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Unite Keystone organizers still committed to their resolve to affect change

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Zac Taylor wasn’t looking to start trouble when he reached out to four friends to start a discussion about social issues and racism in their hometown. The original plan to …

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School board considers four options to get schools reopened

FLEMING ISLAND – Although the school board outlined the district’s plan for reopening schools next month, some decisions still need to be made and nothing is final. The Clay County School …

Daniels asks BCC for 9.22% budget increase for sheriff’s office

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Sheriff Darryl Daniels presented his budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year to the Board of County Commissioners, and he’s asking for a nearly 10% increase. Despite COVID-19 …

Former Marine tackles life’s challenges

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Northeast Florida and Clay County is home to many veterans. Veterans and their families, while often entitled to benefits from a grateful nation, are not immune to the hard …

Broskie , Wiggins, Van Zant, all wrestle with plans to reopen schools during COVID-19

ORANGE PARK – With the race for Clay County District Schools Superintendent heating up, candidates Charlie Van Zant, Ann Wiggins and David Broskie all attended a luncheon last week hosted by the …

Rutkowski eager to continue serving Keystone Heights’ needs

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Lynn Rutkowski moved into a new office at the Keystone Heights Municipal Building two weeks ago, moving a few feet down the hall to the city manager’s office. With a bigger …

Coast 2 Coast, Holeshot Powersports to support OP Clothes Closet and Food Pantry

ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park Clothes Closet and Food Pantry has been helping Clay County residents for a long time now, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people are out of work …

Residents support optional use of face masks during pandemic

CLAY COUNTY – Face masks intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are now mandatory in Jacksonville in all public and indoor places. It’s the latest step the city is taking to keep …

Green selected as President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Circuit Court Clerk Tara S. Green added to her resume on June 25, being named the new President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers. She will serve a …

Daniels; Residents to be deputized against rioters

CLAY COUNTY – Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels said he’s ready to deputize gun-owning residents to help police turn back rioters and looters. The sheriff posted his message on Twitter and …
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Fleming Island’s Domenico returns home to work at Eckert and Associates

FLEMING ISLAND – The Law Offices of Eckert and Associates in Fleming Island recently expanded by hiring one of Fleming Island’s own as an associate attorney. Gia Domenico is a graduate of …

Doherty, 7, donates pet food, $2,100 to SAFE Animal Shelter

KINGSLEY LAKE – Olivia Doherty spent her Friday afternoon bringing in pounds of dog and cat food, animal supplies and $2,100 to the SAFE Animal Shelter. Doherty is only 7, but she’s donating …

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COVID-19 cases surge out of control in Clay

Residents and county officials took a deep breath of relief on June 5 when the state moved to Phase 2 of its reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, many of those same people now are …

Amerikatz assisting local businesses by buying, recycling used catalytic converters

CLAY COUNTY – Amerikatz, a national leader in catalytic converter purchasing and processing, is bringing its business to Clay County. The company will provide an opportunity for local small …

Clay County 4-H offers virtual day camp to get children outdoors

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Among many of the events to get canceled this summer are all the 4-H in-person day camps. Fortunately, day camps have moved online so that 4-Hers can keep busy with some fun …

Facebook question of the week: Residents agree West’s presidential run has no chance

CLAY COUNTY – Move over Donald Trump and Joe Biden: Kanye West said he will enter the race. Yes, you read that right: Kanye West. The man married to Kim Kardashian. The rapper behind hits like …

School district announces free, reduced-price lunch program

CLAY COUNTY – The Clay County District Schools participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program providing nutritious meals every school day. The District is pleased to …

County breaks ground on overdue improvements to CR 315C

MCRAE – Nearly three miles of County Road 315C is getting some much-needed improvements. The 2.74-mile stretch of C.R. 315C roadway from County Road 214 to the Putnam County line is in bad …

Clay County 4-H offers virtual day camp to get children outdoors

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Among many of the events to get canceled this summer are all the 4-H in-person day camps. Fortunately, day camps have moved online so that 4-Hers can keep busy with some fun …

OP Town council looking to fill vacant seat

ORANGE PARK — The town council is struggling to decide who will fill its vacant seat. Connie Thomas left her seat behind weeks ago to focus on her campaign for commissioner and she left in her …

Despite COVID-19, Fleming Island grads prepare for next step in life

FLEMING ISLAND – High school students Trystan Ayers, Jordan Detwiler, Landon Opp, Lia Godfrey and Alia Skinner completed their senior school year the same as every student this year: from home. …

Green Cove identifies five areas to spend its $500,000 CARES Act money

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council designated five projects to be funded by the CARES Act during its meeting Tuesday night. The five initiatives include: buying new laptops to improve the …
Obituaries 7/16/20

Joan Marie (Barnes) Wohlfarth Joan Marie (Barnes) Wohlfarth of Fleming Island, Florida, died Monday, July 6, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born to father, William John Barnes and …

Obituaries 7/9/20

Harold Raines Boyette Harold Raines Boyette, age 97, passed July 1, 2020 at his home in Orange Park, Florida.A native of Hamlet, North Carolina, born on the Boyette family farm, Harold suffered from …

Obituaries 7/2/20

Joseph Wendell Jones Joseph Wendell Jones, of Orange Park, Florida, passed away on June 24th, 2020 after reaching the age of 79. After several bouts of failing health, Joe died peacefully in his home …

Obituaries 6/25/20

Tony Quigley BurnsTony Quigley Burns died at age 28 in Orange Park, Florida. Tony was born February 1, 1992 in Springfield, Massachusetts and was adopted October, 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida by a …

Faith Walk: Justified

It is amazing that anyone could be seen as guiltless for his past no matter what he has done. However, that is exactly what the term “Justified” means in the Scriptures. The great Scripture …

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Count your true friends. I mean your really true friends. If it takes more than the fingers of one hand to count them, you are greatly blessed. Someone has said, “If you have one true friend you …

Faith Walk: Excuses

All kinds of excuses are given for not attending church worship services. There is a movement today that teaches against involvement with the organized churches. But all the reasons or excuses for …

Faith walk: The Scriptures

We need a foundation for our faith. You can put your trust in Nature, science, education – the list continues. But a true and solid basis for our faith in our Christ is the Holy Scriptures – the …

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Long wait for COVID-19 test a reminder to be smart, safe STUCK IN LINE AT LOT J – I had to get a COVID-19 test and it was an awful experience. I recently saw my brother-in-law for a few hours on a Friday night. We kept our distance, wore our masks, …
Letter to the Editor: Clay schools should enforce face coverings Editor: In Florida, a state which has seen alarming growth in COVID-19 cases, many are wrestling with the dilemma of reopening schools. I am urging the adoption of a face mask policy in Clay …
Letters to the Editor: Reopening schools will result in ‘horrible sickness’ Dear School Board Members, You thought you were done with me huh…… Not so fast. I am sending you this email to ask you to make a School Board Policy pertaining to the reopening of our …
Gov. DeSantis applies Rob Bradley’s sunscreen preemption Gov. Ron DeSantis has blocked local governments from issuing their own ban on certain sunscreen products. That measure was a priority for Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), who detailed his own …
When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we got it wrong The numbers are alarming. And they don’t lie. When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we got it wrong. We sat at bars inches from our friends without concern. We went to rallies and protests. We …

Oakleaf: Big numbers; simplify attack

OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High football coach Frank Garis noted a small dilemma in his summer approach to fall football. "We have had up to 130 guys coming out to the conditioning practices and that …
Still no answers from FHSAA
GAINESVILLE - With an intention to not change dates for the upcoming fall sports season, but, more importantly, keeping in line with … Read More
Clay graduate Borsheim uses Ultras to ease doctor duties
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Former Clay High volleyball and basketball standout Brianna Borsheim, if she was inclined to, had the perfect … Read More
Eli Warren joins Ronnie Van Zant Park aura
LAKE ASBURY - Clay County Commissioner Chairman Gayward Hendry was contrite when naming Ronnie Van Zant Park in Lake Asbury as one of … Read More
FHSAA: Push start dates (Who knows?)
GAINESVILLE – Right now, it is “muddy waters.”That comment made by Florida High School Athletic Association … Read More
Stratton outduels Waiguru for Keystone 5K title
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – In one of the very few 5K road running races in the state, St. Johns Country Day School’s Matthew Stratton … Read More
Clay County to cut ribbon at New Eli Warren Fitness Course
reen Cove Springs – The Clay County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the opening of the new Eli Warren Fitness … Read More
Padgett brothers taking reigns of Bronco football
MIDDLEBURG – With a storied history of football in the family, Luke and Logan Padgett seem destined to be the next two football … Read More
Kennard looks for stability for Clay football
GREEN COVE SPRINGS - With the departure of long-time coach and athletic director John Stilianou, the Clay High football program … 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
This Week in History 7/16/20
Five years ago, 2015• Juvenile offenders are offered a program that will result in civil citations instead of criminal for many … Read More
Deadline to register to vote in next election on July 20
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Supervisor of Elections, Chris H. Chambless, reminds voters that the last day to register to vote … Read More
College Briefs 7/9/20
Orange Park’s Walsh earns doctorate degree at Florida ORANGE PARK – Sharon K. (Fowler) Walsh, a State Line native and 1981 … Read More
Community Briefs 7/9/20
Clay County offers nonprofit assistance grantsCARES Act has $750,000 available to local agenciesGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County has … Read More
This Week in History 7/9/20
Five years ago, 2015• Orange Park’s Todd Emerick is honored with the Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award.• AMIkids, … Read More
Junior Achievement of North Florida hosts virtual Day of the Girl
CLAY COUNTY – Junior Achievement of North Florida will host a virtual edition of the 5th Annual Day of the Girl. Girls, ages 10 to … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 7/16/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 7/16/20
Fleming Island man busted for car break-ins in Keystone HeightsKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A 29-year-old unemployed man was arrested after … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 7/9/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 7/9/20
Former Clay County deputy arrested with child pornographyORANGE PARK – A former Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested … Read More
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CCSO find man wanted for sex crimes against minor hiding in ArmyGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office tracked down … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 7/2/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Calendar 7/9/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet July 9 at 7:30 a.m. at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.CLAY COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT: will hold its monthly meeting at …

Calendar 7/2/20

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL: will meet July 6 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 555 S. Lawrence St. ORANGE PARK TOWN COUNCIL: will meet on July 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave. GREEN COVE …