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Rigsby’s death means county loses more than a master mechanic

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County community recently lost one its auto repair cornerstones but the effects of that loss extend far beyond the doors of Emmitt’s Auto Repair shop. A good auto …

BCC approves budget with no increase in next year’s millage rates

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners has approved its budget for the fiscal 2020-21 year. The BCC approved its proposed operating millage rate of 8.101. It was approved with a …

Girls night out

ORANGE PARK – Football is life in Florida. Even for girls. Countless dreams of playing in the NFL begin to take shape under the Friday Night lights of high school football fields across the …

Clay County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Eric Twisdale dies of COVID-19

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County Sheriff’s Office sergeant died in the line of duty Wednesday night of COVID-19, the agency reported. Eric Twisdale, a supervisor of the Crime Scene …

Orange Park settles on budget; can’t decide on fifth member

ORANGE PARK – The town council tentatively approved its 2020-21 fiscal year budget and did so with one of its five chairs remaining vacant. The council still hasn’t decided who will replace …

Sheriff: COVID-19 breakout at jail was ‘a matter of time’

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook said the recent outbreak of COVID-19 at the county jail was not only expected, but inevitable. After announcing 18 positive cases of the …

Wilfredo Rivera let’s his feet do the talking

FLEMING ISLAND – Just 16, Wilfredo Rivera may be the best soccer player to come out of Clay County. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and he spent much of his childhood living there. It was a very …

New sheriff makes good impression on BCC with proposed budget

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The new sheriff already has already impressed the Board of County Commissioners. It’s no secret that the BCC and previous sheriff Darryl Daniels ran into their own sets of …

Unregistered voters to receive notices from state officials

CLAY COUNTY – Now that election season is in full gear, the State of Florida will reach out to eligible, but unregistered voters next week to bolster the voter rolls ahead of the General …

School board approves $93 million budget increase

FLEMING ISLAND – Another school year, another school budget increase. The board officially passed its 2020-21 fiscal year budget last week. The final total millage rate of 6.889 was approved …
In the Community

Hagan ACE Hardware has been cornerstone of Green Cove Springs for 4 years

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Hagan ACE Hardware is one of the town’s most beloved stores, and it’s the store’s small-town feel that’s made it that. Don and Ann Hagan opened their first store in …

Dreamette serving up ice cream, nostalgia in Middleburg

MIDDLEBURG – The Stevens family remembers every smile at their walkup window at Dreamette Ice Cream, from the innocent looks of anticipation from children, to the glances of grandparents who still …

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Assisting living, nursing homes soon to allow visitors again

ORANGE PARK – Residents of Signature HealthCARE in Orange Park may soon be able to rejoice in once again having family members and visitors to the assisted living facility. The lockdowns caused …

Food, Fun and Flicks! to bring local community together in midst of COVID-19

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – This weekend’s Food, Fun and Flicks! at the Clay County Fairgrounds will be more like a neighborhood street party, complete with fried dough and an assortment of meat on a …

Popular First Watch café expands to Oakleaf Crossing

OAKLEAF – First Watch, the breakfast, brunch and lunch café with multiple locations in Central and Northeast Florida, opened its newest restaurant at Oakleaf Crossing earlier this month. The …

Facebook question of the week

CLAY COUNTY – There’s a difference between your house and your home. A house is simply where you live. A home, however, is where you build a family, take care of pets, make memories and work …

Pace needs community’s help to earn $25,000 grant

ORANGE PARK – The Pace Center for Girls needs your help to win a $25,000 grant. State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist builds up communities around the nation with different grants and the local …

Clay schools confirm 15 additional students with COVID-19 virus

FLEMING ISLAND – A total of 15 students have tested positive with the COVID-19 virus in the past week. The Clay County School Board held its usual school board workshop on Sept. 22, and while …

Forbis’ ‘Southern Heart’ poem sparks fond memories of Southern rock’s roots

CLAY COUNTY – Dennis Forbis remembers seeing a group of long-haired boys in a local band from his Westside neighborhood when he was in junior high.Nearly 50 years later, Forbis still embraces …

Ninth-grader Thigpen has the ‘spark’ to succeed in business

LAKE ASBURY – Taylor Thigpen is far from your average ninth-grader. The varsity swim athlete at St. John’s Country Day School has always been extremely busy with extracurricular …

Cartoon animator Ron Campbell’s work on display in Jacksonville Beach

CLAY COUNTY – Fans of Saturday morning cartoons and the golden age of cartoons, your time has come. Cartoon animator, producer, director and storyboard writer Ron Campbell will be the center of …

Middleburg’s Fitzgerald still digging up dirt on stellar racing career

MIDDLEBURG – On a perfect night, Jason Fitzgerald’s ears will ring, his hands will throb and his face will be covered with sweat and clay. For a dirt racer, it doesn’t get any better than …
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 …

Obituaries 9/17/20

Carson Luther Hensley Carson Luther Hensley, 76 of Keystone Heights, Florida. Carson went to heaven on August 21, 2020Born in Surgoinsville, Tennessee, on September 26, 1943. Born to Lucian Carson …

Obituaries 9/10/20

Colden J. Perrie Colden J. Perrie, 11, of Starke, FL passed away September 3, 2020. He was born October 25, 2008 in Orange Park, FL to Christopher Perrie and the late Michelle Perrie.Colden enjoyed …

Obituaries 8/27/20

Mason Edward “Ed” Wiggins, Sr. Mason Edward “Ed” Wiggins, Sr., passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the age of 92. He leaves behind Ann Bridget Conroy Wiggins, his …

Faith Walk: On the journey

Two men were walking together down a dusty road. As they walked they discussed issues of great importance to them. They were followers of a new religion and their leader had just been killed by the …

Faith Walk: Our great God

Almighty power is complete and absolute power. God is the only almighty power in the Universe. He is omnipotent. He has all power over all things in the Creation. He is omniscient. He knows …

Faith walk: Never quit

The course of a person’s life is often changed with one decision. At every crossroads of life we have to choose the right way or the wrong way. At those crossroads of decision many people have …

Faith Walk: The race

Run the race. Stay the course. Never give up. These are statements that have been used many time to speak of persevering to the final victory. The Christian life is often compared to a race by …

Sports
In celebration of grandparents: Wisdom across the generations This Sunday is Grandparents Day, a good opportunity to reflect on the importance of our elders in the lives of our families. Whether by birth or through adoption, grandparents are treasures …
Write-in for Superintendent: ‘I had no idea the attention it would get’ STARKE – Tyler Groves wants your vote. He’s running an unconventional campaign as a write-in candidate to be the next Superintendent of Clay County Schools. He’s collected, and spent, no …
State fires COVID-19 testing lab after massive data dump Ahead of the Department of Health and Division of Emergency management releasing its daily COVID-19 report Tuesday, the agencies announced that all of Florida’s agencies would end their testing …
This Week In History 9/3/30 Five years ago, 2015• The Clay County Planning Commission asks county commissioners to examine a policy that would require residents to obtain permits for backyard chickens.• School board …
As RNC commences, Rick Scott drives home Donald Trump’s message U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, though not speaking at the Republican National Convention, nonetheless is helping with messaging for the President’s reelection bid, making the media rounds Monday, but …

Blue Devils bash Raiders

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - After righting the ship from last year’s 1-9 season with a victorious home opener over perennial Class 2A powerhouse University Christian last week, the Clay Blue Devils filled …
Stratton fifth at Bale-n-Trail XC
BARTRAM TRAIL - A think mist, some drizzling and five hay bales were the obstacles at the Bale-n-Trail Cross Country Invite at Bartram … Read More
Lady Spartans open 8-0
ORANGE PARK - The new face in the center of the St. Johns Country Day School volleyball team was the key player with her hands on the … Read More
Oakleaf, Florida football schooled in Georgia
VALDOSTA - In an historically Friday of interstate football, Georgia high school's Lowndes County and Camden County scored two … Read More
Eagles grind for Friday showdown
NEPTUNE BEACH - The Fleming Island Golden Eagles got a late game defensive turnover returned for a touchdown to hold off the Fletcher … Read More
Knauss opens with win
ORANGE PARK - Three scoring passes from quarterback Max Monroe and a 13-tackle defense effort by both linebackers; Miika Tuisano and … Read More
Knights offense revs up for Georgia showdowns
GAINESVILLE – Oakleaf High football got stunned on the first play of their first game of the season; at Citizen's Field in … Read More
Cline opens as winning coach
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Former Keystone Heights High School multi-sport athlete Kaitlyn Cline returned to her hometown after some college … 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
Margarette Chambliss honored by Rotary Club of Fleming Island
FLEMING ISLAND – Margarette “Jeanne” Chambliss was selected as the Rotary Club of Fleming Island’s Local Hero. A Local Hero is … Read More
This Week In History 9/24/20
Five years ago, 2015• The Plantation Oaks Boulevard repair project wins the Florida Region’s Transportation Award for making quick … Read More
Rotary Bike Ride set for Saturday on Fleming Island
FLEMING ISLAND – The Rotary Bike Ride and Family Fun Ride is set for Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at the Hibernia Baptist … Read More
College Briefs 9/24/20
NAMIC Mutual Insurance Foundation gives Sydney Stenson $5,000Ridgeview student wins scholarship toward degree at South CarolinaORANGE … Read More
Clay County Health urges residents to get flu shots
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Florida Department of Health in Clay County is strongly encouraging all residents to get their flu shot as … Read More
Comcast offering prepaid gift cards to local educators
CLAY COUNTY – Comcast wants to say “thank you” to local teachers and educators for all they do for their students and the … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 9/24/20
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced the return of an indictment charging Kurt Batucan Sheldon, 29, of … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 9/24/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 9/17/20
CCSO: Bank robber caught shortly after Orange Park stickupORANGE PARK – A man was arrested after he held up the Fifth/Third Bank on … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 091720
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 9/10/20
Man claims CCSO deputies were ‘racists’ following high speed chaseFLEMING ISLAND – A Jacksonville man was put in the Clay County … Read More
Police Briefs 9/3/20
Three more arrested for Nov. 21 Keystone Heights beating deathKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Two more men were arrested on murder charges in … Read More
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 …

Community Calendar 9/3/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Sept. 3 at 7:30 a.m. at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. at the …

Calendar 8/20/20

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference room, Administration Building, third floor, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs. CLAY …

Calendar 8/13/20

JUST US GIRLS LUNCHEON: is Aug. 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Special guest speaker is Lynn Eastman, and the presenter will be Pixie Larizza with Pixieglass. Lunch, door prizes and fun. Cost $20. RVSP with …

Community Calendar 8/6/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Aug. 6 at 7:30 a.m. at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. CLARKE HOUSE TOURS: will be Aug. 9 at The Clarke House, 1039 Kingsley Ave., Orange …