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    Food pantry in crisis

    11-27-2014

    By Mike Ford
    Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The food pantry here tends to stock kitchen staples such as rice, potatoes, soups and other non-perishables. Some of these items are donated but the pantry does a lot of purchasing so it can make ...
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    Another dog abused in Clay

    11-27-2014

    By Mike Ford
    Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – When Jonathan Mc-Carthy went away and left his roommate, Dalton Lance Potts, 22, to take care of his dog Arielle, he had no idea Potts would beat the dog with a cord and force her to go hungry. The ...
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    Orange Park pest inspector facing new grand theft charges

    11-27-2014

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing Editor ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park man currently awaiting a jury trial on charges he stole approximately $155,000 in jewelry now faces charges of doing the same thing in neighboring St. Johns County. Officers with 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

      Clay County Memories

      11-27-2014

      Pinning down the history of what is today the traditional Thanksgiving celebration in Clay County is hard to do.
      In fact, the rest of the country is shaky on this too. It wasn’t until 1863 that Pres. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the final ...
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      School marks seniors’ becoming adults

      11-27-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – With a heavy dose of patriotism and a dash of religion, St. Johns Country Day School recently honored its Class of 2015’s entrance into the adult world. Senior Presentations took place during a program ...
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      And the winner is….

      11-27-2014

      ORANGE PARK – Members of the Roadhouse Warriors raised more money than any other team for October’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by raising $10,328. Two of its team members, Amanda Fredrickson and Joe Guthrie raised $4,501 and $1,372, ...
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      Club helps needy kids thrive on weekends

      11-27-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Some kids in Clay County are having better weekends throughout the school year thanks to an innovative program that helps students who come from homes with food insecurity. Every Friday, the ...
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      Drug abuse

      11-27-2014

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor ORANGE PARK – Faced with physical and verbal abuse from her father, Kelly Romano turned to marijuana as a teenager to try to hide the pain. At age 14 or 15, she began using illegal drugs, but can’t remember ...
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      Calendar Of Events

      11-27-2014

      BUDGET, PERSONNEL & POLICY COMMITTEE: Meets Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in the BCC Meeting Room, Fourth Floor, Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. The meeting is open to the public.
      CLAY CO. DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: Meets Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, 3rd Floor of the Clay Co. Admin Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. The meeting is open to the public O LITTLE TOWN: A Bethlehem experience for the entire family, Dec. 5 & 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orange Park United Methodist Church Youth ...
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      Thanksgiving Acrostic Poems

      11-27-2014

      Mrs. Heidi Vidak’s Fourth Grade Class
      Thunderbolt Elementary School Fleming Island By Arthur Zanoelo Thanksgiving with my family is a very Honorable occasion. All about my friends come with Neat clothes, pants and shoes Kids run around with a ...
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      By Ayden Overman

      11-27-2014

      Thanksgiving is always at my Grandma or aunt’s house with all of my relatives. This Holiday is always exciting because all of my Aunts teach me how to cook and make the golden turkey or the creamy mashed potatoes. Sometimes I’m
      Nervous that I’ll mess up on the family’s secret recipes. My family is Kind and encourages me not to give up. So I listen to them and keep cooking the delicious food, and it turns out Good every time! I always stop to go see what my cousins are doing, and if I’m missing out on the fun, but they are usually playing Very rough. So, I just go back to ...
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      I am most thankful for the Pilgrims and the Native Americans

      11-27-2014

      A compilation of stories, acrostics and essays from second grade students from R.M. Paterson Elementary on Fleming Island.
      By Alexandra Eadens Thanksgiving is next week. I am thankful for so many things. First I am thankful for my family. They care ...
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      No Turkey for Thanksgiving

      11-27-2014

      By Laird
      I want pizza for Thanksgiving because it is my favorite and there is a bunch of ways you can eat it. Pizza has more taste than turkey and you can eat it any time and any where. You can eat it when you are at the movie theatre. Instead of ...
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      Thanksgiving

      11-27-2014

      By Andrew
      My Thanksgiving tradition is we usually have turkey, pumpkin, beets, hot chocolate with whipped cream, ham and after we eat we put up our Christmas decorations and the we just relax. It takes a long to get the tree up and the lights on ...
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      My favorite Thanksgiving Tradition

      11-27-2014

      By Brooke Baley
      My tradition is to have a huge feast in my dining room. When My Mom is cooking, I go with my cousins Aiden and Garel and my sister and my Dad. We all play football. All the other guests are inside watching TV. They are watching ...
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      By Derek Fagan

      11-27-2014

      " Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays," I say as we pull up to my grandmas House. When we get to the door, she tells me that all of the kids Are playing Bingo in the lving room. I Nearly tripped over my grandparents’ dog. I Kindly tell the dog, " Sorry," and went on to play Bingo with the other kids. I walked in and they were Giving out the pink Bingo chips. Then when we were In the middle of a game, my mom came in and Very enthusiastically said, "Dinner’s ready!" So we went Into the dining room and sat down.
      Next thing I knew, the adults were bringing out trays of food. It ...
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      The first Thanksgiving

      11-27-2014

      By Ruby Sod
      A long, long time ago in England there were Pilgrims and a bossy king. The Pilgrims did not liked to be bossed by the king. So the Pilgrims left England to find a new home to live and be free. The ride was rough and many people died ...
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      Thanks Acrostic

      11-27-2014

      by Mrs. Teresa Perez’s Second Grade Class
      R.M. Paterson Elementary School By Sophia Zhao T Turkey is delicious H Harvest time is here A All friends and families come to visit too. N Native Americans are kind of like Indians. K Keep a Thanksgiving ...
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      Getting heart healthy with the Jaguars

      11-27-2014

      DOCTORS INLET – Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Aaron Colvin, left, and running back Jordan Todman recently teamed up with the American Heart Association and its mascot "Thumper" to educate students at Doctors Inlet Elementary School about ...
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      Toys for Tots drive underway

      11-27-2014

      ORANGE PARK – The 2014 Toys for Tots Toy Drive is in full swing with collection boxes recently set up in more than 90 county businesses and offices in Clay County. The Gen. Roy S. Geiger Clay County Marine Corps League Detachment manages the ...
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      Faith Walk

      11-27-2014

      PRAISE THE LORD
      Everyone knows this. We should praise the Lord and thank Him faithfully. However, so many of us fail to do it. Every day is a cause for rejoicing and praising Him. Praise Him for this day! "This is the day which the Lord hath ...
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      How does law enforcement stop the flow?

      11-27-2014

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In any given hour, on any given day, local drug addicts seeking their next fix can find most any type of drug most anywhere in Clay County. Despite having successfully completed Drug Court ...
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      Calendar Of Events

      11-27-2014

      HOLIDAY ART SHOWCASE: EXIT Real Estate Gallery hosts the 2nd Annual Fleming Island Elementary Children’s Holiday Art Showcase on Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m., 1929 Park Ave., Orange Park. Art Guild of Orange Park members will be on hand to critique students’ art.
      SENIOR ACTIVITIES GREEN COVE SPRINGS SENIOR CENTER: Bingo (10 a.m. M-W-Fr); free soup kitchen (11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday); free blood pressure check (third Wed. of month); adult day care daily. Crochet Classes (2nd and 4th Mondays at 9:15 am); Computer Class, Beginner (Monday 9:30 am, Friday 10:30 am); Bingo (Monday, Wednesday, ...
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      Blue Devils’ season over

      11-27-2014

      Wilson out, Turner banged up
      By Randy Lefko Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In one of the more dramatic and heroic efforts in recent football lore, Clay High’s football team, minus running back Colin Wilson and with a severely banged up J.T. ...
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      Knights headed to region final

      11-27-2014

      14-0 at half turns to 28-14 final
      By Randy Lefko Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High defied the odds for yet another week with a 14-0 early deficit turning into a 28-14 region 1-7A semifinal win Friday Nov. 21 over Fletcher High School at Oakleaf ...
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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

        Knights win battle of Blanding

        11-27-2014

        Oakleaf 66, Orange Park 54
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Orange Park High’s boys basketball team zoomed to a 13-9 first quarter lead against the Oakleaf High Knights Saturday night in the Raiderdome, but Oakleaf High freshman Nassir ...
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        Clay Today Player of the Year: MHS setter Taylor Brewer

        11-27-2014

        Lady Broncos dominate Clay Today All County volleyball squads
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – Middleburg High’s girls volleyball team took a second trip to the Class 6A Final Four and wound up fourth best in the state after a ...
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        Alumni updates:

        11-27-2014

        Van Dyke back in pool at Grove City
        By Barbara Boxleitner Special to Clay Today Madison Van Dyke has been producing for the Grove City College (Pa.) women’s swimming team. The sophomore out of Fleming Island High School won the 100-and 200-yard ...
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        Oakleaf girls’ hoops falls to Gainesville

        11-27-2014

        Jade Lewis: 19 points
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High’s girls basketball team, led by Jade Lewis’ 19 points, ripped to a 20-14 lead in the first quarter but could not hold off district 2-6A rival Gainesville High as the ...
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        First team

        11-27-2014

        Net front *(hitters, blockers,)
        Madison Dill (Jr) SJCDS Middle hitter (312 kills, 40%, 67 assists, 161 digs, 25 blocks, 1000th career kill as a junior) Sara Dandridge (Sr) OPHS outside hitter (221 Kills of 510 43%, 51 aces, 29 blocks, 197 Digs, 282 ...
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        Second team

        11-27-2014

        Net front *(hitters, blockers,)
        Maddie Erwin (Sr) MHS outside hitter (173 kills (30%), 337 digs, 53 aces) A ferocious player with a kill shot that could be heard around the gym. Hannah Schneider (Sr) MHS middle blocker MHS middle blocker (170 ...
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        Honorable Mentions FIHS:

        11-27-2014

        Lauren Olsen (126 kills, 27 aces, 110 digs, 27 blocks), Sydney Bates (321 digs, 8 kills, 23 assists, 27 aces);
        RHS:Rachel Castelli (119 kills, 29 aces, 27 assists, 79 digs), Megan Young (58 kills, 38 blocks), Jauhna Smith (112 kills, 62 digs, 12 blocks), Anyssa Guzman (171 digs), Emily Patrick (95 digs), Emily Smith (369 assists); CHS:Kaley Cox, Ashley Finegan, Kara McKissack;MHS:Jenna Erwin (156 Kills, 413 receives-25 errors, 14.2 per matc, 284 digs-no errors, 14.3% aces), Jahyra Brown MHS mid blocker (132 Kills 37.4%, 62 Blocks), Jordan Bemis MHS hitter; OPHS:Megan Hanlin;KHHS:Miriah ...
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        Tinkey, Franzoni: Clay Today Cross Country Runners of the Year

        11-27-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Fleming Island High School’s cross country teams had a dichotomy of leadership with equal results; senior Joseph Tinkey for the boys and freshman Julie Franzoni for the girls. As Clay Today ...
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        Niceville and Chipoletti have history in playoffs

        11-27-2014

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor OAKLEAF-Oakleaf High football coach Derek Chipoletti cocked a little smile when asked what he knew about Niceville High after his Knights football team defeated Fletcher High 28-14 on Friday in the region 1-7A semifinal ...
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        Pickett pushing FSU in NCAA soccer tourney

        11-27-2014

        Also at Florida State, former St. Johns Country Day School soccer standout Carson Pickett started for the Lady Seminoles in their 3-0 win over Northeastern University in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship tournament’s second round. FSU, with a ...
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        Mundy punches national ticket

        11-27-2014

        Flagler men finish seventh
        Special to Clay Today MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Flagler College men’s cross country team finished in seventh place at the 10K NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Saturday morning at the University of Montevallo, but ...
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        Chris Jackson to lead Fleming Island hoops

        11-27-2014

        By Doug Deters
        Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND – Chris Jackson is the familiar face you have probably seen on billboards and television commercials here in Clay county where he is known as "The Carpet Man". He now has another name; Coach Jackson. ...
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        Police

          Holiday safety tips

          11-27-2014

          At home, there are several things residents can do to increase safety during the holiday season.
          Do not leave your garage door open, day or night.Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes. Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied. At night, use outside lights with motion sensors. Before leaving the house, close your curtains to prevent the thieves from window-shopping. Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home. Do not leave the empty boxes on the ...
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          Clay Humane offers five tips to keep pets safe this Thanksgiving

          11-27-2014

          ORANGE PARK – Clay Humane, a nonprofit animal clinic in Orange Park, is encouraging pet owners to keep pets safe this Thanksgiving.
          "Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to reunite with friends and family, and we often want to include our ...
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          Opinion

            Guest Column

            11-27-2014

            By Dr. Rick Harper
            Increased global trade and improvements in technology contribute strongly to greater household incomes around the world. But the improvements aren’t uniform either across nations or within nations. The hollowing of job ...
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            Letter

            11-27-2014

            In honor of my sister Danielle
            I have played golf for Middleburg High School since my freshman year and have had a wonderful experience with my team and coach. I have had a goal to reach the state tournament for a long time. I completed that goal this past Oct 28-29 representing Middleburg as an individual at The Mission Inn at Howey in the Hills. I finished in 27th place out of 95 girls in the 2a region. It was an emotional experience realizing this would be my last high school tournament. This emotion was also present because I was proud to have accomplished my goal of reaching the ...
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            This Week

            11-27-2014

            Five Years Ago, 2009
            • Clay County parks department officials celebrated the relocation of nine cabins from Kingsley Lake Beach in Keystone Heights to Camp Chowenwaw Park as part of a renovation project at the former Girl Scout camp. • Members of the Board of County Commissioners elected Travis Cummings as chairman and Doug Conkey as vice chairman for the coming year. • Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza chain opened its first Florida location, here in Orange Park. 10 Years Ago, 2004 from page 4 • The Clay County Chamber of Commerce prepared to host a Super Celebration ...
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            FWC refuses to stop deer-dog hunting where Florida families reside

            11-27-2014

            By Peter Schorsch
            What if you were a Vietnam veteran, a hunter and an NRA member. And imagine that in your retirement you set up a remote homestead and you buy – yes, you buy – 60 acres of solitude where you can live peacefully and raise your ...
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