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    BCC debates new ordinances

    10-16-2014

    Preachers and nudists weigh in on adult entertainment ordinances
    By Debra W. Buehn Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County residents from preachers to nudists turned out Tuesday in droves to protest a trio of proposed ordinances geared to deal with adult entertainment businesses that might want to set up shop in the county. Scores of people jammed the Board of County Commission chambers, voicing their discomfort with the idea of replacing the county’s current ban on adult entertainment businesses with three ordinances that would act together to regulate such businesses. ...
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    Homecoming joy!

    10-16-2014

    STAFF PHOTO RANDY LEFKO
    MIDDLEBURG – Erica Cole is surprised and overjoyed as her name is announced as the 2014 homecoming queen for Middleburg High during festivities on Oct. 10. Karen Knoblauch, 2013 Homecoming Queen, is shown here giving Cole ...
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    Clay Family ordered to show original survey

    10-16-2014

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge has ordered the Clay Family Policy Forum to allow a forensic examination of a political survey each side says is the center of a controversy between the group and a candidate for Clay County School Board. Judge Dan Wilensky on Oct. 13 ordered the political group to turn over the survey they swear is the original that candidate Sandra Dunnavant completed last summer. The move comes after Gary Luke Jr., Dunnavant’s attorney, filed a motion for a hearing in the case where both sides claim that 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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    Business

      A gym ‘for the rest of us’

      10-16-2014

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer FLEMING ISLAND – In a commuter’s world full of businesses trying to get drivers’ attention, fitness club owners have found their facilities need to be located near members’ homes or along the route to and from ...
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      Community

        Clay County Memories

        10-16-2014

        Thaddeus Davids was spending his winters in Green Cove Springs in the mid-1870s. He was among the very first who discovered for themselves the health benefits of avoiding those grueling northern winters. Suffering from periodic episodes of gout, ...
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        Agents of Change: Group wants better community planning

        10-16-2014

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – In a recent town council meeting, Public Works Director Chuck Pavlos said he is listening to the public about a waterline replacement project on Plainfield Avenue but some residents don’t feel heard. In ...
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        School to give girls haven, prevent dropping out

        10-16-2014

        By Mike Ford
        Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – They may be the targets of bullies. They might struggle to connect with teachers and learn from a different teaching style. Issues at home may lead to truancy, but regardless of the reasons, many teens ...
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        Election officials hoping for voter turnout spike

        10-16-2014

        By Eric Cravey
        Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – If absent ballot requests are any indication, Clay County voters are currently on track to set a new voter turnout record for a gubernatorial election year. Chris Chambless, Clay County ...
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        Fleming Island resident hits ‘Century Mark’

        10-16-2014

        By Eric Cravey
        Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – By the time a person reaches the age of 100, they have fewer people to impress than ever, but don’t tell that to the family of Josephine Wilhite. Many in Wilhite’s extended family believe ...
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        Community

        10-16-2014

        Ministerial Alliance to host candidate forum
        ORANGE PARK – Clay County voters will have one last chance before the general election to hear the candidates give their stump speeches. The Clay County Ministerial Alliance is hosting a candidate forum on Saturday, Nov. 1 at noon at New Hope Baptist Church, 900 Gano Ave., in Orange Park. The event, coordinated by Rev. Bill Randal, will also include a presentation by Clay County Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless who will discuss the three proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Amendment One, named Water and Land ...
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        NAVY LEAGUE:

        10-16-2014

        Mayport Council Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, Oct. 17. Prime fundraising event supporting Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines based locally. Auction items include golf packages, wine baskets, restaurant ...
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        Foodies

        10-16-2014

        My husband and I have been on a quest to perfect a homemade pizza that is as good as the ones we have at our favorite pizzeria in town. This quest may not be for everyone, but I think there are some tips and techniques that you could use to make a ...
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        Homemade Pizza (one 14 inch pizza)

        10-16-2014

        • 1 can of pizza sauce (my favorite is Dei Fratelli)
        • ¾ pound of shredded part skim mozzarella cheese • Topping of your choice (I like to pre-cook veggies to get the moisture out and prevent a soggy pizza) • 1 pizza dough (Either from ...
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        Toms Pizza Dough (makes 2 crusts)

        10-16-2014

        • 3 ½ to 4 cups Bread flour (plus more for rolling)
        • 1 teaspoon sugar • 1 envelope of dry yeast (not rapid rise) • 2 teaspoons kosher salt • 1 ½ cups water, 110 degrees F • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons for bowl ...
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        Clay County residents, groups urged take advantage of free health screenings

        10-16-2014

        JACKSONVILLE – The fourth annual free Indo-American Medical Association of Northeast Florida Health Screenings and Wellness Fair will be held Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wyndham Downtown Jacksonville Hotel, 1515 Prudential Dr.
        "We are hoping that community groups, churches and residents of Clay County take advantage of these screenings and services," said Parveen Khanna, M.D., of Pain Medicine Physicians and president of the IAMA Northeast Florida, a nonprofit. "Especially groups that can organize car pools, vans and buses. Free screenings include blood pressure, glucose, ...
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        Veterans Day celebration planned

        10-16-2014

        ORANGE Park – The Historical Society of Orange Park will hold its annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Magnolia Cemetery, 1040 Kingsley Ave., in Orange Park. Inscribed pavers honoring Veterans can still be purchased for $50 each. Order forms will be available at the memorial or can be downloaded from the organization’s website, ophistory.org.
        Event parking is available at the First Baptist Church, one block from the cemetery entrance.
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        SJR State students team up for coastal cleanup

        10-16-2014

        VILANO BEACH, Fla. – Students from St. Johns River State College’s Orange Park campus Nature Club recently participated in the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup. Club members and volunteers collected trash along a ...
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        Firehouse Subs donates defibrillator grant to church

        10-16-2014

        FLEMING ISLAND – The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded $3,424 to a Fleming Island church to help save lives. Cross+Road Lutheran Church, 5101 Lakeshore Dr. W., received the funds on Oct. 6 to purchase, install and train church staff on the proper use of the machines that are used to rescue someone in the event of a heart attack. "The church hoped to preserve the lives of its members and community visitors who may suffer a sudden cardiac emergency while in its worship space and education building," said Sarah Stachowiak, evangelism team leader.

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        Donations sought for troops fighting Ebola

        10-16-2014

        FLEMING ISLAND – A Fleming Island hotel is teaming up with the U.S. Army’s Fort Sill, Okla. to collect funds for toothbrushes for troops. The Fleming Sleep Inn & Suites at 1815 East West Parkway is accepting donations to purchase a toothbrush from each of the 3,000 troops Pres. Barack Obama sent to Africa to assist with the Ebola epidemic. All of the aid workers are in need of toothbrushes because they are only permitted to use them one time to ward off the chance of getting the Ebola virus.

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        Vapor Bar

        10-16-2014

        E-Cigarette business blows into Clay County
        By Mike Ford Clay Today ORANGE PARK – Around the same time governments grapple with ways to regulate their sale, e-cigarettes appear to be getting a stronger foothold in Clay County with the opening of ...
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        Briefs

        10-16-2014

        Courtyard renovations completed
        ORANGE PARK – A New York City hotel company said it has completed renovating the lobby and meeting space of a Wells Road hotel. MCR Development LLC, one of the largest hotel owner-operators in the U.S., said it ...
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        Third phase of Kindlewood underway

        10-16-2014

        MIDDLEBURG – Homebuilder Taylor Morrison recently began construction on Phase III of its Kindlewood community in the Oakleaf area of Clay County. The third phase will include 34 home sites and increase the neighborhood’s home total to 183.
        ...
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        Lighting a candle for NHS

        10-16-2014

        ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park High School chapter of the National Honor Society is 45 students larger this week after a recent student induction ceremony. Considered the country’s foremost academic organization for high school students is built ...
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        This Week

        10-16-2014

        5 Years Ago, 2009
        l A team of educators from across the U.S. from the accreditation organization AdvanED recommended the Clay County School District be re-accredited for another five-year period. l The Clay County Board of Commissioners discussed creating a minimum wake zone on Black Creek just west of the U.S. Highway 17 bridge to allow a proposed marina development project to move through the approval process. l Members of the Florida Public Archaeology Network used ground-penetrating radar to search for burial at Magnolia Point Cemetery in Green Cove Springs. 10 Years Ago, 2004 l ...
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        Faith Walk

        10-16-2014

        FAN ANNIVERSARY
        (Today is an anniversary of sorts. This column today will make 125 times that I have written "Faith Walk" for publication in Clay Today. It has been a great privilege to write a message every week for you. I appreciate the ...
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        School

        10-16-2014

        Houser named scholarship winner
        WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Clay County resident is among 27 students nationwide who recently received college scholarships from a national trade group. Harriette Houser of Orange Park, who is freshman at Florida State University, received a $2,500 scholarship from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Educational Foundation. She was able to apply for the scholarship through her father’s employer, Southern Wine & Spirits of Northern Florida. The competitive awards are presented each year to college student dependents of WSWA member firm employees, based ...
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        Raise your garden expectations

        10-16-2014

        If our garden feature on vegetables a few weeks ago piqued your interest in fresh food, you may have been looking around your yard for ways to grow your own produce at home. The factors that make a successful vegetable garden or fruit planting ...
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        Ask for Haven Hospice

        10-16-2014

        Many patients and their families often tell the staff at Haven Hospice that they wished they had enrolled in hospice care earlier and that they didn’t know Haven offered so many services to support them 24-hours a day.
        Did you know...• If you have Medicare or Medicaid, then your hospice benefit is covered 100 percent. • Haven treats people with all types of life-limiting illnesses. • There is no age limit for obtaining hospice care. Patients range from newborns to over 100 years of age. • Haven takes care of you wherever you call home in North Florida. If needed, Haven ...
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        Caregiving for spouse is tough on marriage

        10-16-2014

        The stress common to most caregivers is enormous. However, when that common stress causes an added strain on a marriage, caregiving can be even more difficult. Caregivers who don’t live with the one being cared for are able to go home and ...
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        What are the terms and conditions for hospice care?

        10-16-2014

        sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered benefits to treat the terminal illness.
        It is important to remember that Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems not related to the terminal ...
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        Helpful Resources:

        10-16-2014

        Senior Centers are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon – Fri Hot lunch is served at each Center at 12:00 p.m.
        Soup Kitchen is held each Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, Keystone Heights and Middleburg ...
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        Advance directives about conversation, not just death

        10-16-2014

        If it is true that most people go through life almost as though one will live forever, facing one’s own demise as one ages is something most people avoid. However, laying some groundwork ahead of time can provide a more smooth and comfortable ...
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        10 Ways to deal with Caregiver Stress

        10-16-2014

        1. Put your physical needs first. Eat nutritious meals.
        Get enough sleep. Schedule regular medical checkups. Find time to exercise. 2. Connect with Friends Isolation increases stress. Getting together with friends can keep negative emotions at ...
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        Go with the flow to avoid caregiver burnout

        10-16-2014

        Whether caring for a loved one who is aging, has a chronic illness, or other circumstances, being a caregiver is stressful work that can easily cause burnout. One local expert who deals with the matter professionally, is also dealing with it in her ...
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        When Do You Need A Geriatrician?

        10-16-2014

        Most people are familiar with the role of a pediatrician – a physician who specializes in caring for children and overseeing their development and medical needs. On the other end of the age spectrum, lesser-known geriatricians fill an equally ...
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        Palliative care helps patients navigate healthcare

        10-16-2014

        When someone is diagnosed with a serious illness, the patient and his or her family members are often hit with a dark cloud of confusion. Whether the bad news involves cancer, lung disease, heart issues or something else, figuring out how to ...
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        Prepare by Planning Ahead

        10-16-2014

        Every day families are faced with the challenge of making decisions about a loved one’s final arrangements.
        Learn how advanced planning can help ease the process and enable healing. The idea of thinking about your own funeral might leave you ...
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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

          Broncos’ defense stymies Rams

          10-16-2014

          Points, Rodriguez go "big" in 4th Qtr
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – Middleburg High linebacker Manny Rodriguez, with a deflected fourth down pass on the Bronco 10 yard line, and defensive end Cole Points, with a sack at midfield, both ...
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          Clay defense spoils homecoming for St. Augustine

          10-16-2014

          11 Years since last win over Yellow Jackets
          By Doug Deters Correspondent ST. AUGUSTINE – The Clay High Blue Devils, without starting quarterback J.T. Turner, had one of the biggest wins ever in a regular season game as they defeated the ...
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          Oakleaf ambushes Apaches

          10-16-2014

          By Mike Zima
          Correspondent OAKLEAF – Junior slot man Marcus Johnson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Oakleaf celebrated their first-ever state ranking in football with a 48-6 whipping of visiting Arlington Country Day in a non-district game Thursday night. "Marcus is a dynamite player," said Oakleaf Coach Derek Chipoletti. "He’s a gifted athlete, and he has been that way since Pop Warner." The outmatched Apaches, now 0-6, were invited to the Knights’ Homecoming in the same way a piñata is invited to a child’s birthday party. After consecutive games against ...
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          Swimming and Diving District Championship Schedules

          10-16-2014

          Classes 3A-4A Mon.-Sat., Oct. 20-25 Classes 1A-2A Mon.-Sat., Oct. 27-Nov. 1
          Class 3A-District 3 Teams: Fleming Island, Middleburg, Oakleaf, Orange Park, Atlantic Coast, Bartram Trail, Creekside, Ed White, Englewood, Nease, Robert E. Lee, St. ...
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          Spartans halt Flashes’ drive in fourth

          10-16-2014

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – The St. Joseph Academy Flashes’ attempt at heroics and a possible game-winning drive in the final 30 seconds ended 12 yards short of the end zone, as St. Johns Country Day’s defense, led by Jacob ...
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          Fast start not enough for Orange Park Raiders

          10-16-2014

          By Anthony Richards
          Correspondent JACKSONVILLE – The game plan was working early on for Orange Park High School (0-6, 0-3), and for the first time in quite a while, the Raiders initiated the game’s offense in a key district 3-6A with top-ranked ...
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          Panthers win shootout with Creekside 28-25

          10-16-2014

          Moore:8Catches,2FGs,1TD
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor St. JOHNS, Fla. – Ridgeview High wideout Jacob Moore connected with quarterback Jordan Franco for a season-best eight passes for 130 yards with two field goals thrown in as the Panthers snapped ...
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          Mundy tops at prestigious FSU XC Invite

          10-16-2014

          Special to Clay Today
          TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Flagler College’s Corey Mundy, a Clay High graduate, topped the entire 273-man field, including the Division I runners, with a time of 25:01.40 at the 8K Florida State University Invitational Friday ...
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          Waidner leads Golden Eagles girls to district title

          10-16-2014

          By Randy Lefko
          Sports Editor EAGLE LANDING – Fleming Island High sophomore Lauren Waidner outpaced teammate Sarah May for the individual district 3-3A golf title Monday morning at Eagle Landing Country Club as the Fleming Island team won their ...
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          Girls golf district tournaments

          10-16-2014

          District 3-3A
          Hosted by Eagle Landing CC Oct. 13 (9am) Atlantic Coast, First Coast, Fleming Island, Oakleaf, Fletcher, Mandarin, Robert E. Lee, Sandalwood Region 2 District 4-2A Hosted by Quail Heights CC Lake City Oct. 14 (9am) Keystone Heights, Bradford, Columbia, Eastside, Palatka, Santa Fe, Suwannee Region 2 District 5-2A Hosted by Ponte Vedra CC at Sawgrass Oct. 14(8:35am) Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Ed White, Middleburg, Orange Park, Paxon, Ridgeview, Wolfson Region 2 District 6-2A Hosted by St. Augustine Shores GC Oct. 13 (9am) Bartram Trail, Clay, Creekside, Matanzas, Menendez, Nease, Ponte ...
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          Junior High volleyball championships

          10-16-2014

          Lake Asbury Junior High middle hitter Hannah Farah, in white, tries to blast past Orange Park Junior High blocker Jonae Sanders in Clay County Volleyball Championship Tournament semifinal game held Monday at Lakeside Junior High. Lake Asbury won match against Orange Park and advanced to Thursday’s championship match against Lakeside Junior High, a winner over Green Cove Springs Junior High. Game time is 6 p.m.

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          FIHS boys take Ponte Vedra XC title

          10-16-2014

          FIHS girls second
          By Randy Lefko Sports Editor PONTE VEDRA – Led by senior Joseph Tinkey’s inspirational hand-held Biblical motivation, the Fleming Island boys cross country team took the team title for the Ponte Vedra Cross Country ...
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          Lady Spartans revving up engines for title four chase

          10-16-2014

          STAFF PHOTOS BY RANDY LEFKO
          With soccer season set to begin in less than a month, St. Johns Country Day School coach Mike Pickett had his troops up early in the morning (6 a.m.) for an intense hour of conditioning and soccer drills on Friday at the ...
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          Opinion

            Letters

            10-16-2014

            Elected versus appointed
            Should our school superintendent be elected? Absolutely not. When a school superintendent is elected, his term is for four years. If after four years, his work is not what the voters had in mind, we elect a new one. In places, such as Duval County, the superintendent is appointed. If that person does not measure up, his/her contract must be bought out. Check and see what Duval County paid for buying out one contract, I think you will find almost $2 million. While you are checking, find out what religion the current superintendent claims according to news ...
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            Welcome, Mike Ford

            10-16-2014

            Hi. My name is Mike and I am introducing myself to Clay Today readers and to the Clay County community. I’m an experienced journalist who chooses to be at a community paper. There are many reasons for this. At the end of the day, the ...
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            Letters To The Editor Policy

            10-16-2014

            Clay Today welcomes readers to send letters to the editor on topics of common interest to Clay County.
            • Letters should be no more than 600 words and should include the writer’s name and town they live in. • Clay Today reserves the right to edit letters for grammar, content and length. Submit your Letter Email: to eric@opcfla.com Mail: Eric Cravey, Editor Clay Today, 3513 U.S. Hwy. 17 Fleming Island, Fla. 32003
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            Florida needs to attract more retirees to help the economy thrive

            10-16-2014

            By Jamie Miller
            A new AARP poll shows what nearly everyone who lives in Florida has known for some time. There are three basic economic engines in Florida – tourism, agriculture and retirees. Sure, under the umbrella of retirees you can ...
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