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Keystone sets tentative budget for 2021-22; final approval set for Sept. 27

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights City council approved a tentative budget of $847,641 Monday night at its monthly meeting. If it passes on a final vote scheduled for Sept. 27, the new budget …

School board Final budget includes a slight tax decrease

FLEMING ISLAND – As the school year begins to ramp up, the school board has officially adopted its 2021-22 budget.The board officially passed its budget during a meeting held on Thursday, Sept. …

9/11: The day everything changed

CLAY COUNTY – America changed on Sept. 11, 2001. Not only was the world shaken when 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked and flew four jet airliners into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field …

Despite judge’s ruling, school board won’t mandate masks in classrooms

FLEMING ISLAND – A judge’s recent ruling doesn’t change whether the school board can enact a mask mandate, according to the school board. More than a dozen public speakers spoke directly to …

Deputy Clint Seagle: End of watch Aug. 29, 2021

MIDDLEBURG – Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy Clint R. Seagle was buried with full honors on Friday, Sept. 3, after he died from complications of COVID-19. His visitation and memorial service …

Edwards ready to challenge for District 2 seat on BCC

CLAY COUNTY – Leroy Edwards is a District 2 resident who’s lived in the county since 2006 and he’s ready to represent the community he loves as a county commissioner. Edwards lived in Miami …

Green Cove Springs is worthy of intelligent long-range growth, imaginative planning

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – This city is at a crossroads. And what leaders and longtime residents fear most is those crossroads are getting clogged with traffic and uncontrolled growth. Green Cove …

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TikTok star using social media to advocate for social change

CLAY COUNTY – Tayler Harber was a model student at Orange Park High. Less than a year later after graduating in 2016, though, she committed a felony that would change the rest of her life. …

Sweet Success

ORANGE PARK – Many locals and new residents alike have noticed a shift toward healthier foods and allergy substitutions in their diets. Organic and non-GMO foods have found their place in everyday …

County commissioners tentatively vote to increase millage rate

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners approved a tentative budget during its Sept. 14 meeting with a millage rate higher than last year. If approved, the county’s new total …

Facebook question of the week: Will people get back to work now that CARES Act benefits have expired?

CLAY COUNTY – Three pandemic-era unemployment benefits established by a 2020 CARES Act have expired and it could affect the state’s current labor shortage, according to some experts. The …

Lake Area Bike created to turn junk into usable rides

MELROSE – There are bikes hanging from the ceiling, cluttered on the floor and on top of a workbench in Pete Slaymaker’s tiny shop. With the exception of a radio faintly playing country …

BASCA 5K to be back on track with fund-raising run on Sept. 25

ORANGE PARK – The BASCA Cape Abilities 5K run is back this year after going virtual in 2020. BASCA’s 5K fundraiser has been around for nearly a decade but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had …

Check it out: September is National Library Card sign-up month

CLAY COUNTY – The public library system is so much more than a collection of buildings full of books and librarians hushing you. They are vibrant community spaces and offer a wealth of resources …

NEFBA: Clay County growth leads to expansion of communities, businesses

CLAY COUNTY – The county has experienced massive growth in the last few years, especially in some of the more rural areas, such as Middleburg, Lake Asbury and Green Cove Springs. Part, if not all, …

70 Doctors Lake residents move from septic tanks to sewage systems

ORANGE PARK – A septic-to-sewer project that will drastically increase the health of Doctors Lake by decreasing the number of algae blooms in the lake has officially begun.About 70 homeowners …

Clay firms selected for JTA Bay Street Innovation Corridor project

CLAY COUNTY – Two Clay County firms have been selected to design, build, operate and maintain the Jacksonville Transportation Authority Bay Street Innovation Corridor project.Balfour Beatty …

School board has until Dec. 31 to redraw its district boundaries

CLAY COUNTY – The school board will be deliberating its district boundaries for the next few months before the Dec. 31 deadline. The board is given the opportunity to redraw its district lines …
Faith Walk: ‘Try a Little Kindness’

What do you think of when you hear the word “kindness?” Do you think of someone who always uses kind words? Or perhaps someone who typically goes out of their way to help others? Kindness is …

Faith Walk: Uncertainities

Life is full of uncertainties. No one predicted or expected the corona virus pandemic that struck our country and the world in 2020. Our lives have been changed by this unexpected invasion of our …

Faith Walk: Relax, God’s got this!

Patience is hard, especially when what we hope for is a good thing. Our hearts long to experience beautiful things in life, but sometimes our plans don’t play out the way we expect them to. This …

Faith Walk: Stability

Life is full of uncertainties. No one predicted or expected the corona virus pandemic that struck our country and the world in 2020. Our lives have been changed by this unexpected invasion of our …

Faith walk: Living in Perfect Peace

In recent columns we have been looking at the fruit of the Spirit as given to us in Galatians 5:22: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, …

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
We lose wars because our leaders have lost resolve to fight This has not been a good week for America’s pride and purpose. In fact, it hasn’t been a good 50 years. A nation that boasts, often arrogantly, of being the world’s greatest military might, …
Cammack compares Biden’s administration to ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ By Jacob Ogles For FloridaPolitics.com U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack has reiterated her belief President Joe Biden should resign over events in Afghanistan. During an appearance Monday on “Fox …
Letter to the Editor 9/2/21 Dear Editor, Pace Center for Girls (Pace) would like to thank Sen. Jennifer Bradley for her sponsorship of House Bill 723. This bill was passed by both the House and the Senate in April, was …
Mom's switches proved half-truths, double-talk are nothing more than lies I don’t have the time or interest to put up with half-talk and nonsense. When I get an email that skirts around the facts, I generally send them straight to the Trash file. But I got one earlier …
Surge in COVID-19 prompts Florida restaurants to ask for more handouts The delta variant-driven summer surge of COVID-19 is starting again to discourage people from going out to eat, leaving restaurants again getting very concerned and pleading for more help from …

Broncos? 58-0 What?

MIDDLEBURG - Middleburg High Broncos’ first year Head Coach Ryan Wolfe came in the door, tossed all the tables upside down to reorganize, setting expectations, and teaching his team how to win in a …

Lakeside scores 44-8 over Orange Park

Flag football Green Cove Springs vs. Lakeside

Green Cove Springs Junior High flag football, under coach Doug Deters, got a 19-0 win over Lakeside Junior High last week with Teaghan Moses and Kate Wilkening scoring touchdowns for the Cougars.

Stratton second to Harrison in Bales’ muck

BARTRAM TRAIL - St. Johns Country Day School cross country senior Matthew Stratton saw the best guy he might face all season and stayed a respectable distance in his blind side hoping for a …

Late surge foils Knights unbeaten status

OAKLEAF– A week after Oakleaf overcame a 16 point deficit to stun Miami Carol City, Lake City Columbia rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat host Oakleaf 27-23 in a …

Blue Devils flounder to Tornadoes

STARKE - The Clay Blue Devils, coming off a 21-14 season opening win over rival Fleming Island High last week, were feeling pretty good coming into tonight’s matchup against the winless Braford …

Clay County’s Swim Relays:

Lady Broncos dumped by No. 1, Prewitt gets 600th

MIDDLEBURG - In area high school volleyball action, Middleburg High’s Lady Broncos had the double-edged sword of playing the top-ranked Clas 4A team in Florida, the fourth ranked team in the nation …
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
Kooking with Kathleen
Clay Today periodically will feature a recipe from local culunary expert Kathleen Chambless. Her first installment are empanadas, … Read More
This Week in History 9/16/21
Five years ago, 2016• The Orange Park Town Council decides not to use money generated by fines for red-light camera violations to … Read More
Charities share in proceeds of recent sale of fire station
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Seventeen local charities shared in the proceeds from the recent sale of the Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire … Read More
The Orange Park Normal and Industrial School
The Normal School once took up an entire block of Orange Park. It stood where the town hall now stands and covered about 10 … Read More
Voter registration for LAMSBD assessment vote closing Sept. 13
LAKE ASBURY – Voters have until Monday, Sept. 13, to register to vote ahead of the Lake Asbury Municipal Service Benefit District … Read More
Clay County School District, Flagler Health+ to increase adolescent access to mental health services
CLAY COUNTY – Care Connect+, a social health organization led by St. Augustine-based Flagler Health+, announced a partnership with … Read More
Optometrist/Low Vision Specialist, Sayoc joins Clay Eye
CLAY TODAY – Jericho Sayoc, O.D. has recently joined Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons as an associate of their clinical staff. Dr. … Read More
This Week in History 9/2/21
Five years ago, 2016• Darryl Daniels and Addison Davis win primaries for sheriff and superintendent, respectively, as Clay … Read More
Community Briefs 9/2/21
Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts open house in Orange ParkORANGE PARK – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is holding an open house to … Read More
Conviva Care Centers Share Advice for Checking in with Senior Family Members as we Reunite this Summer
As we enter summer, families will be getting together for long-awaited reunions, parties, and general socializing. Although light is … Read More
Crime News

Police Briefs 9/16/21

Orange Park man gets 15 years for selling child porn onlineJACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Antony Eugene Woody, 33, of Orange Park, to 15 years in federal …

Police Briefs 9/9/21

Orange Park man to face another child molestation chargeGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man already in the Clay County Jail after being charged with molesting an 11-year-old girl now faces a second …

Arrests & Bookings 9/9/21

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 9/2/21

Former CCSO deputy sentenced to 35 years for sexually exploiting girlJACKSONVILLE – Travis Ryan Pritchard, a former deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s DUI unit, was …

Arrests & Bookings 9/2/21

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Arrests & Bookings 8/26/21

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 8/26/21

CCSO arrests man after watching him make several drug salesORANGE PARK – After following the man while he appeared to make several drug sales, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested a …
Community Calendar 9/16/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Clay Today community calendar

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: is Sept. 10 from 5-9:30 p.m. at Spring Park, 106 St. Johns Ave., Green Cove Springs. FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION: will be offered by Challenge Enterprises of North Florida on Sept. …

Community Calendar 9/2/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at …

Calendar 8/12/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …