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    $2.2M doesn’t replace son who died in Clay Jail

    11-20-2014

    By Eric Cravey and Mike Ford
    JACKSONVILLE – A year after the family of an Orange Park man filed a federal lawsuit, a settlement has been reached awarding the family $2.2 million. On March 12, 2013, Daniel Linsinbigler Jr., 19, had pepper spray thrust into his face and a hood placed over his head. Then, he was tied up in a restraint chair at the Clay County Jail. According to a lawsuit that has been settled, Linsinbigler continued to be pepper sprayed and was Tasered before being found dead. The man’s estate filed suit and has been awarded $2.2 from page 1 million in a settlement, ...
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    School Board votes to roll back reforms

    11-20-2014

    Accepts school board attorney resignation
    By Eric Cravey Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – A two-year-old quest to end the employment of the Clay County School Board attorney came to a head Tuesday night during the reorganization meeting of the ...
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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

      Vet honors fellow veterans with proper burial

      11-20-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – When Mike DelPizzo retired from the United States Air Force, he thought his military service was over. Things were as calm and peaceful as could be until one morning when he and his wife were enjoying a cup ...
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      Early morning traffic accident ends in fatality

      11-20-2014

      ORANGE PARK – The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a Jacksonville man died in a two-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning in Orange Park.
      Eddy Silario Deguzman, 57, was driving a 2004 Nissan two-door sedan when, police said, he suffered an unknown medical condition and his car rolled into the back of another vehicle near the intersection of Wells Road and Blanding Boulevard. FHP did not say which direction the two vehicle were traveling on Nov. 19. The crash occurred at 6:40 a.m. FHP said Deguzman’s Nissan struck a 2013 Dodge Durango driven by John William Anthony, 47, of ...
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      Send us your "Good Deeds"

      11-20-2014

      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 hy- pothetical questions above, Clay Today would like to hear from you. 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 atta’ girl" your group deserves. If you have a moment, write a brief description of what your club or company did. Email your Good Deeds to Eric Cravey, ...
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      Salvation Army raises money, awareness

      11-20-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Soup and bread may be the only meal some people get on any given day. To cultivate sensitivity to the issue of hunger and poverty, area students made bowls in art class that were used to raise money so those ...
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      Orange Park High grad serves with a Navy Maritime Patrol Squadron

      11-20-2014

      JACKSONVILLE – A 2007 Orange Park High is serving with Patrol Squadron Sixteen, also known as the "War Eagles."
      Ensign Michael Speicher is an intelligence officer with VP-16, a Jacksonvillebased squadron that operates the Navy’s ...
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      Military Briefs

      11-20-2014

      Blumhagen completes basic training
      SAN ANTONIO – Air Force Airman Caymon A. Blumhagen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Blumhagen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Blumhagen is the son of Adrian Blumhagen of Orange Park and ...
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      Clay weathers tornado-like damage

      11-20-2014

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A line of intense storm activity gave Clay County residents a scare this week.
      A tornado formed Monday just north of Clay County in the Jacksonville Heights area and was tracked moving east at 55 mile per hour. The storm system brought winds high enough to bring down some trees and power lines, knocking power out to 10,000 Clay County homes and businesses. By Tuesday morning, there were only 23 Clay Electric Cooperative members without service. Clay County Deputy Emergency Management Director John Ward said a small number of structures were damaged from trees ...
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      Cooling Days Can Bring Large Patch

      11-20-2014

      Weather wise, our days are still wavering between warm & cold, and between wet & dry. This time of year, as long as temps in the 80s are thereabouts, our Zoysia and St. Augustine lawns are typically free from fungal problems. However, once ...
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      SJR State College honor society inducts 38 members

      11-20-2014

      ORANGE PARK – The St. Johns River State College Phi Theta Kappa honor society recently welcomed 38 new members into its ranks. The new members lit candles and recited their oath in front of family and friends at the Thrasher-Horne Conference ...
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      claytodayonline.com

      11-20-2014

      Everything is Better with Bacon
      Bacon…hmmmmm…yummm….Bacon. I think this is response most people give when you say bacon. Bacon is delicious. There I said it. It may not be a particularly healthy food, but I suspect it is the secret ...
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      Bacon and Onion Dip

      11-20-2014

      8 slices of bacon, chopped
      1 large onion, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon sugar 2 cups 2% plain Greek yogurt or sour cream 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper ½ teaspoon cumin powder ¼ teaspoon ...
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      Graham retires after 24 years on school board

      11-20-2014

      FLEMING ISLAND – Supporters and former colleagues of retiring Clay County School Board Member Lisa Graham turned out Nov. 6 to celebrate Graham’s years of service. Graham, who announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election, will be ...
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      ONGOING EVENTS:

      11-20-2014

      Meets Nov. 20 at 7 p.m in the Barco-Newton YMCA Conference Center on Town Center Boulevard on Fleming Island.
      Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm, Fleming Island Public Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd. Join us as we continue our reading "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Meeting monthly to read one of Shakespeare’s plays aloud, round robin style. Free Admission. No experience necessary. Everyone welcome. Come to read, or come to listen. Some copies available, or free downloads. More info at roundrobinshakespeare.com Orange Park Library hosts a FREE "Frozen" children’s program on Nov. 22 at 10:30 ...
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      Churches ‘take care of community’

      11-20-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – He had denied Christ three times. After the Resurrection, the Apostle Peter was challenged by The Lord three times with questions regarding how much Peter loved Christ. With each response, Christ commanded ...
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      Advent

      11-20-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – Diamond rings. Cars with big red bows on the roof. Toys and every other product under the sun. As soon as All Saints Day rolled around Nov. 1, marketers began bombarding televisions with their Christmas ...
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      Faith Walk

      11-20-2014

      Mercy
      How many times have you heard someone say, "Give me what I deserve." It makes me think of the adage "Be careful what you ask for because you may get it." The last thing most of us should be asking for is to be given what we deserve. The ...
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      Meth costs communities thousands

      11-20-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – The annual number of Clay County methamphetamine labs have been in the low single digits in recent years but shows signs of steadily increasing. According to records from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, ...
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      Warning signs

      11-20-2014

      The warning signs of a meth lab include a strong odor from solvents that are pungent, sour or vinegar-like. There will be increased activity, especially at night, and windows will be covered with some kind of plastic or tin foil. There will be ...
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      Obituaries

      11-20-2014

      Rev. Jack Emerson Morris
      The Rev. Jack Emerson Morris, age 93, died on his birthday, 11/11/14 at Haven Hospice in Orange Park, FL. He had been a resident of Penney Retirement Community in Penney Farms, FL. The eldest son of Charles Alfred ...
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      Lewis field goal wins playoff opener

      11-20-2014

      Nick Roberts: 2INTs, game-saving tackle Shaq Quarterman gets smashing hit at goal line
      By Randy Lefko Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High junior kicker Xavier Lewis knocked down a 23 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Wekiva High ...
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      Clay readies for round two with blowout of Westside

      11-20-2014

      Turner & Wilson: 300+ Yds, 5TDS
      By Anthony Richards Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Speed was on display from both sides of the ball as Clay cruised to a 46-6 victory over Westside and opened another journey toward a possible state title in ...
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      Broncos inches away from state final

      11-20-2014

      By Randy Lefko
      Sports Editor KISSIMMEE-Statistically, the Middleburg High volleyball girls played about as close as expected with the highly-touted, twotime defending Class 6A champion Ocala Vanguard Knights with the kills totals 45 for Vanguard ...
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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

        Fletcher vs. Oakleaf part II

        11-20-2014

        Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor OAKLEAF – In game one, an Oct. 31 28-7 Oakleaf win, Fletcher struck first with an offensive drive that featured quick strike passes right down the field and a final touchdown plunge after a disastrous fumble that the ...
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        Same game, different teams

        11-20-2014

        Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay High and Bishop Kenny met about year ago today and put together the highest scoring playoff game in the history of Florida with the Blue Devils holding on to a 74-73 win en route to their Class ...
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        CHS’ Dressel gets two gold, Mahaffey one

        11-20-2014

        Special to Clay Today
        STUART, Fla. – Clay High’s boys and girls swim teams with a combined 12 athletes, came home with three gold medals; two by Sherridon Dressel and one by Dakota Mahaffey after competing at the Class 2A Swimming and Diving ...
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        Early athletic scholarships

        11-20-2014

        Four area athletes signed scholarships to continue their sports in colleges as part of the early signing days with, No. 1., Clay High basketball standout Kara McKissack, seated center between parents, Bart and Jodi McKissack with, standing, Clay ...
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        Knights rumble over Golden Eagles

        11-20-2014

        Bryant: 17 Pts, 2-3s, 3 dunks
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High sophomore power forward Jonathan Bryant showed off a much-improved, much smoother game with 17 points to lead the Knights to a 5951 win Tuesday night over rival ...
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        Raiders zapped by Mandarin

        11-20-2014

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent ORANGE PARK – The season opener for Orange Park High in boys basketball did not live up to the expectations of first-year head coach Derek Kurnitsky and the rest of the Raider faithful that were on hand to watch ...
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        Area youth football sends two to national tournament

        11-20-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Two massive blowouts by the Clay BEARS 10-Unders and the Oakleaf Knights 12-Unders youth football teams highlighted a day of championships at Ridgeview High School on Saturday as teams battled for titles ...
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        Florida Striders Hog Jog 5K

        11-20-2014

        5K Results
        Overall Male 1. Andrew Merritt, 18, Oviedo 18:28 2.AldrenBiala,15,Jax 19;02 3.JustinEast,20,GCs 19:38 Overall Female 1.ReginaSooey,43,Jax 21:49 2.TracyDawson,45,GCS 24:11 3.ChristinaVaughn,33,OP 24:13 Master’s Men 1.RandyArend,54,OP 21:12 Master’s Women 2.AnnetteShannon,45,FI 26:00 Male 4-10 1. Alex Bendig, 10, FI, 20:23; 2. Matthew Stratton, 10, OP, 23:02; 3. Andrew Hamm, 10, Ponte Vedra, 24:56 Female 4-10 1. Grace Adams, 10, FI, 27:47; 2. Avi Stevens, 10, Jax, 28:34; Syvia Tomlinson, 10, OP, 28:55 Male 11-13 1. Kyle Shannon, 11, FI, 25:39; 2. Owen Darfler, 11, FI, 25:46; ...
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        Middleburg’s Corbin Simcox, No. 114, stays ahead of the "Masked runner" midway through the Hog Jog 5K.

        11-20-2014

        Hog Jog 5K runners take off at the start of the Nov. 16 event held at Ronnie Van Zant Park in Lake Asbury, led by Luke Bybee, No. 162. Bybee finished third in the male 11-13 age group with a 26:19 time behind Kyle Shannon of Fleming Island and Owen ...
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        Opinion

          Letters

          11-20-2014

          Here we go again
          The BCC is still out more than $400,000 for monies not returned from Californiabased big League Dreams and will probably receive it when the Hunch Back of Notre Dame straightens up and now that have come up with another plan to blow away $20 million originally created for road and infrastructure projects. These projects, even if approved, in the final stages, never, ever come in under budget, and will therefore, absorb the $4 million to be set aside for road improvements. The BCC has put off road improvements so long that Count Road 209 will have to be torn up and ...
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          From

          11-20-2014

          A four-and-a-half year-old boy watches in amazement as a man holds his older sister’s hand.
          The man reaches down and introduces himself to the boy. "I’ve heard a lot about you," the man said as he shook the boy’s hand. A couple years ...
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          Did voters envision sewage plants when they voted for Amendment 1?

          11-20-2014

          By Bruce Ritchie
          Pipes vs. parks. Could that become the focus of debate over Amendment 1, the conservation lands amendment approved by 75 percent of voters on Nov. 4? Amendment 1 would dedicate more than $10 billion during the next 20 years ...
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