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    Stand-Off Over in Orange Park

    Eric Cravey 02-23-2015

    After hours of searching and then several more hours of negotiating, an armed suspect sought by the Clay County Sheriff's Office shot and killed himself about 30 minutes ago inside a vacant home in Orange Park at 212 Neptune Rd, according to Mary Justino, public information officer for the CCSO. Aaron C. Shene, 21, of Clay County is deceased and his next-of-kin have been notified about his death by our detectives.The incident began overnight shortly before midnight at a home located at 375 Aries Drive. CCSOreceived a call that a female was falsely imprisoned by a male suspect known to ...
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    Front Page

      A day of competition, catching up Family Day allows alums to share, shine

      02-26-2015

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor CAMP BLANDING – Entering his senior year at Keystone Heights High School, Jonathan Crump was five credits behind and had his spirit beaten down from being bullied because of his weight. "I went to school to get ...
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      Roads, pets top BCC agenda

      02-26-2015

      By Debra W. Buehn
      Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County residents driving back and forth to work have the second longest average commute in the state and more than half of them drive out of the county for gainful employment. And if that isn’t enough, the county is facing a projected cost of more than $250 million over the next several years to fund priority projects that would help update the county’s transportation infrastructure. That was the word the Board of County Commissioners heard at its regular meeting Feb. 24 from a "Transportation Infrastructure Funding Study" ...
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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

        Commissioners hope to cast a vision for county

        02-26-2015

        Visioning Workshop slated for Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m., Thrasher-Horne Conference Center
        By Debra W. Buehn Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County commissioners are hoping the "Visioning Workshop" they are staging on Saturday will help them ...
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        This Week

        02-26-2015

        5 Years Ago, 2010
        • Jared Harrell, a person of interest in the abduction and slaying of little Somer Thompson arrived at the Clay County Jail where he made his first court appearance on child pornography charges. • A Clay County jury deliberated less than two hours deciding the fate of Michael Renard Jackson of Jacksonville. He was convicted of killing Andrea Boyer in the pre-work hours at the Wells Road Veterinary Clinic. • State and county officials celebrated the grand opening of Mocassin Slough Park just off U.S. Highway 17 on Fleming Island. The $4.3 million park cost the ...
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        Taking Ash Wednesday to the streets

        02-26-2015

        GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Alan Swaim was one of about 40 residents who received ashes during the Feb. 18 "Ashes to Go" event carried out by The Rev. Celeste Tisdelle of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Green Cove Springs. Tisdelle took the sacred ...
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        Grandparents raising grandchildren a growing trend

        02-26-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Before Michael Morris entered kindergarten, his family was torn apart. Unfortunately, that was a good thing. His biological father was abusive toward him and his mother, so Morris’s mom moved out of the ...
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        Celebrating 132 years of service

        02-26-2015

        GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clara Freeman, Susan Bonura and Helen Stephens listen in while Mayor Felecia Hampshire reads a proclamation honoring the Village Improvement Association for celebrating its 132nd year of service to the community. The first ...
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        Florida 35th in fat ranking

        02-26-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE – Though 34 states are more overweight than Florida, according to the state health department, 64 percent of Florida adults are considered overweight or obese and most of those are expected to cluster at the ...
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        Clay County child mortality rate nearly doubles in 2014

        02-26-2015

        By Weston Williams
        Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE – According to data collected by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the child mortality rate in Clay County rose by 75 percent between the years 2013 and 2014. While the majority of the ...
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        Seven Clay County Child Fatalities in 2014

        02-26-2015

        The following is a glimpse at the remaining six child fatalities of 2014:
        Feb. 24, 2014 17-year-old committed suicide. April 16, 2014 11-month-old found unresponsive in her crib, positioned on her side. No evidence of trauma. April 29, 2014 A three-year-old sustained significant injuries while in the care of his mother’s paramour and was subsequently pronounced dead. June 10, 2014 A 10-week-old was pronounced dead after he reportedly suffered a head injury when he rolled off the couch and onto a tiled floor two days prior to his death. June 11, 2014 An 11-week-old sustained lethal ...
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        Community

        02-26-2015

        Boy Scout collecting items for Quigley House
        FLEMING ISLAND – A Fleming Island teen who is working toward his Eagle Scout rank with the Boy Scouts of America is asking the community to pitch in for area children. Calling the project "Comfort Things on Eagles’Wings," Jeremy Tracy is collecting items for children who end up taking refuge at Quigley House, the local shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Often, when victims of domestic violence enter the shelter they bring their children with them and arrive with only the shirts on their backs. Tracy is collecting ...
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        Prepping for Railroad Festival & History Day

        02-26-2015

        GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Mayor Felecia Hampshire, right, reads a City Council proclamation naming March 7 Railroad Festival and History Day in Green Cove Springs. Organized and sponsored by the Clay County Historical Society, the festival runs from 10 ...
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        Send us your"Good Deeds"

        02-26-2015

        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 club donate money to a worthy cause? If you answered yes, tell us abou it.
        Be sure to provide the correctly spelled names of each person in your photo and make sure your photo is about 1 megabyte to ensure quality printing. Email them to Eric Cravey, Managing Editor at eric@opcfla.com.
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        Team building on a global scale

        02-26-2015

        By Weston Williams
        Staff Writer LAKE ASBURY – In a cafeteria no larger than a beauty parlor, at a school that represents Earth’s cultures on a globe, the entire world of women recently came together. Through the examples and representations ...
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        School

        02-26-2015

        Two Clay students earn Dean’s List honors in New England
        NEWARK, Del. – Two Clay County college students have earned the honor of Dean’s List designation. Craig Brodsky of Orange Park and Jalen Kindle of Fleming Island were named to the ...
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        How to prepare for the big one – 15K

        02-26-2015

        Should you ever beware of the finish line? The finish line is an event completed and goal accomplished, not something to "beware of." Yet better than crossing the finish line is the hard work and effort into making that goal happen. The real ...
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        Counselors aid kids in times of trauma

        02-26-2015

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – When situations force officials to remove a child from their parents’ home, trauma can take over childrens’ lives. Entering the child’s home along with law enforcement, Department of Children and ...
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        Faith Walk

        02-26-2015

        I have a pair of shoes that I just cannot bring myself to discard although I have worn them for years. They have been resoled more than one time. I have put on new heels several times. I keep them because they are comfortable and I like the ...
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        Clay Today wants your small business news

        02-26-2015

        Studies show that about 76 percent of all of the businesses in the U.S. are small businesses and Clay County is no different from that statistic.
        With that said, the staff at Clay Today wants to improve its small business section. And we cannot do that without you. Whether your business has expanded in size, added new staff, hired a new team member, bought another company or landed a lucrative contract, we want to hear from you. The only catch is you be based in Clay County, or live in Clay County. So, if your business is in Jacksonville, but you live here, you qualify. Send us your ...
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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

          Devils gear up for another wrestling district title

          02-26-2015

          May regionals could be tricky By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay High’s wrestling team has steamrolled through most of its schedule with a combination of depth and point-scoring prowess and a recent glitch on the radar, a ...
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          Golden Eagles to see familiar faces at districts

          02-26-2015

          Sampsel’s 120s: Class of the region
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Fleming Island High’s 120 pound wrestling stalwart, Xaiver Sampsel, is in the mix of one of the toughest district to region lineups as wrestling post-season ...
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          Davis top draw for district, region titles

          02-26-2015

          District 3-2A Wrestling: OPHS defending champions
          MHS McClinton one to watch By Randy Lefko Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High’s 182 pound wrestler Jason Davis has his mind and body in great position for a strong run into the next two weeks of ...
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          Thoughts about coaching baseball

          02-26-2015

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Former Clay High baseball standout John Sgromolo has about a dozen games under his belt as the new head coach for the Ridgeview High Panthers. So what are the three things that were "eye-openers" for ...
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          Myers, Krueger win River Day 8K

          02-26-2015

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Bright sun, cool temperatures and nearly 600 athletes graced the grounds of Grace Episcopal School Feb. 21 for the Second Annual River Day 8K/5K road races. Orange Park dentist Gary Myers got his ...
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          Oakleaf, Fleming Island duke it out at Don Hall event

          02-26-2015

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Oakleaf High School’s track athletes packed a big punch of track action at the annual Don Hall Invitational Friday night at Orange Park High School with transfer miler David Hall popping off a ...
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          Golden Eagles: 9-0 start, 71-1 scoring

          02-26-2015

          By Anthony Richards
          Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND-The wins continue to pile up for Fleming Island High softball as the Lady Golden Eagles battled rainy weather to defeat county-rival Middleburg 3-0 and remain undefeated through the first nine games ...
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          Dressel family makes name in college swimming

          02-26-2015

          NCAA Swim Championships March 26-28, Iowa City
          Courtesy: Seminoles.com ATLANTA – On the final night of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center held Feb. 21, the Florida State women’s swimming and ...
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          Love pushes Siena College swim to fifth

          02-26-2015

          Shannon Love is an FIHS alum
          Special to Clay Today ORANGE PARK – The Siena Swimming and Diving team finished the 2015 MAAC Championships fifth, one spot higher than they were projected to finish in the preseason poll. Seniors Shannon Love and ...
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          Area lifters revving up for 2015 titles

          02-26-2015

          Area boys weightlifters are near their middle of the season runs in anticipation of a strong post season. Defending Class 1A state champion Keystone Heights, with Steven Beverly, left, a fourth place finisher for the Indians in 2014, pumping up ...
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          Inaugural Clay County Cup Champions Crowned

          02-26-2015

          OAKLEAF – The Oakleaf Knights are the first-ever St. Vincent’s Clay County Cup champions.
          The Knights won the Cup after continuing a strong season with a 28-14 victory over Fletcher in November. The team won 12 games, more than any other team ...
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          Opinion

            Letter

            02-26-2015

            The Board of County Commissioners has been grappling with an issue for almost a year and half. Back in late 2013, the county attorney brought up a constitutional concern about the current ordinance banning sexually oriented businesses.
            It eventually led to an outside attorney being invited to share his approach. Attorney Michael Kahn stated that a number of court cases have ruled that bans against sexually oriented businesses violate First Amendment rights. He warned that Clay is at risk of being challenged in the same way and on April 8, 2014, offered his 3-ordinance plan. Soon after ...
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            Will it work in Clay County?

            02-26-2015

            Clay County needs a leader.
            More specifically, as Andre Van Heerden would put it, "We need a champion." For about five years, Andre – vice president at Mercy Support Services – began travelling to the campus of Lake-Sumter State College in ...
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            Ain’t no sunshine: Make our legislators clean the mud off Florida government ‘transparency’

            02-26-2015

            By Daniel Tilson
            So we’ve got this Sunshine Law in Florida. It’s supposed to be all about "open" government decision-making and freedom of information, including unrestricted access to public records. As many of us now know more than ever ...
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