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    Clay water customers under Boil Advisory

    Eric Cravey 09-11-2014

      About 2,611 customers of Clay County Utility Authority have been placed under a precautionary boil water advisory for at least two days. A news alert from the CCUA today said the advisory impacts customers who receive water from the Orange Park South Water Treatment Plant in the Doctors Inlet area off of County Road 220, just west of Fleming Island. The boil water advisory began today and is expected to last at least until Saturday, which would be the two days needed to get back results from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. “Two consecutive days of satisfactory ...
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    Front Page

      Supporters of library suspect privatization plot

      09-18-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Having been suggested by Commissioner Doug Conkey, the possibility of privatizing the county’s library system by outsourcing its management and funding to Germantown, Md.based Library Systems and Services Inc. has many Clay County residents sounding the alarm. "A few months ago, the subject was brought up because the budget doesn’t cover all the library’s expenses because the commissioners keep cutting the monies they fund the library with. One of the commissioners, Mr. Conkey, brought it up at a from page 1 at a commissioner’s ...
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      Bear euthanized at Camp Blanding

      09-18-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A black bear that was relocated to Camp Blanding last week after being captured in Jacksonville Beach was euthanized Tuesday after breaking loose and being recaptured Monday night. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said the bear appeared "dazed" and physically injured. FWC Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker said euthanization was the best course of action and a preliminary necropsy report indicated the bear had a brain tumor. A veterinarian examined the bear at Camp Blanding without an X-ray machine, ...
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      Voting lawsuit flares, then fizzles

      09-18-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The upcoming election for county commissioner became embroiled in controversy last week, only to fizzle out before most residents even knew any brouhaha was brewing. Mildred Griffis of Middleburg ...
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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

        Clay County Memories

        09-18-2014

        Nothing stirs a romantic yearning for days gone by like the distant echo of a train whistle.
        Clay County residents in the waning decades of the 1800’s watched the iron horses roll into the state with a mixture of feelings-trepidation and ...
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        Fees, taxes going up in proposed Green Cove Springs budget

        09-18-2014

        By Pete Geiger
        Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – City property owners will pay three percent more for water consumption and trash collection each month and six percent more for sewer use if the city council passes the increases as part of the ...
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        Dunnavant, Gilhousen feeling strong about their strategies

        09-18-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – Sandra Dunnavant has a wealth of experience having served on the Green Cove Springs city council for 15 years and being in the classroom for another 43, but Ashley Gilhousen managed to grab the ...
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        Vote ‘Yes’ for appointed school superintendent

        09-18-2014

        Bordered by the scenic St. Johns River, close to Jacksonville with its cultural resources and international airport, and flavored with the vibrant civic life of small town communities, Clay County has much to offer.
        But, Clay County does not qualify as one of Florida’s most desirable communities. Its housing values are relatively stagnant, with calendar year 2013 average home prices less than those of 2012. Substantial amounts of new and existing commercial property stand vacant. Municipal services, such as library hours of operation have been reduced due to budget constraints. Its ...
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        Athletes taking action against hunger

        09-18-2014

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Food and monetary donations usually drop between the time school starts and the beginning of the Christmas season. To boost donations, the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs has enlisted each of the ...
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        Military Briefs

        09-18-2014

        Murdaugh completes basic training
        SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Air Force Airman Brandon L. Murdaugh graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Murdaugh completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Murdaugh is the son of Frank and Laura Fraley of Orange Park and of ...
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        Send us your "Good Deeds"

        09-18-2014

        Is your school science club collecting canned goods for a local food pantry? Did your professional service organization donate money to a worthy cause?
        If you answered yes to any of the hypothetical questions above, Clay Today would like to hear from you. We’ve been running an occasional column called "Good Deeds." It’s our way of showcasing all of the good works being done to help others in the community. Write a brief description of what your club or company did. Be sure to include who, what, where, when – the specific date – on which the event occurred and why you selected ...
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        Couple to open second dry cleaning location

        09-18-2014

        OAKLEAF – A Fleming Island couple will open the second of its seven planned locations of a national dry cleaning company this weekend in the Oakleaf area.
        Mike and Carla Lane will open their second location of Lapels Dry Cleaning, which bills ...
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        Retiring Old Glory

        09-18-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – After serving their time as an America symbol of freedom, 15 U.S. Flags went up in smoke on Sept. 11 in Orange Park. Members of Boy Scout Troop 25 had planned the "Flag Retirement Ceremony" – ...
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        SJR State respiratory care program achieves national distinction

        09-18-2014

        PALATKA, Fla. – The respiratory care program at St. Johns River State College recently received an honor placing it among the top 10 percent of such programs nationwide.
        The college’s respiratory care program was honored with the ...
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        NARFE holding membership drive

        09-18-2014

        ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association is currently recruiting new members.
        The chapter meets once a month at the Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., where its members ...
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        Clay Electric Co-op members have saved $100,000 on prescription drugs

        09-18-2014

        KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – One hundred thousand dollars in savings. That’s how much members of Clay Electric Cooperative have saved by using their Co-op Connections Cards to buy prescription drugs since May 2012.
        Clay Electric introduced the ...
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        River Road traffic study shot down

        09-18-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – It’s a more than 20-year-old challenge. Residents along the oak-lined River Road in Orange Park want little to do with traffic other than their neighbors much less road improvements that may bring in outside riff raff. The Orange Park Town Council voted down a proposal Sept. 16 on a 4-1 vote to have officials conduct a traffic study and cost estimate for re-paving and upgrading the road. In trying to convince his colleagues prior to the vote, Mayor Steve Howard recounted a recent drive he had along the narrow riverfront street. ...
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        Foodies

        09-18-2014

        I have been anxiously awaiting the start of football season. I love watching college games on Saturday and professional games on Sunday. My husband thinks my obsession is a bit unusual, but trust me I mourn when the Super Bowl is completed and I ...
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        Sherried Drumettes

        09-18-2014

        2-3 pounds chicken wings, disjointed, tips discarded ¼ cup vinegar ½ cup soy sauce ½ cup sherry 3 tsp tobacco ½ tsp seasoned salt (for sprinkling on chicken) Put chicken wings and all ingredients (except seasoned salt) into a large Ziploc bag. ...
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        Animal Control in running for ASPCA $25K grant

        09-18-2014

        PENNEY FARMS – Months of hard work are close to paying off for Clay County Animal Care and Control.
        The shelter was notified this week it is one of three shelters named as finalists for a $25,000 grant as part of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. Dubbed a Community Engagement Award, CCACC is competing with Kansas City Pet Project in Kansas City, Mo. and Lynchburg Humane Society in Lynchburg, Va. An ASPCA blog post dated Sept. 16 reads: "The Community Engagement Award is a $25,000 grant recognizing the $100K Challenge contestant that does the best job of getting their community ...
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        Welcome all

        09-18-2014

        In an effort to boost church worshippers Clay County congregation will join an estimated 30,000 churches nationwide making use of National Back To Church this Sunday
        By Mike Ford Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Christian researcher Dr. Thom Rainer has ...
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        Church

        09-18-2014

        Fleming Island church celebrates 20th anniversary
        FLEMING ISLAND – What began as a gathering of 150 worshippers packed into the cafeteria at Paterson Elementary School in 1994 is now a thriving congregation prepared to celebrate 20 years of ...
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        Faith Walk

        09-18-2014

        Count your true friends. I mean your really true friends. If it takes more than the fingers of one hand to count them, you are greatly blessed. Someone has said, "If you have one true friend you have more than your share."
        When I think of true ...
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        Jews prep for Rosh Hashanah

        09-18-2014

        Jewish New Year begins at sundown Sept. 24 until sundown Sept. 26
        By Mike Ford Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – People of the Jewish faith around the world are getting ready to celebrate the new year. However, there won’t be any celebrations in ...
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        A look into the Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church

        09-18-2014

        By Weston Williams
        Correspondent JACKSONVILLE – While the Middle East is being torn apart by a holy war waged by the Islamic State, people from all backgrounds, political points of view, followers of every creed and of no creed at all meet near ...
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        Corn Dip

        09-18-2014

        (1) 11-ounce can Mexi-corn or any other flavor of Mexican corn, drained ½ cup mayonnaise (I used light mayo) ½ cup grated parmesan cheese ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese Combine all ingredients and put into a small baking dish that has been ...
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        Deputy recovers girl’s lost stuff animal

        09-18-2014

        ORANGE PARK – When Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Burke heard that a Clay County girl had lost her favorite stuffed animal while riding in her mother’s car during rush hour traffic on Blanding Boulevard, he made it his mission to find ...
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        Credit union chips in for charities during ribbon cutting

        09-18-2014

        FLEMING ISLAND – A Jacksonville-based nonprofit that helps disabled military members gain a sense of independence by providing them service dog recently got a shot in the arm from Navy Federal Credit Union. Tracy Pollard, the credit union’s ...
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        Dill ‘kills’ 1,000th in 30-28 thriller

        09-18-2014

        Second 1,000 for St. Johns Country Day School
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – The Madison Dill "kill watch" ended Monday night at Ridgeview High School in about as exciting an ending as you would want for a volleyball team that ...
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        Oakleaf Knights win football slugfest

        09-18-2014

        By Doug Deters
        Correspondent ORANGE PARK – Oakleaf High head football coach Derek Chipoletti purposely took Pine Ridge High off the 2014 schedule and replaced them with Georgia AAAA power Wayne County High of Jesup. The Knights, led by junior ...
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        Clay swim team gears for top three state run

        09-18-2014

        STAFF PHOTO BY RANDY LEFKO
        The Clay High swim team, pictured below, hosted Matanzas High School on Thursday in preparation of returning to the FHSAA state meet where the boys team took second place. In the non-Caeleb Dressel era, the Clay boys will ...
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        Spartans avenge championship loss

        09-18-2014

        Sellinger: 16 minutes of perfect quarterbacking
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor DESTIN, Fla. – St. Johns Country Day School (3-0) avenged their 2013 Freelance Football Conference championship loss with a 28-14 win over defending champion Rocky Bayou ...
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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

          Golden Eagles on track; 42-6 over Middleburg

          09-18-2014

          Goodman: 2TDs, INT, Fumble
          By Anthony Richards Correspondent MIDDLEBURG – It took a little longer than expected, but at last the Fleming Island High Golden Eagles have tasted victory after a 42-6 road win over the Middleburg High Broncos which ...
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          Devils run over Raiders

          09-18-2014

          Clay 33, Orange Park 13
          By Mike Zima Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay High quarterback J.T. Turner and running back Colin Wilson each rushed for two touchdowns and over 100 yards as hot starts to each half lifted Clay to a 33-13 victory ...
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          Ridgeview Panthers routed by St. Augustine

          09-18-2014

          0-0: Second half
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor ST. AUGUSTINE – After a 31 point first half (for St. Augustine High), the Ridgeview High football team responded with a shutdown second half against the St. Augustine Yellow Jackets, but the damage ...
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          race

          09-18-2014

          FIHS girls: Second overall in varsity race
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor JACKSONVILLE – Fleming Island High senior cross country and track ace Joseph Tinkey has a knack of blasting the first mile of the 3.1 mile tracks of most area cross country ...
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          Volleyball Team Scores, Results

          09-18-2014

          As of September 15
          *district game District2-6A OverallDistrict *Middleburg 8-2 1-0 Wins: Creekside, Fleming Island, Leon, Oakleaf*; Losses: PK Yonge (Battle of Borders Tournament-beat Arnold, Sneads, Pensacola, Walton; Lost to Chiles in championship final) *Orange Park 5-6 1-1 Wins: Oakleaf*, (OVA Tournament-Beat Tavares, Sebring, Lost to Sunset); Losses: Ridgeview, St. Johns Country Day School, Fletcher, Gainesville* *Oakleaf 0-6 0-2 Losses: Bishop Snyder, Raines, Yulee, SJCDS, Orange Park*, Middleburg* *Columbia 3-1 0-0 Wins: Suwannee, Lafayette, Lafayette Losses: Eastside *Gainesville ...
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          500th win

          09-18-2014

          Middleburg High volleyball coach Carrie Prewitt, left, returned from a runner-up finish at the Battle of Borders Invitational in Pensacola, Fla. with her 500th career victory, becoming the fourth coach in Florida to earn the coveted spot. Prewitt ...
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          Opinion

            Why those who are both for and against medical marijuana oppose Amendment 2

            09-18-2014

            The following commentary about Amendment 2 was signed by seven former justices of the Florida Supreme Court, including five who served as chief justice: Parker Lee McDonald, Leander J. Shaw Jr., Stephen H. Grimes, Major B. Harding, Charles T. Wells, Raoul G. Cantero III, and Kenneth B. Bell.
            As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to protect the Constitution of the State of Florida. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting "No" on Amendment 2. This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be ...
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            Letters

            09-18-2014

            Reader shocked at BCC behavior
            The Sept. 9 Board of County Commissioners meeting was extremely disappointing regarding the budget for the next fiscal year. The board has decided to list two straw poll questions on the ballot come the Nov. 4 election. What they claim they are looking for is input from the community to see if diversifying the tax base would be a popular idea. This points out the obvious schizoid personality of the board. The board did not want input when they arbitrarily overturned the previous board’s decision to disallow Ken DeBusk’s razing of the Ravines golf ...
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            Guest Column

            09-18-2014

            by James Forstall
            Executive Director, FTRI Five million seniors live in Florida. As a state famous for gray hair retirees, that number likely comes as no surprise. What may surprise you, however, is that one of every three seniors you meet has ...
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            Say ‘No’ to library privatization

            09-18-2014

            Library Systems and Services is forprofit corporation that runs libraries. In some cases, they take over public library systems and attempt to run them for profit. Profit margins are increased by cutting hours of service, charging fees for library cards and usage of library facilities, replacing personnel with machines for dispensing books and DVDs. Staff of libraries that are taken over are allowed to work for six months, after which they must reapply for their jobs. Participation in government pension systems is replaced with a private 401(k).
            As a Clay County resident, I do not ...
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