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Contemplating Clay County's monuments

E. Wendell Hall walks through the 1890 Clay County Courthouse decades after renovating the building.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS  — Bhide and Hall Architects was founded in Orange Park a half-century ago. The architectural firm has designed buildings worldwide, but some of its beloved projects are close to home …
The Clay County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the funding for school resource officers.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS — The Clay County School Board will move forward with their decision to reutilize the Clay County Sheriff's Office within its school system. The Clay County Board of …
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Caeleb Dressel third fastest in 100 free prelims

Caeleb Dressel swam the third fastest 100 free qualifying time in Tuesday's US Olympic Trials prelims with a 47.82 second time to advance to the Trials semifinals tomorrow.  The top time was …

County, Ascension St. Vincent’s offering free school, sports physicals

MIDDLEBURG – Most of the hard work behind a championship is done during the offseason, including a sports physical. That’s why Clay County Parks and Recreation is partnering with …
The official movie poster of 'Rights of a Father'

'Rights of a Father' premiers Father's Day weekend at Ritz Theatre

JACKSONVILLE—After filming at the 1890 Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs, Club Continental in Orange Park, and areas in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, Junior Ashwood will next …
Creative Craft Lounge held a grand opening at their location on Kingsley Avenue.

Creative Craft Lounge hosts grand opening

ORANGE PARK  —  Crafting and creativity were at an all-time high at the Creative Craft Lounge grand opening on Saturday, June 8. Located on Kingsley Avenue, the lounge is dedicated to …
Revelers arrived before daybreak and stayed all day for Boater Skip Day at Bayard Point.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – By any standard, the numbers for Boater Skip Day were remarkable. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, at its peak at 2 p.m., an estimated 1,100 boats were near Mile …
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Sheriff’s Office to begin testing, evaluating body-worn cameras

CLAY COUNTY — Sheriff Michelle Cook announced her commitment to enhancing transparency, accountability and safety within law enforcement by implementing body-worn cameras. In a landmark move toward …

Clay County marks its calendars for Juneteenth holiday

CLAY COUNTY — Residents in Clay County will continue the annual celebration of Juneteenth this year in big ways. The day is meant to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. It …

Input needed for Community Block Grants

CLAY COUNTY — Every year, the county receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant program. The money spent through the …
William Raleigh Thompson, Jr.
Dr. William Raleigh Thompson, Jr. 90, died peacefully in his sleep on June 3, 2024, at home in Jacksonville. He lived a full and amazing life, bravely and honorably battling cancer and the …
William Bryan Penuel
William Bryan Penuel
July 21, 1959- May 22, 2024 William B. Penuel passed away on May 22, 2024, at Her Heart Facility in Jacksonville. He was the son of Betty and Franklin Penuel born in Seaford, DE. He is survived …
Sandy Johns
Sandy Johns, 81, of Orange Park, FL, passed away May 31, 2024. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 …
Jean Southward Dinkins
Jean Southward Dinkins
Jean Southward Dinkins, educator, animal lover, adventurer, and advocate for children and adults with special needs, died peacefully Tuesday, May 28, 2024. She was 82 years old. Jean was born to Ira …
In the community

The Melrose Center: A mosaic of art, music, community

MELROSE—A statue named "Aariel" spreads its arms as it stands in the sculpture garden beside a flamboyance (flock) of flamingoes. It is a welcoming monument that symbolizes the Melrose Center's …

Fire up grill for sweet, smoky smell of success

Gary Park said wait until the fire is ready before adding your meat because

CLAY COUNTY — There’s more to cooking the perfect piece of meat over an open flame than soaking it with lighter fluid, throwing a match, and watching the smoke blanket the neighborhood in a …

Crime & safety

Arrests and Bookings June 13th 2024

p>Monday, June 10

Glenn S. Ferraiuolo, 47, Middleburg, domestic battery

Berwin R. Bradley, 66, Oakleaf, DUI with property damage, leaving scene of accident with property damage

Dominic A.M. Conte, 22, Orange Park, possession cocaine, possession Xanax, possession THC, DWLSR

Terri L. Seymour, 66, Orange Park, battery of person 65 or older

Roodjino Charles, 21, Orange Park, VOP resisting law enforcement with violence, trespassing

Jaylin M. Early, 23, Green Cove Springs, VOP domestic battery

William E. Gardner, 45, Middleburg, possession fentanyl

Nicole J. Mixell, 45, Middleburg, DWLSR

Richard A. Furman, 39, Orange Park, petit theft, grand theft, possession controlled substance, possession drug paraphernalia

Pertrina A. Bascom, 41, Orange Park, resist/obstruct/oppose law enforcement

John D. Krushinski, 37, Orange Park, possession methamphetamine, possession oxycodone, possession drug paraphernalia, resist/obstruct/oppose law enforcement


Sunday, June 9

Tony C. Haye, 35, Fleming Island, shoplifting

Al’Asia D. Gregory, 21, Green Cove Springs, possession marijuana in jail, possession marijuana, two counts FTA petit theft

Tyree J. Sampson, 32, Orange Park, trespassing

Jerry M. Pifer, 39, Orange Park, shoplifting

Lucy B. Blovat, 45, Orange Park, domestic battery

Christopher A. Bennett, 42, Keystone Heights, battery, violation of injunction for protection against domestic violence

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And in Sports....

Bronco Blue Angel? Nolte maybe?

MIDDLEBURG - While some high school students will spend this summer doing odd jobs or hanging out with friends, Joy Nolte, a senior next fall at Middleburg High School, will complete an intensive …

Dominated: Clay County saw plenty of state champions this season

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Three first-time team champions, two three-time individual state champions, three repeat state champions; one undefeated state champion who did it twice and three guys who defied …
As Caeleb Dressel’s prowess has grown into worldwide status, parents Christina and Michael, have always found a way financially to fly and watch their son compete against the best in the world. …
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Hot, steamy Run for Pies 5K "brutal"

JACKSONVILLE - On a brutally hot and humid late afternoon in downtown Jacksonville, 45 elite runners and nearly 900 area runners took to the streets near Weldon Park to take on the Jacksonville Grand …
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-Our DayStar Program

At DayStar, we are committed to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential with dignity while providing individuals access to the unique support they need. Daystar is committed to providing …

Here's what's happening around Clay County

CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS will meet on May 14 at 4 p.m. in the BCC meeting room, fourth floor, at Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs. ORANGE PARK LIONS CLUB will …

Did you know: By the Numbers

Clay Today will test your knowledge weekly and provide interesting facts on various topics. This week, Clay County by the numbers. There are some interesting facts about our not-so-little county. Did …

Word of the Week

Gadfly : (GAD-flye) a noun meaning, in literal use, any of various flies (such as a horsefly, botfly or warble fly) that bite or annoy livestock. In figurative use, however, the word refers …


No absences here! Perfect attendance awards for four students

FLEMING ISLAND - The  Clay County District Schools recognized four perfectly punctual students during its Thursday, June 6, meeting: Eli Dodson from Fleming  Island Elementary, Rikki …

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Faith Walk

Live with Purpose

Pastor Billy Register

Living with purpose is a powerful scriptural value that calls us to recognize and fulfill the unique role God has designed for each of us. Ephesians 4:23 encourages us to " be made new in …

This Week in History

Greyhounds racing at bestbet in Orange Park. The dog track had its final greyhound race on Dec. 5, 2020.

Five years ago, 2019 •   Overturn13, a pro-greyhound racing group, planned to file a lawsuit to overturn the constitutional amendment which prohibited betting on dog races in the state of …


Men really want simple pleasures for Father's Day

A group of my friends sat watching the NASCAR race last Sunday, some with iced tea, others with frosty beers in our hands. No wives, girlfriends or children were around when somebody mentioned …

Parents encouraged to look into free VPK programs

CLAY COUNTY – “Free” is such a catchword that I must stop to check it out when I see it. My name is Brenda Card, and I am the director of a childcare center in Orange Park. If you have a …

Getting children engaged in building safety

  The future of building safety offers exciting career opportunities for the next generation. The International Code Council encourages educators to involve kids in discussions about the …
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Still hot off the 904 Printing press one year later

ORANGE PARK  — Jasmin demonstrated the printing press. The aromatic, cozy smell of warm paper filled the room as the machine churned and sheets of warm paper rolled out. Nothing beats that "new paper smell," not even a new car ...

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