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Henley selected to replace Raymond on Orange Park Town Council

ORANGE PARK – The town council selected Eddie Henley to fill the vacancy left behind by Ron Raymond following his death in October. After narrowing down the list of 11 people to the top three …

Judge Don Lester finds balance between picking a tune, dispensing justice

Well good morning Judge, how are you today I'm in trouble, please put me away A pretty thing took a shine to me I couldn't stop her, so I let it be -“Good Morning Judge” -By …

Davis relying on Clay school’s statewide improvements for re-election

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Former superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. recently announced his 2020 bid as the first, and only person, to challenge current superintendent Addison Davis in next year’s …

County Commissioners vote to affirm second amendment

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After nearly three hours of public comment and board member discussion, the Board of County Commissioners voted to reaffirm their commitment to upholding the Second …

Clay County, Orange Park to share $8.1 million in Irma buyout funds

CLAY COUNTY – The county and Orange Park are set to receive money from the state’s new budget after Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded $44 million to Irma-impacted communities for voluntary home …

Mentoring program making a difference by creating positive examples

Clay County School District officials have poured a lot of effort into lifting Charles E. Bennett Elementary from the bottom on the county’s school rankings. Last week, staff writer Wesley …

Gabriella Manges gives rescue, hospital team thanks for saving her life

ORANGE PARK – Gabriella Manges will walk to the dining room table and enjoy Thanksgiving with her family. Her steps will be slow and calculated. Her balance will be shaky at times. But she will …

Baptist Emergency Center in Oakleaf brings care to local community

OAKLEAF – The lights were turned on and the doors unlocked Wednesday night at the new Baptist Emergency Center at Oakleaf was open and ready to start saving lives. The $23 million facility that …
In the Community
A Thanks-Giving Message CLAY COUNTY – As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's remember that the holiday's name is a compound word – Thanks and Giving. Each of us has much to be thankful for – our lives, families, …
Do we ask for wisdom? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is the strong foundation everything else rests on. It does not need to know the particulars but always judges correctly. So, what did the …
Brandes betting legalized sports gambling will benefit schools Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed a bill last Monday that would officially legalize sports betting for anyone 21 or older. The bill, SB 968, includes guidelines for regulating sports …
Just some random thoughts of a cluttered mind before Thanksgiving CLAY COUNTY – Some random thoughts while clearing my cluttered desk and mind …As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thankful for so many things. First, I didn’t spend any money on …
Raymond’s legacy leaves a void, unanswered questions ORANGE PARK – When council member Ron Raymond died on Oct. 30, he left behind a legacy in the Orange Park community. He also left behind a seat on the town hall dais that must be filled soon. A …
Family affair Clay County Republican Jennifer Bradley is a first-time candidate, but in October she showed she will be a major-league player in the state Senate. Bradley’s husband Rob is Chair of the Senate …
Jags’ Khan worried Jacksonville can’t keep pace with rest of NFL Ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ game last Sunday in London, owner Shad Khan was pessimistic that the market could keep up with the rest of the NFL in local revenue. Khan described a …
Clay County 4-H hosts robotics workshop at UF/IFAS Extension Office

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County 4-H recently held a Robotics Workshop at the Clay County University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Services Office in the T. Jesse …

Orange Park turns the lights on Christmas season ORANGE PARK – More than 200 people gathered in the heart of Orange Park at Town Hall Tuesday night to kick off the Christmas season the way they’ve been doing it for the past 50 years. Since …
Clay residents win scholarships, awards at Greater Jacksonville Agriculture Fair JACKSONVILLE – Three local students earned $1,000 each in scholarships at the Greater Jacksonville Agriculture Fair last month. Keystone Heights’ Lauren Hix, Middleburg’s Emily Stewart and …
Orange Park, Fleming Island libraries bookmark spaces for teen-specific sections CLAY COUNTY – The Orange Park and Fleming Island libraries are home to sections catered specifically for teenagers that include books, movies and video games. Wanting to create a section just …
The Sound of Ringing Bells CLAY COUNTY – Holiday traditions abound – including the sound of ringing bells, whether decorative sleigh and jingle bells or hand-held red kettle bells – all reminders of the joy of the season …
Burbaugh leaves UF/IFAS Clay Extension for Volusia County GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In the short 4½ years as the UF/IFAS Clay County Extension Director, Brad Burbaugh did more than figure crop reports and plant beans. He was an integral part of the …
Obituaries 12/5/19

Douglas Jerome Soto Douglas Jerome Soto passed away on Nov. 26, 2019 in Orange Park, Florida. He was born on April 16, 1968 in Humboldt, California to Rosalie Corkran. He held a Class-A CDL license …

Obituaries 11/28/19

Clark Allen Thomas Clark Allen Thomas, 71 of Middleburg, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019. He was born June 30, 1948 in Miami, Florida to parents Clarence E. and Mildred (Allen) Thomas and …

Obituaries 11/21/19

Mary Ellen (Thompson) – Solano At age 80, on November 17, 2019 Mary Ellen (Thompson) – Solano passed peacefully from this world into the spiritual world of heaven and into the arms of her …

Sports

Raider grapplers seek redemption for 2018 setback

ORANGE PARK - The Orange Park High wrestling roster, with a handful of near misses last year, will have one of the strongest senior lineups in the area with Cameron Broughton, Arlo Wilson, Vincent …
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 12/5/19
Safe Animal Shelter’s Giving Tuesday keeps pets off death rowFor Clay TodayMIDDLEBURG – Safe Animal Shelter rescues unwanted dogs … Read More
Career Source donates 30 stockings to Salvation Army’s Fill-A-Stocking program
Members of Career Source Northeast Florida contribute 30 stockings each year as part of the Salvation Army’s program to bring joy … Read More
Canova Christmas Party became more exciting than intended
From the late 1830s to the 1900s, Victorians in Europe and the former English colonies across the pond in America were overwhelmed … Read More
School News 12/5/19
Ridgeview students explore asphalt company, career optionsJACKSONVILLE – In a bid to attract high school students to careers in … Read More
This Week In History 12/5/19
Five years ago, 2014Four Ridgeview High students attend the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists in … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 12/5/19
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Police Briefs 12/5/19
Navy mechanic arrested for exposing himself to girls at gas stationFLEMING ISLAND – A Green Cove Springs man was released on a … Read More
Police Briefs 11/28/19
  CCSO: Oakleaf man shot during argument with roommate   OAKLEAF – A man was arrested after another man was … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/28/19
 Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Police Briefs 11/21/19
Fleming Island man charged with molesting boy for 8 yearsFLEMING ISLAND – A Fleming Island man was arrested Nov. 15 after Clay … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/21/19
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Calendar 12/5/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the …

Community Calendar 11/21/19

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNEY FARMS: will hear from guest speaker Robert Dews, a local historian, about the Battle of Halsey Plantation on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark …

Community calendar 10/31/19

  DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, of the Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Community Calendar 10/17/19

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, of the Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Calendar 10/10/19

CLAY COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION: will conduct a public hearing on Oct. 10 at the Clay County Commission Chamber, fourth floor, at 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Fla. …