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    Gen. Roy S. Geiger – Clay County’s favorite son

    05-28-2015

    By Weston Williams
    Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – Dozens of residents gathered to give life to the memory of Clay County’s favorite son, in the church built on the grounds where he was originally given life to create that memory. Marines, military ...
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    Student makescase for change

    05-28-2015

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Applause filled the air as Kasey Ludlam, smiled and turned to walk away from the podium May 21. With a 3.88 grade point average, Ludlam, 12, and a seventh grade student at Green Cove Springs ...
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    BCC debates skate park

    05-28-2015

    By Debra W. Buehn
    Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After a lengthy, emotional debate, the Board of Clay County Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously to add improvements at the Orange Park Skateboard Park to its list of possible candidates for funding from some $20 million in unspent bond money. In the same motion, commissioners also voted to leave possible funding for improvements to the adjacent Orange Park Athletic Association fields and facilities to future review. The vote came after the commission received a request from the Town of Orange Park for "significant capital ...
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    Community

      Tourism on upswing in Clay County

      05-28-2015

      By Debra W. Buehn
      Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Tourism in Clay County is on track to have a recordbreaking year, with an increase of more than 10 percent in bed taxes already on the books over the same period last year. "Tourism in Florida is really booming," said Jackie Slaybaugh, director of Tourism and Film Development for Clay County. While that’s good news, Slaybaugh said, even better news is how well tourism is doing in Northeast Florida, and particularly Clay County. Northeast Florida has just been getting a lot of attention, she said. And Clay County is poised to ...
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      Clay County Memories

      05-28-2015

      During the years that DuPont’s mining company has operated in Clay County there has been a time or two when they just had to scratch their heads. Once, when conducting an environmental impact survey for a new area in the northwest corner of the ...
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      Race for Clay sheriff begins

      05-28-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Having recently filed paperwork to run for sheriff, Darrell Daniels and Harold Rutledge will challenge Sheriff Rick Beseler in the August 2016 primary election. Both are law enforcement veterans in ...
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      Endless love Terminally-ill couple weds

      05-28-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Two terminally-ill hospice patients were united in marriage last weekend. Debbie Rivera, 54, and John Whaley, 58, wedded May 23 in the very same nursing home in which they met, a mere three weeks after Whaley proposed. They ...
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      Honoring those who served

      05-28-2015

      By Jesse Hollett
      Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND – A small crowd gathered amongst the marble seats and spraying fountains of the Fleming Island Business Park to remember those who fell for their freedom. Among them were those in the military, both ...
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      Det. White scholars announced

      05-28-2015

      MIDDLEBURG – A total of $8,000 worth of scholarships were awarded May 21 to graduating seniors at Middleburg High as part of the 2015 Black Creek 5K Det. David White Memorial Scholarship program. Nicholas "Cole" Reeves was awarded a $2,000 Det. ...
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      Perseverance in grades K-12

      05-28-2015

      FLEMING ISLAND – Clay High graduating senior Dalton Jay Garrett never missed a day of school from the time he entered kindergarten all the way through high school. And the Clay County School Board also took notice. Garrett was honored with a ...
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      Military News

      05-28-2015

      Two Clay students complete Air Force training
      SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Two Clay County students recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Students completed an intensive, eightweek 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. The graduates are: Air Force Airman Ashley N. Norris, ...
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      Clay residents graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University

      05-28-2015

      FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three Clay County students recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University.
      Kathryn Ortega of Fleming Island graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. William DiGiovanni of Fleming Island graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the College of Business. Marshall Goodwin of Middleburg graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.
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      Burchell named to President’s List

      05-28-2015

      GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Brian Burchell of Orange Park was named to the President’s List for the winter 2015 semester at Davenport University. The President’s List recognizes top students who excel with outstanding academic performance. To achieve recognition, a student must maintain a minimum 3.8 grade point average while enrolled in at least nine credits of regular coursework.

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      Orange Park resident Valedictorian at Bishop Snyder High

      05-28-2015

      JACKSONVILLE – Sean Yumul of Orange Park was announced as Valedictorian at the May 18 senior awards ceremony at Bishop John J. Snyder High School.
      Yumul is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and was president of the Student Government Association for 2014-15. While at Snyder, he lettered in football and lacrosse and was active in campus life. He will attend Florida Southern College and received the prestigious C.V. McClurg Scholarship. from page 10 Graduation ceremonies were held May 21 at the Thrasher-Horne Center for ...
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      Middleburg student competes in SkillsUSA

      05-28-2015

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A student from Clay County recently took part in the statelevel competition SkillsUSA. Ed Cicio of Middleburg, a senior at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind won a silver medal in the SkillsUSA Florida State Leadership ...
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      St. Vincent’s Clay County to double in size

      05-28-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – While recognizing the impact local healthcare has on Clay County’s economic development, St. Vincent’s Medical Center broke ground for a threefloor patient tower that will double the size of the ...
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      Can you Tri with Skye?

      05-28-2015

      I have an addiction. It started insignificant several years back and grew worse last year. And this year I probably need to enter rehabilitation. Good thing ‘no one was hurt’ and I’m not hurting myself either, in fact, I’m injury free and ...
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      Faith Walk

      05-28-2015

      Are you content? You can be challenged. You can be driven toward a goal. You can be in great trials in your life. And all the while you are dealing with these events of your life, you can be content.
      What does contentment require? Let me offer ...
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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

        Eagles scrimmage shows off their offense

        05-28-2015

        Sneed to Ferendo: Two TDs
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Fleming Island High football is set to travel to Robert E. Lee High for their spring football classic on May 28, but the Golden Eagles tickled the ivories of their offense ...
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        Raiders 20-13 over Mandarin

        05-28-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor MANDARIN – Orange Park High’s heyday football days feature a strong running game and the 2015 edition of the Raiders went old school to erase a 13-0 halftime deficit to Mandarin High with a third quarter scoring ...
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        Blue Devils grind Bears

        05-28-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay High quarterback Jake Smith looked ready and able to shoulder the Blue Devil offense as he engineered two first quarter touchdowns and nearly 500 yards of total offense to an early lead in ...
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        Broncos edge Panthers 28-27

        05-28-2015

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent ORANGE PARK – The Ridgeview High Panthers pulled away late and outlasted visiting county-rival Middleburg High 47-28 in a back-and-forth spring game Friday night at Ridgeview High School. The varsity squads ...
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        Gamechanger Crossfit hosts ‘The Murph’

        05-28-2015

        Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Seventeen hearty fitness athletes took on a challenge of epic proportions affectionately called "The Murph Challenge" May 25 at the Gamechanger Crossfit gym located in the Orange Park Industrial loop. "We ...
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        OHS George highlights Knights’ spring game

        05-28-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor MACCLENNY, Fla. – Oakleaf High football coach Derek Chipoletti jokingly gave his vaunted offense a six out of 10 score for Friday’s 14-0 first half score against Baker County High School in their spring game. "We were definitely sloppy in that first quarter that ended in a 0-0 tie," said Chipoletti. "We even had a nice kickoff return to their five yard line from Desmon George not get a score. That’s disappointing." After the dismal first quarter, Oakleaf woke up the receivers corps and got touchdowns of nine yards to Rontrez Morgan and 35 yards to ...
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        Opinion

          Proposed Florida bear hunt not scientiic or humane

          05-28-2015

          By Kate MacFall and Jennifer Place
          On June 24, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will vote on a proposal to open a trophy hunt on Florida’s unique subspecies of black bears. They were removed from the list of threatened ...
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          Guest Column

          05-28-2015

          by Craig R. Seaton
          Road Trip from Heaven Not all funeral stories are sad. He’d been lonely for almost 20 years. You could see it in his face, hear it in his voice, and feel it in his hugs. He missed her terribly and he was tired. You don’t ...
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          This Week

          05-28-2015

          5 Years Ago, 2010
          • The Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation presented a $10,000 check to the Family Nurturing Center of Florida during the 2010 Celebrate Clay Awards. • A group of black community and church leaders spearheaded an effort to persuade the Clay County School Board to hire minority administrators and districtlevel staff to properly reflect the district’s 27 percent minority student population. • The Board of County Commissioners voted to allocate $7,500 from the county’s hotel-motel sales tax revenue to help pay for fireworks at the American Pie Fourth of ...
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