Breaking News

    BCC follows judge's ruling: approves resolution on appointed superintendent

    Eric Cravey 08-28-2014

      In an emergency meeting this afternoon, the Clay County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-0 to allow voters to decide whether they should appoint or elect the county’s school superintendent. The vote came two days after Fourth Circuit Court Judge Mark Borello handed down an order forcing the BCC to follow a state statute governing how school boards place measures on voting ballots. The ruling is the result of legal action filed by the Clay County School Board asking for a writ of mandamus. The school board filed the legal action after the BCC voted Aug. 12 to modify the school ...
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    Judge rules in favor of Clay Co. School Board

    Eric Cravey 08-26-2014

      Fourth Circuit Court Judge Mark Borello has issued an order to the Clay County Board of County Commissioners to pass a resolution allowing voters to decide in November whether they want to elect or appoint a school superintendent. Borello handed down the order today after a hearing today that lasted about 50 minutes at the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs. His order grants the Clay County School Board what’s called a writ of mandamus and orders the BCC to hold a meeting no later than Aug. 28 in which it is ordered to place the issue on the ballot. “Immediately upon ...
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    Front Page

      Appointed issue to be placed on ballot, for now

      08-28-2014

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Fourth Circuit Court Judge Mark Borello has issued an order to the Clay County Board of County Commissioners to have it pass a resolution allowing voters to decide in November whether they want ...
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      When You Get There

      08-28-2014

      FLEMING ISLAND – Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has written an autobiography chronicling her life in politics, her career in the U.S. Navy and how growing up as an adoptee has made her a stronger person. She said since leaving office in spring ...
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      New faces, one old, to enter office

      08-28-2014

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The word disappointing kept echoing the halls of the Clay County Supervisor of Elections offi ce Tuesday night as election workers and volunteers trucked in machinery and materials used to make ...
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      Second charter school approved

      08-28-2014

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Following advice from the school superintendent and board attorney, the Clay County School Board has reluctantly approved a second charter school to set up shop in Clay County. On a 4-1 vote at ...
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      Big League Dreams moves step forward

      Super User 08-30-2013

      Residents do a little dreaming too By Debra W. Buehn Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The proposed Big League Dreams sports complex, which moved another step forward at the Aug. 27 Board of County Commissioners meeting, looks to be leading some ...
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      Inmate death ruled homicide in state report

      Super User 08-30-2013

      By Eric Cravey Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A state investigation into the death of a Clay County Jail inmate has determined that the inmate’s death was a homicide. Associate Medical Examiner Stacey A. Simons, M.D. also determined ...
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      Van Zant, Board drop lawsuit

      Eric Cravey 05-20-2013

      Attorney fees $24,231.37 Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In an effort to minimize the expense of taxpayer dollars trying to get an appellate court to rule on a lawsuit filed April 18 by Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. against the Clay ...
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      Community

        Sports complex one of many projects posed to BCC

        08-28-2014

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Nearly 20 members of the public addressed the Clay County Board of County Commissioners Monday night as the board heard suggestions on how to spend $19 million in excess borrowed money. Many of those who spoke asked commissioners for funds to construct youth sports facilities. Any project that is selected would be funded using money previously earmarked for the failed Big League Dreams plan to build a replica Major League Baseball park off Old Jennings Road near the First Coast Expressway. One of them is engineer Anthony Goria, who is ...
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        BCC to put straw vote on ballot

        08-28-2014

        By Debra W. Buehn
        Correspondet GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to let voters decide two straw ballot questions about potential ways to fund county government on the November 4 general election ballot. The two non-binding items would deal with future budgets. One would look at diversifying revenue sources to reduce reliance on property taxes, while the other considers establishing special library and parks taxing districts to provide "adequate" funds for the community’s needs. Chairman Wendell Davis left the meeting early to take up ...
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        Study’s completed, now to create a plan of attack

        08-28-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – Officials working on Clay County’s water problems are prepping to sit down and talk about how to implement the study findings. Clay County Utility Authority official plan to meet with officials ...
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        No. 1,000 finds a home

        08-28-2014

        PENNEY FARMS – With 57 animal adoptions on Aug. 23 alone, the Clay County Animal Care and Control shelter near Penney Farms has reached 1,000 adoptions as part of the ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge. Jinxy, shown here with new owner Rachel ...
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        Clay County Democrats condemn BCC

        08-28-2014

        Today, Aug. 26, the Clay County Democratic Party has condemned the Clay County Board of Commissioners decision to use taxpayer monies in an attempt to defend against a lawsuit brought by the Clay County School Board.
        "It is unconscionable that the members of the Board of Commissioners who voted to delay the School Board referendum until 2016 have decided to move forward and hire an outside attorney to defend a lawsuit. The School Board would not initiate litigation if the commissioners followed the advice of the county attorney and passed the referendum on for a vote November 4" states ...
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        U.S. military service academies visit Clay

        08-28-2014

        By Weston Williams
        Correspondent ORANGE PARK – An enormous face looked down from a screen at an auditorium full of eager teenagers and anxious parents. It gave a speech, a call to arms, a mission each of the youth took on with pride. The face ...
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        Another commercial account scam at power company

        08-28-2014

        KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Clay Electric is warning its commercial customers and business owners of a scam attempting to demand immediate payment of delinquent bills.
        Within the past week, a business owner in Alachua County was scammed by someone ...
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        Reading Pals literacy program needs volunteers

        08-28-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – The growth of single parent homes in the U.S. often leads to various challenges for children, one of which is a lack of parental reading between the ages of three and five. That’s part of ...
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        This Week

        08-28-2014

        10 Years Ago, 2004
        • For the first time, residents in the Oakleaf area of Clay County were given their own voting precinct. The facility was located at the Oakleaf Plantation Athletic Center at 150 Oakleaf Village Parkway. • A helicopter manhunt using police dogs, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office ended with the arrests of two 19-year-olds who were charged with burglarizing homes on Fleming Island. Along with the burglary charges, Jack Davis and Antuan Golden, both of Jacksonville, were arrested for grand theft, fleeing and eluding police and ...
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        Crabby and bitter over summer weeds?

        08-28-2014

        Are summer weeds taking over your beds and turf? Have you pulled, hoed or sprayed only to find even more weeds springing up?
        There are many summer weeds that show up aggressively in Florida gardens as our warm season peaks. Of all the summer ...
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        GENEALOGY PROGRAM:

        08-28-2014

        Sept. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Genealogy and Local History Room, Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., "City Directories: A Line-by-line Account of our Ancestors" by speaker Ann Staley, CGSM. Free and open to the public.
        GARDEN CLUB: ...
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        UAV Training

        08-28-2014

        Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, have been used in one capacity or another by military forces since the Spanish-American war in 1898 when soldiers attached a camera to a very long string and then to a kite to use for aerial reconnaissance. Since ...
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        Camp Blanding History

        08-28-2014

        In the latter half of 1939, Camp Clifford R. Foster in Jacksonville (formerly Camp Joseph E Johnson) converted from a National Guard Post to what is now known as Jacksonville Naval Air Station. With that conversion came the necessity to build a ...
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        131st Weather Flight: Training Military Meteorologists

        08-28-2014

        The weather conditions in Northeast Florida can change quickly. Clay County sees some of the best and worst weather in the nation, sometimes multiple times in the same day. During the summer, you can almost set your clock to the afternoon ...
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        Hatcher rebounds from drugs and arrest

        08-28-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Not thinking that anyone would care about a couple of missing lawn mowers, former Ridgeview High ace quarterback Derek Hatcher now wears an ankle bracelet that reminds him of his four-year journey ...
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        Friday night lights

        08-28-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – Oakleaf High got a handful of kick return specialist Marcus Johnson, an Orange Park High transfer, with a 97 yard opening kickoff touchdown run and a 70 yard punt return to overwhelm Middleburg High early ...
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        Camp teaches youth leadership skills, wellness for life

        Eric Cravey 08-07-2014

        By Eric Cravey Managing Editor CAMP BLANDING – James Houston has friends from all across Florida thanks to a summer camp he is attending this week at Camp Blanding. The rising high school freshman from Mount Dora, Fla. is one of 49 Florida ...
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        School Board votes to sever possible ties with controversial conference

        Eric Cravey 10-21-2013

        By Eric Cravey Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – A controversy that sprang up last week surrounding a planned November conference that Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. had previously worked to co-sponsor with a St. Johns County nonprofit is closer to being ended. In its October meeting, the Clay County School Board voted 5-0 to cut any ties that may appear between the District and The Report Card and its "Dare to Think" conference scheduled for Nov. 4 and 5 at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center on the campus of St. Johns River State College. However, a check of ...
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        This

        Melissa 08-29-2013

        2003, 10 Years Ago • Father Moises Palaroan, 52, of St. William Catholic Church in Keystone Heights was arrested on charges of allegedly stealing $196,707 in church funds and close to $100,000 from parishioners. • Rep. Jennifer Carroll(R-13) held a community meeting with residents at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Argyle. • Clay County School Superintendent David Owens wrote members of the Clay County Legislative Delegation asking for more state funds for local school coffers. He said the district was among one of the lowest funded in the state yet conversely was one of the ...
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        Sports

          Roberts, Brodsky, Brooks, Scarnecchia vs. Alexander, Weeks, Emile and Asbell: History-making gamers

          08-28-2014

          Fleming Island (5-0) vs. Clay: Friday, August 29 at FIHS
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor The Facts (2014) Clay (2013: 5A state runners-up, ton of returners) at FIHS (10-0 regular season, loss in region opener, ton of graduates) The Scores (2009-2013) ...
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          Panthers’ offense ignites

          08-28-2014

          By Anthony Richards
          Correspondent KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The changes that Ridgeview High has experienced since the end of last season were on display during a 27-0 Fall Classic victory for the varsity squad over host Keystone Heights High School. ...
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          Clay Blue Devils roll over Providence

          08-28-2014

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay High senior quarterback J.T. Turner threw for one touchdown pass, got an 85 yard score from sophomore tailback Colin Wilson and junior tailback Bilal Ally scored a third as the Blue Devils ...
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          Fleming Island tops Westside

          08-28-2014

          By Doug Deters
          Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND – The Fleming Island High Golden Eagles debuted their new look offense with tremendous success topping the Wolverines from Westside high school 17-6 in first half varsity action. During spring ...
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          Middleburg Final Four returns

          08-28-2014

          Middleburg Broncos
          SPECIAL TO CLAY TODAY From left: Emily Swenson (Sr.), Hannah Schneider (Sr.), Jenna Erwin (Jr.), Jordan Bemis (Sr.), Jahyra Brown (Sr.), Leigha Reynolds (Jr.), Haileigh Riesenbeck (Jr.), Julia Sypniewski (Sr.), Kasey Valentin ...
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          Spartans avenge spring game spinetingler

          08-28-2014

          By Mike Zima
          Correspondent ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School quarterback Billy Sellinger Jr. ran for two touchdowns as host St. Johns Country Day dominated the second half to rally for a 30-20 victory over Eagles View in preseason action ...
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          Raiders’ defense shines; offense sputters

          08-28-2014

          By Dennis Bergin
          Correspondent ORANGE PARK – Going into the Aug. 22 scrimmage, Orange Park High head coach Craig Nosse was excited to see where the Raiders stood since May’s spring game. The second year head coach wasn’t surprised with what ...
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          Orange Park: Front running boys, pack-running girls

          08-28-2014

          ORANGE PARK – In Class 1A cross country, St. Johns Country Day School coach Jay Birmingham has been consistently able to peak his teams, especially the girls teams, for a strong finish with district, region and state qualifiers in five state meets ...
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          Lady Panthers slay the Raiders

          08-28-2014

          With a brand new coach, former Orange Park assistant Destiny Brightman, the 5A-Ridgeview High Lady Panthers volleyball team used strong defense and tenacious hitting at the net from sophomore Jauhna Smith to win a 3-1 non-district match against the ...
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          Falcons take first step to Gridiron Bowl

          08-28-2014

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor JACKSONVILLE – After a 10 win, no loss regular season, the Florida Falcons will host the South Carolina Bulls Sat., Aug. 30 at the Jacksonville Bolles High School field in the second round of the Gridiron Developmental Football League playoffs. Game time is 7 p.m. Teams will play three rounds of playoffs with a conference championship on Sept. 13 and the Gridiron Bowl for the national title on Sept. 20 in Memphis. The Falcons, led by quarterback Ulysses Tobler, a Clay High graduate and also a graduate of University of Virginia-Charleston, have already ...
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          Opinion

            Web trolls are winning because the rest of us won’t smack them down

            08-28-2014

            By Linda Grist Cunningham
            When a telephone and a stamp were the social media of choice, smacking down trolls was pretty simple: hang up or toss it in the trash can. If only it were that simple in the wicked web world. Today, it’s easy to troll. ...
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            Letters

            08-28-2014

            Beware Clay County
            As we have more rights and liberties taken from us, there is yet another one that may be taken from the citizens of Clay County. Certain disgruntled Clay County School Board members are trying to remove Clay County citizens’ right to vote for their school superintendent. Whenever anyone does not agree, or conform, to their "good ole’ boy/girl" policies, they try to disparage and discredit them. They try to remove them, and even though some school board members have never taught in a classroom, they want to appoint someone of their own choosing regardless of what the ...
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            From the Editor...

            08-28-2014

            By Eric Cravey
            Managing Editor We’ve all seen it, or perhaps, heard it. Admit it. You’ve laughed. It can be funny when a broadcaster makes a flub and mispronounces something live on the air. As a young 20-something, I worked in radio ...
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