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    California company chooses Clay

    07-23-2015

    By Mike Ford
    Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The former Food Lion distribution center has its second new tenant in a year. Santa Paula, Calif.-based Calavo Growers Inc. has signed a lease for 208,000 square feet of space in the former Food ...
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    Punitive incarcerations drain state coffers

    07-23-2015

    By Mike Ford
    Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE – President Barack Obama’s July 13 sentence commutation of 13 Floridians, including one Orange Park man, has caught the attention of a Florida tax watchdog group to a point it is urging the Florida ...
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    Community

      1880’s visitor to Clay County came to take inventory

      07-23-2015

      In the late 1800’s, a Yankee came to Clay County. This in itself was not unusual as the area had become the destination of choice for the vastly wealthy and the newly rich middle class to escape brutal winter climates.
      The mission of this Yankee ...
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      Schools budget described as ‘grim’

      07-23-2015

      Fund balance takes another dip
      By Eric Cravey Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Despite putting costcutting measures in place a year ago and cutting 80 teacher positions in March for the coming year, the Clay County School District’s fund ...
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      Cadets converge onCampBlanding

      07-23-2015

      By Eric Cravey Managing Editor
      CAMP BLANDING – Cey`wan Herah, 15, of Jacksonville struggled with self-esteem problems as a freshman last school year at the competitive Douglas Anderson School of the Arts before he became a cadet in the Civil Air ...
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      Garber Ford drives fundraising efforts for 4-H Club

      07-23-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Garber Ford Manager Gary Andrews presented a check for $1,140 to the Clay County 4-H Foundation board, youth members, staff and adult volunteers at the Clay County Extension office on July 8. The donation is the result of some ...
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      Green Cove Springs dedicates archives to former city clerk

      07-23-2015

      By Weston Williams
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – It’s often said that a society studies history to ensure it is neither repeated nor forgotten. Now the City of Green Cove Springs has made sure the legacy of one of its own will be remembered ...
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      School

      07-23-2015

      Kindle named to Dean’s List
      NEWARK, Del. – Jalen Kindle of Fleming Island was recently named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the 2015 spring semester. To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above on a 4.0 scale for the semester. One of the oldest universities in the U.S., the University of Delaware traces its roots to 1743 when a petition by the Presbytery of Lewes, Del., expressing the need for an educated clergy, led the Rev. Francis Alison to open a school in New London, Penn. ...
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      Town looks to solve feral cat problem

      07-23-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – After a proposed crackdown on feeding feral cats sparked protests before a council meeting in April, the Town is now poised to address the issue in a way proposed by cat activists. As in April, approximately 50 feline friends filled council chambers for the council’s July 21 meeting in which council received recommendations from an ad hoc committee. The committee formed immediately after the April 21 meeting and was chaired by former mayor Ron Raymond. He advised council to create a trap, neuter and release program to manage the stray cat ...
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      Community

      07-23-2015

      Workshop set for Northeast Florida gopher tortoise conservation
      TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding regional workshops to present information on opportunities for local governments to help conserve ...
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      Rotarians celebrate year of giving

      07-23-2015

      ORANGE PARK – The Rotary Club of Orange Park recently handed out more than $30,000 in charitable gifts to local charities. "This year has been a wonderful year and I truly want to thank our noon club members for stepping up to help with our ...
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      Happenings at your Clay County Libraries

      07-23-2015

      Excel 3 Computer Class. Work with custom lists, fill sequences and auto-calculate. Free. July 23, 10:15 a.m.11:45 a.m. Headquarters Library, Fleming Island-Computer Lab, 1895 Town Center Blvd. Pre-registration required, (904) 278-3722 ...
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      Milford "Todd" Padgett

      07-23-2015

      Milford "Todd" Padgett, age 57, of Middleburg, Florida passed away unexpectedly, July 18, 2015 in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Todd was predeceased by his beloved brother Bruce and is survived by his daughters, Christy and Leslie; four granddaughters; ...
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      Mental health top health concern in Clay

      07-23-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Early results of a comprehensive health assessment found mental health to be the primary concern of Clay County families and professionals. The preliminary findings by the Health Planning Council of ...
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      DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE:

      07-23-2015

      Meets July 23 and July 30 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, 3rd Floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs.
      ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The Clay County Economic Development Corp. holds its third quarter ...
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      Faith Walk

      07-23-2015

      FELLOWSHIP
      On June 26, a very good friend of mine went to heaven. Dean Frost was a believer who was close to me and loved me as I loved him in Christ. This column was the one he always told me was his favorite of all the columns I have written ...
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      Legends rock Clay County All Stars

      07-23-2015

      By Anthony Richards
      Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND – Laughter and smiling faces filled the Fleming Island High gym as the Harlem Legends participated in a celebrity basketball game against a variety of Clay County community leaders. The Legends, ...
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      Tracksters bring home hardware

      07-23-2015

      Special to Clay Today
      ORLANDO – Led by a sub-50 second 400 by Marcus Floyd, Clay County track athletes brought home a carload of medals with top eight finishes at the AAU National Club Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports held on July ...
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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

        Harlem Legends spread the smiles around Clay County

        07-23-2015

        STAFF PHOTO BY RANDY LEFKO
        Tyrone "Hollywood" Brown tees off at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club with Legends’ teammate Elbert "Tree" Gordon. Harlem Legends Michael Douglas, center, and Larry "Shorty" Coleman, left, sit in at Barco Newton YMCA ...
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        Justino to lead Broncos

        07-23-2015

        Summer 7 x 7 action: Broncos vs. Union County, FIHS
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – As the area’s best field goal kicker in 2014, Daniel Justino was money in the bank. As the newly annointed quarterback of the Middleburg High ...
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        Screaming Eagles take league swim title

        07-23-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor JACKSONVILLE – The Eagle Harbor Screaming Eagles swim team won the First Coast Summer Swim League championship July 19 at the Cecil Field Aquatics Center with the Pace Island Piranhas team giving the Screaming Eagles ...
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        SportsCalendar

        07-23-2015

        July 23
        River City Swim League 6-Under championships at Cecil Field Aquatic Center Warmup 3 p.m, Meet starts 4:30 p.m. July 24-26 River City Swim League Championships Cecil Field Aquatics Center Friday: 3 p.m. warmup, 4:30 meet starts Saturday: 7:30 a.m. warmup, 8:30 a.m. meet starts Saturday: Noon warmup, 1 p.m. meet restarts Sunday: 7:30 a.m. warmup, 9 a.m. meet starts July 25 Vestcor Bridges 5K run Where: Jacksonville Landing When: 7 p.m. The Vestcor Companies will host its 20th annual Vestcor 5K Run in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, July 25th at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville ...
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        Opinion

          Letter to the editor

          07-23-2015

          BCC: Don’t waste $250K
          In regards to Commissioner Hutchings comments regarding Fleming Island Little League, I appreciate any and all objective reviews of park funding. I have no issues with looking for the best places to build facilities, as I ...
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          This Week

          07-23-2015

          5 Years Ago, 2010
          • Clay County officials re-named an eight-mile stretch of County Road 209 South from U.S. Highway 17 to the Putnam County line after philanthropist J.P. Hall Jr. • Emergency Management Services Director Jim Corbin and EMS Program Manager Wanda Mosley lost their jobs in the midst of budget cutting by County Manager Fritz Behring. The Board of County Commissioners was faced $3 million in budget cuts. • Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge William A. Wilkes sentenced Michael Renard Jackson to the death penalty for the 2007 brutal rape and murder of Andrea Boyer, ...
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          Looming narrow point of law could clear death row

          07-23-2015

          By Martin Dyckman
          None of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices has ever had the gut-wrenching experience of looking another person in the face to say, "I sentence you to die." They have passed on or passed up hundreds of capital appeals, but ...
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