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Community rallies to fix woman’s dilapidated home

ORANGE PARK – Drip. Drip. Drip. Deborah Kelly-Gainers is a strong woman, but her resolve dampens every time it rains. There are buckets around the house to catch water from her leaky roof. …
Orange Park reimbursed $1.4 million of CARES Act funding
ORANGE PARK — The Town has been reimbursed the full $1.4 million of the CARES Act it was owed. As the CARES Act financing winds … Read More
Susana Thompson eager to hear was Orange Park residents have to say
(In the fourth of four weekly installments, the candidates for the Orange Park Town Council have been profiled. This week, Seat 4 … Read More
5th Element providing fun, educational STEM programs on Fleming Island
FLEMING ISLAND – 5th Element Studios is teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts to children and adults of … Read More
An epidemic of innocence: As child pornography cases grow online, so does CCSO’s effort to put predators behind bars
Sheriff’s office employs help of cyber detectives, computer-sniffing dogORANGE PARK – The stacks of folders at the Internet Crimes … Read More
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
ORANGE PARK – Despite the trepidation, precautions and weariness that’s been a part of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still found a … Read More
Orange Park decides
In the second installment of a weekly series, candidates for the Orange Park Town Council will be profiled. This week, Seat 4 … Read More

Nutrition 101 – Protein and why you probably are not eating enough

CLAY TODAY – Protein is one of your macronutrients and is going to be your biggest ally in both gaining muscle and losing unwanted bodyfat. The other macronutrients, carbs and fats are also …

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Men in kilts: Scottish Highland Games and Festival celebrated at fairgrounds

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Kilts were in vogue as people of Celtic descent converged at the Clay County Fairgrounds Saturday, Feb. 27, for the 26th annual Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games and …
Keystone Heights decides: Deirdre Murphy wants Keystone Heights to maintain is small-town feel
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Deirdre Murphy loves Keystone Heights. She loves its small-town charm and its small-town feel. She loves being … Read More
Spring fling
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The combination of unseasonably warm temperatures, bright sunshine and the chance to get outside helped turn … Read More
Projects by Derousie, Kouchakjy earn awards at Clay County Science Fair
CLAY COUNTY – Two high-schoolers aren’t just going to the state science fair competition, but the ISEF Regeneron International … Read More
Facebook question of the week: Should students be required to take state assessment tests during pandemic?
CLAY COUNTY – President Joe Biden announced last week that state assessment tests will resume, despite the effects COVID-19 has had … Read More
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm commemorated at Cecil Field
JACKSONVILLE – The 30-year anniversary of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and northeast Florida veterans’ contributions … Read More
Celebrate Clay History
Albert Weeks was just 17 years old when he shot and killed the man who mortally wounded his mother, Lora Weeks. It was August 11, … Read More
Federal officials tell local school districts to resume state assessments
CLAY COUNTY – All schools in Florida must administer state assessments according to President Joe Biden and his education … Read More
Take and Make program engages library patrons
ORANGE PARK – Clay County libraries are continuing to find new ways to engage their patrons. With in-person visits drastically … Read More
Challenger Center will ‘ignite the county’s economy for many decades to come’
OAKLEAF – Challenger Center is now open for development. That was something echoed by many during the honorary groundbreaking … Read More
Faith Walk: Big Dreams and a Mighty God

Matthew Barnett is the founder of the Dream Center, a program for people struggling with addiction, homelessness and other life challenges. In the beginning, the Dream Center was only that, a …

Faith Walk: No charge

This is a story I first heard many years ago. A little boy came into the kitchen one evening while his mother was cooking supper. He handed her a piece of paper. On it he had written: MY …

Faith Walk: God is not a God of the Past

Throughout our lives we undergo many changes and live through different seasons. We face struggles and experience victories. With the challenges of COVID-19, and other recent societal challenges, we …

Faith walk: Who is the greatest Champion?

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday. A day where people gather with family and friends to celebrate champions. It’s exciting to cheer for our favorite players and teams as they strive for excellence …

Faith Walk 1/28/21

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 accept it. Incorrectly judging …

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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
Separate the truth from the myths about living a heart-healthy life FLEMING ISLAND – Since February is National Heart Month, it’s important for everyone to separate the truths from the myths about leading a heart-healthy life. This week and next, we will …
Exercise vital to child’s development during pandemic slowdown CLAY COUNTY – The world is in a standstill due to the ongoing pandemic, but it is still important for people to keep moving. Exercise is a vital part of someone’s physical and psychological …
Hardworking employers targeted by exploitative lawsuits Editor: Like everyone else, the ongoing pandemic has weighed heavily on employers. In addition to operating a business in this economy, employers are currently dealing with a threat that’s been …
Chemo Noir: A ride for a reason Recovering from the loss of a loved one can be one of the hardest things a person can go through. People handle loss in many ways. The emotions and feelings attached to a loss can be destructive, but …
McDowell’s victory another page in unpredictable lure of the Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH – First there was fire. Then rain. Followed by even more fire. Last Sunday’s Daytona 500 had two massive crashes that involved a total of 24 cars, a six-hour rain delay and a …

Pickett destined for 10th title

VENICE - St. Johns Country Day School soccer added a few more team busses to the scheduling process this season with the addition of the boy's team to the annual trek by the girl's soccer team to the …

Raiders, Broncos send five wrestlers to state

ORANGE PARK – Middleburg High got a second place finish from Riley Girgis and a third from Grady Woodard after the region 1-2A wrestling championships with both advancing to first-time state meet …

Gate River Run 15K is a March 20 go!

JACKSONVILLE - The Gate River Run 15K American championship road race, one of the last major sporting events that survived the United States COVID Pandemic shutdown in 2020, is less than one month …

St. Johns Spartans go into overtime to win region title

NOTE: Due to press deadlines, Ray DiMonda’s story St. Johns thrilling overtime region championship win could not be squeezed into the Clay Today sports pages last week. This is his …

Fleming Island notches team title; three champions

FLAGLER PALM COAST - Fleming Island High wrestling coach P.J. Cobbert has had the best of a few worlds the past decade or so as the Golden Eagles’ wrestling leader, but 2020, according to …

Blue Devils upend Wakulla for region title

JACKSONVILLE – The Clay Blue Devil wrestling team once again sits on top of the North Florida rankings by capturing the team championship in Region 1-1A held at Bolles on Saturday with a score of …

Knights state run over

LAKELAND - A decided rebounding deficit proved fatal to the Oakleaf High girls basketball team as Plant High out of Tampa ran the numbers on the inside to beat the Knights 69-52 in the Class 7A …

District wrestling titles go to Fleming Island, Clay

OAKLEAF - Fleming Island High wrestling survived their fair share of bumps and bruises in 2021 and managed a Flagler Rotary title, a Final Four Duals finish and, yet again, a district 1-3A title at …

Spartans rolls to region final

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School forward Jacob Graston scored two goals to lead St. Johns Country Day School to a 4-0 victory over visiting St. Augustine St. Joseph Academy in a Class 2A …

Deja Vu LadySpartans on to region final

ORANGE PARK - Deja Vu. Just 10 days prior, the St. Johns Country Day Spartans faced off against the St. Joseph Academy Flashes on Mike Pickett field with the Spartans dominating the district 3-2A …

Rosano’s ride continues; 3-2 over Creekside

FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island High soccer forward Kaitlyn Scherer scored two goals to back a strong performance from keeper Mackenzie Kirk as Fleming Island seized a lead and held on for a 3-2 …
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
Community Briefs 3/4/21
JJ Grey & Mofro added to Clay County Fair lineupGREEN COVE SPRINGS – When the Plain White T’s canceled their April 6 appearance at … Read More
This week in history 3/4/21
Five years ago, 2016• Bobbie and Joseph White of Middleburg are indicted for first degree murder, armed robbery, armed burglary with … Read More
Concert on the Green accepting applicants for music competition
FLEMING ISLAND – With the poster competition complete, Concert on the Green now is accepting applications for the 2021 Young Artist … Read More
Florida Cancer Specialists to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to patients
FLEMING ISLAND – Florida Cancer Specialists on Fleming Island administered first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week to its … Read More
Orange Park Medical Center earns ethical company award
ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, … Read More
Maria Chapa Lopez resigns as U.S. Attorney for Middle District of Florida
TAMPA – After 21 years with the Department of Justice, and 32 years’ government service, United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez … Read More
Orange Park family wins new roof in ‘Shingles for Heroes’ program
ORANGE PARK – A soldier from Orange Park was the recent recipient of KayCo Roofing’s “Shingles for Heroes” program. This is … Read More
Educators virtually attend Second Annual Tri-County Summit
ST. AUGUSTINE – INK!, Clay Education Foundation and Jacksonville Public Education Fund hosted the Second Annual Tri-County Summit … Read More
This Week In History 2/25/21
Five years ago, 2016• The state allocates $2.5 million to shore up the Clay County School District’s finances.• The First Coast … Read More
Atlantis Drive Groundbreaking Ceremony slated for Thursday
Please join the Clay County Board of County Commissioners for the Atlantis Drive Groundbreaking Ceremony this Thursday, February 18, … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 3/4/21
CCSO looking for information on woman found in Black CreekMIDDLEBURG – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 3/4/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 2/25/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 2/25/21
Man tracked down following January robberyGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies tracked down a … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 2/18/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 2/18/21
Middleburg man charged with killing his brotherMIDDLEBURG – A 63-year-old man was arrested Sunday for shooting and killing his … Read More
Community Calendar 3/4/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet March 4 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March …

Community Calendar 2/25/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet Feb. 25 at the Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center, 88 DE 75th St., Starke, at 7:30 a.m. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: will meet Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the …

Community Calendar 2/18/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Clyde’s Cozy Corner Café, 195 S. Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, at 6 p.m. FAMILIAR KILL: will be read Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The …

Calendar 2/11/21

ORANGE PARK PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD: will meet Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. THE JUNGLE BOOK: is Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center St. Johns …

Community Calendar 2/4/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the …