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Clay County 2020 All Hazards Preparedness guide now available

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Florida’s Atlantic Hurricane officially will start on Sunday, and the Clay County Board of County Commissioners and Division of Emergency Management want to help Clay …

Local hospitals: There’s no reason to be scared to go to ER

FLEMING ISLAND – Hospitals in Clay County hospitals and emergency centers want residents to know that there is no reason to be scared of going to the hospital, even during the COVID-19 …

Former CCSO deputy ordered jail until federal trial

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the detention and indictment of Travis Ryan Pritchard, 36, of Green Cove Springs. Pritchard was initially charged by criminal complaint and, …

My Salon back to trimming hair, not safety standards

ORANGE PARK – My Salon Suite in Orange Park is back open for business. Barbers, hairdressers, aestheticians and others are back to their shops at their suite on Wells Road. But like most other …

Royal returns with loftier goals as GCS Mayor

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city of Green Cove Springs has a new mayor. Sort of. Van Royal, the 67-year-old southwest Florida native who has made Green Cove Springs his home for the last 30 …

Clay COVID-19: 366 infected; death toll grows to 28

CLAY COUNTY – The local death toll for COVID-19 grew to 28 when a patient from Governors Creek Health and Rebabilitation in Green Cove Springs was added to the list Wednesday. Seventeen of …

Royal selected new Green Cove Springs Mayor

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – An unusually brief Green Cove Springs City Council meeting Tuesday announced changes. The City Council elected a new mayor and vice mayor for 2020-2021. Edward Gaw was …
In the Community

Fitness centers reopen to build muscles, lift hopes

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Steven Kelley’s face wrenched and his eyes squinted, only to be replaced by an occasional wince of pain, every time he pulled the elastic band as tight as a banjo …

Winn-Dixie, St. Augustine Distillery donate hand sanitizer to Clay’s frontline

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Winn-Dixie and the Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation partnered with St. Augustine Distillery to recently donate nearly 200 one-liter bottles of the distillery’s locally-made hand …

Despite ‘worse-case scenario’ projections, tourism dollars keep coming in

CLAY COUNTY – The Tourism Development Council discussed the effects of COVID-19 during its latest meeting on May 20. The last TDC meeting was held on March 11 and at that point, the majority of …

Keystone’s Stanley writes winning essay during pandemic shutdown

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A local senior used his final days of high school to win a national scholarship. Garrett Stanley is a Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High student that is the recipient of the …

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Receives $500,000 from The Humana Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – May 19, 2020 – The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is honored to announce it has received a $500,000 gift from The Humana Foundation that will be directed to …

Local girl cleans pond to make new home for baby ducks

LAKE ASBURY – Kaidyn Cartafalsa is doing her part to make Clay County cleaner, even if she has to do it all alone. Cartafalsa, an 11-year-old that lives in the Lake Asbury area, was near her …

Canceled Wine Tasting Gala puts Quigley House in $24,000 hole

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Quigley House needs your help to eliminate a $24,000 deficit created by COVID-19. The Quigley House is Clay County’s only dual-certified domestic violence and sexual …

Student committee created to ensure seniors get their proper sendoffs

OAKLEAF – A group of administrators and senior high school sponsors from around Clay County have banded together during these unprecedented times to create a committee responsible for ensuring that …

Oakleaf’s Boyack Top 3 finalist for Florida Assistant Principal of the Year

OAKLEAF – The Florida Department of Education announced Clay County’s Matthew Boyack as a finalist in the running for the state’s Assistant Principal of the Year title. He joins two other …

John Capes retiring from Moosehaven

ORANGE PARK – CEO John Capes is retiring after 13 years. The former U.S. Marine-turned-soldier will step away to be succeeded by Helen Taylor in running Moosehaven Retirement Community. Capes …

Attempts to downsize Orange Park Plaza denied

ORANGE PARK – The push to build Orange Park Plaza on Kingsley Avenue took another step forward last Thursday, at the Planning and Zoning Meeting at the Town Hall of Orange Park council …
Obituaries 5/28/20

Deborah Richardson Huguley Deborah Richardson Huguley, 64, of Middleburg, Florida passed away May 14th, 2020 of natural causes.She was born in Pfungstadt, Germany and adopted by the late Fredrick …

Obituaries 5/21/20

Robert Lee Snell Robert Lee Snell, 68, of Penney Farms, FL, entered the sunset of life on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Ascension St. Vincent’s Clay County Hospital, Middleburg, FL. A native and …

Obituaries 5/14/20

Sharon Carey Taylor Sharon Carey Taylor, 71 of Palatka, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville following a brief illness.Sharon is survived by her …

Obituaries 5/7/20

Peter Della Penna (Poppie) Peter Della Penna (Poppie), 83, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020. He was born in Batavia, NY on November 5, 1936. His parents were …

Faith walk: "If I Were the Devil"

This week’s column is adapted from a long ago radio script by the renowned broadcaster Paul Harvey. This was the script of his broadcast on April 3, 1965. If I were the devil – I mean, if I …

Faith walk: Heaven

The Pastor was preaching about Heaven. He became very excited about the prospect of going to Heaven and he tried to communicate his sincere excitement of future hope to the congregation. Deeply …

Sports
Republicans call for end to vacation rental ban Despite facing pressure from within his own party to lift restrictions on vacation rentals, there’s no word yet from Gov. Ron DeSantis on when rentals may reopen. In late March, the governor …
Cutting hair, telling stories: Life back to normal at A Barber Shop FLEMING ISLAND – It was difficult to hear the telephone ring over the playful conversations and derision at A Barber Shop last Tuesday. Customers, make that friends, sat along the walls – each …
McGinty shifts from fantasy world of sports to essential work as nurse Last Wednesday was designated as Nurses Appreciation Day. In reality, every day is a day to appreciate the work of our healthcare workers. I reached out to an old friend on Tuesday night to talk …
This Mother’s Day, let’s think twice “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself, and once for her child.” Famed actress Sophia Loren made that simple yet …
Why Congress needs to support local media during crisis During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face …

Clay Today Players of Year

ORANGE PARK - Fleming Island High senior wrestler Chad Nix suffered his lone loss of the season at a Christmas tournament to an eventual Georgia state champion and then went scorched Earth to his own …
Got APP? Area runners take the Miles de Mayo Challenge
FLEMING ISLAND - With all running races stopped after the Gate River Run 15K for the Coronavirus shutdown, area runners have taken to … Read More
2020 Senior Athletes 5/28/20
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With the spring seasons eliminated from competition, there is a handful of senior athletes that been on the fields … Read More
Throwback Thursday 2014 Kurnitsky to lead Raiders
ORANGE PARK - With quips like “Lombardi” time and “Havoc” basketball, a new era has arrived at Orange Park High School’s … Read More
Congratulations Class of 2020 seniors 5/21/20
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With the spring seasons eliminated from competition, there is a handful of senior athletes that been on the fields … Read More
Morgan grows; now playing with the big girls
FLEMING ISLAND - Alyzabeth Morgan is five years older, a bit taller, a bit more muscular and donning a set of teenager braces on her … Read More
NBA legend remembered: Jim Tucker 1932-2020
Note: Legendary NBA champion and record holder Jim Tucker, a long-time resident of Eagle Harbor with wife Jan, passed away at age 88 … Read More
Fish tales 5/14/20
Fish Tales Above: Cole LeClair, graduated Middleburg High School football All-Stater and future Valdosta State University scholarship … Read More
McIntyre, Martin chosen for All-Time Volleyball team list
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - Middleburg High volleyball standout Senia McIntyre (Class of 1995) and Orange Park High volleyball’s ace Taylor … Read More
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-One Number Different

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
JC Penney reopens at Orange Park Mall
JC Penney at the Orange Park Mall has reopened since closing on March 18 and employees are excited to be back at work. The associates … Read More
Primitive tent camping to reopen on District lands
CLAY COUNTY – The St. Johns River Water Management District has reopened campsites on district lands. Both first-come/first-serve … Read More
Garden Club concerned about plight of Monarch butterflies
ORANGE PARK – The Monarch butterfly is among the most recognized, studied and loved of all North America’s insects. The annual … Read More
OPMC offering health coverage hotline
ORANGE PARK – Over the last few months, we know many of our friends and neighbors have lost their health insurance. This can cause a … Read More
CareerSource NE Florida reopens centers on Tuesday
FLEMING ISLAND – CareerSource Northeast Florida, the regional workforce development organization, is reopening its seven career … Read More
First Coast Council recognizes Cohen as Ombudsman of the Year
The First Coast Council is proud to recognize Lisa Cohen as their 2019 Ombudsman of the Year. Cohen became a certified ombudsman in … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 5/28/20
Outraged neighbors, recent overdose prompt CCSO to arrest 8 in drug raid MIDDLEBURG – Eight people were arrested following a drug … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 5/28/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 5/21/20
Man charged with killing his mother, leaving her in garage for monthsMIDDLEBURG – A local man was charged with second degree murder … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 5/21/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 5/14/20
Routine seatbelt stop results in three arrests for guns, Taser, drugsORANGE PARK – A traffic stop for two passengers not wearing … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 5/14/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … 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 …