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Davis selected as Hillsborough County's next Superintendent

Addison Davis will be the new Superintendent of the Hillsborough County School District, and it will come at the expense of Clay County schools. The school board unanimously voted …

Born free

CAMP BLANDING – A pair of black bear cub brothers will call the Ocala-to-Osceola wildlife corridor home after they were released back into the wild last week at Camp Blanding. The two cubs were …

Math teacher to run for Superintendent’s job

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Melanie Dawn Walls has always been around education. As the daughter of a music teacher, her father’s love for teaching and the relationships he was able to forge with his …

Clay’s Addison Davis emerges as frontrunner for Hillsborough job

Clay County Superintendent Addison Davis took a significant step toward taking the same job for Hillsborough County Thursday, earning the highest grades from five of seven school board …

Darryl Daniels joins crowded race for Clay County Sheriff

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Darryl Daniels wants to stay as the sheriff in town. The incumbent Clay County Sheriff filed paperwork Wednesday afternoon with the Supervisor of Elections to be on …

City officials, CCSO go door-to-door to dispel rumors of fight club

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – At first, residents seemed apprehensive as a group of Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies and volunteers went door-to-door Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood surrounding …

Clay graduation rate at all-time high

CLAY COUNTY – Graduation rates from the 2018-2019 school year were the highest in the district’s history. Graduation rates have been on the rise for years. Last year’s class, however, set a new …

Camp Blanding still thriving as training base, historical landmark

CAMP BLANDING – Clay County is full of history. It’s home to southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and 38 Special, artists like Augusta Savage and one of the most haunted buildings …
In the Community
Need for local news has never been more important The 24-hour news cycle makes my head hurt. No matter which side of the argument you fall on, the only effect the president’s impeachment will have on any of us is a guaranteed spike in our blood …
Letter to The Editor 1/9/20 Clay County residents:We all have so much to be thankful for. We, here at Mercy, are counting our blessings for the many supporters, donors and volunteers who selfishly help Mercy accomplish its …
Letters to the Editor 1/9/20 Dear Editor: Christmas came a little bit early for me this year. On the morning of Dec. 22, I received word that I was approved for sideline credential at the Jacksonville Jaguars/Indianapolis …
OMG: Texting, driving no longer a LOL moment I’m writing this column with crossed fingers, which isn’t easy, but in this case, it’s necessary. Florida’s law to ban texting while driving finally has some real teeth. Along with everyone …
My 15 Resolutions for the New Year Traditionally, New Year's resolutions are about making a commitment to do something different in our lives, perhaps going in a new direction from that of the past. I'm thrilled to share these 15 …
This Week in History 1/2/20 Five years ago, 2015Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court Tara Green announces her office no longer will conduct wedding ceremonies.The Florida Department of Transportation will give Orange Park $3 …
Life-altering New Years resolution Resolutions are made to be broken. Let’s face it, the number of times we’ve turned the calendar to a new year are the same number of times we’ve started, and broken, a diet.This …
Tiny Homes Expo to address big demand for downsizing

ORANGE PARK – If you’ve ever thought about downsizing, but aren't quite sure just how much or how to do it, help is on the way. The Jacksonville Tiny Homes Expo will be at Orange Park Mall in …

Spreading the gospel of protection CLAY COUNTY – People of faith and houses of worship are under attack. Shootings have become far too-common. Too many times parishioners are forced to their knees to avoid gunfire, not for …
Orange Park Council continues thorny issue of tree fees ORANGE PARK – The town council is one step closer to implementing a fee for tree removals. The Orange Park Town Council has been wrestling with a tree fee for some time, but the council moved …
Clay nonprofits earn $130 million a year without focusing on sports, recreation ORANGE PARK – No other sector of nonprofits in Clay County is larger than sports and recreation, according to the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Nonprofit leaders in the county gathered …
GCS re-opens talks about bidding for Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council once again talked about bidding for the Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center Library building during its Tuesday night meeting. The …
Move by CalaVida Arts Festival may affect TDC funding GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The CalaVida Arts Festival will be coming to the city earlier than its usual time. The festival has been held in October for the past few years but it’s coming to Green …
Obituaries 1/27/20

ERIC EDENFIELD Eric Edenfield, 32, of Bostwick passed away accidentally on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Palatka. Eric was born in Jacksonville and grew up in Middleburg. He was a 2005 graduate of …

Obituaries 1/23/20

Lawrence Leslie Hill Lawrence Leslie Hill, 77, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, passed away January 11, 2020. He was born on February 12, 1942 in Johnsonville, Illinois to parents Neil R. and Lovella …

Obituaries 1/16/20

John Donnelly Warner John Donnelly Warner, 82, passed away January 4, 2020. He was born August 6, 1937 in Berlin, Germany to the late Dewitt T. and Lattra D. Warner. He graduated in 1959 from The …

Sports

RHS' Clyburn looking for playoff spark

ORANGE PARK - Ridgeview High basketball coach Jerome Clyburn, himself a playoff player while at Orange Park High School in the Raiders deep region runs in the early 2000s, has been trying to figure a …
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

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The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Please visit the YMCA blog to stay up to date on their latest news!

Good Deeds, Memories and Briefs
College Briefs 1/23/20
Four Clay students on Valdosta State’s Dean’s ListVALDOSTA, Ga. – Four local students earned spots on Valdosta State … Read More
Community Briefs 1/23/20
Second wave of playwrights arrive in Clay County For Clamour Theatre Co.’s annual retreat GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clamour Clamour … Read More
Whitey’s comes to the rescue!
Whitey’s Fish Camp, an iconic fixture at Swimming Pen Creek at Doctors Lake, raised $20,855 for the Clay County Safe Animal Shelter … Read More
Kans4K9s turns trash to valuable service dogs
ORANGE PARK – One of the community service projects the Garden Club of Orange Park is Kans4K9’s. Each month members deposit … Read More
This Week In History 1/23/20
Five years ago, 2015Orange Park’s Gayla Dease bought 50 Chichewa-language Bibles and shipped them to a small church in Malawi.Clay … Read More
Pines in decline
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Many Florida residents enjoy having pine trees on their properties. Whether landowners rely on pine trees for … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 1/23/20
Couple busted for selling crack to CCSO informantORANGE PARK – A local couple were in jail after they were caught selling crack … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 1/23/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 1/16/20
Murder charges added to man following New Year’s Eve shootingKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Murder charges were filed a week following a … Read More
Arrests & bookings 1/16/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 1/9/20
Two dead following New Year’s Eve shootingKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A couple were arrested after three people were shot on New Year’s … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 1/9/20
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Calendar 1/23/20

BETH SMITH: will address Penney Retirement Community on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark Ave. Smith is based at Jennings State Park and will be on hand to answer questions …

Calendar 1/16/20

BETH SMITH: will address Penney Retirement Community on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark Ave. Smith is based at Jennings State Park and will be on hand to answer questions …

Community Calendar 1/9/20

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference room, third floor of Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs.CLAY COUNTY …

Calendar 12/26/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. at …

Calendar 12/5/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the …