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    Wilder murder trial opens

    10-30-2014

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The trial of a man accused of rst degree murder during a meth lab raid in February 2012 is a picture of contrasts. Defense attorney Ann Finnell – appointed by the courts to represent Ryan ...
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    BCC tables adult entertainment ordinances

    10-30-2014

    By Debra W. Buehn
    Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After another marathon meeting lled with emotional pleas from Clay Countians to either table or do away with a trio of ordinances designed to deal with adult entertainment businesses, the Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to continue discussion, debate and research on the items for up to six more months. Commissioners voted 4-1 to table the proposed ordinances and come up with an action plan concerning adult entertainment business regulations, with a decision to be made by April 30, 2015. Commission Chairman Wendell ...
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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

      10-30-2014

      She’s a lady with a glorious, glittering golden past. She languishes inconspicuously on the St. Johns River, tethered to a pier at Green Cove Springs’ Clay County Port in the Reynolds Industrial Park.
      She was christened the Arctic Ranger and ...
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      Factions influence District 1 school board race

      10-30-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – With controversy swirling around the Clay County School board, two open seats will be decided in next Tuesday’s election. In the District One race, Janice Kerekes is seeking re-election after serving ...
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      Clay freshman tours skies above Jacksonville

      10-30-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer JACKSONVILLE – Like a roller coaster ride without a track, one local teen got the thrill of his life last week by taking a ride in a plane like some of those used by the U.S. Navy. Mason Dobrenen, 14, skipped his Clay ...
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      Military News

      10-30-2014

      Wilcox completes basic training
      SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Air Force Airman 1st Class Summer R. Wilcox graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Wilcox completed an intensive, eightweek program ...
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      Oakleaf students welcome Holocaust survivor

      10-30-2014

      By Mike Ford
      The Oakleaf OAKLEAF – Bob Fischer smiled as he looked upward from the Knighthood Hall atrium at Oakleaf High School where he was recently greeted by strands of handcrafted paper chains representing the estimated 11 million lives ...
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      Patterson

      10-30-2014

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      Dingmon Brittany Nicole Dingmon and David Edward Patterson, both of Middleburg, were married Saturday, October 18th,at 5:30 pm at the farm of Mickey and Leslie Hall, Rivers Road, Green Cove Springs. Brittany is the daughter of Barry and Michelle ...
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      OHS’ FCCLA medals in national competition

      10-30-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff writer OAKLEAF – As the times evolve so has one extracurricular club for high school students. What once was called the Future Home Makers of America is now Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, a change that ...
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      Oakleaf students get ahead on teacher training

      10-30-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff writer OAKLEAF – In any given career field, one may have a strong sense of suitability that lifts one’s work beyond being a mere job to being a vocation or calling. For Oakleaf students contemplating a vocation working with ...
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      Fleming Island High student named ‘All-American’

      10-30-2014

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Usually assemblies in the gymnasium at Fleming Island High are filled with cheers and reverie, not shouts of love. However, that was the case last Friday. Students from the 175-member Fleming ...
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      Community News

      10-30-2014

      Charity hosts fundraiser for its scholarship program
      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – One of Clay County’s oldest-running nonprofit organizations is hosting a fundraising event for its annual high school scholarship program. The Village Improvement Association is taking pre-orders for smoked pork butts to raise funds for seniors at Clay High who go on to seek higher education. Butts are $25 each and weigh eight pounds each. They can be delivered or picked up at the VIA headquarters at 17 North Palmetto Ave. in Green Cove Springs. For more information, contact Ruth Lee at (904) 284-3541 ...
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      Clay County Schools at ‘tipping point’

      10-30-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When Clay voters go to the polls Tuesday, one education leadership expert said it’s important to understand the Clay County School District has grown to the point where it must have the best-qualified person at the helm. Every district needs a leader experienced at implementing state curriculum standards, handling complex funding formulas, managing unionized employees, a budget of more than $300 million and more. When a district is small, it can get by in a halfhazard manner, but Clay is past that point, according to Luke Cornelius, who ...
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      Thankful for the nails

      10-30-2014

      Have you ever met people who thrive through helping others? For some folks, generosity with their time and knowledge comes naturally.
      These individuals support others in ways that help everyone better realize their full potential and make their ...
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      Quigley House honors a donor

      10-30-2014

      ORANGE PARK – Steve Conrad, Director of Fundraising for Quigley House presented Parallon Orange Park Shared Service Center with the 2014 Gold Star Award for Excellent Community Support for their contributions to Quigley House, which have surpassed ...
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      Veteran gets wish

      10-30-2014

      ORANGE PARK – Vietnam Veteran James Hall’s last wish to hear and see Harley Davidson motorcycles one more time was recently fulfilled at the Haven Hospice Custead Care Center in Orange Park. His daughter Danielle Davis coordinated the gathering, ...
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      YARD SALE:

      10-30-2014

      St. Luke Catholic Church’s Youth Group is raising funds for mission trips, retreats and service projects; Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.
      to 3 p.m., 1606 Blanding Blvd., rental booths are $20 each to sell your wares. Info, (904) 282-0439 or email ...
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      LadyBroncosbomb ‘Canes for 2-6A title

      10-30-2014

      Clay loses to Ponte Vedra in 4-5A
      By Randy Lefko Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – Middleburg High’s girl’s volleyball team looked to be recovered fully from a season-ending gauntlet of tough games against some of the state’s best teams of 2014 with a three-game district 2-6A championship win over Gainesville High Thursday night at Middleburg High School. Middleburg was the defending 2-6A champion. In a second district championship game with an area team, Clay High (13-7) lost 3-1 to district 4-5A champion Ponte Vedra High School. "The tough schedule was designed to get the girls ready ...
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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

        Blue Devils pound Palatka for title

        10-30-2014

        By Doug Deters
        Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay High’s offense used all of about 90 seconds to set the tone of Friday’s district 4-5A title showdown with Palatka with sophomore running back Colin Wilson hauling in a 56 yard scoring ...
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        Soccer Action: Girl’s season opens

        10-30-2014

        Clay beats MHS 7-2 | Matanzas beats RHS 4-0
        STAFF PHOTOS BY RANDY LEFKO Ridgeview High midfielder Isabella Calalang-Boyer battles for loose ball in Panthers 4-0 loss to Matanzas in season opener on Monday. At Clay High School, below, Middleburg ...
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        OHS Kennon, FIHS Hackett, Hutton win district swim titles

        10-30-2014

        Regions: Thurs, Oct. 30 Panama City Beach
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor JACKSONVILLE – Fleming Island High freshman Nick Hackett won convincingly in the 200 freestyle with teammate John Hutton blasting the 200 individual medley to lead the Golden ...
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        Lakeside girls win flag football title

        10-30-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Lakeside Junior High’s flag football team scored the first 26 points of the game en route to a 26-6 win over Wilkinson Junior High to win the Clay County Junior High Flag Football Championship ...
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        Fleming Island Eagles fall to Atlantic Coast

        10-30-2014

        Playoff hopes dashed
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND-With a hint of a playoff spot on the line, the Fleming Island High football team lost 38-7 to district 3-7A rival Atlantic Coast Friday night at Fleming Island High School. The loss, ...
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        Raiders get second win in a row

        10-30-2014

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent JACKSONVILLE – Times are changing for the Orange Park Raiders football program. After losing the first six games to start the season, the Raiders have appeared to have righted the ship and have set sail on a ...
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        McColl holds off Dos Santos for Black Creek 5K win

        10-30-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – Middleburg resident John McColl held off a charging Paulo Dos Santos, a Middleburg High School cross country standout, in the final 100 yards to take the top finisher at the annual Black Creek 5km held ...
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        Broncos golf at states

        10-30-2014

        Middleburg High golfer Kayla Smith will be first-ever Bronco golfer to advance to the Class 2A state tournament on Oct. 28-29 at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. Smith will be joined by the Fleming Island district and region ...
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        Broncos lassoed by Commanders

        10-30-2014

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent MIDDLEBURG – On a night when Middleburg High School honored the few seniors that had given so much, it was also evident from the start how many more of those players were needed if the Broncos were to avoid a ...
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        Fingertip miss

        10-30-2014

        Lake Asbury Junior High wide receiver Kevin Littles tries to gather in pass on fingertips with Wildcat defender Umar Young watching.
        Run machineLake Asbury running back J.R. Colllins was the main focus of the Tiger offense with a 15-play scoring ...
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        Wildcat break

        10-30-2014

        Orange Park High running back Diallo Bryant leans toward Lake Asbury defender Marcus Dixon to try and get around corner for Wildcat gain.
        Tiger defenseLake Asbury defensive tackle Joseph Losey, holds on to shirt tail of Orange Park running back ...
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        Spartans win big for Homecoming

        10-30-2014

        Van Dyke: 187 Yds, 2TDs, 5 Catches
        By Dennis Bergin Correspondent ORANGE PARK – Friday night was Homecoming, senior night and the TV game of the week at St. John’s Country Day, so it would have be understandable if the Spartans were ...
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        Opinion

          Van Zant write-in candidate takes issue with ‘shenanigans’

          10-30-2014

          A very uninformed writer, inferred that Charlie Van Zant, our Superintendent of Schools ‘cheated’ or in some way stole the election in 2012, then in the next breathe he states that CVZ, exploited a loophole in the law. Which is it? Did CVZ steal the election or did he follow the law? To say that he cheated is to disparage our Supervisor of Elections, Chris Chambless and his staff.
          Clay has been blessed with the finest Supervisor of Elections in the state and possibly the entire Country. Anyone familiar with Chris and his staff know that they would not let anything that even resembles ...
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          Make a Difference – Vote.

          10-30-2014

          The state of political discourse in the nation, the state, and the county is unfortunate. Instead of an open, honest exchange of political ideas, public debate has devolved into immature name calling, and mean-spirited accusations. Whatever happened to agreeing to disagree? When did civil, intelligent discussion about differences of opinion turn into questioning someone’s integrity or intelligence?
          I had lunch with four friends the other day and we dared to talk about the upcoming election. We discussed several issues, and none of us knew where the others stood before we started. At ...
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          Letters To The Editor Policy

          10-30-2014

          Clay Today welcomes readers to send letters to the editor on topics of common interest to Clay County.
          • Letters should be no more than 600 words and should include the writer’s name and town they live in. • Clay Today reserves the right to edit letters for grammar, content and length. Submit your Letter Email: to eric@opcfla.com Mail: Eric Cravey, Editor Clay Today, 3513 U.S. Hwy. 17 Fleming Island, Fla. 32003
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          Teachers support Appointed Superintendent

          10-30-2014

          Please allow me the opportunity to express our Position on the "Appointed" vs "Elected" Superintendent.
          I am a 37 year certified teacher and guidance counselor in the State of Florida. I am also the proud president of the Clay County Education Association, the union, that represents the almost 2800 instructional staff of the district of Clay County. This issue really breaks down to this: Do you want and expect the person who drives your child to school to be a professional driver? Of course, you do! Do you expect the person who cooks and serves your child at school to be a trained ...
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          If not when, on appointed superintendent

          10-30-2014

          We want exceptional schools for our children. It is common sense that any plan to transform Clay County into an exceptional school district must be led by a professional and experienced Superintendent of Schools.
          In order to obtain that level of success we must appoint a Superintendent. The search and interview process is going to cost a little money but it is worth it if we want our children to receive an exceptional education. People in Clay County love their schools and want them to be the best. I believe the voters will approve this school item but the reality of politics is this ...
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          Real Question, cont’d

          10-30-2014

          chised in Clay County would not be making this assertion if their party was able to put forth electable candidates.
          Does the evidence support the assertion that an appointed superintendent with a high level of academic qualifications, experience in education and who has been chosen on a competitive basis outside of the political system, provide for a better outcome in district performance? The state of Florida has 67 counties. Of the 25 districts with appointed superintendents, 14 superintendents hold a doctorate degree and of those 14, only two are A districts, four are B districts and ...
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