Breaking News

    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

      Wiggins’ fight ‘matter of principle’

      09-11-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE – The 1st District Court of Appeal has denied a state agency’s request for a review of a circuit court case involving Clay County resident Joe Wiggins. In August 2011, while Wiggins was about to launch a ...
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      Property owners face hike

      09-11-2014

      Tentative millage rate 8.1010
      By Debra W. Buehn Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Commissioners Tuesday passed a tentative millage rate of 8.1010 for fiscal year 2014-15 that will increase taxes for property owners for the first time ...
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      Mom: School tried to ‘shame’ daughter

      09-11-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer OAKLEAF – Three days in to the new academic year, Oakleaf High School student Miranda Larkin never imagined that a skirt she wore to school would result in national media attention. The skirt – reaching about four ...
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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

        A new home for Joe

        09-11-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Joe Gainers served three tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded three Purple Hearts while serving with his National Guard Airborne unit. Now it’s time for the community to serve him. ...
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        School Board District 1 seat faces Nov. 4 runoff

        09-11-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – Although much of the focus of the November general election may seem to be about statewide races, such as governor, there are two Clay County School Board seats that will be decided in runoffs ...
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        Plant sale raises funds for demonstration gardens

        09-11-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Participants in the Florida Master Gardener program have taken the first steps to transform a swath of open land at the Clay County Extension office site into an outdoor teaching lab. ...
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        New millage rate passes 5-0

        09-11-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Residents in the Town of Orange Park will see a slight increase in property taxes after a recent vote by Town Council. In a special meeting Sept. 4, a new millage rate of 6.3-percent passed the ...
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        Military News

        09-11-2014

        Tsai completes U.S. Air Force training
        SAN ANTONIO – Air Force Airman Fuh Ren E. Tsai graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Tsai completed an intensive, eightweek program that ...
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        A new model for Clay County schools

        09-11-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer OAKLEAF – The Clay County School District is trying out a new teaching format at six elementary schools in hopes of expanding it district wide next year. Collective classrooms are a new approach where the ...
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        BJ’s Wholesale Club makes donation to area food bank

        09-11-2014

        JACKSONVILLE – In honor of the 30th anniversary of BJ’s Wholesale Club and Hunger Action Month in September, BJ’s clubs in South Florida donated $21,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. The funding – part of a $700,000 total donation from ...
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        Elks chip in for Camp Cadet

        09-11-2014

        GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Members of Elks Lodge No. 1892 came together Sept. 6 to raise $2,250 of the needed $25,000 to help 50 at-risk youth take part in a leadership program next summer. Camp Cadet board member and director Lt. Kim Robinson of the ...
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        In honor of a colleague

        09-11-2014

        ORANGE PARK – Members of the Orange Park Rotary club enjoyed dousing fellow member Ken Smallwood of Orange Park recently while raising $500 as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Members chipped in funds and poured cold water in honor of Brent ...
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        Building confidence one horse at a time

        09-11-2014

        By Gregory A. Phillips
        Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Emma Geiger is a typical teenage girl with one exception – for the last three years she has worked on her horse riding skills and competed in the 4-H sponsored horse riding events. It’s ...
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        Community

        09-11-2014

        Water and sewer rate hike in works
        MIDDLEBURG – Clay County residents may be facing higher prices for water and sewer disposal if a plan by a local utility is approved. The Clay County Utility Authority is proposing a 5.4 percent increase in ...
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        Send us your "Good Deeds"

        09-11-2014

        Is your school science club collecting canned goods for a local food pantry? Have you hit a new personal milestone in blood donations? 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. Whether it’s a presentation of a check or a car wash to help a nonprofit, we want to help you get the "atta’ boy or ...
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        SENIOR ACTIVITIES

        09-11-2014


        ELDER CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 7:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month (Jan.-October) at St. Giles Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 116 Foxridge Road, Orange Park. Free and open to the public. (904) 982-3030 •
        CLAY SENIOR ADVOCACY ...
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        Slugging it out in the garden

        09-11-2014

        slugging out this article, let me personally thank our Clay County residents for joining us at the inaugural plant sale fundraiser this past weekend. It was a great day of fun – we got to meet many county residents and help with info on great ...
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        1,000-plus TrophyCatch largemouth bass swim free

        09-11-2014

        TALLAHASSEE – Considered by many to be a once in a lifetime dream catch, more than 1,000 largemouth bass exceeding 8 pounds have been caught, documented and released in Florida in less than two years.
        "TrophyCatch has been exceptionally well-received by anglers, corporate partners, nonprofits and conservation agencies around the country that see this as an innovative win-win program," said Tom Champeau, director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. TrophyCatch is a partnership between the FWC, Federal Aid in ...
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        CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE:

        09-11-2014

        Meets Sept. 18 and Sept.
        25 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, 3rd Floor of the Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. The public is invited to attend. FIFTH QUARTER: Fleming Island ...
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        Faith Walk

        09-11-2014

        EXCUSES
        All kinds of excuses are given for not attending church worship services. There is a movement today that teaches against involvement with the organized churches. But all the reasons or excuses for not joining in corporate worship fail in ...
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        9/11 remembrance set for Green Cove Springs

        09-11-2014

        Remembrance will be observed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 17 Palmetto Ave.
        Clay County residents will gather at the Village Improvement Association building in Green Cove Springs today to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The remembrance, ...
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        Panthers, Patterson pound Broncos

        09-11-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – After a 200 yard seasonopener against Orange Park, Ridgeview High running back Qhahlin Patterson kept the throttle high against visiting Middleburg High Sept. 5 to lead the Panthers to a 42-21 non-district win. "Quahlin Patterson has been amazing in his first two outings," said Ridgeview High coach Charlie Libretto. "Its hard to believe he doesn’t have a firm D-1 offer yet." After Middleburg scored on a 42 yard Dan Justino field goal on their first offensive drive, Ridgeview sprinkled a mix of passes on the edges and runs up the middle by ...
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        Clay dominates second half to squash Bobcats

        09-11-2014

        Peters, Wilson: New backfield duo
        By Doug Deters Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The conditions were ripe for a letdown and, on the opening kickoff, 7A-Gainesville Buchholz exploded for a 93 yard touchdown score to punch the Clay High Blue ...
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        Offense

        09-11-2014

        Patterson took a short swing pass 62 yards to paydirt against Middleburg in 42-21 Panther win. Patterson also rushed for 85 yards and a second touchdown. Patterson rushed for 200 yards in week one against Orange Park. "When he puts his foot in the ...
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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

          Knights rout Raiders, hungry for more

          09-11-2014

          Oakleaf 34, Orange Park 0
          By Mike Zima Correspondent OAKLEAF – Oakleaf‘s athletic defense forced five turnovers, had five sacks and scored twice while shutting out host Orange Park 34-0 in a non-district game at a wet Hoyt B. Cotney Field Sept. ...
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          Falcons one away from league championship game

          09-11-2014

          Florida Falcons win 38-22
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor JACKSONVILLE – With a two touchdown catch performance from wideout Denzel Heck, the undefeated (12-0) Florida Falcons withstood a second half surge by the previously undefeated (12-1)East ...
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          Fleming Island boys throw gauntlet at Bob Hans XC

          09-11-2014

          FIHS Tinkey, RHS Tanner top Clay County finishers
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Fleming Island High’s Joseph Tinkey and Ridgeview High’s Amanda Tanner emerged as top area finishers at the rain-soaked Bob Hans Memorial Cross ...
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          Butterfly specialist Dimitry Willadson is a wave of power as

          09-11-2014

          Butterfly specialist Dimitry Willadson is a wave of power as he competes in the 50 butterfly as part of the 200 yard medley relay for Fleming Island.
          In the 4 x 50 yards relay, Fleming Island’s Rachel Lotze stretches out ahead of Creekside swimmer ...
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          Swim action at Fleming Island

          09-11-2014

          Clay Today Sports Editor Randy Lefko found some time to catch a dual match between Fleming Island High School and Creekside High Sept. 3 at Eagle Harbor.
          John Hutton emerges from a bubble of water in the 100 breaststroke. Breaststroke specialist ...
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          JaxSymphony season opener for Thrasher-Horne

          09-11-2014

          ORANGE PARK – As another season of entertainment gets rolling at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, the venue is pleased to host the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
          The Oct. 4 concert will be the symphony’s second consecutive ...
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          a hiddengem

          09-11-2014

          By Eric Cravey
          Managing Editor OAKLEAF – The studio in the back of Sergei Orgunov’s Oakleaf Plantation home is a mix of shapes, colors and thoughts. One on end, a large canvas tacked to a wall is carefully applied with house paint portraying ...
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          ‘When You Get There’ offers hope

          09-11-2014

          By Eric Cravey
          Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll admits she entered politics with a dash of naiveté. After all, aren’t people who run for office doing so for the greater good? In the 18 months since she left ...
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          Danzas PeruJax comes to Fleming Island Library

          09-11-2014

          FLEMING ISLAND – Members of Danzas PeruJax danced "Saya" from the mountains Sept. 3 at the main library, 1895 Town Center Blvd. Shown, from left, are Katherine Cavalie, Katherine Kim, Marlit Chozo and Patricia Millard, Danzas PeruJax ...
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          Authentic Florida landscapes

          09-11-2014

          I f it’s planted with Asian azaleas, crape myrtles and a flower sequence of impatiens, begonias, mums and pansies, then it could be most anywhere except the most northern parts of the country. Maybe it’s time for some of "The Real Florida" in ...
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          Opinion

            This Week

            09-11-2014

            10 Years Ago, 2004
            • As many as 102,485 Clay Electric Cooperative customers lost power due to outer bands of wind produced by Hurricane Frances as it ripped through Clay County. • Clay County emergency personnel dealt with setting up ...
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            Letters

            09-11-2014

            Reader concerned about water and sewer hike
            We just received a notification in the mail, signed by Tom Morris, Executive Director, Clay County Utility Authority, that a public hearing will be held on Sept. 15, 2014, to address a proposed 5.4 percent increase in the water, wastewater or reclaimed water service rates. The majority of the citizens of Clay County have not received a pay raise in more than 4 years-these being the lucky ones, since many of us have had our working hours reduced, and still others have altogether lost their jobs. Many of us are senior citizens on a fixed income. ...
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            Guest Column

            09-11-2014

            By Emil Knowles
            Each year parents send their children to school to receive a quality education. Parents expect the teachers to do their jobs in an ethical and professional manner. What should a parent do if they do not agree with the discipline, ...
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            Waste-to-Energy technology provides Florida a new option for electricity

            09-11-2014

            By Kevin Doyle
            Recently in Palm Beach County, community leaders gathered for a tour of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Park, including the country’s first waste-to-energy plant to be built since 1995. ...
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