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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Rain in the forecast

News from the Belton Police Department

Yesterday, just before 10 AM Belton Police officers were dispatched to the 15800 block of Vicie on a report of the sound of shots being fired. There were no reports of injuries or any property damage. 

A review of security footage showed a grey vehicle leaving the area around the time of the call but it is unknown if the vehicle is involved.

At 9:50 PM, officers were dispatched to the area of Cedar & Main on the sound of shots fired. Again, no injuries or property damage was reported. Officers checked that area as well but did not identify any witnesses, develop any suspect information or find evidence of shots having been fired.

Additionally, the Belton Police Department was not involved in any vehicle pursuits regarding these incidents.

Appleton City area news

Published by the Appleton City Industrial Development Committee

Vol 2no 19

May 12, 2021


Ellett Memorial Hospital and AC Rural Health Clinic Community Appreciation Day, “Giving Back TOur Community”, will be Wednesday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or until they run out.  They are offering free pulled pork sandwiches, chips and water.  Curbside pickup will be available at the front doors of the hospital.  If you have any questions you may call 660-476-5233 or email:


The Yellow Rosebud Cemetery Project at the AC Cemetery is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 15 or rain date Sunday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m.  Volunteers and support are needed to place 2400 large, single, silk yellow rosebuds on the graves in the oldest sections of the AC Cemetery.  Dean Ellis, ACHS class of 1960 and Vietnam Veteran, started this project with his late wife, Sharon, 12 years ago.  Dean began decorating graves with his maternal grandparents, Rose and Ellzie Smith, at the age of 5 or 6.  As they decorated, he noticed many graves did not have flowers.  His grandmother told him the graves were so old, there was no longer any family members left to decorate.  As the years passed, they wanted to make a difference. To support, volunteer or for further information, please contact City Hall at 660-476-2631, Donald Yoss 660-492-7218 or Dean Ellis 417-844-5344.  Volunteers will again be needed Wednesday, June 2, at 9:00 a.m. or rain date of Thursday June 3, 9:00 a.m. to pick up the rosebuds.


Appleton City Masonic Lodge #412 will have a "Kickin Chicken Dinner" on Sunday May 16 at the Farmhouse Kitchen restaurant from 11:00-1:00or until dinners are gone.  Dinners are $10 and are curbside pickup only.  Menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll and a cookie.  Proceeds go towards local scholarship fund.


There will be an ACHS Fine Arts Open House on Thursday May 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the high school gym. There will be art and shop projects set up around the gym for your viewing. At 6:30, Mr. Swisher will present art awards and Mrs. Hill will present band awards. Please feel free to come and go as you please and view these awesome creations from theincredibly talented students.

 The Appleton City Public Library is seeking assistance with teachers for their Summer Reading Program. The program will take place on Tuesdays in June (June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29) as well as Tuesday, July 6, from 11:00 a.m.-noon. The teacher would need to read a couple books with the children as well as assist them in completing a corresponding activity. All materials will be provided. If interested, please call the library at (660) 476-5513 during their normal business hours or e-mail

Nevada Regional Medical Center employee of the month for May

Congratulations to Cassie Moorhouse on being named the NRMC Shining Star for May. As a Mental Health Tech working on the BHU unit, Cassie is faced with the daily challenge of providing love, guidance and comfort to her patients. And she does a good job of it.

One patient writes, “She was the first contact I had at NRMC. She took my fear away with her gentle kindness and caring words. She’s an angel.” In an environment where the needs are great and the work is demanding, Cassie stands out as a Shining Star.

Update: Two people hurt in Nevada house fire

On May 12th around 5:15pm the Nevada Fire Department responded to a structure fire at a address of 711 E. Lee Street.

When fire crews arrived on scene they found smoke billowing from the back porch of the residence owned by Sandy Stevenson.

Crews quickly attacked the fire however portions of the home sustained heavy damages. Two people were injured in this fire a occupant of the home and a Milo Fire Fighter.

The fire crews remained on scene for 2.5 hours and a investigation into the cause of the fire is underway at this time. 

Photos Courtesy of  Katie Towne

Sickly overpass slated for replacement

Mid America Live spoke with the engineering department at the Missouri Department of Transportation today and got confirmation of some good news- bridge number A1992, (the I-49 overpass) located just south of Passaic is slated for deck replacement in 2023. Deck replacement means the concrete that sits atop the I beams and pillars will be completely replaced, leaving motorists with much safer passage through the area.

National Nursing Home week celebrated locally

Mayor Jim Henry and Resident council President Johnnie signed the proclamation to kick off National Nursing Home Week on Monday. The week started off with a Fun in the Sun theme day. -submitted

Obituary - Jack Eugene Weber

Jack Eugene Weber
October 15, 1938 - May11, 2021
Mr. Weber's wishes were to be cremated.  There is no service planned at the present.

The Museum Minute: KMAM hits the airwaves

Museum Minute
May 13, 2021

Museum Minute Presents:  This Week in History (According to Herrman’s Archives)

Second Week of May in the Year…

1879 – Citizens of Elkhart Township meet and sign a resolution banning non-residents from grazing their herds of cattle in Elkhart Township.
1896 – John Skinner, formerly of Bates Co, is removed as Indian Commissioner of the Osage Reservation, because he was swindling the Indians.
1867 – Two steamers loaded with freight unload at Belvoir Landing on the Marais Des Cygne River south of where Prairie City now stands.
1905 – Doctor Everingham has completed the longest concrete sidewalk in Butler, put in by one person.  The west side of Delaware St. sidewalk is now complete from Mill St to the Square.
1907 – The new railroad depot at Passaic is done. Now work needs to start on a new one for Butler.
1912 – A windstorm in the Hume area destroys the Missouri & Kansas Grain company hay barn and the New Home school house.
1862 – The 1st Iowa Calvary is ambushed at the Deepwater Crossing in Eastern Bates County.
1893 – Sanford Hardy begins publishing the Rockville Reflex newspaper.
1927 – 36 electric light globes arrive at Butler City Hall to be used in the extension of the “White Way” on Ohio St. from Havanna St. to the railroad depot.
1898 – The Merwin Business College building is under construction.  It will cost $10,000 and will be one of the finest in Western Missouri.
1869 – David Edwards, who was born in Bates Co and evacuated during the War Between the States, recently moved into Grand River Township, purchasing 700 acres of land.  Now he is opening a general store in the village of Altona.
1863 – A report of Col Edward Lynde, Kansas Cavalry scout in Bates County, “The stream of Double Branches is a rendezvous for the rebels.  Only 4 loyal families live there, but we’ve notified 50 or 60 families of doubtful leanings to leave and go south.” (Order No. 11 was issued in August 1863.  This order to vacate was in May.)
1871 – “Lost”…A small “Southerner Derringer Pistol,” in Butler.  Anyone finding same will be suitably rewarded by leaving it at the Bates County Democrat newspaper office.
1879 – There are a few injuries when the Appleton City to Butler Stagecoach has a run-away, with a full passenger load, near Hudson City.
1913 – T. A. Scully, of Washington D. C., arrives in Butler to look over his 40,000 acres of Scully land in Bates County.
And Finally… 

1962 – Butler radio station KMAM begins broadcasting, Bill Thornton of Arkansas is the owner-manager.