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    Mentor program lifts students to success

    05-21-2015

    By Weston Williams
    Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – A group of high school seniors stood underneath an arch of balloons, they themselves ready to float to incredible heights – filled with four years of mentorship, guidance and financial support. ...
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    Navy accused of dumping into river

    05-21-2015

    By Mike Ford
    Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When ships left the former Lee Field Naval Air Station in the early 1960s, one local historian says Navy personnel were under orders to throw supplies, such as silverware and other items into the St. ...
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      CORRECTION

      Eric Cravey 05-22-2015

      In a police brief that appears in today's edition of Clay Today, there is an error. The brief headlined "Keystone Heights woman killed in crash," should have stated that witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol that Mattison R. Thomas, 21, was eastbound on County Road 214 near Casa Grande Boulevard about 4:45 p.m. on May 19 driving a Toyota Tacoma when she tried to pass a GMC Sierra heading in the opposite direction. Witnesses said Thomas crossed the center line and struck the Sierra head-on causing severe injuries and trauma to its driver, Branden T. Waters, 26, of Melrose. We regret the ...
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      Business

        Utilities ready for population boom

        05-21-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – From new housing developments to added businesses and jobs, the First Coast Expressway is anticipated to cause a massive population boom in Clay County once finished. Areas not inhabited now are going to be replaced with houses, retail outlets and more, a reality that has electricity and water providers getting ready. Though in the preliminary stages, the Clay County Utility Authority and Clay Electric Cooperative are in the conceptual design stages and are prepared for the boom, but are playing things by ear right now. Residential and ...
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        Aldi brings new spin on low-cost shopping

        05-21-2015

        By Eric Cravey
        Managing Editor MIDDLEBURG – Armed with only a postcard he’d gotten in the mail and cursory knowledge he’d read, Jesse Tanner set out Tuesday hoping to find something different at Clay County’s newest grocery store. At ...
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        Metro Diner to open Orange Park location

        05-21-2015

        By Weston Williams
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – The Clay County restaurant scene is rolling out its red carpet for a national superstar. The highly anticipated opening of the Orange Park location of the hit restaurant Metro Diner, famous for its ...
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        Community

          No city funds for Rotary fireworks liability insurance

          05-21-2015

          By Greg Walsh
          Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A new Fourth of July event planned by The Rotary Club of Orange Park slated for Reynolds Industrial Park may have hit a snag over liability insurance. At their May 19 meeting, Green Cove Springs ...
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          Friends come together to support Clay parks

          05-21-2015

          By Mike Ford
          Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – With continually-shifting fiscal priorities on the part of government since the Great Recession, some local departments find themselves underfunded. As a result, Clay County Parks and Recreation, for ...
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          Military museum offers something for everyone

          05-21-2015

          By Jesse Hollett
          Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The smell of cigar smoke smothers the tents in the field as they sizzle in the sun. The loud "shing" of a great wooly man brandishing his brass foil splits the air as he points the tip upward, ...
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          Military

          05-21-2015

          Sanders completes U.S. Air Force training
          SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Austin K. Saunders recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Saunders completed ...
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          FWC encourages people to boat safely

          05-21-2015

          TALLAHASSEE – Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week, from May 16-22. The week is a time for boaters to focus on simple, effective steps that make boating safer. These include paying close attention while operating a vessel and wearing a life jacket on the water. According to the recently released Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 2014 Boating Accident Statistical Report, there were 634 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 73 fatalities.
          "Many of these ...
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          Farm Share to distribute food to needy

          05-21-2015

          MIDDLEBURG – Clay County families in need will be provided seasonal fresh produce and shelf-stable goods, on a first come, first served basis, free of charge at an event this weekend.
          Farm Share has teamed up with Madeira Baptist Church, 1650 Blanding Blvd., north of Middleburg to distribute the food at the church on May 23 from 9 a.m.-noon. Farm Share works with Florida farmers to prevent food waste and distribute healthy food, including fruit, vegetables, milk, bread and juices, to those who need it most. Last year, more than 26.4 million pounds of food was made available to ...
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          Fire Rescue to ‘Fill the Boot’ for MDA

          05-21-2015

          ORANGE PARK – Members of the Clay County Fire Rescue Local No. 3362, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the fire fighters’ annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Clay County area.
          Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other related life-threatening diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe. More than 180 members of the Clay County Fire Rescue will fan out across the county with boots in hand for this year’s drive May ...
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          Haven Hospice recognizes Orange Park volunteers

          05-21-2015

          ORANGE PARK – Haven Hospice recently honored its Orange Park service area volunteers for pitching in during the past year. A retired forest ranger for St. Johns County, Cora Clements was named Volunteer of the Year for serving on Haven’s ...
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          Group looks to dry tears after loss of child

          05-21-2015

          By Mike Ford
          Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Shannon Rector’s third pregnancy was highrisk. The baby girl forming in her belly succumbed to a genetic condition that brought about heart problems and 30 weeks into the pregnancy, the baby’s ...
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          Faith Walk

          05-21-2015

          God says that He honors His word above His name. He actually says in Psalms 138:2 that His promises are backed by all the honor of His name. That is a lofty standard and it shows the value that the Lord puts on the integrity of His word.
          I do ...
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          School

          05-21-2015

          ABAC recognizes students for academic excellence
          TIFTON, Ga. – A Clay County student has been honored for academic performance for spring semester. Kayla Goodwin of Green Cove Springs made the Dean’s List at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural ...
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          Kicking cancer one ‘walk’ at a time

          05-21-2015

          By Jesse Hollett
          Correspondent OAKLEAF – Barbara Potters will never forget the night she learned her daughter had cancer. "She came in my room crying one night, and we just prayed," Potters said, fresh from her first lap on the track at Oakleaf ...
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          Rite of passage also teaches clean fun

          05-21-2015

          By Eric Cravey
          Managing Editor STARKE, Fla. – The Charley E. Johns Conference Center in Starke was recently transformed into a disco hall as students, faculty members and staff from the Florida Youth Challenge Academy took part in the Class No. ...
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          Do you know a‘master’?

          05-21-2015

          Here at UF/IFAS Extension, we love to help you nd solutions for your life. That means bringing you classes, workshops and other timely information to help you learn more about all sorts of topics.
          Have you ever looked up a topic or looked for an ...
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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

            Libretto happy with ‘attack’ mode

            05-21-2015

            By Randy Lefko
            Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Ridgeview High linebacker Jennings Jackson likes his two new partners; James Libretto and Mozart Louis-Charles, and the trio made quite the impact at the Panther football scrimmage on Friday at Panther ...
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            Wildcats 12, Bradford 0

            05-21-2015

            Orange Park Junior High defender Sean Dixon had two interceptions and a fumble recovery plus a 40 yard touchdown pass play in Wildcats 12-0 win over Bradford County.
            Orange Park Junior High wideout Alex Collier heads for a touchdown off a 40 yard ...
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            Wes Whiddon scholarship recipients

            05-21-2015

            Members of the Wes Whiddon Scholarship Fund stand with 2015 recipients of the Wes Whiddon Scholarship $1,042 award; Joseph Cummings, Fleming Island basketball guard; Megan Hanlin, OPHS volleyball; Monica Kendall, OPHS track; Neal Mars, Fleming ...
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            Seven selected to be All-State

            05-21-2015

            Area athletes selected by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches/Source Hoops garnered All State honors for their play during the 2014-15 winter sports seasons for soccer and basketball included, ...
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            Runners hit Eagle 5K to benefit Fleming Island High track

            05-21-2015

            Runners take off from start of the Fleming Island High School Eagles 5K May 16 staged near Fleming Island High School. Proceeds benefited the Golden Eagle track and cross country teams. Overall winners were Noah Kemp, 18, a senior at St. Augustine ...
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            Keystone Heights in new two-district region

            05-21-2015

            By Randy Lefko
            Sports Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – For years, Keystone Heights football has been clumped into one of the more populated districts in the area with teams scattered all through north Florida from Umatilla to Villages to South Sumter and Mount Dora. "Odds are that Santa Fe, dropping from 5A, will be the challenge of the district," said Indians coach Chuck Dickinson. "Our outlook is the same as always; stay healthy and hit hard." Santa Fe has two winning seasons; 7-3, 6-4 for the past two seasons. The Raiders finished tied at 3-3 in district 5-5A with three teams behind annual ...
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            Remembering Coach Don Hall

            05-21-2015

            May 10, 1925-May 17, 2015
            Coach Hall is a legend. He’s done it all. Fought for our country, went to the Olympics, continued competing for as long as he possibly could. But what I think he enjoyed most was coaching. And I know I enjoyed being ...
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            Nine new starters spark Clay defense

            05-21-2015

            By Anthony Richards
            Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Defense took center stage for the Clay High Blue Devils during an intrasquad scrimmage held Friday in Green Cove Springs that was open to the public in which the defense defeated the offense ...
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            Sellinger era over, Carter in

            05-21-2015

            By Randy Lefko
            Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Departed quarterback Billy Sellinger left a blueprint for success in the hands of the St. Johns Country Day School football locker rooms and senior Zach Carter appears to be the guy who read the manual ...
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            Fleming Island High School athlete Ariel Villegas, center, shows off

            05-21-2015

            Fleming Island High School athlete Ariel Villegas, center, shows off her Piedmont College t-shirt as she and a collection of friends, family and coaches join her at the Clay Today home office to watch as she signs an athletic scholarship to play ...
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            Opinion

              This Week

              05-21-2015

              5 Years Ago, 2010
              • Four Clay County students won writing awards in the PBS Kids Go! Contest sponsored by WJCT television in Jacksonville. Ciara Miller and Amie Garner, Clay Hill Elementary students, won first and second place, respectively, while Princess Johnson of Enterprise Learning Academy won third place and Alexander Skigen of St. Johns Country Day School was named honorable mention. • Members of the Clay County Charter Review Commission became embroiled in internal conflict when Durwood Smith, a member of the government watchdog group Citizens for Term Limits and ...
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              Add House-Senate meltdown to ill effects of Florida’s term limits

              05-21-2015

              By Martin Dyckman
              Confronted with a particularly mean Legislature that was accomplishing nothing good, Florida’s governor knew one reason why. "Remarks have been made, ‘What do we care? We won’t be around,’" he said. That was the late ...
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              Guest Column

              05-21-2015

              By Emil Knowles
              Children love to celebrate and have fun. Memorial Day sales, a day off from school or work – this is what children notice. They don’t always understand the meaning or the reasons of the celebrations or holidays unless parents ...
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