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    Eagle Harbor developers get zoning amendment approved

    04-24-2014

    By Debra W. Buehn
    Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Still fighting the effects of tough economic times, representatives of The Crossings at Fleming Island – generally known as Eagle Harbor – got a vote of approval from the Clay County Commission Tuesday for a rezoning that will allow the developer to market its remaining property in a more flexible manner. The Commission voted 4-0 to approve the application from East West Partners, owners of Eagle Harbor, to basically rezone several parcels of land in a way that will expand their uses and make them more appealing to buyers. ...
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    Norman family healing with help from community

    04-24-2014

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing Editor CLAY HILL – In raising his three children, Doug Norman taught them to love each other, be thankful and help others in a time of need. He learned these time-honored tenets from his parents, Willard "Rabbit" and ...
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    Clay native dubbed ‘creator’ at OneSpark

    04-24-2014

    By Gregory A. Phillips
    Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – With a new infusion of cash, a native Clay County inventor is looking to expand his company that pairs businesses seeking new customers with folks who enjoy a good discount now and then. For 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

      Legal aid office relocates to courthouse

      04-24-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Having recently moved into its new office space inside the Clay County Courthouse, the local extension of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid continues to offer an array of services related to civil law. The agency offers representation on certain cases and is connected with a network of attorneys who work pro bono, based on the type of case and other criteria by which those needing assistance are screened. In other cases, the agency can offer advice on various matters of family law, bankruptcy, small claims and other matters that do not involve ...
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      Easter is for 4 legged "children" too

      04-24-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Most people, especially those with small children, think of Easter as a time for memories of chocolate eggs, Peeps, and a hoard of kids running during an Easter egg hunt. But that doesn’t mean ...
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      Economic Development Corp. coming soon

      04-24-2014

      New ED Corp. has come online officially, but should be fully running by month’s end
      By Gregory A. Phillips Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – Less than a month after the Clay County Board of Commissioners voted to sever ties with the Clay County ...
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      Big League Dreams not the only game in town

      04-24-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – While a California company sits on a $450,000 franchise fee paid to them by the Clay County Development Authority in December 2011 to build a multi-field baseball and softball complex with ...
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      Sheriff’s Office to auction horse

      04-24-2014

      PENNEY FARMS – Officials with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Clay County Animal Care and Control will team up today at 10 a.m. for a live auction. Queen, a five-year-old brown mare, will be sold to the highest bidder. The CCACC staff ...
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      This week

      04-24-2014

      2004, 10 Years Ago
      Sgt. Jonathan Hartman of Orange Park was killed in Iraq while riding in a convoy with the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division based in Friedberg, Germany. The Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas E. Vanover, 26, who was wanted for a hit-and-run crash in Jacksonville that killed a man on Roosevelt Boulevard. Middleburg resident Arwen Pritchett got a surprise visit from The Learning Channel’s popular reality makeover show, "While You Were Out." 1994, 20 Years Ago The Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested Keith Allen Stallings, 22, of ...
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      Communities In Schools fills needs for Clay kids

      04-24-2014

      By Gregory A. Phillips
      Staff Writer CLAY HILL – A unique program is helping Clay County elementary school children who may need that extra push academically, socially and intellectually stay in school with much-needed support along the way. Communities in Schools is there to help pick up the slack, so long as they are invited into the school system as well as into the individual schools. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. "We supply a wide variety of services. Behavior management, clothing, and even ...
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      School

      04-24-2014

      ORANGE PARK – A St. Johns Country Day School junior will reign the coming years as Miss St. Johns 2014.
      Christina Pardo was crowned April 12 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. This year’s pageant featured 17 students from grades 9-11 ...
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      Military Briefs

      04-24-2014

      Clay resident complete basic training
      SAN ANTONIO – Two Clay County residents recently completed basic training with the U.S. Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week ...
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      AFR Christian Karate Camp

      04-24-2014

      1045 Blanding Blvd., Suite 209, Orange Park, (904) 298-1745 June 9-Aug. 8, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. for Ages 5-14 This dynamic summer camp features the finest martial arts training in Northeast Florida.
      It features two classes a day, except for one ...
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      ‘Extreme Makeover’ in store for Animal Control

      04-24-2014

      PENNEY FARMS – Volunteers from various animal groups will come together tomorrow to conduct an ‘extreme makeover’ at Clay County Animal Care and Control near Penney Farms.
      Pit Stop Pit Bull Rescue Transport, Friends of Clay County Animals, Ana’s Angels, Plenty of Pit Bulls will converge at the center on Friday at 9 a.m. and work through Sunday until 4 p.m. They will be cleaning, landscaping, painting and decorating the facility located at 3984 State Road 16 West. The goal of the project is to make the center, which takes in stray and abandoned animals from all over Clay ...
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      Big changes happening at Middleburg First Assembly of God

      04-24-2014

      By Kelly J. Stigliano Correspondent
      MIDDLEBURG-Situated on a slight hill, just off County Road 215 Middleburg First Assembly of God is quickly becoming a home away from home for many. When Senior Pastor Ira Cloud became the church’s lead pastor ...
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      Faith Walk

      04-24-2014

      Our risen Lord appeared to His disciples numerous times after His resurrection. His purpose was to establish the testimony of His resurrection forever. The Bible expresses His resurrection as guaranteed by "many infallible proofs." These are the ...
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      Raise Southern flags in the spring garden

      04-24-2014

      When it comes to gardening, each of us has our own sense of expression. Some of us are subdued and formal, while others create a riot of sights, smells, and sounds in the garden. One man’s gnome may be another man’s nuisance, and even weeds ...
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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

        Green Cove Springs pounds Lakeside for county title

        04-24-2014

        By Doug Deters
        Correspondent MIDDLEBURG – Green Cove Springs Junior High pitcher Connor Soloman is best known around campus as a bit of a comedian. Always having a good time with a smile on his face. Championship game days are different; especially when your head coach chooses you to pitch the final game for all the marbles. He was unusually silent and focused all day in class according to head coach Dan Slater. The focus paid off as Green Cove Springs Junior High’s baseball team saved their best game for their last game, thrashing defending county champs Lakeside 9-0. Soloman would ...
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        Eighth inning blast lifts Lady Indians to epic win

        04-24-2014

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent OAKLEAF – It took an extra inning but Keystone Heights Junior High defeated Oakleaf Junior High 4-3 in the softball championship game for Clay County. It was an epic contest that saw both teams respond to the mounting pressure of the big stage. With two outs and Keystone Heights’ Savannah Channell standing at third after reaching base on an error to lead off the eighth inning, Makayla Smith took advantage of another Oakleaf error which kept the inning alive and brought home Channell for the game-winner. The run capped a wild final three innings ...
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        Denapoli’s hammer not enough for Lady Blue Devils

        04-24-2014

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Despite a tworun triple by Rachel Denapoli in the second inning, the Clay Lady Blue Devils finished runner-up in district 4-5A with a 6-2 loss to Ponte Vedra High School Thursday night in the ...
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        Sprint team fuels Ridgeview runner-up spot

        04-24-2014

        Oakleaf’s Archbold goes "yard" in triple jump
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor PONTE VEDRA BEACH – Ridgeview High’s sprint prowess for the boy’s track team; a 1-3-4 finish in the 100, a win in the 200 and a third in the 400 led the Panthers to a second place team finish at the District 4-3A track championship on Thursday at Nease High School. For the girls, Oakleaf High, with a surprise three-foot triple jump personal best, topped area team scores with a third place finish. Creekside won both team titles. Top four individuals advance to the region championships to be held Thur., April ...
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        FIHS’ Carter, Speer blast district 400 fields

        04-24-2014

        Motes in at 200; throwers dominate
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor MANDARIN – Fleming Island High’s Christina Carter, Haden Speer and Bryce Motes all won district track titles while throwers Angie Greene, Angel Alston and David May continued to ...
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        Golf scholarship a first for Oakleaf

        04-24-2014

        Oakleaf High senior Chris Faketty, a Clay County High School boy’s golf champion, became the first NCAA Division I golf scholarship for the Knights and celebrated with a signing ceremony Thursday afternoon. Faketty, shown sharing a funny golf ...
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        Broncos, Golden Eagles, Blue Devils in finals

        04-24-2014

        Panthers, Spartans, Knights, Raiders and Indians out
        District 2-6A: Middleburg 7, Columbia 3 Gainesville 8, Oakleaf 4 Middleburg 3, Orange Park 0 (Monday) Broncos’ senior pitcher Pearson Mc-Mahan blasted a two run triple in the first inning and a ...
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        Spartans’ Powers pack heading to state meet

        04-24-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – After a 1-2-3-4 sweep in both the girls and boys pole vaults and a sprint sweep by Cara Simpson, the St. Johns Country Day School track teams won both team titles at the district 4-1A track championships ...
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        Golden Eagles win semi, lose 1-0 in final

        04-24-2014

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent JACKSONVILLE – Fleming Island softball earned a dominant 5-0 win over Fletcher in the district 3-7A semifinals behind a shutout pitching effort from KK Leddy, but fell short 1-0 to Gainesville Buchholz (158) in the championship game on Thursday at Atlantic Coast High School. The runnerup Lady Golden Eagles will travel to Lake Howell High School of Winter Park, the district 4-7A champion, in the region 1-7A opener on Thurs., April 24. Lake Howell’s overall record is 17-10 and lost twice (2012, 2013) in the Region 1-7A final to Tallahassee Chiles. ...
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        FIHS softball signee

        04-24-2014

        Fleming Island High’s Taylor Steczo rounds second base in game action for Lady Golden Eagles who travel to Lake Howell on Thurs., April 24 for the region 1-7A playoff opener. Steczo, a third baseman, recently signed a college scholarship to play ...
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        ESYFL season heads to playoffs in a week

        04-24-2014

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        2 3 4 5 6 7 The Fleming Island AA Hawks, an 8-on-8 tackle football squad coached by Kevin Bull, Donnie Nichols and Dane Coussens kept their unbeaten season (5-0) going with one game remaining in regular season play with a 36-0 drubbing of ...
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        Opinion

          Letter to

          04-24-2014

          Reader grateful to have found Penney Retirement Community
          Last August, my husband and I were fortunate to find the perfect landing place for our golden years. Both of us have had lots of opportunities in our professional lives to appreciate the important role of volunteers. Little did we know when we arrived that Penney Retirement Community has raised the bar for volunteerism. Imagine, in 2013, the 500 resident volunteers logged 125,000 hours in service for local and international impact! It’s so stimulating to see many of our 100 residents driving golf carts to get to more than ...
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          Guest Column Share the road with a motorcyclist

          04-24-2014

          by Greg Marshall
          As the weather warms into spring, more and more motorcycles will be seen on our roads as their riders enjoy the smells, sights, and sounds our beautiful state has to offer. Unfortunately, with that increase in motorcycles will ...
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