Clay County COVID-19 Recovery
Interim Return to School Guidance

As the beginning of the school year approaches, preparing to protect the health and safety of students and school staff is a top priority. Clay County Public Health Center has been communicating with school district leaders for weeks to help provide evidence-based guidance to make the return to school as safe as possible. This guidance has been compiled and can now be found in the document attached or at

We hope that this will answer many questions regarding what can be done to protect students and staff from COVID-19 and what will occur if someone in a school were to become sick. Keep in mind that guidance may change as needed in the coming weeks, based on new information + local disease trends at the time schools begin to reopen.

For specific questions regarding how this guidance will be applied, please stay informed and in contact with your district/school.

Latest Updates

August 5
Clay County Public Health Center releases guidance to help local school districts prepare for a safe return to school. The guidance document can be found on the Community Recovery page.

July 15
The Public Health Emergency Order was updated to make face masks required in all indoor areas of public accommodation. The order will go in effect Sunday, July 19 and remain in effect through Sunday, August 23. Find details on the Face Masks and Coverings page.

July 1
Although Clay County remains in Phase 2, Step 2 of recovery, the Public Health Emergency Order was amended. Includes the allowance of 100% occupancy if masks are worn by all and physical distancing is maintained. Find full details on the Recovery page.
Business of the Month
Please help us STUFF THE TRUCK
at Price Chopper in Kearney
Saturday, August 8th | 8:00am - 4:00pm
sponsored by Nuts & Bolts

We are hoping to be in our Forever Home in September. 
Please help us fill those shelves. Attached is our current Needs List

Donation Matching Opportunity!
A generous donor, just like you, is matching every donation we receive between now and September 1st! Up to $35,000 in Total Matched Funds. Please help us reach our goal to feed our community. At this moment we are short $12,000. You may send a check or pay online at

Member Announcements & Events
Best of the Northland celebrates 30 years of excellence.
It’s great to be the bearer of good news. Each summer the staff of the Courier-Tribune and Gladstone Dispatch have the privilege of announcing the winners of our annual Best of the Northland contest. The list of this year’s honorees fills the pages of the special edition published in the July 30 editions of both newspapers.
You’ll find retailers, service providers, health care professionals, educators, entertainment venues and everything in between — all picked by our readers and the patrons of these establishments. In the 30 years of this reader’s choice contest, we’ve made this point before, but we can’t say it enough: Shopping local and supporting local enterprise is key to the ongoing vitality of our Northland community. This list is a testament that “shop local” isn’t just a trendy catchphrase. It’s a way of life.
In the spring, the Courier-Tribune and Gladstone Dispatch invited our readers to vote on their favorite people, places and things in more than 140 categories. Ballots appear for multiple weeks in the newspapers and online. This year, more than 63,000 votes were cast, and the results show overwhelming support for the local business community.
In addition to special publication inside the July 30th print editions, recognition continues throughout the year as Best of the Northland banners and shirts are proudly displayed and worn in offices, lobbies, restaurants and shops. The Best of the Northland seal also provides a guide to consumers, who know they can trust the endorsement of their friends and neighbors wherever they see it.
As you flip through these pages, each set of winners includes Gold, Silver and Bronze. The listings for Gold winners also include the winner’s address, phone number, website and a photo or logo wherever possible. We encourage you to try out winners you have not previously patronized and give a second look to winners you already know. Help spread the news of the winning ways of Best of the Northland.
To find a location that sells copies of the Courier-Tribune near you, visit
From all of us at the Courier-Tribune and Gladstone Dispatch to all of our winners, congratulations
Funding Is Still Available!

Small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees should apply while funds are still available at
To qualify, applicants must also be:
  • Registered with the Missouri Secretary of State.
  • Locally owned and non-franchised.
  • An active, non-residential Ameren Missouri gas or electric customer for the past six months.
  • Experiencing financial hardships caused by COVID-19.
Assistance is also available from federal, state and local resources, including a new grant program from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Learn more about these resources, as well as energy-saving tips from Ameren Missouri at
Northland Schools Partner with Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine for Athletic Training Services
Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine is expanding its athletic training services to four new school districts in the Northland. Student athletes at high schools and middle schools in the North Kansas City, Park Hill, Platte County R-3 and Excelsior Springs school districts now will have access to certified athletic trainers provided to them by Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine. MU Orthopaedics and sports medicine physicians from The Liberty Clinic are providing medical care, clinical program direction and sideline coverage during sporting events.
“We are excited about the opportunity to provide professional athletic training services for our area schools,” said Ryan Snyder, MD, medical director of Sports Medicine and a surgeon with MU Orthopaedics at Liberty Hospital. “Since opening our doors six years ago, we have seen Sports Medicine grow to become the premiere provider of athletic training services in the Northland.”
Sports Medicine also provides athletic trainers for Liberty North, Lawson, Lathrop, Orrick and West Platte high schools in addition to William Jewell College and works in coordination with athletic trainers for Kearney and Liberty high schools.
“Our goal is to provide excellent athletic training services and healthcare to the student athletes in the all of the school districts with whom we partner,” said Head Athletic Trainer Jared Hanson, ATC/L, Cert. MDT. “In the sports world today, athletic trainers are an essential component to the safety and well-being of athletes in all settings.”
As part of the healthcare team, services provided by athletic trainers include coverage of athletic events/practices, injury prevention, emergent care, and the examination, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and other medical conditions.
Sports Medicine also offers sports performance training and adult fitness classes, occupational therapy, physical therapy and seamless access to the specialists at MU Orthopaedics at Liberty Hospital. In addition to the orthopaedic surgeons, the Sports Medicine team includes Adam Harrold, MD, CAQ-SM, and Kyle Schneweis, MD, CAQ-SM, CIC, primary care physicians with sports medicine training at The Liberty Clinic. Dr. Schneweis also is certified in concussion management.
Recently, Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine received a gold award in the 30th annual Best of the Northland sports medicine category. Joshua Niemann, MD, of MU Orthopaedics received a bronze award for best orthopedic physician. Sports Medicine opened in 2014 at 398 N. Blue Jay Drive in Liberty behind Dick’s Sporting Goods. For more information, go to or call 816.407.2315.
Tiger Bowl Update

It’s here! Our Fall League Schedule.
Because of the unusual times that we are now living in, all of our Leagues will start after the Labor Day Holiday. We hope everyone stays safe, healthy and able to join us.
Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau extended the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census from July 31st to October 31st, 2020. Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-13, extending Executive Order 18-12, which established the Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee.

The 2020 Census is your chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars you send to Washington, D.C. make their way back to Missouri. For every adult and every child that is not counted in the census, our state will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year. When every Missourian is counted, we get more money for roads and bridges, hospitals, and schools. Respond to the 2020 Census. Because Missouri Counts! Because You Count!
Chamber Opportunities
Mon., August 10 @ Noon
Drop off your goodie bag items at the Chamber Office, located at 455 Sam Barr Dr., Suite 103,
between the hours of 9am-3pm, or bring them with you to the August 5 Chamber Luncheon.
Lets fill the bags full!

The Kearney School District will welcome a new cohort of teachers (and principals) this school year. So, let's extend a warm welcome and invite them to #ShopLocalKearney.
Your Kearney Chamber is hosting the New Teacher Luncheon on August 13 and will again present Chamber goodie bags on behalf of our members.
All Chamber Members are invited to share in this unique opportunity to promote your business and get your brand in their hands first 
by providing promotional items for 19 bags (examples include gift cards, coupons, promotional swag, mini-bottles of hand sanitizer, masks, office supplies, or anything a new teacher could use).
To continue our commitment for supporting local shopping, we would like to introduce you to the #ShopLocalKearney coupon 
book! #ShopLocalKearney promotes shopping locally, supporting our local businesses, and keeping dollars working within our community. These coupons are a FREE opportunity to continue to help your business succeed.
Our goal is to include at least 100 Kearney businesses in the #ShopLocalKearney coupon 
book. Businesses will be selected to participate on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline is August 31st. These books will be valid from December 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021. The coupon books will be sold for $20 each, and offer over $1,500 worth of savings for a one-time use! 
Your business can utilize any combination of the following coupons, all for FREE:
·    $5 off of a purchase of $25 or more
·    $10 off of a purchase of $50 or more
·    $25 off of a purchase of $100 or more
·    BOGO: Buy One, Get One Free (free item does not have to be the same).
We are excited about this new opportunity for you to engage your current and potential customers in Kearney while promoting your business for FREEMembers and non-members are welcome.

If you are interested in participating in the #ShopLocalKearney coupon book, click the button below. For questions, contact Executive Director Stacie Bratcher at
First Responder Appreciation

The Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors resolved to do something each month to demonstrate greater appreciation and community support for the Kearney Police Department and Kearney Fire & Rescue.

If your business would like to contribute to the Chamber's monthly appreciation initiative, contact Stacie Bratcher at 816-628-4229 or email
Sponsorship Opportunity
We are looking for September Luncheon Sponsors. This is a great way to generate awareness around your brand and get additional exposure through various media channels. Our guest speaker will be Russ Tuttle, President and Founder of The Stop Trafficking Project. If you are interested, please contact Stacie for details.
MO Chamber
Sept. 1 | Drug-Free Workplace webinar
It is estimated that up to 75,000 Americans will die from substance misuse and suicide because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drug and alcohol abuse have increased significantly since the pandemic, intensifying an already serious problem facing our nation and our employers. The opioid epidemic, increasing positive drug test rates and the legalization of marijuana as medicine have been magnified by COVID-19.

Never before have employers been forced to deal with the magnitude of issues impacting their ability to operate drug-free – the opioid epidemic, increasing positive drug test rates and the legalization of marijuana as medicine. In this Sept. 1 webinar, Working Partners® will explore these new trends and best practices to help you assess your current drug-free workplace program and identify areas for potential improvement. 
Because the Kearney Chamber is a member of the Missouri Chamber Federation, we are offering a webinar to help Kearney employers create or update their drug-free policies to address this serious threat to their business. We have created a special web page for Kearney Chamber members. When you identify your chamber during registration, we will send a rebate to your chamber. At the conclusion of the webinar, we will send a check to your local chamber for $10 for every member that registered.
Below is the link to use to participate. 
Your opinion: Please fill out this short survey!

The Missouri Chamber is working with the Missouri Department of Revenue to determine what types of regulatory and statutory changes to the state’s tax system businesses want to see.
This short survey will help policymakers determine the best path forward and input from the business community will be critical to these efforts.
Chamber Meetings & Events
Mark Your Calendars:
August 11 – Ambassador Committee
August 18 – Marketing Committee
August 18 – Executive Committee/New Director Orientation
August 25 – Finance Committee Meeting
August 25 – Board of Directors Meeting
August 31 – Nonprofit Forum

Visit the Chamber Calendar for more information on Chamber meetings and events. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Chamber events will look slightly different due to additional safety precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of those in attendance. Details can be found within each event listing.
New Members
Bulldog Rental & Sales

Check out our dump trailer for your next gravel, dirt, mulch or decorative rock project! You can haul 5 tons per load, built in ramps on the back and the gate has the option to slow spread or fully open. This particular load was 3" clean gravel.

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Hometown Pediatric Dentistry

Hometown Pediatric Dentistry is located in Kearney Missouri. This brand new dental office is designed for children. We specialize in dental care for children ages 0 to 21. Dr. Tobler is a pediatric dentist who treats those with special needs and...

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