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Quick-thinking security guard, ER staff save man from ‘widowmaker’

OAKLEAF – Just like he was a month ago, Luis Vargas was waiting at the front door Wednesday morning when Jim Markert arrived at the front door of the Baptist and Wolfson Oakleaf Emergency …

USA Cycling nationals headed to Clay County for next two years

PENNEY FARMS – Clay County will play host to the four-day USA Cycling Road Amateur Nationals in June, which is expected to boost business coffers by $2.3 million during each of the next two …

Friends of Augusta Savage open clothes closet at Bennett

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Many children in America come from less than stable financial situations. They may be lacking in proper nutrition, parental guidance or serviceable clothing. With the help …

BCC moves closer selling $130 million in bonds to build new roads

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners have solidified their plans for the upcoming $130 million bond project, and if everything goes according to plan, the bonds will be sold and …

Clay women cashing in, saving more than most counties

CLAY COUNTY – Women living here benefit more economically than most counties in the state, and their dollar goes much farther. SmartAsset, a nationwide financial technology company with the aim …

School district taps Burghart, Broughton for annual awards

CLAY COUNTY – Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year were selected last week and both educators are ecstatic to take home the award. Lindsay Burghart is the Teacher of the …

Our opinion

How do you find out about any possible increases in your property taxes? You read your local newspaper. Where do you look to find out what happened during a county commission, school board or …

School board wrestles with finding interim superintendent

FLEMING ISLAND – Superintendent Addison Davis had a short agenda last week in what likely will be his final school board meeting. Davis is expected to resign from the Clay County School District …
In the Community

Green Cove Springs approves $125 stormwater fee for each home

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council Tuesday approved an annual usage fee of $125 for stormwater management for each single-family home. The ordinance made changes to Chapter 70 of the City …

My Salon renting space to create new businesses

ORANGE PARK – A new salon suite recently opened and will act as a gateway for other successful businesses in the area. My Salon Suite of Orange Park had its grand opening last Tuesday at 1801 …

Tynes students explore Mars surface … in their cafeteria

MIDDLEBURG – Tynes Elementary sixth graders went hands-on with Bluetooth-controlled robots that simulate the Mars Rover used by NASA last Tuesday. Routine Tuesdays for a sixth graders took a …

St. Johns River State College to offer medical assistant programs

ORANGE PARK – Beginning next fall, students at St. John’s River State College will have another educational option with the addition of a medical assistant program. The program consists of …

Augusta Savage moved international audiences

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – On Feb. 29, 1892, Rev. Fells and his wife Cornelia welcomed their seventh child into their two-story home on Middleburg Avenue in Green Cove Springs. They could not have …

Orange Park Medical Center elects 2020 board members

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center is pleased to announce it has elected five new members for its Board of Trustees. Each member has been elected to serve a three-year term with the …
Obituaries 2/20/20

Ledger McConn Weathersbee, Jr. “Bee” Ledger McConn Weathersbee, Jr. “Bee” 94, of Orange Park, Florida, joined his Queen Bee, Madelyn, in Heaven Tuesday, February 11, 2020. He …

Obituaries 2/13/20

Marie Asselie Francois Marie Asselie Francois, 87, of Green Cove Springs, transitioned on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Haven Hospice Custead Care Center, Orange Park.The daughter of Clement Charles …

Obituaries 2/6/20

Pastor Louis Nelson Doan Louis Nelson Doan, 66, went to be with his Lord on January 27, 2020.He was released from the hospital on January 24th under the care of Community Hospice. He passed with his …

Sports
“Fake Florida’ states taking advantage lack of film production program More than 70 film and television productions have wanted to shoot in Florida in recent years, but didn’t due to the lack of a statewide film production program. According to trade association …
This Week in History 020620 Five years ago, 2015The Clay County Commission surprisingly and unexpectedly voted down a proposal to spend $10 of unspent bond money on a mega-sports complex in the county.Thirty-five boys reach the …
Astros cheating scandal proves continued hypocrisy against Rose Three Major League managers have lost their jobs – and likely their careers – for using technology to steal signs from the Los Angeles Dodgers during a pair of World Series. But Houston Astros …
“Fake Florida’ states taking advantage lack of film production program More than 70 film and television productions have wanted to shoot in Florida in recent years, but didn’t due to the lack of a statewide film production program. According to trade association …
Sen. Bradley encouraged about teacher pay progress State Sen. Rob Bradley is pleased with the progress lawmakers are making on teacher compensation. The Fleming Island Republican is sponsoring legislation (SB 486) to repeal the Best and Brightest …
National Anthem, coin toss among favorite Super Bowl wagers Americans love the Super Bowl, and they’re willing to spend their grocery money on it to prove it. Nothing matches the exhilaration – gamblers call it “juice” – than getting paid to …
Davis’ successor needs to continue improvements, create own leadership style Whomever fills Addison Davis’s seat as the Superintendent of Schools for Clay County will have a difficult job. Clay County clearly lost a leader who made an impact, however brief, on our …

Blue Devils lead top-ranked Kenny; falls in fourth

JACKSONVILLE – Going into Wednesday night’s District 4-4A game against top-seeded Bishop Kenny, the Clay boys basketball team,  had the perfect game plan to try and pull off the …
Tussle of Muscle Holy Smokes!
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Fleming Island High wrestler Gannon Janssen opened the Tussle of Muscle dual match against Clay High, at Clay … Read More
Middleburg High Lady Broncos still in
MIDDLEBURG - Middleburg High girls basketball got a standout performance from guard Mar’riah Davis to offset the high-scoring … Read More
Brooks gets state lift title
PANAMA CITY BEACH – Clay High senior weightlifter Lindsay Brooks came home with a gold medal after winning the Class 1A title at 199 … Read More
Spartans back to region final
ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School boys soccer again joined the reknown girls soccer team to a region final playoff berth … Read More
Springs earns NFL coach of year nomination
FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island High head football coach Damenyum Springs was honored at the NFL’s Pro Bowl recently in Orlando with … Read More
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
Logic and Accuracy test planned ahead of presidential primary
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The public is invited to observe the Logic and Accuracy Test for the presidential primary. According to Clay … Read More
Sears closing its doors at Orange Park Mall
ORANGE PARK – Sears, the last Jacksonville-area department store and cornerstone of the Orange Park Mall for the past 45 years, soon … Read More
Community Briefs 2/20/20
Ward returns to Clay’s Emergency Management officeGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Department of Public Safety announced the … Read More
College Briefs 2/20/20
Orange Park’s Patterson earns degree at Valdosta StateVALDOSTA, Ga. – Quahlin Patterson of Orange Park recently earned a Bachelor … Read More
SJWMD: Area records rainfall deficit during past year
CLAY COUNTY – January kicked off the year with below-average rainfall across the entire 18-county St. Johns River Water Management … Read More
This Week in history 2/20/20
Five years ago, 2015 Amanda Mane Moon, 25, was arrested and charged with embezzling $40,188 from the Board of County Commissioners … Read More
Crime News
Police briefs 2/20/20
GCS car repair shop shut down following drug raidGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office shut down a business on … Read More
Arrests & bookings 2/20/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 2/13/20
State to seek death penalty for New Year’s Eve shootingGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The man charged with shooting two people to death and … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 2/13/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police briefs 2/6/20
Five arrested as part of drug raid on Brickyard Road MIDDLEBURG – A man was arrested for the second time in six months … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 1/30/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Calendar 2/20/20

CLAY SAFETYNET ALLIANCE: will meet Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Haven-Custead Care Center, 745 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. Representatives from local government, faith-based groups and nonprofits …

Calendar 2/6/20

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Teacher Inservice Center at Fleming Island High, 2233 Village Square Pkwy.GARDEN CLUB OF MIDDLEBURG: will meet Feb. 7 at 2239 Blanding …

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 …