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County Health Department: Clay may wait months for COVID-19 vaccines

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The county is preparing for COVID-19 vaccines as the two most promising vaccines seek Food and Drug Administration approval this month. Two COVID-19 vaccine suppliers, …

More than 3,000 students opt to return to traditional classrooms

FLEMING ISLAND – More than 3,000 students have elected to return to brick and mortar education following the upcoming holiday break. The Clay County School District recently sent out surveys to …

Salvation Army presses forward despite unprecedented challenges

MIDDLEBURG – Maj. Phillip Irish slumped in his chair and stared at the calendar on his desk. The only thing listed on Nov. 18 was the word “FLOOD,” and it was underlined three times. His …

Naval Hospital Jacksonville to hold training drills

NAS JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Naval Hospital Jacksonville will be holding training evolutions Dec. 2-4 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. which could include simulated explosions and simulated gunfire. Residents …

Points with a purpose

MIDDLEBURG – It’s been a good year for Marie Kaltz and her family. Her and her husband’s jobs weren’t affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – or the shutdowns and layoffs that came with …

CCSO wraps-up yearlong murder case with seventh arrest

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A random act of kindness cost a man his life, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said. The agency reported the seventh, and final, arrest in the brutal 2019 attack of a …

Groundbreaking for new Baptist Clay Medical Campus hospital coming soon

FLEMING ISLAND – Although the start of construction is still at least a week away, it doesn’t keep Darin Roark from closing his eyes and imagining the completed project. The construction …

Back to the Fifties Car Show

FLEMING ISLAND – Local residents showed up to take in the excellent weather, marvel at more than 140 exotic cars and participate in the best-dressed in 1950’s attire competition Saturday at the …

Elevate Church, OP Mall offering Thanksgiving dinners

ORANGE PARK – In conjunction with Orange Park Mall, Elevate Life Church of Fleming Island wants to do its part to help those in need during this holiday season. On Saturday, Nov. 21, there will …

CCSO: Be on the lookout for Shawn Lequin Braddy

Our detectives are looking for a man identified as Shawn Lequin Braddy. We believe he was involved in a shooting that happened this morning on Grayson Lane in the Oakleaf …
In the Community

New Keystone Heights RV Resort a perfect home away from home

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Florida is a destination for many people from the north during the winter and the place of choice for many vacationers during the summer. The newly-opened Keystone Heights RV …

Clay Maverick’s barrel racing club home to elite riders

ORANGE PARK – The Clay Maverick’s is one the oldest Barrel Racing Clubs in the Jacksonville area. It has been around since 1964 and offers children a chance to learn to ride and to compete in …

Keystone Heights Christmas parade scheduled for Dec. 12

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Lake Region Kiwanis Club has to do things a little differently this year, but fear not: Santa and his Christmas parade still will make its way through the city. The …

Ascension St. Vincent’s Clay distributes 400 meals on Thanksgiving

MIDDLEBURG – Volunteers and associates from Ascension St. Vincent’s prepared approximately 850 warm Thanksgiving meals for local families in need. It was the 27th consecutive year the health …

TextMyGov gives GCS residents quick answers to most-asked questions

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Anyone looking for answers to Green Cove Springs’ most frequently asked questions now has an easy way to get an answer. The city is unveiling a new text called TextMyGov. …

Parade of Trees adds holiday cheer to Spring Park

STAFF PHOTOS BY DON COBLE Green Cove Spring’s Parade of Trees has turned Spring Park into a Christmas wonderland. More than 130 trees have been decorated by civic groups, businesses and …

StoryWalk combines physical activity, literature at Spring Park

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County’s first StoryWalk is here. Spring Park in Green Cove Springs, in conjunction with the Clay Public Library system, has recently emplaced the StoryWalk for the …

Hot gaming deals for the holidays

CLAY COUNTY – The winter holidays are right around the corner and there’s a good chance either you or someone in your family plays games. We’ll break down some of the best video game …

O2B Kids still offering children safe, enjoyable sanctuary away from home

FLEMING ISLAND – Despite the slowdowns created by the COVID-19 pandemic, O2B Kids Fleming Island continues to be a place where kids, parents and staff love to go. The facility has several rooms …

The Way Medical Clinic to expand services to Orange Park

In the first of a three-part series, The Way Medical Clinic is pushing forward despite the challenges of COVID-19 and the economic slowdown that came with it. This week, a concerned resident donated …

Children encouraged to send ‘Letters to Santa’

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – As Christmas approaches, a lot of things this year will be different, due to COVID-19. But as always, people, are resilient. They find ways to deal with the interruptions to …

Helping Clay County look fabulous on a budget

ORANGE PARK – Sometimes it takes a drastic turn of events to help people find their passion. That’s exactly what Joyce Knight Hall discovered when she opened The Hall Closet. The dream of …
Obituaries 120320

LeRoy R. Schaub LeRoy R. Schaub, age 74, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. LeRoy was born on July 10, 1946 in Chamberlain, South Dakota to Edward Albert Schaub and Alma …

Obituaries 11/26/20

Joseph “Roger” Demers Joseph Demers, husband of Irene for 65 years, passed away peacefully on November 17th in Pooler, GA. Many in the Orange Park and Middleburg area will remember his …

Obituaries 11/12/20

Daniel J. Harkins, Jr. Daniel J. Harkins, Jr., 88, of Fleming Island, FL passed away on November 1, 2020. Daniel was born on January 18, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mary and Daniel Harkins. …

Obituaries 11/5/20

Frederick Norman “Red” Lonberg Frederick Norman “Red” Lonberg, USN RET BMCM, sailed away on his final deployment to be with the Lord on October 29, 2020. A loving husband, …

Faith walk: The greatest gift ever given

Paul the Apostle powerfully expressed what cannot adequately be expressed in words when he declared “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15) This is the season when …

Faith Walk: Thanksgiving

There are a lot of variations when the history of our Thanksgiving holiday is discussed. Fine points in the history are disputed. For us, the history of Thanksgiving should not be the most important …

Faith walk: Uncle Gus

He was not actually my uncle. He was a cousin in the family but I called him “Uncle Gus” because in those days young people always addressed their elders with a title. So, you said “Mr.” or …

Faithwalk: My Jesus

More than one hundred fifty years ago, a young teenager wrote a beautiful poem. It was a personal tribute to his Savior. The poem became a powerful hymn of the church when music was written for it a …

Community First Credit Union

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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
Time to think healthy is before holidays, not New Year’s Day Think the holidays are here to ruin your health? Think again. It’s holiday season, and that means you will soon be thinking and talking about New Year’s resolutions. We already have Christmas …
Is Florida still a swing state? Florida is more than two-weeks postelection, following Democrats rough night against Republicans who dominated at the polls. The red wave the state saw raises the question: Is Florida still a …
Plan, Prepare, Perform: The keys to Clay County’s election success CLAY COUNTY – The question I have been asked most often in the last week is “How can Florida, and specifically Clay County, complete the ballot counting so quickly when other states cannot?” In …
No favorites in NASCAR’s Final Four sets up intriguing championship The four drivers who’ve qualified for the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs didn’t get as much attention as one driver who failed to make the cut last Sunday at the Martinsville …
How Florida’s electorate has changed since 2017 election How has Florida’s electorate changed since the 2016 presidential election? An examination of voter registration data in the election book closing reports for the 2016 and 2020 General elections …

Cobbert wants the ‘Magic’

FLEMING ISLAND - After a somewhat lackluster performance in preseason play at the Gobbler Preseason Wrestling Tournament staged by Clay High last weekend at the Clay County Fairgrounds, Fleming …
Dismal season for Jags
The Jacksonville Jaguars, here with new quarterback Mike Glennon and coach Doug Marrone must figure out new ideas for next year after … Read More
Dreadnaughts receive national tournament bid
FLEMING ISLAND - The Fleming Island Dreadnaughts 10-under Pop Warner football team, coached by Mike Kenny, recently lost their region … Read More
Stotler chats about records, wins, Vols and the Olympics
GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay High senior swimmer Sara Stotler, fresh off a state gold medal in the 100 butterfly and a silver in the 200 … Read More
And, then there was one ...
FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island running back Sam Singleton ran for a school record 274 yards and four touchdowns as host Fleming … Read More
Clay High’s turnaround ends in Ocala
OCALA - After turning around a one-win 2019 season, the 9-1 Clay Blue Devils traveled to Ocala Vanguard’s Booster Stadium to take on … Read More
Stratton, Allen take Hog Jog titles
LAKE ASBURY - St. Johns Country Day School junior cross country runner Matthew Stratton, fresh off a third place finish in the Class … Read More
Ridgeview High names Charles Gilbert first Football Hall of Famer
ORANGE PARK - Former Ridgeview High sports star Charles Gilbert, notably one of the fastest wide receivers to play in Clay County … Read More
Wolfe gets the keys to the Bronco Nation
MIDDLEBURG - Fleming Island, Clay and Orange Park high school football has had one common thread the past decade or so when it comes … Read More
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-One Number Different

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
Home Instead’s ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ finds new ways to spread cheer
ORANGE PARK – At a time when it may be more important than ever, Home Instead’s seasonal favorite “Be A Santa to a Senior” … Read More
This Week In History 12/3/20
Five years ago, 2015• City Manager presented five bids to the Green Cove Springs City Council from companies who want to manage the … Read More
SJR State Foundation celebrates 50 years of student success
ORANGE PARK – With a rich history of supporting students, the St. Johns River State College Foundation, founded in 1970, is … Read More
Jessie Ball duPont Fund to match JA donations for Giving Tuesday
CLAY COUNTY – As part of its Giving Tuesday and Holiday Donation Campaign, Junior Achievement of North Florida is pleased to … Read More
Garden Club of Orange Park honors veterans at Clarke House
ORANGE PARK – This month the Whippoorwill Circle of the Garden Club of Orange Park spent some time replanting the garden in front of … Read More
Health Department: Enjoy a safe, happy holiday season
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – As Floridians prepare to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, it’s important for residents and … Read More
This Week in History 11/26/20
Five years ago, 2015• The Clay High football team defeat Nature Coast, 40-28, to advance to the Class 5A state championship.• … Read More
Daughters of American Revolution scholarship available
FLEMING ISLAND – Graduating seniors are eligible and encouraged to apply for a $1,000 Sophia Fleming Scholarship, sponsored by … Read More
Sons of Confederate, VA honors provides headstones for unmarked graves
CLAY COUNTY – Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Kirby-Smith Camp No. 1209 installed headstones on the unmarked graves of … Read More
Feeding NE Florida distributes 200 turkeys to Clay County residents
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Feeding Northeast Florida continued its Harvest Helpings initiative in Clay County. In partnership with … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 120320
Former school board candidate arrested for soliciting child on internetORANGE PARK – A former Clay County School Board candidate was … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 120320
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/26/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 11/26/20
Pair arrested in connection with shooting of Orange Park teenGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Two men were arrested and charged with armed … Read More
Police Briefs 11/19/20
Oakleaf murder suspect killed by Maryland policeOAKLEAF – The man wanted for murder by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was shot … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/19/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Calendar 11/19/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: will be held virtually for people grieving the death of a loved one on …

Calendar 11/12/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning …

Calendar 11/5/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 5 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department …

Community Calendar 10/29/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Oct. 29 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: will meet Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the BCC Meeting room on the …

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 …