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Ay Caramba! Former Orange Park student wins Emmy

ORANGE PARK – The animation director for “The Simpsons” who grew up in Orange Park won his first Emmy last month. Carlton Batten has worked on the famed FOX series – now owned by Disney …

Davis tasked with finding solution for charter schools security

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County School Board directed the superintendent to work with the district’s two charter schools to determine how best to handle their security. All Florida …

DeSantis calls for higher starting pay for teachers

MIDDLEBURG – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday his tentative 2020 budget includes a raise in starting pay for teachers. The governor unveiled the proposal at Middleburg High. He was flanked by …

Sweet Home Clay County

ORANGE PARK – Johnny Van Zant was at home – literally – signing autographs and posing for pictures last week. The private opening of Sweet Homegrown Traditions at the Thrasher-Horne Center …

Jim Tucker documentary wins Emmy Award

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Eagle Harbor resident Jim Tucker may not know he has become a bit more famous these days after a short documentary film made about his NBA basketball career was recently awarded an …

Clay addresses veteran suicides

CLAY COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners are looking to team up with Duval, Baker, Nassau and St. Johns counties in an effort to curb veteran suicide rates in northeast Florida and get …

Special Olympics benefits from amazing fall festival

LAKE ASBURY – The seventh edition of the five-acre Amazing Grace Crop Maze is designed after the Special Olympics logo. Kelly Mosley owns the farm with her husband Justin. She said the idea for …

County offers green light to reinstate licenses

ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office will offer drivers a chance to close the gap between the burden of a suspended license and a reasonable ability to pay …
In the Community
Ken Brock ready to hit the road again for WWP KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Ken Brock is still walking. The U.S. Army veteran who found solace from his post-traumatic stress by walking from Amvets Post 86 to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to create awareness …
Dorian’s destruction continues long after storm for GCS woman Muntrella Woodard is desperate. She can only communicate with her sister through occasional text messages. Even with that, she already can sense the futility in her sister’s cryptic …
No such thing as over-reacting to dangerously fickle Hurricane Dorian Jimmy Buffett was right. It’s hard to reason with hurricane season. Amid all the angst and frustration Hurricane Dorian created, we got lucky when the massive storm decided to make a hard-right …
Inspiring our next generation of leaders Every morning, as I prepare for my workday, I enjoy a bowl of cereal and watch the local news, followed by the beginning of the national news morning shows. Recently, I’ve been dismayed by the …
New season brings renewed hope for Jags’ championship season Andrew Luck retired in Indianapolis. Lamar Miller is out at Houston with a torn ACL. And the Tennessee Titans are, well, the Tennessee Titans. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, who spent $88 million …
This Week in History 8/22/19 Five years ago, 2014 The Clay County School Board approved a second charter school, Clay Charter Academy, in Middleburg.BCC considers building a sports complex of Old Jennings Road with some of the …
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” …
Testimony of a Ghost

FLEMING ISLAND – Was it murder? Or natural causes? Only the ghost knows for sure. And, during Clamour Theatre Company's first full production Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20, she's coming to tell …

Student’s dream of being aircraft electrician takes flight

ORANGE PARK – Shannon Beechum’s interest in airplanes and how they work inspired her dream of joining the Navy and becoming an aircraft electrician. Although she didn’t enlist in the Navy, …

Get ready to pig-out at Ham Jam! Ham Jam is returning to Clay County Oct. 17-20! This will be the 21st anniversary of the Ham Jam. The organizers/ambassadors are Ronnie Munsey and Joe Pellegrino who have years of experience in …
Cambridge’s learner-centered approach already providing results GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Pre-Cambridge school pathways began this year and the district already is seeing tremendous results. Offered at three elementary and junior highs, Pre-Cambridge schools …
Elections Office: County registration surges to 96.3% CLAY COUNTY – Registration is the first step in participation. It’s a phrase that’s heard around the Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office almost daily. And it’s more than just lip …
Smiley’s writing, horticulturist careers started in Orange Park Cutline: Nixon Smiley, popular author, Miami Herald columnist and renowned horticulturist was born in Orange Park. In 1911, Orange Park’s only physician, Dr. Carridine was summoned late one …
College Briefs 10/10/19 Ridgeview sister, brother complete advanced studiesJessica Paschal recently received her Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida, further pursuing her plans of …
OPMC recognized for Heart Care Excellence ORANGE PARK – For the third consecutive year, Orange Park Medical Center is the only hospital in Florida and Georgia to earn all American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get …
Keystone wants $15 million for water, sewer, roadway projects KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – City council members set goals for the upcoming legislative delegation and received updates on projects from city manager Scott Kornegay. Kornegay briefly reviewed three …
Obituaries 10/10/19

Mary Alice Fallin Mary Alice Fallin, 71 of Orange Park, FL passed away October 2, 2019. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, Green …

Obituaries 10/3/19

Frances Ammerman Farra MayfieldFrances Ammerman Farra Mayfield, 80, Orange Park, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019. Fran was born on April 20, 1939 on Governors Island, New York. She was the …

Obituaries 9/26/19

Jason Christopher Mendeola Jason Christopher Mendeola, 49, of Orange Park passed away September 15, 2019 after a brief illness. Jason was born in Staten Island, NY and grew up in Orange Park where he …

Obituaries 9/19/19

Patricia “Patty” Ann Columbia Patricia “Patty” Ann Columbia, age 62, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 9, 2019. Patty was born on May 10, 1957 in …

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 …

Sports

5-0 Defense keeps Indians unbeaten

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Hard hits, interceptions and an opportunistic defense got the Keystone Heights High football team to a 28-7 halftime lead en route to a hard-fought 28-20 win over Crescent City …
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 Health: Time to get your flu shots
CLAY COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Clay County is reminding all Floridians to get their flu shot before the height of … Read More
Military Briefs 10/10/19
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – U.S. Air Force Airman Noah C. Pfeil recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San … Read More
This Week in History 10/10/19
Five years ago, 2014 Erica Cole is crowned Homecoming Queen at Middleburg High. The school’s football team also won a key … Read More
Drop-In Clinics expands to Fleming Island High
FLEMING ISLAND – The Clay County School District now is launching Drop-In Clinics at several schools. The need for additional mental … Read More
This Week in History 10/3/19
Five years ago, 2014The Clay County Planning Commission hear from more than 40 residences to tighten regulations on the adult … Read More
National 4-H Week highlights 110 years of inspiring youth
CLAY COUNTY – As you read the headline for this article, I venture to guess that you thought “4-H, those kids are great at raising … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 10/10/19
Arrest made two years after man carjacked, murdered JACKSONVILLE – a 24-year-old woman was arrested in Jacksonville and returned … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 10/10/19
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 10/3/19
  Woman charged with trying to kill three people during fight   ORANGE PARK – A Middleburg woman was arrested for … Read More
Arrests and bookings 10/3/19
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 9/26/19
Fake contractor arrested after taking $2,000 from GCS womanGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man was arrested in Putnam County after falsely … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 9/26/19
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Calendar 10/10/19

CLAY COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION: will conduct a public hearing on Oct. 10 at the Clay County Commission Chamber, fourth floor, at 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Fla. …

Community calendar 10/3/19

  LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 3 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. AMVETS BINGO: is Oct. 3 at Post 86, 6685 Brooklyn Bay Road, Keystone …

Calendar 9/26/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.AMVETS BINGO: is Sept. 26 at Post 86, 6685 Brooklyn Bay Road, Keystone Heights …

Community Calendar 9/19/19

PENNEY FARMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: will meet Sept. 19 at the Penney Farms Town Hall at 7 p.m. Ted Townsend will talk about his “What Happened to the Confederates?” LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB …

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 …