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Fleming Island’s Carnegie to represent Clay at Miss Florida Teen USA

FLEMING ISLAND – Erica Carnegie, 18, has been selected to represent Clay County at the Miss Florida Teen USA competition next year. Carnegie recently learned that she’ll represent the county …

Demands for homes going through the roof in Clay

FLEMING ISLAND – The sound of steady rain was frequently interrupted last Wednesday by the sound of hammers and table saws. The demand for homes in Clay doesn’t allow for off days by something as …

Food, faith distributed at First Baptist Church of Orange Park

ORANGE PARK – The first group of cars arrived at the First Baptist Church of Orange Park at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17 – more than 90 minutes before volunteers handed out nearly 1,000 boxes of food to …

Record number of residents cast ballots on first day of early voting

CLAY COUNTY – The Nov. 3 general election is so far has been one of the most acrimoniously contested in history, with the presidency and congressional majority being at stake. That’s why a record …

By the numbers: Despite downward trend, COVID-19 still impacting Clay County

CLAY COUNTY – The numbers of residents infected by COVID-19 have piled up in the county. So have the number of deaths. As of Wednesday afternoon, 5,519 people have tested positive for the deadly …

Echoes of Excellence marches into Middleburg High

MIDDLEBURG – The Echoes of Excellence marching band competition is almost here. It will be Saturday, Oct. 17 at Middleburg High. Entering the school year, everything was in limbo. Would there be …

School board starts its push to get half-cent sales tax approved

CLAY COUNTY – The future of the school district lies in the hands of voters as they start heading to the polls for the November’s General Election. While voters head to the polls to decide who …

Superintendent: Phase 3 reopening doesn’t affect schools

FLEMING ISLAND – Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to move Florida into Phase 3 of COVID-19 reopening doesn’t affect district schools. Superintendent David Broskie discussed the governor’s move to …

Residents invited to step lively into Lake Asbury’s newest haunted house

LAKE ASBURY – It only costs $20 to be scared out of your mind at Lake Asbury’s newest haunted pants. That cost, of course, doesn’t include the possible need for a new pair of pants. Haunted …

Understanding your constitutional amendments

CLAY COUNTY – There are seven state and local amendments on the General Election ballot on Nov. 3 and trying to pour through the legal talk often can be as difficult as reading Swedish …
In the Community

Junior high academic teams sharpen their skills during competition

ORANGE PARK – Do you know the Greek whose theorem states that the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides? Academic teams from …

Orange Park Mall Fall Festival

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Mall will be hosting its inaugural fall festival, known as 904-Live, in the JC Penney and The Gove parking lot from 5-10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Local vendors …

Green Cove Springs authorizes new Citizens Advisory Committee

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council met briefly Tuesday and the only item of note was the discussion and authorization of the newly formed Citizens Advisory Committee. City …

Ascension-St. Vincent’s to expand emergency services to Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Ascension-St. Vincent’s Hospital has a long-range plan to build a two-story, 36,000-square-foot emergency treatment medical facility at 1050 N. Orange Ave. The first …

DeSantis mulls reducing daily COVID-19 reporting

The Governor’s Office has begun discussing the possibility of decreasing Florida’s coronavirus reporting from a daily release to a weekly release. There is no consensus yet on what factors …

Bob Page appointed vice chairman of FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Bob Page will serve as the vice chairman for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee. Page has been in Clay County for more than 20 years and …

Transgender Senate candidate for District 5 dies

GAINESVILLE – A transgender Senate candidate running in Northeast Florida died Wednesday after a long battle with thyroid cancer, just weeks before the end of her historic run for office. Melina …

Clay Health provides suggestions for safe Halloween

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Florida Department of Health in Clay County recommends celebrating Halloween virtually or with members of your own household. The department is encouraging all residents to …

Thousands expected for this year’s Orange Park Fall Festival

ORANGE PARK – Town organizers will take every precaution to make sure this weekend’s 38th Annual Fall Festival for the Town of Orange Park is not only enjoyable, but safe. The festival at Town …

Multi-use trail expected in Green Cove Springs by 2022

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – There should be a new addition of a two-and-a-half-mile concrete multiuse trail in the Green Cove Springs area by the fall of 2022. “We’re in our design now,” said …

Orange Park Medical Center to take back unused drugs

ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park Medical Center will be partnering with local law enforcement agencies to host a Crush the Opioid Crisis Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by The U.S. Drug Enforcement …

Family tradition

OAKLEAF – The Cub Scouts are a great way for young children to begin learning valuable life skills, make new friends and engage with their families in different ways than the usual. This is true of …
Obituaries 10/22/20

Sandra Courson (Stengrim) Hicks Sandra Courson (Stengrim) Hicks, 78, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, passed away on October 8th, 2020. She was born on January 4th, 1942, in Lake City, Florida, to Juanita …

Obituaries 10/15/20

William Lacy “Bill” Smith William Lacy “Bill” Smith, 77, of Orange Park, passed peacefully at home and joined our Lord on September 14, 2020 after a long struggle with …

Obituaries 10/8/20

Juanita Willis Lemen Pascak Juanita Willis Lemen Pascak, born on July 14, 1939, in St Augustine, FI passed peacefully on Oct 3, 2020 at her home in Orange Park, Florida. She was survived by her …

Obituaries 9/24/20

Milton Green Milton Green, 77, of Middleburg, FL, passed away September 20, 2020Broadus Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000 www.broadusraines.com Steven …

Faith Walk: Closer to God

In the days of stagecoach travel in the old west, a company was hiring drivers for their stagecoach routes. The hiring was very competitive and the interview process for the candidate drivers was …

Faith walk: Do not judge

Jesus was speaking to all of us when He said, “Do not judge and you will not be judged.” This is one particular teaching that will bring you great peace if you will accept it. Incorrectly judging …

Faith Walk: Proper praying

Jesus gave us a perfect model for prayer. His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. He responded by saying, “Pray like this: …” He followed that by giving us what we call “The Lord’s …

Faith Walk: Thinking back

I recently had another birthday. It was just one more in a series of many. These days I get nostalgic at the time of my birthday. It is hard for me not to reflect on the past when I have that glaring …

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Community First Credit Union mortgage rates are at historic lows (most loans close in 30 days) Community First Credit Union has recently lowered mortgage rates to help you save more than ever …

Sports
COVID-19 demands our attention, not our fear COVID-19 is a serious and frightening disease. It has destroyed lives and livelihoods. It’s dominated our politics and it’s turned the use of facemasks into a constitutional battle of free …
New laws on license plates, veterans, shark fins now in the books From stricter penalties for ripping off military veterans to new guidelines for specialty license plates, 24 laws went into effect Thursday after being passed during the 2020 legislative …
Florida to receive 6.4 million rapid COVID-19 tests Florida will receive 6.4 million rapid tests for COVID-19 from the federal government, the latest step the Governor’s Office argues will help Florida reopen society. That haul, which Gov. Ron …
What’s Eating my Citrus? CLAY COUNTY – An unknown insect on your citrus tree you value can be shocking. Your first instinct is likely to find a way to get rid of it but did you know oftentimes these insects are not pests …
Gov. DeSantis, GOP propose harsh measures against ‘Defund the Police’ protests In response to increased protests, which have spawned violence and looting in parts of the country, Gov. Ron DeSantis and leading lawmakers standing beside law enforcement officers unveiled a plan …

Eagles exact rebound on Bucs

FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island High running back Tim Thomas ran for 216 yards and a touchdown as Fleming Island started fast and cruised to a 27-7 victory over visiting First Coast on Fri., Oct. 16 …
Indians keep rolling, 41-7
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Keystone Heights High running backs Colton Tibbetts and Dalton Hollingsworth both scored twice with the Indians … Read More
Monroe offense ignites
ORANGE PARK - Ridgeview High football coach Matt Knauss unleashed his offensive game plan to highlight his quarterback and his air … Read More
FHSAA releases football playoff brackets
GAINESVILLE - With the COVID pandemic affecting schedules throughout the state, the Florida High School Athletic Association has … Read More
Knights gain momentum for Bartram Trail battle
MANDARIN – The Oakleaf Knights redeemed themselves after a year of dwelling on a heartbreaking 2019 34-33 loss against the … Read More
Raiders hold off Broncos
ORANGE PARK - Any momentum built from this point of the season has to be football capital in the bank for the upcoming playoffs … Read More
Lady Panthers roll to sixth district title
JACKSONVILLE - The Ridgeview High Lady Panthers volleyball team took to their district 3-5A semifinal matchup with Middleburg as the … Read More
Stotler, Medina chasing near-misses
ORANGE PARK - With the Fleming Island High girls relay teams as strong as last years 200 medley title and second place 200 free relay … Read More
Blue Devils keep rollin’; 49-7
ST JOHNS - Clay High senior Quarterback Tre Griner, the Blue Devils’ team Captain for the coin toss, won the call and elected to … Read More
World class cycling opens county to USA
GREEN COVE SPRINGS - There was a little bit of truck traffic during one event due to the Monster Truck Jam that was staged at the Clay … 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
Clay County Economic Development Corp. earns award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clay County Economic Development Corporation a Bronze Award for its Website Redesign, a project in the category … Read More
Three new homes open at Habitat Commons
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Three new homes were dedicated recently in a virtual ceremony by Clay County Habitat. Habitat Commons is a … Read More
Clay County Sheriff’s Office earns Excelsior accreditation
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation officially reaccredited the Clay County Sheriff’s … Read More
This Week In History 10/22/20
Five years ago, 2015 Members of the Clay Educational Support Professionals Association picket two locations in the county to demand … Read More
The Nutcracker set for three-day run at Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – Tickets are now on sale for the Florida Ballet’s, The Nutcracker, at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Dec. 11-13. The … Read More
Community Briefs 10/22/20
Middleburg Black Creek Lions, Culver’s collecting foodMIDDLEBURG – The Middleburg Black Creek Lions and Culver’s of Middleburg … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 10/22/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 10/22/20
Starke man charged with molesting Green Cove girlGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 73-year-old Starke man was being held at the Clay County … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 10/15/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 10/15/20
Pair suspected of running theft ring now in jail MIDDLEBURG – Two members of an organized theft ring that operated in Clay and … Read More
Arrests and bookings 10/8/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 10/8/20
Clay High janitor pleads guild to filming girls in locker roomJACKSONVILLE – Jason Brian Goff, 44, of Starke, pleaded guilty to … Read More
Calendar 10/22/20

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING DURING PANDEMIC: will be offered as a webinar session by Community Hospice & Palliative Care on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. To register, visit …

Community Calendar 10/15/20

13TH ANNUAL PINK RIBBON SYMPOSIUM: Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. The 13th Annual Pink Ribbon Symposium has gone virtual! Listen and learn about the latest advancements in breast cancer and how to stay positive …

Calendar 10/8/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Oct. 8 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke.CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department …

Community Calendar 10/1/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Oct. 1 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. KEYSTONE HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL: will meet Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 555 S. Lawrence …

Calendar 9/24/20

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING DURING PANDEMIC: will be offered as a webinar session by Community Hospice & Palliative Care on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. To register, visit …