoring in Ag Mechanics. He worked at various tractor and implement stores over the years but was best known as a self-employed diesel mechanic. Doug was actively involved with 4-H, Vernon County Fair Board, and a proud supporter of the FFA. Doug was a wonderful father, papa, son, brother, friend, and diesel mechanic to all who knew and loved him. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and with horses, working on pulling mowers and tractors, spending time with his kids and grandkids. Doug was known for his contagious smile, laughter, never meeting a stranger and his willingness to help anyone in need.

Survivors include his five children, Stephanie Lilley (Bradley) of Columbia, Dr. Chad Johnson (Becka) of Cassville, Trenton Johnson of Deerfield, Catherine Johnson, and Landon Johnson, of Milo. Five grandchildren, Henry, Georgia, and Benji Lilley of Columbia, and Blakely and Drew Johnson of Cassville. Father and Stepmother, Billy Joe and Kathy Johnson of Devon, Mother and Stepfather, Donna and Delbert Wheeler of Deerfield. Sister, Tabitha Hamersley (David) of Nevada. Preceding him in death was infant sister, Regina Kay.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020. at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Roger Beach officiating. Committal will follow in Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, MO. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday October 21, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions towards a scholarship fund for his children c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Back home, safe and sound

Our crews are home! We hope, and we know Louisiana does too, this is the last time our crews will need to assist with hurricane restoration. We are so proud of and appreciate each of the linemen that answered Beauregard Electric's call for help. - Osage Valley Electric Cooperative

Cities of Rich Hill and Hume without gas service for undetermined time

Liberty Utilities currently has an outage affecting all customers in Rich Hill and Hume. Their service technicians are out knocking on doors to help shut off gas valves at this time. 

If you would like the service technicians to come back and light your gas after the leak is fixed, please leave your porch light on.  - courtesy City of Rich Hill


Important notice from the Bates County Clerk's office

Requests for ballots to be MAILED to you must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 21st. (Tomorrow). Voters wanting to vote absentee after October 21st can come to the County Clerk's Office at 103 W. Dakota in Butler. If you are unable to come in to the office please call 660-679-3371 and we will bring a ballot to the car. The office will be open 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. We will also be open Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and Saturday, October 31st from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. A voter can vote absentee in our office up to and including November 2nd. 

Marlene Wainscott
Bates County Clerk

And here came the highway...

October 18, 1929 – A crowd of over 7,000 people in Adrian celebrated completion of the pavement on US 71 between Nevada, Missouri and Kansas City. Completion of the slab north of Nevada left 28 miles of detours between Carthage and Nevada. There was an 18-mile detour between Nevada and Sheldon and a ten-mile detour between Carthage and Jasper. - courtesy Missouri's Historic Highways