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Record crowds, safety protocols create festive atmosphere at Clay County Agriculture Fair

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Workers on the midway cringed every day when Evan Mayo came to the Clay County Agriculture Fair because they knew they were about to lose another giant stuffed animal at …
State drops passing end-of-course exams as graduation requirement
CLAY COUNTY – A new executive order from the state’s educational leader changes the way seniors will graduate from high school and … Read More
Orange Park, Keystone Heights voters put three newcomers into office
CLAY COUNTY – Voters decided to overhaul the Town Council in Orange Park and Keystone Heights City Council Tuesday during two … Read More
Two Green Cove Springs Junior High students place fourth at state science fair
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Bright futures are ahead for two local junior high students who won the county’s science fair and finished … Read More
Clay County Fair plays to large, enthusiastic crowds
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Joshua Wheeler and Tyanna Conant arrived to the Clay County Fairgrounds shortly after noon on Thursday, April 1 … Read More
Business is racing for Jimmy Johnson at Clay County Fair
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Jimmy Johnson was forced to sneak quick bites of ice cream between answering questions and telling tales about … Read More
School board finally approves proposal to provide maintenance for athletic fields
FLEMING ISLAND – The Fleming Island High In-Service Training Facility was packed Thursday, April 1, as students, teachers and … Read More

We should demand honesty when our leaders talk of voting laws

CLAY COUNTY – Voters in Keystone Heights and Orange Park will head to the polls on Tuesday, April 13, to elect two members each for their city and town councils. Bobby Brown and Deirdre Murphy …

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In the Community

Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs collects 1½ tons of food at county fair

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – While patrons enjoyed the rides on the Midway, sampled smoked turkey legs and chocolate covered Twinkies and explored the variety of livestock at the Clay County …
Marquis, Horne appointed to the Clay County Development Authority
CLAY COUNTY – Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Joelle Marquis and James Horne, both of Fleming Island, to the Clay County … Read More
Bash fundraiser underway to help First Coast YMCA programs
CLAY COUNTY – The YMCA is known by many as their favorite local gym or their favorite place to swim, but its reach in the community … Read More
New ADA playground at Spring Park allows all children to have fun
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The City of Green Cove Springs has made a significant addition to Spring Park with a new playground area … Read More
Delayed by pandemic, Palagio celebrates its grand opening
ORANGE PARK – Palagio Senior Living in Orange Park has a grand opening on its horizon. The senior living community located on … Read More
Dalton’s Sports Grill finds new home at Lake Asbury
LAKE ASBURY – Dalton’s Sports Grill has a new home. The longtime Middleburg restaurant, known for its award-winning burgers, … Read More
County students put their art on display at Orange Park Mall
ORANGE PARK – The art students of Clay County schools will exhibit work at the 32nd annual Clay County Art Show. The show will take … Read More
Study shows college degrees don’t guarantee bigger salaries
CLAY COUNTY — College isn’t necessarily the sure-fire way to make a lot of money, and recent studies continue to support … Read More
Facebook Question of the week: What do you think of the Blue Angels practicing so close to Clay County?
CLAY COUNTY – Anyone living close to NAS Jacksonville is familiar with the sounds and sights of the Navy’s Blue Angels.Formed in … Read More
Green Cove Springs joins April Water Conservation month push
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council offered a proclamation bringing the city into alignment with Clay County … Read More
Faithwalk

Last week the Baylor University Bears won the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, the crowning achievement of March Madness. In 2003, Baylor University basketball was in shambles. …

Faith walk: Accept or Reject the Story

C.S. Lewis wrote in his book of essays “God in the Dock”; “What are we to make of Christ?’ There is no question of what we can make of Him, it is entirely a question of what He intends to …

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: Turn the other cheek? Really?

It's sad to see how one of the great commandments from Jesus Himself is so controversial in our world today. In Matthew 5:39, Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. We are often driven by revenge, …

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 …

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
Happy days are here again: It’s Time to enjoy prospects of the future CLAY COUNTY – When I stopped at the fairgrounds Monday to check on the early preparations for this year’s Clay County Agriculture Fair, I found general manager juggling several jobs. Her jeans …
Getting vaccine, knowing Vince Vaughn movies means things are getting back to normal Last Monday was a good day. I got an appointment time to get my first COVID-19 shot, just a few minutes after applying for the first time online. Getting the vaccination was just as easy. Later …
New legislation could allow local governments to ban cigarettes in public parks TALAHASSEE – Legislation allowing Florida cities and counties to outlaw smoking at public beaches and parks cleared its first House committee Tuesday. The House Professions and Public Health …
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 …
Hope in the forest CLAY COUNTY – Acrid smoke, the roar and crackle of flame, and the sudden intensity of heat have taught Hope Miller of Lakeside a great deal. Namely, that they’re elements of a great day at the …

Heavy horsepower with wheels and sleds

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - The Clay County Fair Grounds Cattleman’s Arena normally has Barrel Racing and Bareback Riding to showcase horsepower, but the smell of diesel and plenty of kicked-up dust …

Sermons sprints, Stratton distances highlight Don Hall Track

ORANGE PARK - Orange Park High track sprinter Markez Sermons went toe-to-toe with very fast, while St. Johns Country Day School distance runner Matthew Stratton revved his engine a few times in new …

Run to the Sun revives local running scene

ORANGE PARK - Nearly 600 runners trekked up and down River Road in Orange Park as the return of some normalcy got a second look with the Florida Striders Run to the Sun 8K road race bouncing off the …

Panthers roar to second in the region

LIVE OAK - Buoyed by region titles to Chris Baptiste, A.J. Beaufort and Prince Savea, the Ridgeview High boys weightlifting team gave region 1-2A a shot in the arm with a possible new face on top of …

Yellow Jackets take conference track titles

ORANGE PARK - The Oakleaf Junior High boys and girls track teams sizzled their way to team titles at the Northeast Florida Athletic Conference championships held Thurs., April 8 at Orange Park High …

Clay wins the showdown

Fleming Island – “After 14 innings last night we are just coming out and giving it all we’ve got,” said Clay High baseball coach Josh Persinger in a pre-game chat with Clay Today Sports …

Lowery boys snag titles; team title

WEST NASSAU - All season, Keystone Heights High boys weightlifting coach Lantz Lowery has been playing the soft-pedal game of not having enough horsepower for his team to win individual titles, but …

Jenkins’ Pick Six ends defensive tightrope

MIDDLEBURG - With a battle of two of the three remaining unbeaten high school flag football teams featuring offenses that have piled on nearly 40 points per game while …

Lifters run fine line of readiness

ORANGE PARK - With three district champion teams; Keystone Heights, Ridgeview and Fleming Island, and a handful of regional hopefuls, area boys weightlifting teams will be training carefully to exact …

Eagles track set for end-of-season peaks

BARTRAM TRAIL - Fleming Island High’s track crews; girls and boys, led by Emma Millson for the girls and John Keester IV or Jack McDade depending on the event, is steadily holding back on flooring …

Practice, practice, practice; then it’s easy, right?

MAGNOLIA POINT - If golf was such an easy game, no player would ever have anxiety or stress. Day three with The Golf Academy of North Florida teaching pro Tim Cooper got a bit 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
By the numbers
19,150 Positive cases reported 335 Deaths 36,563 Full vaccinations given 1,122 Positive student cases reported in … Read More
Vietnam Veterans of America to award scholarships
CLAY COUNTY – Vietnam Veterans of America Col. William G. Byrns Clay County Chapter 1059 is offering two $1,000 scholarships to … Read More
This Week In History 4/8/21
Five years ago, 2016• State allocates $1 million to support Academies of Clay programs in the school district.• Quigley House … Read More
Business Briefs 4/8/21
OPMC selects Kathy Neely as Chief Nursing OfficerFor Clay TodayORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center, an HCA Healthcare … Read More
Atlantic Logistics selects Grant Sweeting as controller
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Atlantic Logistics, one of the fastest growing logistics companies in the United States announced Grant Sweeting … Read More
BASCA $2,500 giveaway
Want a chance to win a $2,500 gift certificate to Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island and help individuals with intellectual and … Read More
College Briefs 3/18/21
CareerSource NEFL partners with area colleges, 85 companies for hiring fair CLAY COUNTY – CareerSource NEFL is partnering with St. … Read More
4-H, Florida Youth Challenge Academy pick up 2 tons of garbage
Students from 4-H (green shirts) and Florida Youth Challenge Academy (red shirts) collected a total of 4,840 pounds of trash during … Read More
Risdon becomes new director of enrollment management at SJCDS
ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School announced the hiring of Kelly Risdon as its Director of Enrollment … Read More
Food trucks return to Green Cove Springs
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Food Truck Friday was back at Spring Park on March 12. The new and socially distant configuration of the … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 4/15/21
Man turns himself in following deadly hit-and-run crash CLAY HILL – A 38-year-old Middleburg man was arrested after a head-on … Read More
Arrests and Bookings 4/15/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 4/8/21
Jacksonville man arrestedfor triple shooting at The Daq ShackORANGE PARK – An 18-year-old Jacksonville man surrendered to the Clay … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 4/8/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 4/1/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 032521
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 4/8/21

CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURE FAIR: Is April 1-11, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 State Highway 16, Green Cove Springs. ORANGE PARK WOMEN’S CLUB THRIFT STORE: is open April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 …

Calendar 4/1/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet April 1 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on April 1 at 6 p.m. at …

Calendar 3/25/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March 25 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of Administration Building, 477 Houston St., in Green Cove …

Calendar 3/18/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet on March 18 at 6 p.m. at Clyde’s Cozy Corner Café, 195 S. Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, at 6 p.m. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March …

Calendar 3/11/21

ORANGE PARK PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD: will meet March 11 at 6 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March 11 at 10 a.m. at …