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County sets tentative budget at 8.101 mils

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The tentative millage set by the Board of County Commissioners is lower than what taxpayers received in their TRIM notices. The estimated county millage rate originally was …

Charter schools on hold for new school police officers

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Officers with the newly-formed Clay County School Police Department won’t be stationed at the county’s charter schools for at least a month. Discussion about expanding …

Clay County School Board sets its budget at $450 million

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The school board’s final budget for 2019-20 was approved last week at nearly $450 million. Between the one mill increase voted through by voters last year, the required …

OPMC celebrates birth of 6 ‘Hurricane Dorian’ babies

ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park Medical Center found the silver lining of threat presented by Hurricane Dorian with six new lives that were welcomed into the world during the storm. The hospital …

Keystone Heights approves $5.6 million budget

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – City council members passed the city’s budget and millage rate on the first reading Monday night. The budget is about $5.6 million. The millage rate of 4.2901 mills didn’t …

Relief effort for Bahamas extended by local businesses

ORANGE PARK – The response from concerned residents for the people of the Bahamas was so overwhelming, the Orange Park Mall, Clay High, Gordon Chevrolet and The Springs Church have extended their …
In the Community
State legislatures to consider mandatory panic buttons in schools State Rep. Michael Gottlieb is pushing legislation for the upcoming 2020 Legislative Session that would mandate panic alarms in public schools. The measure (HB 23) is dubbed “Alyssa’s Law” …
Daniels should be judged by his job, not personal issues MIDDLEBURG – Sheriff Darryl Daniels promised to tone down his rhetoric ahead of Tuesday night’s Town Hall meeting at the Centerpoint Baptist Church. And while he kept his cool explaining the …
Florida Chamber highlights military’s importance in state JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Chamber kicked off its two-day “Military, Defense and Veterans” summit on Tuesday. Chamber President Mark Wilson addressed the “State of Play: Preparing for …
This Week In History 8/15/19 Five years ago, 2014Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Mark Borello will decide if the Clay County School Board will get an injunction against the Board of County Commissioners’ decision to …
Let’s talk when politics becomes too political We had an interesting discussion last week in the lobby of our office. Another frog-strangling thunderstorm kept us from going home, so we waited for a break from the thunderclaps and joked about the …
How to buy shirt, sell personal data with single swipe of credit card I recently bought a golf shirt. At $9.99, I thought it was a great buy. Three weeks later, I feel like I’m still paying for it. I used by debit card to pay for the shirt and a toy for my …
Getting the garden ready for fall Has anyone else tried working outside in the garden recently? These days of August are some of the most miserable times to try to keep up with mowing the grass, pulling weeds, and almost any garden …
Dorian more of a nuisance than threat

FLEMING ISLAND – Bill Patterson walked his dog along Westover Road on Sept. 5, a day after Hurricane Dorian made its run up the Florida coastline. Unlike storms of the past, he didn’t need …

Mosquito surveillance increased by Dorian

CLAY COUNTY – Mosquito control contractors spray infested areas and monitor traps to protect residents from a nuisance the size of a pin. It’s no secret some mosquitoes are dangerous. They can …

Greyhound racing in Orange Park has long, colorful history Cutline: In the 1930s, greyhounds were escorted to the starting gates by nattily uniformed attendants at the Clay County Kennel Club. ORANGE PARK – Greyhounds have been racing in Orange Park, …
FDOT closes Long Bay Road for 90 days MIDDLEBURG – As part of the Blanding Boulevard widening project from Long Bay Road to Allie Murray Road, The Florida Department of Transportation will close a portion of Long Bay Road for at least …
Get fired up … ORANGE PARK – Dozens will fire up their grills to support St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church this weekend. The Steak Cookoff Association is hosting its first Clay County competition on …
88 pounds of pills collected at Normandy ER ORANGE PARK – The Normandy ER, Orange Park Medical Center’s freestanding emergency room, collected 88 pounds of unwanted and outdated medications on Sept. 7. The hospital worked with the …
OPMC volunteers celebrate 45 years of service ORANGE PARK – This month the volunteers at Orange Park Medical Center are celebrating their 45th anniversary of serving the Orange Park Community. When the hospital originally opened its doors in …
Q&A: Assistant Superintendent Michael Kemp GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Dr. Michael Kemp, Clay County’s assistant superintendent for operations, faces a lot of challenges to keep the county’s public schools up and running. Clay …
U.S. News ranks University of Florida No. 1 in state The University of Florida has taken the top spot among Sunshine State schools in the latest U.S. News and World Report college rankings. UF came in at No. 34 overall, tied with the University …
Obituaries 9/12/19

Bronze Holland Trull Jr. Bronze Holland Trull Jr., 96, passed away on August 20, 2019. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bronze was a much loved husband, father, grandfather & great …

Obituaries 9/5/19

Waneta Marie Wilson Waneta Marie Wilson, 80, peacefully passed away Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at her home in Green Cove Springs, Florida.Marie “Mom” Wilson was born December 10th, 1938 …

Obituaries 8/29/19

Waneta Marie Wilson Waneta Marie Wilson, 80, peacefully passed away Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at her home in Green Cove Springs, Florida.Marie “Mom” Wilson was born December 10th, 1938 …

Obituaries 8/22/19

Gerald “Jerry” Edward Smith Gerald “Jerry” Edward Smith, 69, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019. Jerry was born in Pueblo, Colorado but called …

Obituaries 8/8/19

Jesse Godbold Jesse Godbold, our beloved husband, father and grandfather died on Wednesday July 31 at St. Vincent’s Hospital Clay County after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 56 …

Sports

Knights run game too much for Raiders

OAKLEAF - With a rugged defensive game led by Savion "Gator" Williams, the Oakleaf Knights Captains team, 10-Unders, built a 26-6 halftime lead against the OPAA Raiders en route to a 39-6 final score …
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 9/12/19
Five years ago, 2014A black bear that was relocated to Camp Blanding after being captured at Jacksonville Beach was euthanized after … Read More
This week in history 9/5/19
Five years ago, 2014St. Johns Housing Partnership and Habitat for Humanity team to rebuild the dilapidated home for Vietnam veteran, … Read More
Business Briefs 8/29/19
OPMC opens $11 million expansion for irregular heart rhythm conditionsORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center is now treating … Read More
Community briefs 8/29/19
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council presented 16 Gold Awards Aug. 22 in recognition of their remarkable dedication to improving their … Read More
This Week In History 8/29/19
Five years ago, 2014The Board of County Commissioners were forced by a judge’s order to put whether the school superintendent should … Read More
Clay Memories 8/29/19
Clay Memories Cutline: In 1941, the Navy’s auxiliary air field in Green Cove Springs was dedicated and named in honor of Ensign … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 9/12/19
Woman nabbed for selling jewelry reported stolenORANGE PARK – A woman was finally tracked down after she reportedly sold stolen … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 9/12/19
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 9/5/19
Man jailed for selling heroin ‘8-ball’ to informantORANGE PARK – An unemployed man was arrested for selling a $300 … Read More
Arrests and bookings 9/5/19
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police briefs 8/29/19
Missing Oakleaf boy found safe in JacksonvilleOAKLEAF – Two people were arrested late Thursday and early Friday after a missing boy … Read More
Arrests and bookings 8/29/19
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 9/12/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning …

Calendar 8/29/19

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Clay County Administration Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, at 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs.BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT …

Calendar 8/22/19

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Clay County Administration Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, at 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. FREE QUIT TOBACCO …

Community calendar 8/15/19

CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR SENIORS: program is Aug. 17 at the Conviva Care Center, 20 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Techniques to cope with pain, fatigue and poor sleep will …

Calendar 8/8/19

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ORANGE PARK: will conduct its monthly meeting Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Clarke House, 1039 Kingsley Ave.GARDEN CLUB OF FLEMING ISLAND MEETING: will be at the Fleming Island …