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Charles E. Bennett students cashing in on Cagle’s direction

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Charles E. Bennett Elementary’ s new principal not only was tasked with turning around a school that’s received D-grades the last two years, but she was told to do it in …

Link with Shared Services Network would give Clay SafetyNet more clout

FLEMING ISLAND – As long as Clay County has social needs, Andre Van Heerden won’t rest. That often means working nonprofits and faith-based groups to feed hungry children. Or connecting …

Orange Park interviews 6 for vacant Town Council seat

ORANGE PARK – The town council interviewed six potential Seat 1 candidates Nov. 15 following the vacancy created by the death of Ron Raymond. The Orange Park Town Council has 45 days from the …

Veteran’s breakfast serves Military parents, students extra helping of quality time

OAKLEAF – Military parents joined their seventh and eighth graders for Chik-fil-A chik-n-minis at the Oakleaf Junior High Veteran’s Breakfast last Thursday to spend some much-needed time …

After Donald Davidson

Donald Davidson arrived on Florida’s Death Row on Sept. 25, seven days after Judge Don Lester sentenced the sexual predator for one of the county’s most-disturbing murders. Davidson’s life …

Davidson sentenced to Death Row for 2014 murder

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A judge decided Wednesday Donald Davidson Jr. should be executed for 2014 murder of a Middleburg woman and the rape of her 10-year-old daughter. Judge Don Lester sent …

Veterans honored at Golden Corral

ORANGE PARK – They came to see old friends, eat fried chicken, tell stories and mashed potatoes. Monday at Golden Corral wasn’t about seeing how much shrimp could fit on a plate. It was about …

School district awarded $750,000 to help military-connected students

FLEMING ISLAND – The Department of Defense Education Activity awarded the Clay County School District with a $750,000 grant that will help it continue its financial help in educating …
In the Community
Jags’ Khan worried Jacksonville can’t keep pace with rest of NFL Ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ game last Sunday in London, owner Shad Khan was pessimistic that the market could keep up with the rest of the NFL in local revenue. Khan described a …
Florida Chambers’ addresses Florida’s booming future ORLANDO – From infrastructure and workforce education, to tourism and criminal justice, the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Future in Florida event promises a comprehensive look at all the …
Florida should punt on DeSantis’ play for pay plan I didn’t play college sports. I had to work to pay for school. For years, “scattered and covered” wasn’t how I liked my hash browns. It was part of my job description. College athletes who …
State bills filed to reform prison sentencing guidelines State Sen. Jeff Brandes for years has wanted a justice system more interested in outcomes than vengeance. “Our prisons are horrible places,” the St. Petersburg Republican said. “There is no …
Spell it anyway you like: BBQ is smoky perfection GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Judges at last Saturday’s First Coast Ham Jam not only were required to be certified members of the Florida BBQ Association, but they had to pass a course in what makes good …
Baptist Health's new Oakleaf ED to bring urgent care into community OAKLEAF – Darin Roark smartly weaved a path through a maze of dangling wires, ladders, wet concrete and plaster Tuesday. His suit and tie easily distinguished Baptist Health’s Vice President, …
Odds on legalized gambling slowly improving TALLAHASSEE – After the loss of roughly $350 million a year in payments from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, House and Senate leaders are rethinking the state’s approach to gambling, one of the …
All Creations Intertribal Powwow headed to fairgrounds

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Preserving heritage and promoting history are the themes of the 2019 All Creations Intertribal Powwow. The powwow arrives at the Clay County Fairgrounds Nov. 28-30. It …

Orange Park Medical Center offers burn safety guidance for the holidays ORANGE PARK – As cooks begin preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, there’s one ingredient Dr. Steven Goodfriend hopes they won’t forget: creating a three-foot safe zone in the …
Donations needed for Wreaths Across America celebration CLAY COUNTY – The National Wreaths Across America’s deadline for purchasing wreaths is quickly approaching, and two local organizations are looking for donations to complete their …
Clay County Fair reveals its list of 2020 performers GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Fair finalized its list of performers for next year’s event, headlined by the returns of 38 Special, John Michael Montgomery, the Bellamy Brothers and the …
Clay County libraries launch two family reading programs ORANGE PARK – November is National Family Literacy Month and the Clay County library system has launched two new programs to encourage family engagement at their local library. To get more …
1894 Clay County jail was home to jailers and their families GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Children living and growing up at the jail was routine for the 80 years at the building along State Road 16 that served as the lockup for Clay County law-breakers. The …
Obituaries 11/21/19

Mary Ellen (Thompson) – Solano At age 80, on November 17, 2019 Mary Ellen (Thompson) – Solano passed peacefully from this world into the spiritual world of heaven and into the arms of her …

Obituaries 11/14/19

Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin Timothy Joseph O’Laughlin died when his single engine aircraft that he was piloting inexplicably crashed on the evening before his 73rd birthday. Tim was an avid …

Obituaries 10/31/19

Carolyn “Kay” Dapra Carolyn “Kay” Dapra, 80, of Orange Park, FL passed away peacefully on October 17, 2019. She was born on June 24, 1939 in Edgewood, PA to Earl Hultz and …

Sports

First score no help as Golden Eagles end season

NICEVILLE - A fourth and one penalty flag led to a 41 yard touchdown, but the highlight effort was not enough as the Fleming Island High unbeaten season came to a crashing halt Friday night with …
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
OPMC is Five-Star Recipient for cardiac, lung, critical care
ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center has received a 5-star rating for their clinical outcomes in cardiac care, neurosciences, … Read More
Middleburg’s Monro’s morale, welfare lifted at sea
ATLANTIC OCEAN – Master-at-Arms 2nd Class John Monro of Middleburg, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) security department, … Read More
This Week in History 11/21/19
Five years ago, 2014 The Magnolia Point Women’s Club stuff food in bookbags of 124 needy children to be eaten during the … Read More
Clay Chamber of Commerce supports Small Business Saturday
CLAY COUNTY – The Clay County Chamber of Commerce announced that, as a member of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, … Read More
Fraternal Order of Eagles get Christmas season off to flying start
The Orange Park Eagles 4365 donated more than $1,300 worth of toys to local Marine Corp League for their Toys for Tots drive. Thanks … Read More
School news 11/14/19
Fleming Island’s Nieves Suarez’s essay judged award-winning CLAY COUNTY – The lawyers and judges of the U.S. … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 11/21/19
Fleming Island man charged with molesting boy for 8 yearsFLEMING ISLAND – A Fleming Island man was arrested Nov. 15 after Clay … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/21/19
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 11/14/19
Middleburg drug raid leads to litany of drugsMIDDLEBURG – A 41-year-old woman was arrested in connection to a drug raid Nov. 5 at … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/14/19
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/7/19
 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 11/7/19
Deputies seize methamphetamine, heroin during drug raidCLAY HILL – Clay County deputies seized nearly three-quarters of a pound – … Read More
Community Calendar 11/21/19

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNEY FARMS: will hear from guest speaker Robert Dews, a local historian, about the Battle of Halsey Plantation on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark …

Community calendar 10/31/19

  DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, of the Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Community Calendar 10/17/19

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, of the Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

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 …