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Sitting still for Augusta Savage's sculpture

Dr. Cathy Powers shared her story of meeting Augusta Savage, which she said was a formative moment in her childhood.
FLEMING ISLAND – The Augusta Savage 132nd Birthday Gala featured a special guest. Dr. Cathy Powers shared her fond memory of when the acclaimed artist, Augusta Savage, was commissioned to create her sculpture...
Official concept art for the Agricola Property.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS  –  The highly anticipated, highly ambitious Agricola Property is one step closer to breaking ground after smoothing some concerns during a workshop last Tuesday. The …
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Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble was joined by other officers from his department to observe the funeral procession for Clay County Sheriff's Office Deputy Clint Seagle, who died in 2021 of COVID-19.

Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble to retire

ORANGE PARK – Gary Goble will key his microphone and provide dispatch with a code 10-7, followed by 10-42. With that, he will be retired as the town’s police chief. Code 10-7 means out of …
Groom Ihsan, Fleming Island CTE teacher Laura Kirk and bride Alyssa McAlpin were pleased their six months of preparation laid the groundwork for a perfect mock wedding.

Tying the 'mock' knot

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Alyssa McAlpin and Ihsan Nairne started planning their wedding in August. They meticulously worked through the details and quickly learned that there seemed to be more …
Taylor stands with his family. His son Joshua is on his left. His son Justin is on his right.

Councilmember-elect Glenn Taylor shares his vision for his town

ORANGE PARK – There are two open seats on the town council following the resignations of Vice  Mayor Susana Thompson  and  Councilman Daniel Cobreiro . Glenn Taylor was geared …

Elementary school bookkeeper pleads not guilty to shooting at CCSO deputies

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Doctors Inlet bookkeeper accused of shooting toward five Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies after she was fired for using school district credit cards to make 12 …
Large crowds are expected again at the eighth annual Strawberry Fest this weekend at the Clay County Fairgrounds. In addition to the fresh Plant City berries, there will be games, vendors and a pie-eating contest. The event will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fresh strawberries, games, entertainment, contests to highlight Strawberry Fest

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – If it has to do with strawberries, you can find it Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The eighth annual Strawberry Fest traditionally attracts …
A runner finishes one last bite before we head out for the 3.5-mile loop.

#RunFlemingIsland

FLEMING ISLAND – Noel Reforma is a Boston Marathon finalist, but another cherished accomplishment is a little closer to home – he's run every road on Fleming Island...
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Magnolia Point residents challenge amenity fees imposed by Community Association

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club is quietly nestled behind guarded gates, surrounded by a matrix of moss-draped oaks and magnolia trees. The community is a sanctuary of …
Trash festers along the front yard of the abandoned home.

Down a dirt road through High Ridge Estates

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – There is an abandoned home down a dirt road through High Ridge Estates. Trash festers along the front yard. Plywood boards the windows shut. I knocked at the front door…

Clerk's Office earns Top Workplace designation

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Tara S. Green’s office received a Top Workplaces of 2024 award this week, an annual recognition considered the gold standard of …
Fleming Island's Josh Skipper worked with the 2022 Memphis in May championship team Blue Hogs team, and he's been regularly asked by Brandt Racing to prepare an assortment of barbecue dishes.

Josh Skipper part of barbecue show with chef Michael Symon at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH – Sweet smoke pierced through steady rain at the Daytona International Speedway, providing a tasty consolation to postponements of two days of racing. Under large tents and a few …

Winning St. Johns County Day School Art on display

ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School’s 2024 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Art Show is now on display at the Nichols Family Art Gallery at the school’s Performing Arts Center. This is …

Blank Check Society salute veterans at Little Ruth, Mt. Olive cemetaries

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Blank Check Society completed its monthly mission on Saturday, Feb. 24, by honoring veterans at Little Ruth and Mt. Olive cemeteries. A total of 100 US Flags were proudly …
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Obituaries
Curtis W. Sewell, Jr.
Curtis W. Sewell, Jr., 75 of Orange Park, FL., passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024. He was born in Jacksonville, FL. on June 17 th , 1948.  Curtis graduated from Orange Park High School …
Kay Marguerite Alvarez
Kay Marguerite Alvarez age 78 of Keystone Heights began her blessed journey on February 20, 2024. She was born on May 11, 1945 in Jacksonville to the late Clyde Raymond Alvarez and Daisy Farmer …
John Stephen Watson
As a teen, a long and lanky farmer of the clay and rock hills of Northeast Alabama, Quarterback for the Springville Tigers High School football team, a self-made Hot Rod mechanic scouring the …
Joyce Mae Brantley
Joyce Mae Brantley, age 84, of Fleming Island, Florida passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024. She was born in Jacksonville, FL to the late William and Mae Patterson. She was predeceased by her …
Elaine Halley
Elaine Halley, 75, of Orange Park, FL, passed away February 14, 2024.  She was born on January 5, 1949 in Fairmont, WV to parents Olis and Mary (Lee) Bennett. She had a B.A. Degree from West …
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Sports

HECK YEAH! Three state titles for Emma

LAKELAND - Clay High junior weightlifter Emma Heck dominated her division as expected for an unprecedented third straight double state title weekend while Fleming Island junior Bradi Johnson came …
ST. JOHNS - An overtime goal from sophomore top scorer Brooke Bunton sealed the deal for the third-seed Clay High Blue Devils girls soccer team to get to a place long denied to Blue Devil soccer fans …
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GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay High's 113-pound wrestler Jacob Bucci has taken the tough road to recovery from knee injuries and had been dropped to number seven in rankings, but nevertheless, stayed …
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Superheroes Descend on Kingsly Avenue

ORANGE PARK - Nearly 500 energetically costumed runners; Spiderman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Ghostbusters and a lot of firefighters and police, descended up Grace Episcopal Day School for the annual …

Eagles' flags keep rolling

Fleming Island rusher Daisy Fletcher got some game time on the offense and grabbed a touchdown against Stanton.

FLEMING ISLAND - With a tie in preseason action against Tallahassee Chiles, the daunting task of replacing all-everything quarterback Mykala Maddox has slowed the massive point production that …

Upcoming Events in Clay County

The annual "Best of Clay" contest is on now! The Clay Today is back for our third installment of the Best of Clay contest. Last year, we had over 153,000 votes cast for different businesses in Clay.

Starting February 17, you will be able to vote for the winner of every category. You are allowed one vote per category per day, so make sure to come back often! 

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Make sure to share the contest so all of the county can participate. Voting closes March 6

Did You Know?

Every week, Clay Today will test or enlighten your knowledge on a variety of topics. This week, prove your identification at the polls. A lot’s been said about requiring voters to prove their …

Word of the Week 02/29/24

Opprobrium : (uh-PROH-bree-um) a noun meaning harsh criticism or disapproval of a person or thing, especially by a large number of people.  "The new curbside waste contract in Clay …

The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-Our DayStar Program

At DayStar, we are committed to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential with dignity while providing individuals access to the unique support they need. Daystar is committed to providing …

Crime & safety

Arrests and Bookings from 02/22/24 - 02/29/24

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Dustin R. Edwards, Middleburg, aggravated assault with deadly weapon

Elizabeth A. Rich, 37, Green Cove Springs, possession-harmful new legend controlled substance

Kiara A.S. Alston, 34, Middleburg, shoplifting

Victoria L. Bacon, 23, Orange Park, providing false name/ID

Christopher N. Coats, 41, St. Johns, five counts grand theft, two counts petit theft

James M. Patterson, 33, Green Cove Springs, VOP-domestic violence

Kimberly M. Thompson, 46, Jacksonville, racketeering

David B. Cook, 33, Middleburg, grand theft, grand theft auto

Briefs

Middleburg High JNROTC earns 'Outstanding' distinction

MIDDLEBURG - T he  Middleburg High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps conducted its Annual Military Inspection on Feb. 22. The annual event showcases all the hard work of the …

Opinions & Viewpoints
Faith Walk

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: Faith and Deliverance

FAITH WALK The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, found in the book of Daniel, is a story of unwavering faith, courage, and God's miraculous intervention in the face of adversity and …

This Week in History 02/29/24

Sam Garrison five years ago.

Five years ago, 2019 • A 4-1 vote from the Clay County School Board hired  Kenneth Wagner to be the first Chief of Police for the school district's new police department. Currently, Clay …

Columnists

Here's a vote of confidence for our local elections

It shouldn’t matter what side of the aisle you’re from. We can all laugh at a Facebook post featuring a mail truck among headstones, with the caption reading: “I saw a mail truck in the …

Keeping a roof over your head

If financial hardship has put you at risk of missing a mortgage payment, you should familiarize yourself with the relief options available and be prepared to act quickly. According to Freddie Mac, …

Florida House tries to move slowpokes from left lanes

Florida may have fewer left-lane laggards on high-speed roadways next year if the Senate approves legislation that just zipped through the House. The bill ( HB 317 ) cleared the Legislature’s …
Sen. Jennifer Bradley represents District 6, which includes Clay County, among others. She is Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice in the Florida Senate.

Sen. Bradley wants consistent standards for delivery companies, food providers

According to legislation advanced by the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee, the state is looking to swallow up all regulatory authority over food delivery apps such as Uber Eats and Grubhub. SB 676 …
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Ellianos Coffee coming soon to Doctors Inlet

DOCTORS INLET  –  Ellianos Coffee, a southeast-based drive-thru specialty coffee brand, is thrilled to announce its newest location coming soon. This store will be located at 2578 County …