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    Adult entertainment bill moves to review stage

    04-16-2015

    By Debra W. Buehn
    Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Residents of Clay County will have plenty of chances over the coming weeks to let their opinions be heard about what’s come to be known as the locational ordinance – the long awaited third and final segment of the county’s regulations geared to deal with adult entertainment businesses. The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 at its regular meeting April 14 to move the draft ordinance to the Planning Commission in June for its review and debate. Commissioners Ronnie Robinson and Gavin Rollins cast the dissenting votes. In ...
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    ‘I feel really accomplished’

    04-16-2015

    Concert on the Green’s Howard Tappan Memorial Young Artists Competition
    By Weston Williams Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – With roses in hand, opera singers, a pianist, a French horn player, a harpist, a trombonist, a trumpet player and a ...
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    Business

      Building supplier creating good jobs

      04-16-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When Ryan Melin was looking to grow a young business, he needed room and he found plenty of it right here in Clay County’s seat. Building Component Supply is only about a year and a half old, but ...
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      The Dentist Place launches pediatric program

      04-16-2015

      ORANGE PARK – An established Orange Park dental practice is holding a celebration for adding on a new service for children.
      The Dentist Place will host a Kiddie Kick-Off carnival at their dental practice at 1695 Wells Rd. in Orange Park on ...
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      DiLoreto takes new role

      04-16-2015

      ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park All- state agency that has been a staple on Kingsley Avenue for decades is changing personnel.
      After 23 years running The Jane DiLoreto Insurance Agency, DiLoreto is taking on another role in the agency so she can ...
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      Heathcare Enrollment Center opens in Middleburg

      04-16-2015

      MIDDLEBURG – A St. Augustine-based insurance agency has opened a satellite office in Middleburg that it’s calling the Healthcare Enrollment Center.
      The new office of Ference Insurance Agency is managed by Cale Matchett and is located at 2500 ...
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      Community

        Clay County Memories

        04-16-2015

        mjmctammany@yahoo.com
        Still Missing: Treasure of Mulberry Grove In the late 1800’s, guests at the Parkview Hotel could hire William Maierfeldt and his three seated surrey to visit a post-Civil War plantation and meet former slaves still residing ...
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        Green Cove Springs poised to boom

        04-16-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When the First Coast Expressway is completed, county leaders expect a boom in business, housing, population and jobs within the local economy. Because part of the expressway will be built near ...
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        Military

        04-16-2015

        Clay Countians complete U.S. Air Force training
        SAN ANTONIO – Trainees completed an intensive, eight-week program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas 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. The graduates are: Airman Avryana D. Richardson is the daughter of Kisha Johnson and stepdaughter of Alonzo Plummer of Green Cove ...
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        Orange Park electricity tax went into effect April 1

        04-16-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – To avoid cutting needing town services, Orange Park residents began paying a new tax on their electricity bills on April 1. Town Manager Jim Hanson expects the tax to increase the average customer’s bill by 6.8 percent and generate just under $759,000 per year. The tax is indefinite. "The public needs to understand that council has cut back on quite a number of things to weather the recession but it hasn’t been enough and we aren’t out of recession yet. Revenues are still down and we’ve been using the fund reserves to balance the ...
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        Get your GED and prepare for college

        04-16-2015

        FLEMING ISLAND – St. Augustinebased First Coast Technical College is offering a free GED preparation class with intensive instruction.
        This one week class, called GED Fast Track, tailors instruction to the specific needs of students and gauge students’ likelihood of passing the GED. GED fast track will be offered April 27 – 30; 2– 6 p.m. at the offices of CareerSource, 1845 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. Prior to registration, all students must complete the free TABE assessment. The TABE helps instructors prepare the curriculum to meet the individual needs of students. To ...
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        Clay nonproits go beyond casual networking

        04-16-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – Organizational leaders often rub shoulders while making small talk at luncheons, but some local nonprofit leaders are going much farther. Sandra Staudt-Killea, who leads Waste Not Want Not, participated ...
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        Community

        04-16-2015

        Struggling homeowners have help available
        ST. AUGUSTINE – Struggling Clay County homeowners may be eligible for help with mortgage payments through a program managed by the St. Augustinebased St. Johns Housing Partnership. Funds are available for homeowners who are unemployed or under employed, owe more on their home than it is worth, or are behind on their mortgage. Eligibility requirements for these funds recently expanded to include individuals who have suffered financial hardship due to disability, a divorce or death of a spouse. The program has funding to bring mortgage ...
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        Agricultural Fair sets attendance record

        04-16-2015

        GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Officials with the 2015 Clay County Agricultural Fair say a new attendance record was set at the 29th Annual Fair.
        Attendance was up 3.19 percent for a total of 113,591 guests, up from last year’s record of 110,978 ...
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        What happens to social media after death?

        04-16-2015

        By Eric Cravey
        Managing Editor LAKE ASBURY – At the present age of 31, John Stockton admits he has spent half of his life in the digital age. Now the media director at a Clay County funeral home, Stockton sees what seems like a constantly ...
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        Briefs

        04-16-2015

        Holistic and preventative medicine comes to Fleming Island
        FLEMING ISLAND – A comprehensive health facility dedicated to wellness through holistic and preventative approaches will open at the end of April on Fleming Island. Select Health and ...
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        Water meter helps catch water leak, vandalism

        04-16-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – On March 24, someone broke a window at a vacant home at 487 Garden View Terrace, fed a garden hose through the window and turned on the spigot. The water ran for three days and could have run ...
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        Mentoring brings on a second childhood

        04-16-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Combing each other’s hair, watching Cinderella or talking about boys are aspects of growing up that Catherine Karisny missed out on because she didn’t have a sister. However, now at age 27, mentoring a ...
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        Students seek to give back

        04-16-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Joseph Barnes has served his country in the U.S. Navy for nearly 19 years. Planning to retire next year, Barnes has been working on a degree in human services so he’s ready to transition back into the ...
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        Tiger Cubs visit Clay Today

        04-16-2015

        FLEMING ISLAND – Clay Today experienced a tiger invasion on April 9 as these three members of Cub Scout Pack No. 424 visited the paper. Thomas, Ryan and Brian learned about where the paper gets its information, how pages are laid out in the ...
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        Meet

        04-16-2015

        By Weston Williams
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Barbara Davidson is living proof that persistence pays off. Davidson, who turns 90 on April 24, was named as Honorary Member of the Orange Park Town Council at the April 7 town council meeting. The ...
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        Faith Walk

        04-16-2015

        Encouraging Words
        Two men were talking. One of them said, "I’m going to move our west." "Why?" the second man asked. "Because," he said, "I heard the song that says, ‘Home, home on the range where the deer and the antelope play. Where never is ...
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        Raiders win OT thriller

        04-16-2015

        Maxine "Fort" Knox, OPHS defense wall
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Behind an overtime period defensive stand from Maxine Knox, Orange Park High’s girls flag football team avenged a year’s worth of angst from an overtime loss ...
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        Rain, rain go away

        04-16-2015

        Returning from a mid-season injury, Oakleaf High pitcher Kelsey Sweatt has shut down enemy batters to the tune of a 15-6 district 2-6A tournament win over Middleburg on April 13 and
        a 4-2 beat down of No. 1 Gainesville High in the tournament ...
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        Clay Blue Devils ‘small-ball’ beats Ponte Vedra Sharks

        04-16-2015

        Clay atop district 4-5A
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – With a mixture of timely base running off "small-ball" batting, the Clay High Blue Devils’ baseball Clay High baseball has used youthful base running from players like ...
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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 tame Bobcats

          04-16-2015

          By Anthony Richards
          Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND – Fleming Island High pitchers Chris Hawkins and Kyle Morton combined to shutout Buchholz 6-0 as the Fleming Island High Golden Eagles wrapped up district play April 10 with a home win and finished ...
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          Golden Eagles boy’s lacrosse falls in final

          04-16-2015

          By Mike Zima
          Correspondent JACKSONVILLE – Fleming Island’s dream of a district championship was dashed by a sluggish start Friday night at Jacksonville Bolles, where the host Bulldogs emerged with a 19-11 victory in the District 5 boys lacrosse ...
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          Fleming Island girl’s lacrosse downs Bolles for district title

          04-16-2015

          District 4 champions
          Fleming Island High lacrosse girls team smiles as final whistle goes off after Lady Golden Eagles defeated Bolles for district title. Region playoff play continues with today’s game at Fleming Island against Atlantic Coast ...
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          Powers (x2), Fairley top 4-1A districts

          04-16-2015

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor JACKSONVILLE – St. Johns Country Day School track got district titles from Kirby Powers, Phillip Powers and Marcus Fairley at the District 4-1A track and field championships Wednesday afternoon at Providence High ...
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          District 4-2A Girls Track Results (Top Four advance to regions) 100 Meter Hurdles

          04-16-2015

          1. 14.59 Emily Myslinski Bishop Kenny
          Others:Zaire Sikes CHS 20.09, Alexis Hendricks CHS 23.75, Meredith Huggins CHS 18.03, Samantha Franco CHS 20.76 100 Meters1. 12.34 Tiera Cleveland Bolles 3. Asia Joe CHS 12.40 Others:Kristen Carlisle CHS 13.82, ...
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          Sweatt returns twice, Knights knock out No.1 Gainesville

          04-16-2015

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Sweatt and senior pitcher Bri Surrento have both nursed injuries through the Oakleaf High mid-season woes of six district 2-6A losses and a fourth-seed final ranking for the 2014 ...
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          1. 11.91 Ka’Tia Seymour Oakleaf 3. Candice Childs OPHS 12.60 Others: 6. Makayla Stewart OHS, 8. Autumn Woodard RHS

          04-16-2015

          Boys 100
          1. 10.76 Ke’Von Ahmad Ponte Vedra 3. Andrew Ratica OPHS 11.11 Others: 5. Auja Rogers OHS, 7. Nick Roberts OHS, 8. Kenny Zamor RHS Girls 1600 1. 5:10.01 Others: 12. Josephine Stair RHS, 14. Madeline Sgro OHS, 21. Chelse Neal OHS Boys 1600 ...
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          Orange Park high jumper Kareem Jones won his specialty at 6’-2’ and got third in the long jump.

          04-16-2015

          1. 6’-0" Nicole Green Ponte Vedra
          4. Nia Anthony Oakleaf 4’-10" 5. Rakia Campbell OHS, 6. Jackie Thomas, 7. Maxine Knox OPHS, Kaley Petroskey MHS, 11. Jauna Smith RHS, 12. Katie Berlin OPHS, 13. Alexandra Erickson MHS 1. 6’-2" Kareem Jones ...
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          Hall wins mile, Seymour crushes sprints

          04-16-2015

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor PONTE VEDRA BEACH – Oakleaf High miler David Hall has been tested against Florida’s top milers all season and the lithe distance ace has dropped his times from an early-season 4:47 to Tuesday’s scintillating 4:21 ...
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          Three homers wins 3-7A semifinal for Fleming Island

          04-16-2015

          By Anthony Richards
          Correspondent JACKSONVILLE – The Fleming Island High Lady Golden Eagles, fueled by three home runs, defeated Fletcher 12-2 in five innings to advance to the title game their district 3-7A semifinal April 14 at Atlantic Coast ...
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          Clay wins rainy shutout

          04-16-2015

          By Anthony Richards
          Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay High Lady Blue Devils shut out Palatka 12-0 and won its district tournament opener in blowout fashion. Clay is hosting the event and the offense provided plenty to cheer about for the ...
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          Opinion

            Why abuse-deterring opioids should be legislative priority

            04-16-2015

            By Sandi Frear
            The prescription drug program Florida legislators created in 2009 to monitor controlled substances has helped reduce the number of Floridians who suffer from prescription drug addiction. Medications provide great benefit to ...
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            This Week IN HISTORY

            04-16-2015

            5 Years Ago, 2010
            • The Green Cove Springs City Council made plans to host an open forum meeting to discuss alleged ethics violations against City Manager Don Bowles. He was accused of campaigning for a city council candidate on city time. • Clay County joined the world mourning the death of Meinhardt Raabe, a former resident of Penney Farms, who played the munchkin coroner in the classic film "The Wizard of Oz." He died April 9. • Kirby Green, executive director of the St. Johns River Water Management District, wrote a guest column declaring "Water conservation is vital ...
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            Guest Column...

            04-16-2015

            By Mike Bell
            As our lawmakers wrestle with the state budget and debate on critical legislation dealing with water policy and the implementation of Amendment 1, Florida Water & Land Legacy, the importance of Florida’s working forests cannot be ...
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