The Clinton Chamber and Economic Development would like to thank and congratulate Lindy Johnson and Jessica Shaffer with Clinton Schools for organizing Wednesday’s Workforce Tour for high school seniors. Economic Developer Mark Dawson and I (David Lee) toured four facilities along with 11 students. I had a great time and it seemed to be very beneficial for the students…the real reason for the tours. Huge thanks also goes out to Schreiber Foods, Parks Cabinets, TC-Transcontinental and White River Marine Group. It’s amazing what is being manufactured in Clinton, MO and used throughout the world! A tour for high school juniors will be held next month.

Not only was it a quarterly management meeting for Compass Health Network, they also were celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the Benson Center in Clinton Thursday. Congrats from the Clinton Chamber and our Ambassadors on 50 years of helping people in need…and here’s to 50+ more!  To see pictures from this event, just go to https://www.facebook.com/ClintonMO/

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce and our Ambassadors Committee are hosting a Legislative Luncheon on Monday, March 18th at the Elks Lodge Banquet Room from 11:00am (that’s when serving begins) until 1pm. We will start the program around 11:30 and if you are still eating, that’s certainly no problem. We will have Clinton Mayor Moberly, Henry Co. Presiding Commissioner Stone, MO Gov. Parson, a rep. for U.S. Sen. Schmitt, MO Sen. Crawford, and MO Rep. Kalberloh. Find out what is happening in Washington D.C. and here in MO. There may be time for a short ‘question and answer session’ and/or a time to speak individually with each presenter if they are available after the event. The cost for the luncheon will be $15 and those tickets are on sale now.  There will be sub sandwiches, soup, salad, dessert, and drink.  Just call or email YOUR Chamber to reserve your tickets (660-885-8166 or joyce@clintonmo.com).  We certainly hope you plan on attending this event March 18th to hear from our elected officials talking about a variety of subjects. Seating will be limited. This is open to the public.

On Monday evening, I attended a meeting in Montrose concerning a proposed solar farm for Henry Co…Tuesday morning,  the Ag Committee held its first meeting for 2024…on Wed., I attended the Workforce Tour I mentioned above…Also on Wed., Mark Dawson and I had a meeting with the new Key Account Manager for Liberty Utilities, Acacia Hagan…Thursday morning I was at KDKD to record the weekly ‘Chamber Chat’ segment…we had the Chamber’s Executive Committee meeting  at the Chamber…and I attended Compass Health Network’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the Benson Center Thursday aft.

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The Clinton Tourism Assoc. is happy to announce our Discover Clinton App is now available. https://onelink.to/discoverclinton

Easy to buy…easy to use…and you’re helping out local businesses. You can either call in, email your order, or stop by the Chamber for Chamber gift certificates. These gift certificates can be used at more than 300 local businesses and they don’t expire for a year from the purchase date! Who: Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce What: Chamber Gift Cards When: 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday Where: 200 South Main St. (SE corner of the Clinton Square) 660-885-8166 david@clintonmo.com joyce@clintonmo.com How: You purchase them and then give them out Why: Because gift certificates are easy to buy, easy to use and you’re supporting local businesses

Clinton Christian Academy Public AuctionHave you been to the official CCA Auction page yet?   The # of new items is growing daily! www.clintonacademy.org/auction

The first annual Snowball Prom and Dinner will be Feb. 24th.  A four course dinner served from 5:30 till 6:30pm with the Prom beginning at 6:30.  It’s open to the public and is family friendly.  Tickets for adults, $20…Children 10 and under, $10…Prom only, $10.  This is a fundraiser to benefit the programs and services at the Clinton Senior Center.  Tickets available at the Senior Center and Chamber of Commerce.  Music provided by DJ Budman.  For more details, call the Clinton Senior Center at 660-885-3482.

Heartland Community Theatre is pleased to announce the first 4th Sunday Movie Matinee of 2024 at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 25th.  This month’s feature presentation is 1953’s “Shane” (117 mins.), which was the winner of one Oscar (Best Color Cinematography) and nominated for five additional, including Best Picture, two Best Actors in Supporting Roles, Best Director and Best Writing.  This is the original version filmed in the Teton Range National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as well as Big Bear Lake, California, and the color cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and stunning, adding to this complex story of the Old West.  This film stars Alan Ladd (in the title role) as Shane, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde and of course Jack Palance, as the sadistic gunslinger Jack Wilson, who becomes Shane’s biggest nightmare in this classic western tale.  Admission is always FREE, along with gourmet popcorn and beverages for all in attendance.  We wish to say “THANK YOU” and extend our appreciation to everyone who has, and continues to support Heartland Community Theatre.  Hope to see everyone this Sunday afternoon, February 25th, at the Heartland Community Theatre, 108 North Washington, Clinton.

Statewide town halls being held to inform Missouri’s Master Plan on Aging  Meetings to be held locally and across the state A series of town hall-style meetings will be held across the state to gather feedback from local individuals who know about challenges in their own communities. These events are free and open to anyone who wants to influence the direction of the state when it comes to aging in Missouri.  An in-person meeting is being co-hosted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Care Connection for Aging Services on Tuesday, February 27, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E. Gay St. to discuss Missouri’s Master Plan on Aging. No registration is necessary.  For individuals unable to attend a town hall in person, two virtual town halls will also be held on March 21. These meetings require a free registration in order to provide a secure link to join the call. Registration and more information can be found at health.mo.gov/seniors/masterplanaging/.

Attention business owners: Kaysinger Basin RPC has resources to help your business become more resilient. We are hosting two luncheons March 5, 2024 in Appleton City and March 7, 2024 in Osceola. Please see the information posted below to RSVP and click the following link for a quick survey so we can focus our time on what matters to you!


Heartland Comm. Theatre of Clinton presents “Suite Surrender” March 8th at 7pm, the 9th at 2 and 7pm…March 10th at 2pm.  A comedy directed by Karen Switzer.  A fast-paced, funny-farce by Michael McKeever.  Tickets are $15 and available at the Clinton Chamber of Commerce or at the door before each production.  Starring: David Scott, Elaine VonSpreckelsen, Kate French, Becca Fox, Rob Hills, Aubrey Springer, Janet Smith, Sam French and David Lee.

Henry County Museum, Clinton-Exciting News!   The Henry County Museum is set to open in April! We’re on the lookout for passionate volunteers to be a part of this incredible journey. Whether you’re a history buff or love your community, we want you! Join us in unlocking the past and making the future a more history-driven place!  Interested? Directly message us here, call us at (660)-885-8414, or email us at HCMOmuseum@gmail.com.  Let’s make history together!

Event by Clinton Main Street  Downtown Clinton Square –  Join us for the Spring Sidewalk Sales in downtown Clinton from Thursday, April 4th through Saturday, April 6th. Downtown businesses will have sales going on, with many marked-down items out on the sidewalks. 

5th Annual Quilt Walk  Event by Clinton Main Street  Historic Downtown Clinton Square  A fun festival for everyone from expert quilters to needle novices, this two-day event includes a trunk show with Laura Piland of Slice of Pi, the designer of the exploding heart, quilt displays all around the Square, and quilt blocks that can be gathered to provide a pattern for a one-of-a-kind quilt!  Itinerary for April 5 & 6:  10am – 4pm Free Quilt Walk Event (Register @ WF Quilt Shop 140 W. Jefferson)
12:30 Bed Turning @ the Henry County Museum (203 W. Franklin)
2 PM Slice of Pi Trunk Show @ the Rotary Building (200 W. Franklin) 

Henry Co. Plant Swap in the Park   April 28th  11am till 4pm  Artesian Park  Come join us at Artesian Park for a day of plant swapping and community! We’ll be located at the large shelter.  Bring your extra vegetable and fruit plants, nut trees/bushes, native pollinator plants, houseplants etc to trade.  I do ask that if you bring non native species, that they not be aggressive/invasive, ie no invasive bamboo, non native honeysuckle, Euonymus wintercreeper etc.  The day of, we’ll set up at 11 am and hopefully be ready to swap by 12 pm.  Some guidelines to help things run smoothly:  – Essentially it’s potluck style but with the philosophy of only take what you bring. ie If you bring 5, take 5.  – All swapping should wait until we officially start at 12 pm to give everyone a chance to finish setting up.  – If you don’t have plants to swap but you have things like sourdough or keifer starter, plastic pots, baked goods or other gardening related items, feel free to bring those to trade.  – Please make sure all plants are potted up and not hanging loosely with exposed roots. That way we insure their success in their new homes.  If anyone wants to volunteer to help stay after and clean up, contact me (Kat McKenzie)  I look forward to this and getting to meet new people in the community. Be sure to share this event! 

Clinton Cruise Night·PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE!! The Clinton Main Street organization has decided to change the Wine Stroll to the 3rd Sat in Oct this year on the 19th that will let us move cruise night up to Oct 12th and maintain the 2nd Saturday throughout the season. Please adjust all your calendars! Including the volunteer cruise night calendars being sold. Sorry for any inconvenience.  We had our 1st meeting last night, we have a lot of plans for this year! Looking forward to some great cruise nights with new events as well as bringing back the overwhelming favorite Skipper Buckley’s Bike Fest in June, awesome site to see all the vintage bicycles, and we are so fortunate to be able to have it alongside our monthly cruise night! We will have individual monthly fliers for each event coming out as the season goes on with individual night’s info!

Clinton Animal Shelter-We still have some sponsorships available!! Help a homeless pet by sponsoring a kennel or even a play yard. We currently have 8 Friends of the Felines, 1 Protector Dog Kennel, 8 Hero Dog Kennels and 2 Outdoor Play Yards still waiting for a sponsor. Plaques are going up now. If you would like a sponsor form emailed or mailed to you please email tlbwilliams94@gmail.com. They are available at the shelter – 1307 N Washington St, Clinton MO and we will put one in the comments. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored so far! We appreciate your support!

STAKEHOLDER SURVEY-Following two years as superintendent of the Clinton School District, Mr. Brian Wishard recently announced his resignation effective June 30, 2024. The Board of Education accepted this resignation during closed session at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Mr. Wishard will continue serving as Superintendent until June 30, 2024 to ensure a smooth leadership transition takes place.  The Clinton School District has recently hired MSBA to support the search for a new district superintendent. The search will begin immediately and conclude with the hire of a new successful leader. Your feedback regarding what “desired qualifications” are most important for this position will ensure the new hire is a good fit for both the school district and community.  Please share narrative insights and rank personal and professional priorities for the new superintendent. The search team will produce a general report based on the information gathered in this survey. The report will be shared with the board to advise them on what priorities the district and community stakeholders are looking for in a new leader.  This survey is anonymous unless you provide your name voluntarily. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and provide direction for this important leadership position before March 5th.