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    Dunnavant sues Clay Family Policy Forum

    09-25-2014

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A candidate for Clay County School Board is suing a public policy organization for defamation and emotional distress in conjunction with the dissemination of its 2014 School Board Survey. ...
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    Water project saves $3.1 million

    09-25-2014

    100 gopher tortoises protected
    By Gregory A. Phillips Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – The Clay County Utility Authority in conjunction with the St. Johns River Water Management District has redesigned a water conservation project that will save approximately $3.1 million dollars and protect more than 100 gopher tortoises. "It’s partners like Clay County that have really stepped up and tried to get ahead of the curve and make these kinds of reductions long-term that are the heroes in this story," said Derek Busby, initiative leader with SJRWMD’s Strategic Deliverables and Continuous ...
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    School Board takes steps

    09-25-2014

    Two proposals introduced for hiring what coud be the first appointed superintendent pending Nov. 4 voter outcome
    By Eric Cravey Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Two separate proposals to approve job descriptions and processes for hiring what ...
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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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    Business

      Playing the oldies

      09-25-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – A Middleburg businessman wants to take Clay County to the beach. However, there won’t be any surf or sand, but there will be what’s become known in the radio business as ‘good time ...
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      Walmart Bass Fishing League heads to the St. Johns River

      09-25-2014

      PALATKA, Fla. – The Walmart Bass Fishing League is headed to the St. Johns River Oct. 2-4 for one of six regional championships. The three-day tournament will feature the top 40 boaters and 40 coanglers from each of the Bama, Bulldog, Choo Choo ...
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      Credit union breaks ground north of Middleburg

      09-25-2014

      MIDDLEBURG – Officials with the Jacksonville-based 121 Financial Credit Union officials broke ground Sept. 17 for its new Clay County branch located at 1714 Blanding Blvd. at Branan Field Road. The new facility, which is being built by Scherer ...
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      Community

        Tech to aid in improving transportation for needy

        09-25-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A new hightech tool has been rolled out that aims to improve transportation services for the needy, veterans and military families. Clay Transit, the Jacksonville Transportation ...
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        No factual findings in Studdard, Bickner complaint

        09-25-2014

        By Eric Cravey
        Managing Editor TALLAHASSEE – A state panel has dismissed a complaint lodged in August against two Clay County schools officials. The Florida Commission on Ethics dismissed an ethics complaint in executive session on Sept. 12 ...
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        Wildlife Preservation: Learning From the Past, Marching Toward the Future

        09-25-2014

        Wandering outdoors on a warm summer day in Clay County, one can hear a barrage of sounds; a harmonious symphony of cicadas, frogs, and birds with a definite percussion in the background. That drumming is most likely a red-cockaded woodpecker ...
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        Clay teens selected for Youth Leadership Jacksonville Class XXV

        09-25-2014

        JACKSONVILLE – Ten Clay County teens are among a group of 55 high school juniors from Northeast Florida chosen to take part in a prestigious leadership development program during the school year.
        Youth Leadership Jacksonville, part of ...
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        Calling all girls!

        09-25-2014

        JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonvillebased Girl Scouts of Gateway Council are inviting girls of all ages to events in Clay County that will be held this Saturday.
        Girls of all ages are invited to join in the fun and learn more about the exciting adventures that await them as members of a Girl Scout troop. Four simultaneous events will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the following locations: Middleburg-Clay Hill Library, 2245 Aster Ave., Middleburg Keystone Heights Library, 175 Oriole St., Keystone Heights Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island Spring Park in ...
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        Clay County conducts drug take back event

        09-25-2014

        ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will hold a drug take back event in November.
        The event gives residents an opportunity to properly dispose of prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of children, as well as educate consumers about proper disposal of drugs. Members of the CCSO will be at the Walgreens store located at 630 Blanding Blvd. near Orange Park, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 to safely from page 10 collect unused and expired prescription medications. The collected drugs will be disposed of properly. The Walgreens is located at the ...
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        Arts & crafts show announced

        09-25-2014

        PENNEY FARMS – Just in time for holiday shopping, Penney Retirement Community’s Annual Arts & Crafts Sale will be Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-Noon.
        Using the theme, "Art from the Heart," this year’s event offers a ...
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        BCC approves small millage hike, talks libraries

        09-25-2014

        By Debra W. Buehn
        Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday unanimously passed its final 2014-15 budget of nearly $278 million and set the millage rate at 8.1010, a slight increase over last year’s rate. It also put to rest – for now, at least – the idea that the county’s library system would be outsourced or privatized, an idea dubbed an urban legend by one commissioner. The budget vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Doug Conkey out of town. Commissioner Ronnie Robinson, who had supported a higher millage rate of 8.4583 to help the county ...
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        Help good insects ‘check in’ with pollinator hotels

        09-25-2014

        Where do good insects go in the garden? If you’re gardening with a healthy landscape in mind, then the answer may be "to the insect hotel."
        These are great garden projects. Pollinator hotels are assembled from a variety of materials that ...
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        From Clay to South Africa

        09-25-2014

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – Officials with Clay County’s economic development arm are working with a public-private partnership to connect businesses here with companies in South Africa. Bill Garrison, president of the Clay ...
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        Urban Bean Coffee Company brings fresh brew to Orange Park

        09-25-2014

        By Megan Ingalls
        Correspondent ORANGE PARK – After losing his job in July 2013, DuWayne Hegel and his wife Pam decided to fulfill their dream of opening a coffee shop. DuWayne Hegel said he has worked in the food service industry for 23 years ...
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        Community rallies behind Grove Park Elementary

        09-25-2014

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – When tracing students’ poor grades and discipline issues back to root causes, educators often observe a general connection between those challenges and homelife situations where an active father is not ...
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        Faith Walk

        09-25-2014

        It is amazing that anyone could be seen as guiltless for his past no matter what he has done. However, that is exactly what the term "Justified" means in the Scriptures.
        The great Scripture verse that declares this truth is in Romans 5:1. It ...
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        Military Briefs

        09-25-2014

        Five complete Air Force training
        SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Five individuals either from Clay County or with ties to the community have recently completed U.S. Air Force basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. ...
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        Tennis4Cancer raises $14,500 for ACS

        09-25-2014

        FLEMING ISLAND – Members of the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise recently turned out to raise $14,500 for the American Cancer Society. The 4th Annual Charity Doubles Championships were held June 27-29 in partnership with Tennis4Cancer. At ...
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        Health Department cleans up Clay

        09-25-2014

        GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Florida Department of Transportation’s "Drive it home…Keep Our Paradise Litter Free" campaign to clean up litter along the roadways has members of the Clay County Health Department chipping in. The department recently ...
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        RON WATTERS

        09-25-2014

        Ron Watters, 48, of Green Cove Springs, FL, passed away September 16, 2014. He was born on January 22, 1966 in Galesburg, IL. Ron served his country honorably in the United States Navy and was active during the Libyan Conflict. He worked as a ...
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        VERA JEAN COLLINS

        09-25-2014

        Vera "Jean" Collins, 54 passed away, Tuesday afternoon, September 16, 2014, quietly at her home with family and friends by her side. Jean was a native of Orange Park and grew up in the Marietta area of Jacksonville. She was an employee of Accosta ...
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        Nick Roberts, DB Oakleaf High

        09-25-2014

        Roberts, a sophomore defensive back, snagged a second half interception in the Oakleaf end zone to thwart an Atlantic Coast drive to put the Knights in position for a game-winning touchdown pass. Roberts now has two interceptions on the ...
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        9.9 second Hail Mary

        09-25-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High tailback Keylan Brown may very well have been the unsung hero Sept. 19 in the Knights’ 16-14 district 3-7A win over Atlantic Coast if fans cared to remember the third down run he made for a key ...
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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

          Patterson fourth quarter score pops Palatka

          09-25-2014

          District clash with Clay (4-0) a week away
          By Anthony Richards Correspondent ORANGE PARK – Ridgeview High tailback Qhahlin Patterson pounded the Palatka defense for 176 yards and three touchdowns as the Ridgeview Panthers rebounded from a ...
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          Wilson "high-five" hooks Sharks

          09-25-2014

          By Doug Deters
          Correspondent PONTE VEDRA – Sophomore running back Colin Wilson ran for five touchdowns and quarterback J.T. Turner ran for two more as the Clay High Blue Devils opened district 4-5A play with a 48-37 win over Ponte Vedra High ...
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          Volleyball Team Scores, Results

          09-25-2014

          As of September 23 *district game
          District2-6A OverallDistrict Outlook: Middleburg, with a second place finish in Battle of Borders in Pensacola, continues to dominate with wins over Orange Park and 2013 region finalist Nease; Gainesville is still ...
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          Fleming Island takes boy’s, girl’s XC titles

          09-25-2014

          FIHS Tinkey, Goetze win
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – Rain and mud made the Clay County Cross Country High School Championships a bit more treacherous, but the boys and girls teams from Fleming Island High School both garnered team ...
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          Blake Bortles opens era to empty stadium

          09-25-2014

          Jags’ faithful gone by third period
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor JACKSONVILLE – In what may have become the biggest secret unveiled to a mere handful of Jacksonville Jaguar faithful, rookie quarterback Blake Bortles may have single-handedly ...
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          District 3-7A: Oakleaf, Fleming Island, Atlantic Coast, Buchholz, Fletcher Oakleaf

          09-25-2014

          (4-0, 1-0) beat Atlantic Coast
          (3-1, 0-1) 16-14 Gainesville Buchholz (2-2, 1-0) beat Fleming Island (1-3, 0-1) 34-17 Fletcher (2-1, 0-0) was off Atlantic Coast (3-1, 0-1) lost to Oakleaf (4-0, 1-0) 16-14 Fleming Island (1-3, 0-1) lost to Buchholz (2-2, 1-0) 34-17 Oakleaf statistics (Four games): 144 yards receiving per game; 160 yards rushing per game; 15 TDs, 71 Tackles per game; 16 sacks; 7 INTs
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          Lake Asbury wins 14-12

          09-25-2014

          In a battle of unbeatens, the Lake Asbury Junior High Tigers football team defeated the Orange Park Junior High Wildcats 14-12 Tuesday night at Orange Park High School. Pictured is Lake Asbury running back Kevin Littles, No. 18, watching the clock ...
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          Broncos second half falls short

          09-25-2014

          20-0 at half; 20-15 final
          By Mike Zima Correspondent MIDDLEBURG – "That first half was about as bad as it can be for us." So said Middleburg head football coach Karl Smeltzer after his Broncos were outscored 20-0 by their visitors from Jacksonville Lee High School, and outgained 213-57 in total yards. The Broncos had surrendered 10 first downs, while only earning four. Daniel Justino, starting at quarterback because first-teamer Zach Eggelton suffered an eye injury earlier in the week, did not complete any of his seven passes, unless you count the throw that the Generals’ Devonte ...
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          Opinion

            Letter

            09-25-2014

            Questioning library privatization
            I pray the rumbling to prioritize Clay County Public Libraries that I have been hearing is false! I am a four-decade Clay resident that supports a Library System that belongs to, and is supported by the public – not a business whose management must show a profit to exist. I was horrified to learn that you might consider bringing this item with such significant magnitude for consideration without making us, the citizens of Clay, adequately informed. If this is the truth I believe I could justly call it a "dereliction of office." I would be horribly ...
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            This Week

            09-25-2014

            5 Years Ago, 2009
            The Clay County Board of Commissioners debated cutting 52 county jobs in an attempt to balance the county’s proposed $296 million budget for 2009-2010. n More than 200 members of the Clay County Education Association attended the school board meeting protesting a proposal to end step increases in the annual teacher’s contract. n The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested three Jacksonville men and one woman for the July shooting of 17-year-old Lavonn Presley of Orange Park. Antwan L. Mann was charged with first degree murder and robbery with a firearm, while Tonee ...
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            ‘You’re stuck the way you are’

            09-25-2014

            2 014 started off rough. I carried in the New Year with some serious health issues: overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glucose and sodium levels off the chart, and prescription meds to combat each of these.
            My primary doctor of ...
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            Rep. Jimmy Patronis’ appointment to the PSC is no surprise

            09-25-2014

            State Rep. Jimmy Patronis told me more than once that I would miss him after this year when he leaves the Florida Legislature because of term limits.
            Maybe I won’t be covering him in the Legislature any more. But he’ll still be in ...
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