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Groceries working tirelessly to keep shelves stocked during COVID-19

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Mike Finnick stopped to check his watch last Friday, knowing his next truckload of groceries should be at the back door of his Winn-Dixie store in less than 10 …

Concern for Community: Clay Electric lowers power cost for April by 25%.

Clay Electric Cooperative is lowering the cost of power for its members in April with a one-time decrease of 25 percent, or an average of $30 in savings. This means members using the industry …

Coronavirus delivers costly blow to Green Cove Springs, county coffers

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Cancellations of both the annual RiverFest Memorial Day Celebration, Clay County Fair and weddings at the Clay Theater, are reminders of how the COVID-19 virus has disrupted …

Chamber of Commerce braces for ‘uncharted’ business territory

CLAY COUNTY – The Chamber of Commerce is all hands on-deck with local businesses and business owners try to navigate the waters of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses around the county have …

April showers, coronavirus bring more May flowers

CLAY COUNTY – With unprecedented amounts of free time due to “stay-at-home” orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis, many people are finding themselves looking for ways to occupy their newfound spare …

Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clay slows to 99

CLAY COUNTY – Although a seventh person died Tuesday of COVID-19 in Clay County, numbers reported Thursday morning suggest a slow-down in positive cases. The county now has 99 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

‘All of our services are open’ at OPMC

ORANGE PARK – The threat and treatment of COVID-19 is very real at Orange Park Medical Center. But so are heart attacks, car accidents, broken bones and kidney stones. “It’s not quite …

‘We just have no guarantees of what’s going to happen’

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The annual Green Cove Springs RiverFest Memorial Day festivities became the latest casualty of COVID-19. With all large gatherings suspended indefinitely, the Green Cove …
Clay Courthouse Historic Archive Center chronicles its latest artifact

The Clay Courthouse Historic Archive Center chronicles its latest artifact: A video documenting the ceremony naming the courthouse will be placed into the Historic Archive Center in March …

In the Community

Library box turned into makeshift food pantry by 7-year-old girl

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A small take-one, leave-one library in a local park has been turned into a makeshift food pantry by a 7-year-old resident. Olivia Doherty, 7, is a resident of the Keystone …

High school senior functions, including graduation, going virtual

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – This spring, seniors throughout the First Coast will graduate high school and move onto the different paths leading to their futures. But that graduation, along with many …

Current list of local, district and state candidates

U.S. Representatives, 3rd DistrictAdam Christensen (Dem)Philip Dodds (Dem)Richard Allen Rowe (Dem)Tom Wells (Dem)Kat Cammack (Rep)Kent Guinn (Rep)Joe Dallas Millado (Rep)Amy Pope Wells (Rep)Gavin …

Local psychologist provides helpful ways to deal with COVID-19 stress

ORANGE PARK – Stress or anxiety is likely to affect each of us during this new time. Here are some helpful hints:1. Try deep breathing, relaxation, or mindfulness exercises.● Make it a …

Local AdvantaClean provides tips to keep things clean, sanitized

ORANGE PARK – As everyone in Clay County tries to combat the spread of the coronavirus, it’s important residents know how to properly clean and sanitize the things they touch the most. Orange …

Celebrate Clay forced to postpone annual breakfast

FLEMING ISLAND – The Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation, Inc. is postponing the April 21, 2020 Celebrate Clay awards breakfast. The Foundation is following the CDC recommendations to cancel …

Drive-up coronavirus test sites open throughout Northeast Florida

CLAY COUNTY – Several testing facilities for the coronavirus now are open throughout Northeast Florida. Florida has three federal facilities currently testing people for the coronavirus every …

WJCT launches online resources, new schedule of educational programming

JACKSONVILLE – As many schools and districts across Florida shift to online and at-home learning in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, WJCT Public Media, in partnership with public media …
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Obituaries 4/9/20

Randall Lee “Randy”PulliamRandall Lee Pulliam (Randy), age 66, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away peacefully amongst the comfort and prayers of his family at his home on Tuesday, March …

Obituaries 4/2/20

James Charles “Jim” Kwaak, Jr. James Charles “Jim” Kwaak, Jr. 75, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020.Jim was born to the late James Charles and …

Obituaries 3/26/20

Earl MosleyEarl Mosley, age 92, of Clay Hill, FL passed away peacefully on March 17, 2020 at Isle Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fleming Island.Earl was a lifelong resident of Maxville, FL. He …

Obituaries 3/19/20

Martha Alberta Weydert Cohen Martha Alberta Weydert Cohen, age 55, of Fleming Island, Florida passed away peacefully on February 27, 2020 from cancer. She was born March 10, 1964 in Sycamore, …

Sports
Faith Walk: This day

“This is the day that the Lord has made.” (Psalm 118:24) What day is this? What day is that special day that the Lord has made? It is this day. It is whatever day you are reading this …

Faith walk: Signs

Everyone is looking for a sign. This is true for almost every area of our lives. A girl wants a sign that her fiancé really loves her. The man wants a like sign that he is the center of her …

Even in time of current duress, Curly Neal still makes me smile It’s been difficult to think about anything other than COVID-19 lately, but the passing of an old friend was the kind of distraction that turned my focus to fond memories, not the dreadful warnings …
Where’s the beef? GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The cancelation of the Clay County Fair has caused more hurt than just a missed-out week of concerts, rides, and fair food; for our youth raising livestock, it has been a …
Letter to the Editor Dear Clay County Residents: At Gordon Chevrolet, we value the health and safety of our guests and team members above all. It is important to us that we share with you the steps we are taking to …
DeSantis reassures public as drive-through testing ramps up Federally-backed drive-through testing programs underway in Broward County and Jacksonville, being beta-tested in Miami, and soon to begin in Orange County sent Gov. Ron DeSantis to Miami’s Hard …
What will be the new normal after COVID-19 is gone? In the past week, I’ve talked with a lot of overworked grocery store clerks, desperate restaurant servers and teenagers in fast food drive-thrus who handle my plastic credit card like it’s a live …

Major Leaguers face same obstacles as high schoolers

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - With area high school athletes contemplating an opportunity for a May return to spring sports action; baseball, softball, tennis, weightlifting, Major League Baseball and a …
Where is she now?
Former Orange Park High School sports star Harlee Price, a flag football quarterback with an arm like Dan Marino, a smooth driving … Read More
Nesi gets track all-region tag
Courtesy of FlaglerAthleticsNEW ORLEANS – Flagler College junior Marcus Graham, sophomore Justin Greene, and freshmen Asad Bashir … Read More
Who is working out?
Middleburg High volleyball coach Carrie Prewitt joined the cadre of coaches and athletes to create their own workout regimens in light … Read More
Where is He now?
Andrew CampbellFleming Island High SchoolClass of 2013 Andrew Campbell, a swim specialist; backstroke, at Fleming Island High … Read More
Where is She now?
Samantha StelmaszekMiddleburg High SchoolClass of 2016 Samantha Stelmaszek, a Class 3A pole vault champion for Middleburg High … Read More
Athletes still training
OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High track and cross country runner Dylan Nelson, like many area senior athletes, had the best of both worlds with … Read More
Run Across America? Ask Jay Birmingham
FLEMING ISLAND –Fresh off a kayak ride around Pace Island last week, retired St. Johns Country Day School track and cross country … Read More
Hogg, Linge get Dairy Farmer Player of Year nods
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With a school record 47 goals on the season, Keystone Heights High junior forward Dean Hogg will be attacking next … Read More
Knights’ Surrento: Larger than life personality
OAKLEAF - The Oakleaf High School sports community, notably the girls softball team, has been lurched suddenly with recent news of the … 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
Clay Chamber, Community First to provide 1,000 masks to first responders
FLEMING ISLAND – The Clay Clay County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Community First Credit Union, said on April 7 it will … Read More
Community Briefs 4/9/20
Grumpy’s gives away produce, pantry itemsORANGE PARK – Not only has Grumpy’s owner Daniel DeLeon decided not to accept his … Read More
Patio Produce: Growing vegetables in containers
CLAY COUNTY – Anyone can grow vegetables at home. This simple fact should be encouraging if you dream of having produce but are … Read More
Jacksonville Roller Derby serves lunch to Orange Park ER
When members of the Jacksonville Roller Derby team usually arrived at the hospital, it’s on a stretcher. But last Wednesday, team … Read More
Camp Blanding gets firetruck honoring Florida National Guard
CAMP BLANDING – Clay County Fire Rescue Station 25 Firefighters stationed at Camp Blanding were presented with a fire engine newly … Read More
This Week in History 4/9/20
Five years ago, 2015Green Cove Springs city leaders expect an economic boom, including a supermarket inside the city limits, once the … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 4/9/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 4/9/20
Couple caught throwing drugs from car during chaseMIDDLEBURG – A couple were arrested after they were caught throwing drugs from … Read More
Police briefs 4/2/20
Attempted murder charges for man trying to steal skateboardORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was arrested and charged with attempted … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 4/2/20
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Arrests and Bookings 3/26/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police briefs 3/26/20
Drug raid leads to arrest of four in Green Cove SpringsGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Four people were arrested following a raid on their … Read More
Community Calendar 3/12/20

ORANGE PARK WOMEN’S CLUB THRIFT SHOP: is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 13, at 130 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. CLAY COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT: will meet March 13 at 3 p.m. …

Community Calendar 3/5/20

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Teacher Inservice Center at Fleming Island High, 2233 Village Square Pkwy. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: will mee March 5 at the …

Calendar 2/27/20

JACOBS BROTHERS: will perform on Feb. 29 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Blvd., Orange Park, at 6 p.m. The Jacob Brothers have been singing gospel music since 1962. ORANGE PARK WOMEN’S …

Calendar 2/20/20

CLAY SAFETYNET ALLIANCE: will meet Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Haven-Custead Care Center, 745 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. Representatives from local government, faith-based groups and nonprofits …

Calendar 2/6/20

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Teacher Inservice Center at Fleming Island High, 2233 Village Square Pkwy.GARDEN CLUB OF MIDDLEBURG: will meet Feb. 7 at 2239 Blanding …