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    Superintendent ballot issue approved

    07-24-2014

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Clay County voters will have a chance in November to determine whether the school district should appoint or elect its school superintendent following a measure approved at last week’s school ...
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    Tax hike discussions become real

    07-24-2014

    By Debra W. Buehn
    Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – For the first time in years, Clay County commissioners paved the way for a potential property tax hike, approving a tentative maximum property tax rate of 8.4583 mills for the 2014-2015 fiscal ...
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    Boy Scouts on a ‘quest’

    07-24-2014

    Floating classroom heads down the St. Johns River
    By Gregory A. Phillips Staff Writer ON DOCTORS LAKE – On a serene morning with fish jumping out of the water and a cool breeze sliding across their faces, seven teens set out for a weeklong ...
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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

      07-24-2014

      Former Union Army developers annoyed their neighbors in Clay County With the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction, locals thought they were rid of the Union Army but, like bad bacon, they came back.
      Now, not all the former soldiers retuning ...
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      Military News

      07-24-2014

      Montalvo completes basic training
      GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Navy Seaman Recruit Matthew L. Montalvo, son of Kevin M. and Zaida I. Montalvo of Orange Park, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. ...
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      Tour gives officials a peek behind the curtain

      07-24-2014

      By Hugh Osteen
      Staff Writer CAMP BLANDING – Many Clay County residents know Camp Blanding is a military base, but many do not the encampment is also a place of opportunity. Camp Blanding recently opened its doors to a select group of about 25 ...
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      Voter registration deadline draws near

      07-24-2014

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The deadline for voters to register to vote or change political party affiliation for the 2014 Primary Election is Monday, July 28, 2014.
      Voters must be registered to vote in order to cast a ballot in the Primary Election to be held on August 26. Voter registration applications will be accepted at the Supervisor of Elections office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 500 North Orange Ave. in Green Cove Springs. Applications are available at the Supervisor of Elections office, all public libraries, many governmental agencies, post offices and ...
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      Tortoise torture case under law enforcement scrutiny

      07-24-2014

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor ORANGE PARK – More than 4,300 people have weighed in urging state officials to give two Orange Park teens the highest punishment possible in light of a recent gopher tortoise torture incident here in Clay County. ...
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      CCSO reviewed for re-accreditation

      07-24-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Law enforcement officials from across Florida converged on Green Cove Springs this week as part of a review to determine if the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is using the industry’s ...
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      Town mayors memorialized after months of research

      07-24-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Working as a history detective, Orange Park Town Clerk Sarah Campbell travelled more than 340 miles and searched through dusty volumes from bygone eras to fulfill a task she had been given by her ...
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      Auction planned for horses Lucky and Biscuit

      07-24-2014

      PENNEY FARMS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an auction – to the highest cash bidder – on July 24 at 10 a.m. Two horses, a male named Lucky and a female named Biscuit will be available to the public during the event. The ...
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      Community

      07-24-2014

      Oakleaf and Argyle residents have access to new Early Voting site
      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Residents in Clay County’s fastest-growing area will have access to an Early Voting site this election season. Chris Chambless, Clay County Supervisor of Elections, announced his office will open its sixth early voting site in Clay County at the Eagle Landing Resident’s Club. The site will be available for early voting during the 2014 Primary and General elections. "We, as a society, are becoming increasingly hurried. Early voting is about convenience. The appeal of early voting is the ease ...
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      Court Clerk earns ‘New Clerk’ certification

      07-24-2014

      TALLAHASSEE – Tara Green, Clay County Circuit Court Clerk, has reached a milestone in her short career in office.
      Elected in November 2012, Green recently completed 240 hours of initial training to earn the prestigious New Clerk certification. Clerks are required to complete 240 hours of training for the initial certification and 36 additional hours per year to maintain their certification. "This training was an invaluable process in preparing me for the duties I perform each day as Clerk," Green said. "The Clerk’s job spans a wide range of duties, each area bringing its own ...
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      Vote for "Nimbus" and his forever family

      07-24-2014

      PENNEY FARMS – A Clay County furry friend that was recently adopted by a family is in the running to help the Clay County Animal Care and Control shelter win $5,000. The family that recently adopted Nimbus emailed their photo to the $100K Rachel ...
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      CCIM to hear The John Gorrie story on July 30

      07-24-2014

      JACKSONVILLE – Clay County busi- ness leaders involved in the contracting and construction industry are invited by the CCIM Florida North District Chapter to learn about the adaptive reuse project that transformed John Gorrie Middle School into The John Gorrie, a condominium project in the Riverside area of Jacksonville.
      James Sutton of Gordons Castle LLC, a general contractor that worked on the renovation project will be the guest speaker. The free program is sponsored by CertusBank and the CCIM Florida North District Chapter. Space is limited, RSVP is required. The CCIM chapter ...
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      Contest seeks songwriters who are inspired by the St. Johns River

      07-24-2014

      JACKSONVILLE – Aspiring songwriters who love the St. Johns River have a chance to show their talents in an upcoming songwriting contest. However, the deadline is coming up soon.
      The Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull Songwriting Contest is expanding to offer a songwriting category specific to the St. Johns River. The Jacksonville Songwriter Residency and Safe at Home Productions are partnering with St. Johns Riverkeeper to honor the legacy of Gram Parsons and the St. Johns through original songs that have been inspired by the ecology and environmental issues associated with the river. ...
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      Band rehearsals begin in August

      07-24-2014

      ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Community Band will resume rehearsals for its upcoming season on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the band room of Lakeside Jr. High on Moody Avenue in Orange Park.
      After Aug. 5, the band will rehearse weekly except holidays. All adults who play traditional band instruments are welcome, without audition. One of the shows that "Clay County’s official band" is preparing for is its April 18 show at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. This show will mark the band’s second time performing solo on the THCA main stage and will include popular hits, classic ...
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      ‘Fishing Day’ helps kids explore the great outdoors

      07-24-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Nine-year-old Jayden Benjamin stands on the edge of Clarke Park pond, rears back and practices casting with his new fishing rod. Benjamin was one of 25 youth who recently took part in Kids ...
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      School

      07-24-2014

      Rich completes nursing degree
      AUGUSTA, Ga. – A Clay County native recently graduated from Georgia’s premier medical university. Mallory P. Rich graduated in May from Georgia Regents University – formerly the Medical College of Georgia – ...
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      SJR State accepting applications for corrections officer program

      07-24-2014

      PALATKA – St. Johns River State College is accepting applications for its corrections officer program.
      Day classes begin Sept. 11 on the St. Augustine campus. Applicants should apply early due to special admission requirements. According to Allen Cole, SJR State’s director of criminal justice training, beginning a career in criminal justice as a correctional officer is an ideal way to gain the kind of experience law enforcement agencies are seeking in their applicants. In less than four months, cadets can be on their way to a career that provides a challenging work environment, ...
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      SJR State accepts Governor’s $10K degree challenge

      07-24-2014

      PALATKA, Fla. –St. Johns River State College will offer two baccalaureate degrees this fall in support of the governor’s higher education affordability challenge.
      The bachelor of science in early childhood education and the bachelor of applied science in organizational management will be offered as part of Gov. Rick Scott’s "$10,000 Degree Challenge." While community and state colleges typically have lower tuition rates that allow students to obtain their degrees at nearly half the costs of attending public and private universities, SJR State President Joe Pickens said the ...
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      Sitler graduates from Miami University

      07-24-2014

      OXFORD, Ohio – Steven Sitler of Fleming Island was among students from Miami University who received degrees during spring commencement exercises held May 17 in Yager Stadium.
      Miami University is a public university located in southwestern Ohio offering 120 degree programs in humanities, science, engineering, business, education and fine arts. Students with more than one listing have earned additional degrees or honors.
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      Help FWC collect red snapper data

      07-24-2014

      TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking anglers to help gather important information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. The recreational red snapper season in Atlantic federal waters beyond three ...
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      Helping the YMCA and feeding the needy

      07-24-2014

      FLEMING ISLAND – The Barco-Newton Family YMCA on Fleming Island is going to be able to boost its youth swimming program thanks to a $1,000 grant from Winn Dixie. Store general manager Steve Brim, right, presented a mock check to Y Director Willie ...
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      Walgreens hosts bake sale for Haven Hospice

      07-24-2014

      ORANGE PARK – Employees at the Walgreens store at the corner of Blanding Boulevard and Constitution Drive recently raised $240 for Haven Hospice. The funds came from donations collected on June 28 during a bake sale that, along with tra- ditional ...
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      Clay County unemployment rate edges upward

      07-24-2014

      TALLAHASSE – New data from the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity shows Clay County’s unemployment rate edging upward.
      The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reports that the June 2014 unemployment rate in Clay County was 5.5 percent. The county had a labor force of 101,783 workers, while 96,146 residents were unemployed. The 5.5 percent mark was an upward tick from recent months. For example, in April, the jobless rate in Clay County came in at 4.9 percent, a mark that reflected a downward shift from March’s rate of 5.6 percent. When comparing the June ...
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      County, union enter contract negotiations

      07-24-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Collective bargaining negotiations come with a mental image of union reps and management in a smoke filled room yelling at each other about what is fair. That may be true for the 1930s or in movies, however times have changed and a more civil approach is adopted these days. Negotiations have a natural ebb and flow to them. They will be going along smoothly for a while and then comes the heat. In negotiations July 17 between Clay County and members of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union representing 90 ...
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      (904) 282-9444

      07-24-2014

      or
      353-5770. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP: 5:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month, Life Care Center of Orange Park, 2145 Kingsley Ave. (904 272-2424. CAREGIVER AND ALZHEIMBERS SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m., every third Tuesday of the month, Orange Park Senior
      Center, 414 Stowe Avenue. Call Susie at (904) 269-4731. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP: 7 – 8:30p.m. Wednesdays, Quigley House. (904) 284-0340. CHURCH ACTIVITIES CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSOCIATION (CMA), meets 10 a.m. every fourth Saturday of the month at Watson Realty, Blanding Blvd., (second floor, south of OP Mall). For
      more ...
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      SINGLES 55+ BIBLE STUDY:

      07-24-2014

      of the month at the Country Club of Orange Park. Free Child care provided. RSVP required; call (904) 705-1074; cost, $15.50 per lunch.
      8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Hibernia Baptist Church, 7100 U.S 17, Fleming Island. Fellowship of Christians Uniting Singles (FOCUS). Call the church at (904) 529-8944 or Sondra at 377-8522 for details. IMPACT CLAY COMMUNITY PRAYER MEETING: noon, second Thursday of every month at Journey Church, 797 Blanding Blvd., or online at www.impactlcay.org. (904) 483-6881 BIBLE STUDY: 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Hilton Garden Inn, Park Avenue, Orange Park. The Source ...
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      unsighted persons are welcome. For further rinformation call Paul at 904-388-1192 or Dan a 904-264-4612.

      07-24-2014

      AA SOUL SURVIVORS GROUP MEETING: 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Asbury United Methodist Church,16 College Drive, Orange Park. Call Mark D. at (904) 699-2708 for details.
      ELDER CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 7:30 p.m., fourth Thursday of the month, January through October, at St. Giles Presbyterian Fellowshp Hall, 116 Foxridge Road, Orange Park. Meetings open to the public. Call (904) 982-3030 BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: 7 p.m., second Monday of the month at St. Giles Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 116 Fox Ridge Road, Orange Park. (904) 272-1244. OASIS 12 STEP SUPPORT GROUP: 10 ...
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      Oh no, mosquito?

      07-24-2014

      Along with the mild temperatures and plant-sustaining rainfall that make our state so lush and green comes the risk of mosquito pests.
      We’re all familiar with the low whine at the ear followed by-ouch! You may have heard a lot of news in the last ...
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      2,200 guests turn out for Winn Dixie grand re-opening

      07-24-2014

      FLEMING ISLAND – Approximately 2,200 guests turned out last week for the Fleming Island Winn Dixie store’s re-modeling celebration and re-opening. The event drew residents and business and community leaders interested in seeing the new store ...
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      Faith Walk

      07-24-2014

      PICKING AND CHOOSING
      I just came home from grocery shopping. It is my choice to do most of the shopping because when I go to the grocery store, I will actually shop for the items we need. My wife "buys," I "shop." When I buy groceries, I want ...
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      Monday, July 28

      07-24-2014

      VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: July 28Aug. 2, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brick Yard Rd., Middleburg, offers VBS nightly at 7 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. Study God’s Word and a meal, Youth Rally Aug 1 and special guest Gospel recording artist Jonathan Valencia. FREE and open to the public, (904) 272-5100.
      BIBLE SCHOOL: Christian Faith Center, 4021 Everett Ave., Middleburg, if offering "Truth Snoopers" as the theme to its Vacation Bible School, July 28 to August 1 daily from 9 a.m. to noon. Register at (904) 291-1235.
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      Thursday, July 24

      07-24-2014

      EXCEL 2: Fleming Island Branch Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., July 24, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn data management, simple formulas and functions.
      UNTAPPED: Sample craft beer paired with local food, July 24, 5 to 8 p.m., Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Dr., campus of St. Johns River State College. $10 includes event entry, food and craft beer samples. Register or become sponsor, (904) 264-2651.
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      Tuesday, July 29

      07-24-2014

      ELDER SOURCE: Holds its board of directors meeting, July 29, 10688 Old St.
      Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, on July 29 at 11 a.m. Info at (904) 391-6613. BEGINNING GENEALOGY CLASS: Part 2 of 2, July 29, 10 a.m.-Noon, Computer Lab, Fleming Island Main Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd. Begin your research using Ancestry Library Edition. Bring your Ancestral Group Sheet, your Family Group Sheet, and a Flash Drive to save your work.
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      Moore and Jones ready to step up

      07-24-2014

      Galloway: New start in Seattle
      MACON, Ga. – Josh Moore, the former comeback kid for Ridgeview High; Jake Jones, the clutch pass-catching gamesaver for Middleburg High, and Mitchell Galloway, the speedy, elusive gamebreaker for Ridgeview High via ...
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      Perry hits paydirt three times

      07-24-2014

      By Randy Lefko
      Sports Editor SUMMERVILLE, SC. – Former Clay High running back Rodney Perry took the opening kickoff 85 yards paydirt to fuel a 59-42 Gulf Coast Division win over the South Carolina Bulls Saturday night in South Carolina to push ...
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      Tennis4Cancer

      07-24-2014

      Fleming Island’s Julie Stofan blasts a deep forehand in Tennis4Cancer action at the Eagle Harbor Complex June 27-29. The fourth annual Tennis4Cancer Men’s & Women’s Doubles Championships was a huge success last month with 287 players ...
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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

        MARSH EARNS NJCAA ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

        07-24-2014

        The Santa Fe Saints Fastpitch Softball team was well represented on the academic teams recently announced by the NJCAA and the FCSAA with Fastpitch softball player Erin Marsh led the way earning the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award as two ...
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        Bates returns to Flagler as prime defender

        07-24-2014

        By Barbara Boxleitner
        Special to Clay Today ST. AUGUSTINE – Taryn Bates is one of the experienced defenders returning to the Flagler College women’s soccer team. The junior out of Ridgeview High School played in 16 of 18 games last year. Only ...
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        Opinion

          Letter

          07-24-2014

          Reader finds irony in story with Public Defender
          Oh, the irony of local Public Defender Matt Shirk’s picture accompanying an article on "Second chances." Most everyone in Jacksonville knows Shirk is under investigation for hiring – and not long after, firing – two female employees of Whisky River Night Club and Restaurant; for alleged inappropriate text messages with one of the women; for drinking alcohol in the Public Defender’s office with one or both women; for allegedly deleting electronic records regarding his wife’s entry into the Public Defender’s offices, and more. ...
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          A vision for prosperity

          07-24-2014

          By Eric Cravey
          When folks ask me where I grew up, the conversation often leads to me explaining the difficulties one would face living there today. In a nonrecession year, the unemployment rate in Telfair County, Ga. can be as high as 8 percent, ...
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          Community help is needed to reduce child deaths

          07-24-2014

          By David Abramowitz
          The Florida Department of Children and Families is committed to reducing child deaths. This is an achievable goal, but we can’t reach it alone. To make progress, we need the community’s help and we need it now. DCF ...
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