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    80 positions to be cut in Clay Schools

    03-26-2015

    Plan saves $4 million
    By Eric Cravey Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Despite pleas to either delay or deny it, the Clay County School Board unanimously approved a proposal March 24 that will cut 80 teacher and support positions and save $4 ...
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    BCC passes two of three adult entertainment ordinances

    03-26-2015

    Leaves 30-year-old ban in place sioners approved March 24 two ordinances intended to deal with adult entertainment businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county. At the same time, the commissioners let stand a nearly 30-year-old ban against any
    By Debra W. Buehn Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After months of emotional debate, Clay County Commis- adult businesses opening in Clay County. The votes to establish the two new ordinances – one dealing with regulating adult entertainment businesses and the other with public nudity – were split. The regulatory ordinance ...
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    Community

      After traffic homicide, family questions laws

      03-26-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – Recovery has been rough for the Burt Family since a head-on collision that took the life of mother and grandmother Theodora A. Skarlis on Nov. 28. The victim’s daughter, Stephanie Burt, is slowly ...
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      Challenge Enterprises: Fun place to volunteer

      03-26-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When Barbara Szymanski wakes up on Thursday mornings, she knows it’s going to be a day filled with smiles – and probably a "chicken dance." "I’ve been volunteering with Challenge Enterprises ...
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      Mickens completes basic training with U.S. Army

      03-26-2015

      COLUMBIA, S.C. – Army Spc. Kenya D. Mickens has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
      During the nine weeks of training, Mickens studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Mickens is the daughter of Bryant ...
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      SAFE Animal Shelter has new manager

      03-26-2015

      DOCTORS INLET – A Navy veteran is the new shelter manager at the SAFE Animal Shelter.
      A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Randy Harris of Middleburg started his new position last week at the no-kill facility in Doctors Inlet. "Randy is a retired ...
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      Orange Park resident hits ‘Century Mark’

      03-26-2015

      ORANGE PARK – Georgia Burgin Blanton Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday on March 4 at the Fleming Island home of her daughterin-law. Wilson’s granddaughter’s family, a nephew’s wife and several neighbors joined her for the celebration. ...
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      Heritage Garden renamed in founder’s honor

      03-26-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Through the Florida Master Gardner program, Lee Henry started a Clay County citrus gleaning program so those with a surplus of oranges and other fruit on their property could donate to those in ...
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      SMOKING CESSATION CLASS:

      03-26-2015

      Free classes offered by Area Health Education Center inlcude free patches or gum. One hour, weekly for six weeks through April 18 and a second class, May 9-June 13 from 2-3 p.m. each session. Held at the Way Free Medical Clinic, 479 Houston St., ...
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      Social media killing social responsibility?

      03-26-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH – When a shark was spotted near the shore in Jacksonville Beach on March 16, smart phones came out of pockets and away from beach towels as spring breakers began walking into the water. Instead of ...
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      Charter school breaks ground, enrolling students

      03-26-2015

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor MIDDLEBURG – A 28-acre parcel of land in the area near Tynes Elementary School will become home to Clay County’s second charter school this fall when school bells ring. Clay Charter Academy will open at 1417 Red ...
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      Free dental services to be provided April 11

      03-26-2015

      FLEMING ISLAND – A Fleming Island dental practice is offering free dental work for the first 100 people in celebration of Free Dentistry Day.
      Island Walk Dental Care, located at 1647 County Rd. 220, Suite 101, will offer free tootah extraction March 29 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Island Walk Dental Care team members, along with other area dentists, aim to help the growing number of Americans who do not have dental insurance. "Now more than ever, there are people in Fleming Island who need dental services but have no means to afford them – whether they’re out of a job, or just ...
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      Plantation Oaks Boulevard opens ahead of schedule

      03-26-2015

      Jacksonville – Plantation Oaks Boulevard re-opened March 18 ahead of schedule following an emergency culvert repair that shut down a portion of the road since January 29. The road is opening on the 43rd day of a 60-day contract.
      During a ...
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      Habitat for Humanity Poker Run next month

      03-26-2015

      the blood, which can affect other normal bodily functions. Major risk factors for developing kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. Many of these risk factors can be prevented or minimized by eating healthy, exercising regularly, eliminating alcohol and quitting smoking. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can also lessen the risk factors associated with other chronic illness including diabetes.
      You can take the National Kidney Foundation’s Risk Quiz to find out if you may be at risk: ...
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      Hundreds attend genealogy conference

      03-26-2015

      ORANGE PARK – More than 300 participants, exhibitors and volunteers attended the North Florida Genealogy Conference held March 21 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Blanding Boulevard near Orange Park. The conference, which is ...
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      Learning about Oral History during History Month

      03-26-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The children’s book room at the Green Cove Springs Library transformed into a community center March 21 as students took part in a workshop about the importance of oral history as part of the celebration of Clay County ...
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      Crop Walk aids Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs

      03-26-2015

      PENNEY FARMS – Crop Walk for Hunger, a project of Church World Service, recently raised $7,255 for the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs. This two-mile walk through Penney Farms, Penney Retirement Community and New Hope, was held March 7. The ...
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      "Bloom" with the Garden Club of Middleburg

      03-26-2015

      MIDDLEBURG – UF/IFAS Horticultural Agent Amy Morie will address the Garden Club of Middleburg next month.
      The presentation "Sprucing up Your Landscape" will be held April 18 at 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the club’s our annual horticultural ...
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      By Bernie Barania

      03-26-2015

      We’ve been accustomed to go with our gut. It tells you everything. It’s your failsafe, your internal warning sensor, your instinct to make a decision, to fight or flee. March’s focus is going without your gut. If there is one thing to ...
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      Founder of Clay County Leader was involved in community

      03-26-2015

      ORANGE PARK – Sarah Lynn Boe, founder and former publisher of The Clay County Leader newspaper passed away March 20 at 9 p.m. at Haven Hospice’s Custead Care Center near Orange Park. She was 93.
      A viewing will be held this Thursday, March 26 ...
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      Faith Walk

      03-26-2015

      Dr. William P. Register
      First Assembly Fleming Island TIME FOR PRAISE When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey, the people shouted His praises with great enthusiasm. Many of the people laid their coats on the ground for Him to ride over. Others ...
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      Date changed on Gen. Roy Stanley Geiger presentation

      03-26-2015

      MIDDLEBURG – Clay County residents have a chance to learn about one of Clay County’s most outstanding historic figures.
      A native of Middleburg, Gen. Roy Stanley Geiger served in both World War I and II and became the first U.S. Marine officer to command an army and to this day, remains the only Marine officer ever to do so. The Middleburg Historical Museum is proud to announce that Gayward Hendry, who was instrumental in having County Road 220 dedicated as the Gen. Roy S. Geiger Parkway, will speak on April 2 at 7 p.m. about Geiger’s distinguished military career. The program ...
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      Business Brief

      03-26-2015

      Turner named director of the year
      SARASOTA, Fla. – For the second year in a row, an Orange Park business leader has been honored with a prestigious award by the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Florida Swimming Pool Association. Mark Turner, ...
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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

        Miscues cost Blue Devils in 2-1 loss

        03-26-2015

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent JACKSONVILLE – Mistakes came back to haunt the Clay High Blue Devils as a fourhit pitching effort by Holden Alexander and Dale Taylor was snuffed with four errors in a 2-1 loss to Bolles Thursday night at the ...
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        Knights, Lady Knights win district battles

        03-26-2015

        Tuesday action: Baseball, softball, track and lacrosse
        By Anthony Richards Correspondent OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High baseball was flying high after the Knights captured a 10-2 district victory over county-rival Orange Park High and currently sit atop ...
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        Tennis

        03-26-2015

        Region 2 District 3-3A
        Columbia, Ed White, Fleming Island, Gainesville, Middleburg, Oakleaf, Orange Park, Robert Lee Districts: Boy’s March 30 at Oakleaf Plantation 2014: Gainesville champion; Fleming Island runner=up Districts: Girl’s March 30 at Eagle Landing 2014: Orange Park champion; Gainesville runner=up Region 2 District 4-2A Bradford, Clay, Keystone Heights, Menendez, Ridgeview, Wolfson Districts: Boy’s March 31 at Menendez 2014 Ridgeview champion; Menendez runner-up Districts: Girl’s March 31 at Menendez 2014: Ridgeview champion; Menendez runner-up Region 2 District 3-1A ...
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        Boys Weightlifting Districts

        03-26-2015

        District 2-2A Fleming Island, Middleburg, Oakleaf, Orange Park, Bartram Trail, Buchholz, Chiles, Columbia, Creekside, Flagler Palm Coast, Gainesville, Leon, Lincoln, Nease, Matanzas, St. Augustine
        Final District qualifier: Mon., March 30 at Columbia (Lake City) District 4-1A Clay, Keystone Heights, Ridgeview, Atlantic, Bradford, Crescent City, Father Lopez, Interlachen, Menendez, Palatka, Ponte Vedra, Taylor, Trinity Christian, Union County, Warner Christian Final District qualifier: Wed., April 1 at Keystone Heights State meet April 17-18
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        Clay Today’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year is Keystone

        03-26-2015

        Clay Today’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year is Keystone Heights senior midfielder Cory Hedding who has been a leading scorer for the Indians for the past two years with coach Trevor Waters.
        The backbone of Fleming Island’s strong attack comes ...
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        Hedding named Player of the Year

        03-26-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – After punching up 41 goals his junior year, Keystone Heights senior midfielder Cory Hedding answered his senior year with a seemingly sub-par performance of 24 goals, but Indians coach Trevor Waters ...
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        Blue Devils rolling into district play

        03-26-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – With a five-game win streak snapped by 6A-power Bartram Trail just before spring break, Clay High softball coach Matt Lewis looked forward to a little "R and R" for his girls before the final ...
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        Clay High softball

        03-26-2015

        District 4-5A Standings
        Clay 14-3-0, 3-0-0 Menendez 7-9-0, 4-0-0 Ponte Vedra 10-6-1 4-2-0 Palatka 3-14-0, 2-5-0 Ridgeview 3-12-0, 0-5-0 Feb. 3 15-0 W vs. OPHS Feb. 10 15-0 W vs. St. Augustine Feb. 12 5-0 W vs. Buchholz Feb. 13 1-0 L vs. Oakleaf Feb. 19 20-2 W vs. RHS Feb. 20 1-0 W vs. University Christian Feb. 25 7-2 W vs. Keystone Heights Feb. 26 17-2 W vs. Palatka Feb. 27 15-5 W vs. MHS March 5 5-0 L vs. OHS March 6 11-0 W vs. Bell March 6 13-5 W vs. Matanzas March 7 16-1 W vs. Oak Hall March 10 7-6 W vs. Ponte Vedra March 12 9-0 W vs. RHS March 17 4-3 L vs. Bartram Trail March 24 vs. ...
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        March Madness fever hits Jacksonville

        03-26-2015

        JACKSONVILLE – NCAA men’s basketball hit a fevered pitch in Jacksonville last week as the city hosted two days of regional college basketball at Veteran Memorial Arena.
        Wednesday saw round two action with probably the biggest upset of the ...
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        Eagles win three in Spring Break tourney

        03-26-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – After a 10-1 drubbing at the hands of 6A-Bartram Trail, Fleming Island High’s girls softball team made amends with themselves with a power-week of Spring Break action at Jupiter High School’s ...
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        Opinion

          How much is enough conservation land for Florida?

          03-26-2015

          By Bruce Ritchie
          Most mornings I walk my dog down to the neighborhood lakeside park. And in the evening I go there to jog while others go bicycling, walking and fishing. In 2000, my yard and the hundreds of homes surrounding it were pastureland ...
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          This Week

          03-26-2015

          10 Years Ago, 2005
          • The Board of County Commissioners discussed testing well water within a radius of the Sleepy Hollow and Knowles Road Borrow Pits in the wake of an illegal dumping scandal that rocked the county. • The Florida Elections Commission issued a ruling saying it found no probable cause in an August 2004 complaint alleging Clerk of Court James Jett had violated state elections laws. • The Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigated a road rage incident in Keystone Heights that led to the arrest of George Walter Schwab. Police charged Schwab with aggravated ...
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          Sarah knew news

          03-26-2015

          By Randy Lefko
          She was one of the icons of newsgathering in Clay County for quite a while and one that inspired me to stay at small newspapers in my career. Former dress shop owner and Clay County Leader newspaper owner Sarah Boe will be ...
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