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FDLE lays out its evidence against former Sheriff Daniels

CLAY COUNTY – The State Attorney’s Office revealed last week the Florida Department of Law Enforcement currently has 67 witness who’ve been interviewed in the case against former Clay County …

Addressing overcrowding at Oakleaf High

CLAY COUNTY – The school district soon will hold a town hall with Oakleaf parents about redrawing boundary lines that may mean their children will attend a different school. The town hall will …

GSC celebrates Acres’ promotion at police department; approves Food Truck Fridays

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council and Police Chief joined Tuesday night for the promotion ceremony of Communications Officer Brandi Acres to Communications …

Program joins academics and mental health to help students

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park High became the district’s third Community Partnership School, which unifies a focus on academics, counseling, mentoring, health and more for any and all students at the …

School District learns it must soon address county’s rapid growth to keep pace

CLAY COUNTY – The district’s schools are bursting at the seams and the stress will only continue to grow if the county doesn’t soon address the thousands of people who move to the county every …

Baptist Health plans healthy living center at VyStar building on Fleming Island

FLEMING ISLAND – The guttural sounds of heavy equipment bulldozers and dump trucks have become a welcomed consequence of rapid growth for Baptist Clay Medical Campus President Darin Roark. The …

All those willing to help Oakleaf cheerleaders stand up and cheer!

OAKLEAF – There’s a cheerleading team in Clay County’s backyard with world class caliber and they need help getting to a national championship in New Orleans. The Oakleaf Sports …

Five constitutional officers sworn into office

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Five Clay County officials were sworn into office Tuesday, including (from left), Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless, Sheriff Michelle Cook, Property Appraiser Tracy Scott …

Shot in the arm

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Vaccines against the COVID-19 virus are now being distributed in the county and the excitement from the first residents to receive was palpable on Day 1. The county opened …

A look back at 2020

JanuaryAddison Davis selected as Hillsborough’s next SuperintendentCLAY COUNTY – Addison Davis will be the new Superintendent of the Hillsborough County School District, and it will come …
Obituaries 1/21/21

Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Dugger Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Dugger, age 54, of Middleburg, Florida died Tuesday, Jan. 5, at his residence following a brief illness. He had resided in …

Obituaries 1/14/21

Judy Carol Nall Campbell Judy Carol Nall Campbell, age 75, of Pensacola, Florida, previously of Middleburg, Florida, Atmore, Alabama and Greenville, Texas, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020. …

Obituaries 1/7/21

Janie Marie Newton Altizer Janie Marie Newton Altizer, 82, passed away on December 14, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Nash County, NC and was a Supervisor at the Navy Exchange. …

In the Community

Local shooters rack up fun, tournament-level competition

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Corner Pocket pool hall in Green Cove Springs, which doubles as a diner, is an exciting place. Whether it is hosting poker tournaments, darts, Karaoke, pool or Bingo, with …

Ascension St. Vincent’s provides 2,500 COVID-19 inoculations

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A steady stream of cars pulled into and away from the Clay County Fairgrounds last Monday, Jan. 18, as part of a day-long vaccination event for COVID-19 provided by Ascension …

GSC celebrates Acres’ promotion at police department; approves Food Truck Fridays

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council and Police Chief joined Tuesday night for the promotion ceremony of Communications Officer Brandi Acres to Communications …

Violinist Michael Tropepe gives command performance at OPMC

ORANGE PARK – Michael Tropepe has played in some of the grandest concert halls around the world. For years, thousands have donned coats and tails for an evening of classical violin pieces. But …

A blast from the past

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Thousands drive by it every day, often noticing the massive LARC-LX amphibious vehicle parked close to the roadway or the five-inch 38 caliber gun positioned a few yards …

Facebook question of the week: Do you favor Donald Trump’s impeachment?

CLAY COUNTY – President Donald Trump has been impeached for a second time by the House of Representatives, and the generally Republican Clay County sees the process as waste of time and effort in …

Free business marketing workshop offered to provide new ways to reach customers

CLAY COUNTY – The county’s tourism department is offering a one-of-a-kind marketing workshop next week free of charge to all business owners. Marketing is an important aspect of owning a …

Idea was born by a regular disc golfer at Ronnie Van Zant Park

LAKE ASBURY – About two years ago, Kaiyne Faucett discovered that his son Kayden has autism. Instead of wallowing in sadness, he dug into research on the topic, learning everything he could in …

Longtime eatery still a staple of Green Cove Springs community

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Ronnie’s Wings, Oysters and More, just across from Spring Park in Green Cove, is a staple of the city and an example of how a longtime eatery can become a binding agent for …

Huffman, Ward update commission on county’s slow, frustrating Moderna rollout

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The is working hard to get Moderna COVID-19 vaccines out as fast as possible, but it will be a while before supply meets the demand. Florida Health Department Clay County …

Voss steers Seamark Ranch through unprecedented times, need for expanded growth

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Greg is the new CEO of Seamark Ranch and his focus are the children that call the ranch their home. Seamark Ranch is a place where at-risk children can live when other …
Faith walk: Does God Know Who I Am?

Psalm 139:13 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb" (NIV). We find strength in our loved ones. They know us and accept us for who we are. The comfort that …

Faith Walk 1/7/21

Many of us thought 2020 was a year where we would see clearly. Things seemed to be going well. A robust economy, low unemployment, more disposable income. We were free to move from place to place as …

Faith walk: A life plan

Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.~The Apostle Paul …

Faith walk: This day

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they …

Faith walk: The greatest gift ever given

Paul the Apostle powerfully expressed what cannot adequately be expressed in words when he declared “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15) This is the season when …

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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
New year finally takes us away from 2020 – and to start of new racing season The best thing about 2020 is the fact it’s almost gone. That means we can be optimistic about 2021. For me, that means the return of the racing season. The lure of sports-car racing has …
The Power of prevention: An advocate’s plea for action Without any doubt, prevention is the best medicine. In both personal behavior and public policy priorities, keeping bad things from happening is not only wise, it’s potentially …
Hometown newspapers have daunting responsibility to provide credible information Having spent more than 30 years of my life working at major newspapers and national chains, I’m qualified to talk about the state of media. As the need for credible information grows, especially in …
Mixed drinks to go: Jennifer Bradley files booze delivery bill After the year Floridians have had, one of the state’s newest Senators thinks they might need a libation or two. Sen. Jennifer Bradley of North Central Florida’s Senate District 5, who …
It’s time to blow the whistle on sporting events The high school football season was plagued by, well, a plague. Games were canceled; the playoffs were as much about passing COVID-19 protocols as blocking and tackling. The college season has …

Fleming Island avenges early Oakleaf loss

OAKLEAF - Fleming Island High boys basketball coach Traavis Chandler said the 2021 Golden Eagles team would be a lot better than the 2020 team that lost a home match against Oakleaf High. And, on …
Fast Sem wins Resolution Run 5K
ORANGE PARK - Former Mandarin High cross country and track star Sem Sultanov, a face familiar to Fleming Island High running races, … Read More
Lake Asbury wins county wrestling title
MIDDLEBURG - Buoyed by numbers in the finals, Lake Asbury Junior High’s wrestling team used just three individual champions to win … Read More
Turner, Ferebee, fuel Knights battle with Nease
OAKLEAF - With top scorer Taliah Scott exiting early with fouls, the “Three Amigas” of Oakleaf; Scott, Kaylah Turner and Fantasia … Read More
Clay punches back at 2A clash with Broncos
OAKLEAF – Dominating has been the Clay High forte at girls weightlifting the past decade, albeit in Class 1A, but the Lady Blue … Read More
Knights lose shootout, now 15-1
HAWTHORNE - Oakleaf High’s Fantasia James hit her first three pointer with just eight seconds off the clock in what looked to be … Read More
Ridgeview and Clay nip rivals in FHSAA Cheer Regional
OAKLEAF - Ridgeview, Clay and Oakleaf high school cheerleaders won their divisions at the FHSAA Cheer Regional at Oakleaf High School … Read More
Power of Prayers’ puts Kubisiak back on hardwood
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - When Bryant Kubisiak (Ka-Bish-Ik) woke up on October 23, he felt a little sore. “Almost three months of doing … Read More
Holton, Logan, Smith lead grapplers against Georgia
FLEMING ISLAND – An expected clash with a former Florida foe and former coach was exactly what Fleming Island High wrestling coach … 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
Community Briefs 1/21/21
Art Guild of Orange Park’s ‘Going Places’ exhibit opens at Thrasher-HorneORANGE PARK – The Guild of Orange Park's exhibit … Read More
Property appraiser Drake appointed to IAAO Professional Development Committee
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Property Appraiser Tracy S. Drake has been appointed to serve on the International Association of … Read More
Applications accepted for grant opportunities for Black artists
JACKSONVILLE – Applications are now open for individual artists in Northeast Florida to apply for an Art Ventures grant of $3,500. … Read More
Dr. Charles Warren receives honorary degree from Academy of Family Physicians
JACKSONVILLE – Charles R. Warren DO, FAAFP, a family physician in Fleming Island, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American … Read More
This Week In History 12/31/20
Five years ago, 2015• The Clay County Sheriff’s Department wraps up an investigation into BASCA without filing charges, although … Read More
Two Clay hospitals on rollout list for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis announced the State of Florida’s initial distribution plan for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. … Read More
Business Briefs 12/24/20
FLEMING ISLAND – NAI Hallmark, a leading commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm in Jacksonville brokered the … Read More
Groups work together to make Christmas magic for 41 Clay County children
Groups work together to make Christmas magic for 41 Clay County children GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Habitat for Humanity … Read More
Keystone teachers win grants from Farm Bureau, St. Johns River Water Management District
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Sarah Crawford and Cynthia Brown, teachers at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High, have been awarded two grants … Read More
Clerk’s office brings holiday spirit to Historic Triangle Courtyard
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The county’s historic buildings and huge trees of our county’s Historic Triangle site in Green Cove Springs … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 1/21/21
Man charged with firing a gun during traffic disputeKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man was arrested for shooting at a man who chased him down … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 1/21/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 1/7/21
Domestic fights lead to final arrest of 2020, first arrest of 2021MIDDLEBURG – A pair of domestic disputes in Middleburg led the … Read More
Police Briefs 1/14/21
Jury trials suspended for COVID-19 until Feb. 22CLAY TODAY – The continued rise in positive COVID-19 cases prompted Chief Judge Mark … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 1/14/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 1/7/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 1/21/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at Clyde’s Cozy Corner Café, 195 S. Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, at 6 p.m. HIGHWAY MEN LIVE MUSICAL TRIBUTE: is Jan. 21 at 7: 30 p.m. at …

Calendar 12/24/20

CHRISTMAS STORIES WITH THE CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: is Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Deputies will read Christmas classics on the CCSO Facebook page and YouTube.OPEN TRACK WEEKEND: is Dec. 25-27 from …

Community Calendar 12/10/20

HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: will be held virtually for people grieving the death of a loved one on Dec. 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. There is no charge. For more information, visit …

Calendar 11/19/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: will be held virtually for people grieving the death of a loved one on …

Calendar 11/12/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning …