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    Senior care center coming

    08-27-2015

    $20 million facility to be built this fall
    By Eric Cravey Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – More healthcarerelated jobs are heading to Fleming Island with the development of a $20 million, 125,000 square foot senior care facility. The Panama ...
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    Veterans groups get BCC support

    08-27-2015

    Board approves memorial project unanimously
    By Debra W. Buehn Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Board of Commissioners Tuesday quickly and enthusiastically threw their support behind a new veteran’s memorial to honor all of Clay ...
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    Community

      Nursing groups push for multi-state licensing

      08-27-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – If a hurricane were to hit Northeast Florida, nurses would likely be needed to assist with the casualties. First responders would come from other states, but nurses would be prohibited from responding ...
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      Orange Park firefighters soak rival police in wings challenge

      08-27-2015

      By Randy Lefko
      Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Orange Park firefighter Bobby Juliana was the starting "eater" for what may be the first of many wings eating contest at the Hurricane’s Grill and Wings on Fleming Island. "Oh my, my mouth was on ...
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      Military

      08-27-2015

      Karam completes U.S. Air Force training
      SAN ANTONIO – Air Force Airman Katriahna M. Karam recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in, San Antonio, Texas. Karam completed an eight-week 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. Karam, daughter of Moses D. and Sue A. Karam of Fleming Island, is ...
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      Keystone Heights city manager search underway

      08-27-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – With former City Manager Terry Suggs having accepted a similar position in the City of Palatka, a vacancy has been created that city leaders will soon fill. Two Clay County public servants are among ...
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      Moms raise awareness of speech apraxia

      08-27-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – When Cindy Suter’s fouryear-old son Nathaniel was a baby, he didn’t coo like most infants. She thought that was odd and as she watched him grow, he remained quiet and her motherly intuition got louder. ...
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      False alarm at St. Johns Country Day

      08-27-2015

      ORANGE PARK – All is calm on campus of St. Johns Country Day School in the aftermath of a false alarm of an active shooter on campus, said Headmaster Edward M. Ellison Wednesday morning.
      The accidental text message went out Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m. as the school was hosting parents of lower school students for an evening to meet teachers. At or about 7:30 p.m., members of the school’s technology department were working on the settings and configurations for a new emergency notification system. With no intention of sending a message to anyone – test message or otherwise – a ...
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      DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE:

      08-27-2015

      Meets Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, 3rd Floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. The
      meeting is open to the public. SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT: Holds a special meeting ...
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      Community Briefs

      08-27-2015

      Businesses, school district to hold roundtable
      MIDDLEBURG – The offices of the Clay County Utility Authority will transform into a brainstorming arena as members of the business and educational community come together. The Academies of Clay, operated by the Clay County School District’s Career and Technical Education Department, will host the Business In Education Partnership Roundtable on Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the CCUA’s offices located at 3176 Old Jennings Rd. The event will focus on creative ways businesses can develop partnerships with the academies as a way to provide ...
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      SchoolNews

      08-27-2015

      Montgomery awarded scholarship to pursue engineering degree
      FLEMING ISLAND – A Clay County high school graduate is one of 14 students recently awarded scholarships between $1,500 and $3,500 to go toward their post-secondary studies from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. Each scholarship recipient is pursuing a career in manufacturing. Martine A. Montgomery, a 2015 graduate of Fleming Island High School is majoring in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. For the Fall 2015 semester, ...
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      Nutrition is a choice, so choose wisely

      08-27-2015

      My FitLife nutrition articles are few and far between, so when I come across a success story, you best believe I’m going to share it. This week I am pleased to introduce, Jennifer DeSantis, a local elementary music teacher that I met here at ...
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      Blessings in a Backpack enters fourth year

      08-27-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Members of the Magnolia Point Women’s Club are making sure students at Charles E. Bennett Elementary School and Green Cove Springs Junior High don’t go hungry on the weekend for the fourth school year in a row. The club ...
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      What’s happening at Clay County Public Libraries

      08-27-2015

      Celebrate September as Library Card Sign-Up Month sponsored by the Middleburg Clay Hill Library and the Middleburg-Clay Hill Friends of the Library. Residents who sign up for a new library card will be entered in a drawing to win a $40 gift ...
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      Faith Walk

      08-27-2015

      HE IS REAL
      A man who was known to be a dedicated, committed Christian was approached by a much younger man. The young man said to the well-known Christian believer, "I have a question I would like to ask you about your faith." The older man ...
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      Hang in there

      08-27-2015

      Areyou looking for a weekend landscape makeover? By providing green off the ground plane, you can elevate your look in a whole new direction. Hanging baskets are a fantastic way to spend a weekend and come out with a landscape refresher project ...
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      SJR State holds respiratory care pinning ceremony

      08-27-2015

      ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Four Clay County residents were recently among a group of respiratory care students from St. Johns River State College who were honored in a pinning ceremony recognizing their accomplishments and hard work in completing the ...
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      Fleming Island at Clay opens 2015

      08-27-2015

      Clay odd man out with no preseason warm-up
      By Randy Lefko Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – The atmosphere at the Fleming Island Steak ‘N Shake on Aug. 21 was a little jovial, a little tense and a little suspicious as members of both the Fleming ...
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      Sneed leads Eagles attack

      08-27-2015

      By Anthony Richards
      Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND – Lightning lit up the sky but not before the Fleming Island High Golden Eagles displayed plenty of quick strike ability of its own as the Golden Eagles defeated Westside High 21-7 in a ...
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      Panthers score first and hold in pre-season opener

      08-27-2015

      By Doug Deters
      Correspondent ORANGE PARK – The Ridgeview Panthers and Keystone Heights Indians got a solid look at their varsity squads before Mother Nature showed up and ended the night just as the Junior Varsity players were warming up for ...
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      Oakleaf Knights score fast five

      08-27-2015

      By Randy Lefko
      Sports Editor OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High’s football team scored five touchdowns; two on defense, three on offense in the blink of an eye in a dominant two quarter of preseason play en route to a 32-0 mopping up of an awestruck ...
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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

        Saturdays mean Cross Country time this fall

        08-27-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – With football taking center stage on Fridays, area cross country teams will take their spot on Saturdays for the next few months with Fleming Island High’s boy’s teams returning a bevy of talent and ...
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        Oakleaf wins season opener

        08-27-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor OAKLEAF – After a first game loss in their season opener with a new coach, the Oakleaf High Lady Knights volleyball team rebounded for three straight game wins and a match win over Baker County High School Tuesday ...
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        Garcia named preseason second team All-Gulf South Conference selection

        08-27-2015

        MELBOURNE, Fla. – Former Orange Park High offensive lineman Matt Garcia has been named a preseason second team All-Gulf South Conference selection as well as an honorable mention All-American in the USA College Football NCAA Division II teams. Garcia is a senior lineman at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. In 2014, Garcia and teammate Ramsey Sellers, a senior from Wiggins, MS, anchored a strong Panthers offensive line that set up the second-leading offense in the GSC. It garnered 5,364 total yards and an average of 35.6 points per game. Garcia, a 6-foot-5, 275 pound offensive ...
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        Fighting Scots name FIHS Minor as 2015 captain

        08-27-2015

        Special to Clay Today
        MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Maryville College Head Football Coach Shaun Hayes released his four team captains for the 2015 recently and one is a familiar name on Fleming Island. Kent Minor, a Fleming Island High School grad, about ...
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        Volleyball ramps up with pre-season tournament action

        08-27-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Area volleyball teams opened 2015 with three preseason tournaments over the weekend with St. Johns Country Day School traveling furthest to Menendez High for games with Bartram Trail and host Menendez. ...
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        Raiders football opens big

        08-27-2015

        Quick 13-0 on Crusaders
        By Dennis Bergin Correspondent ORANGE PARK – For the first 12 minutes of the Aug. 21 Orange Park and Bishop Kenny pre-season matchup head coach Craig Nosse’s plan worked to perfection. The Raiders controlled the line of ...
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        Opinion

          Make charter schools pay the money they owe

          08-27-2015

          By Jac Wilder VerSteeg
          You always hear that charter schools can innovate because they are freed from some of the stupid bureaucratic rules that plague traditional public schools. A couple of charter schools in Broward County are taking advantage ...
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          This week

          08-27-2015

          5 Years Ago, 2010
          • August Primary Election results pitted two political newcomers against each other for the District 1 seat on the Clay County School Board. Pastor Eric Jaffe would face off in November against Janice Kerekes, the eventual winner. • After a call to serve in the war on terror in Afghanistan, school board member Charlie Van Zant Jr. urged that his wife Stephanie be appointed to serve in his place. Meanwhile, the Clay County Republican Executive Committee offered state officials three possible appointees, none of whom were Mrs. Van Zant. • Department of Children ...
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          Reader supports Wes White

          08-27-2015

          In response to the "Wrong Way for Wes White" article by A.G. Gancarski published August 13, 2015, please let me point out a few items.
          Although fund raising is a big part of political campaigns, it is not the only factor that determines whether or not a candidate is going to win, especially with ample time for things to turn around. I do not believe that Wesley White threw his hat into this race because of a personal vendetta against Angela Corey. I believe Mr. White is running as a matter of principle and to seek justice with integrity. Wesley White refused to continue to serve as an ...
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          Letters to the editor

          08-27-2015

          Internet essential to student success
          As students around Clay County settle into a new school year, they’ll make use of all those new supplies they recently got – like shiny new notebooks, folders and pencils. They’ll no doubt also need access to the Internet. In today’s increasingly digital world, broadband Internet access is a necessity for families with children in school and serves as an important educational tool to connect students to resources and information. Internet Essentials from Comcast, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, aims ...
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