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    Planning Commission hatching plan for backyard chickens

    09-03-2015

    By Debra W. Buehn
    Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Planning Commission Tuesday voted unanimously to recommend the county look at permitting residential backyard chickens. The vote was 7-0 to recommend that the Board of County ...
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    School Board hears from employees about pay

    09-03-2015

    By Eric Cravey
    Managing Editor FLEMING ISLAND – During David Fields’ teaching career in the Clay County School District, he would design an entire class from scratch and then go on to be the district’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. However, he ...
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    Community

      Sheriff’s new victim advocate to calm the suffering

      09-03-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When a community member is traumatized by violent crime, they may be on their own from the outset. The State Attorney’s Office and Quigley House have victim advocates on staff who get involved, but they aren’t necessarily there from the first moments of an investigation. To console victims and give them a voice in the process, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of hiring a victim advocate. The staff member will be assist victims from the outset of a rape case, murder investigation or any other violent crime. Capt. ...
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      Telling Clay County moonshine tales never ends

      09-03-2015

      Even though the statute of limitations is long in the past, it is a good idea to tread carefully when moonshine is the subject. But the once thriving shine business in Clay County since it was first lopped off from Duval County in 1859, up until ...
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      Scholarship helps Middleburg kid find success

      09-03-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – Shayla Penna, 15, was getting in trouble at school and at home. She didn’t like her teachers or other students at Lake Asbury Junior High and was sent to an alternative school. On the home front, her ...
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      Calendar of Events

      09-03-2015


      FOOD PANTRY GALA:
      Inaugural gala to benefit The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 7190 U.S. Highway 17, Fleming Island. Sponsorships available. Jean Cosby, (904) 284-5470.
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      Parents, leaders prepped for a new year of 4-H

      09-03-2015

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Leann Gonzalez has fond memories of competing with her circle of childhood friends to see who could raise the best hog in their 4-H Club while growing up in Pasco County. Now, Gonzalez is ...
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      Citrus Splitting Weather

      09-03-2015

      The ‘bumper crop’ effect sure seems to be in full swing in area citrus this year. Backyard trees and dooryard orchards are bursting with fruits – and this can cause some real problems for citrus trees. If you grow citrus, you know that ...
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      Faith Walk

      09-03-2015

      The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" Amendment I goes on to guarantee freedom of speech, ...
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      Community

      09-03-2015

      Farm Share to distribute free food to needy
      MIDDLEBURG – Homestead, Fla.based nonprofit Farm Share Inc. will distribute food to the needy later this month at a Baptist Church north of Middleburg. Families will be provided food on a firstcome, first-served basis on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. until noon at Madeira Baptist Church, 1650 Blanding Blvd. The event will be held rain or shine and there is assistance provided for the physically-challenged. For more information, contact Rep. Travis Cummings at (904) 278-5761. Tropical Storm Erika skips Clay County GREEN COVE SPRINGS – While ...
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      Middleburg native runs through neurological impairment

      09-03-2015

      by Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ATLANTA – When she was growing up in Clay County, Crystal Gail Welcome never imagined she’d ever be called a hero of anything. Other kids picked on her, so her father had her challenge them to a foot race to hush them ...
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      Middleburg native serving as Navy nurse anesthetist

      09-03-2015

      TRUJILLO, Honduras – Lt. Gissella Martinez, a native of Middleburg and a nurse anesthetist assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., interacts with a patient at a surgical screening site established at Escuela Guia Tecnica N. 16 Naciones ...
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      Second Cove Life Arts Festival on tap

      09-03-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Offering everything from Southern Rock music to flamenco dance to book signings and children’s puppet shows, this year’s CalaVida Arts Festival promises to have something for everyone.
      And you can’t beat the price. ...
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      Square dancing is alive in Clay County

      09-03-2015

      Special to Clay Today
      MIDDLEBURG – Enjoyed by millions around the world, the art of square dancing is America’s official and only folk dance. Because it is an American folk dance founded in this country, all square dance calling is done in ...
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      Putting poetry to music

      09-03-2015

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing editor FLEMING ISLAND – It’s been called the most popular poem in American history and now it is getting a musical interpretation by the Fleming Island High Golden Eagle Band. Band members will be performing "The Road ...
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      St. Johns touts Advanced Placement scores

      09-03-2015

      ORANGE PARK – The College Board has determined that St. Johns Country Day School had a 92 percent pass rate on the Advanced Place exams last school year.
      That means 92 percent of the 105 Advanced Placement exams taken by 55 St. Johns students were graded by the College Board as passing, which is determined by a score of 3 or higher. The school average of 3.9, while 71 percent of AP exam takers earned a 4 or higher. "Our students’ AP scores are extraordinary. What is even more remarkable is that they were achieved while these students were fully engaged in their other academics, ...
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      Honor society awards college scholarships

      09-03-2015

      Alpha Delta Kappa – The Delta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa recently awarded two, $1,000 scholarships to two Clay County Students.
      Kaleb Paul Switanek, second from right, a 2015 graduate of Fleming Island High School and Melanie Caitlyn ...
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      Williams named to the summer 2015 President’s Honor Roll

      09-03-2015

      BISMARCK, N.D. – Ralph Williams of Orange Park has been named to the President’s Honor Roll for the summer 2015 semester at Bismarck State College.
      "We’re so proud of our BSC students who have demonstrated a constancy of purpose in their academic studies. Their demonstrated success will carry them well into their beyond, wherever that takes them," said Larry C. Skogen college president. Students must maintain at least a 3.50 grade point average on a 4.00 scale while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes to qualify. Bismarck State College, in Bismarck, N.D., offers ...
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      Middleburg High gets Garber Ford donation

      09-03-2015

      FLEMING ISLAND – The academy programs at Middleburg High are the beneficiaries of a $2,700 donation from Garber Ford in Green Cove Springs. From left, Gary Andrews, manager of Garber Ford, presented a check for $2,700 to MHS Assistant Principal ...
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      Scenic ride raises $8,000 for PAL, Explorers

      09-03-2015

      ORANGE PARK – Some 150 bike riders and passengers helped raise $8,000 last weekend for the Clay County Police Activities League. The police escorted Bike Ride – the first one conducted on behalf of PAL – gave bikers a scenic tour of Clay ...
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      Book sale on tap in Middleburg

      09-03-2015

      MIDDLEBURG – Friends of Middleburg Clay Hill Library are gearing up for a book sale. If you have books to donate, now is the time to do some fall cleaning.
      For information or for donation of books pickup call (904) 254-7891 or deliver your books to the branch library at the corner of Astor and County Road 218 in Middleburg. The sale begins Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. for Friends members and opens to the public at 10 a.m. running until 8 p.m. Sept. 2526, the sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Single memberships to Friends are $5, while family memberships are $8.
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      Jax Ale Trail wins marketing award

      09-03-2015

      PORTLAND, Ore. – The marketing campaign to promote Northeast Florida’s craft beer industry has won a national award.
      The U.S. Travel Association presented Visit Jacksonville with a Destination Council Destiny Award Aug. 25 during the annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations in Portland. The Destiny Award highlights Visit Jacksonville’s successful efforts in promoting the Jax Ale Trail to craft beer drinkers and enthusiasts. Dozens of destinations from across the nation also submitted their tourism products and campaigns for consideration in this category. "We knew ...
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      Super Saturdays continue at Orange Park Library

      09-03-2015

      ORANGE PARK – Attorney Alison E. Hickman of Orange Park presents "Elder Law, Explained" on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Orange Park Library, conference room A.
      While the focus of Elder Law is often about helping senior adults and their families with legal planning, implementation, and eligibility issues, it actually encompasses more than that. For example, an infant with disabilities could easily be the client and primary beneficiary of the area of Elder Law practice known as "Special Needs Trust" planning. The presentation also touches on estate planning documents, like wills and ...
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      Advent Lutheran Church gardening at Ridgeview Elementary

      09-03-2015

      ORANGE PARK – Advent Lutheran Church will participate in "God’s Work, Our Hands" national day of service on Sept. 13 at Ridgeview Elementary School.
      Advent members will meet to beautify the school’s campus. Shrubs will be groomed, new plants installed, and mulch applied to garden beds. Fifty Advent disciples are anticipated to complete this project which is partially funded by Thrivent Financial. Thrivent brings people together to help strengthen communities through its Community Action Teams. "God’s Work, Our Hands" Sunday is a day of service in which the nearly 10,000 ...
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      Calendar of Events

      09-03-2015

      SPECIAL MAGISTRATE HEARING: Clay County Code Enforcement will hold a hearing on Sept. 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 4th Floor, Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. The ...
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      Hurricane Clay

      09-03-2015

      Blue Devils defeat Eagles in a 28-0 blowout
      By Doug Deters Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In the grasp of a tumultuous downpour, the Clay High Blue Devils football team put a hurricane of their own on the field in senior running back Bilal ...
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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

        Spartans dominate front of XC tri-meet

        09-03-2015

        ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School’s girls and boys cross country team took top honors on both ends with Helena Kummings and Colin Montgomery both playing point for two-runner top two fin- ishes in the Spartans’ season-opener trimeet with Baldwin and Fernandina Beach Saturday morning.
        Kummings and teammate Mackenzie Glenn finished 1-2 in the girls race at 21:45 each with Montgomery and teammate Karsten Hunger both in at 21:07 for the boys to lead the Spartan scoring up front. St. Johns toed up 33 runners in the meet with Fernandina Beach putting up 24 and Baldwin fielding ...
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        Carroll wins county golf

        09-03-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Middleburg High golfer Cody Carroll shot a one-under par 71 round on the Magnolia Point Golf Course to take a one shot win over Clay High’s Arden Brake for the Clay County Boy’s High School ...
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        Indians score lone TD for win

        09-03-2015

        Trimble logs 119 yards
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Keystone Heights sophomore running back Alex Cruz scored the lone touchdown of the game in the second quarter and the Indians’ defense held off the Fernandina Beach offense ...
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        Oakleaf Knights blast Wolverines

        09-03-2015

        Keylan Brown has 123 yds. TD
        By Anthony Richards Correspondent OAKLEAF – The Oakleaf High Knights opened the 2015 football season with a 21-0 home win over Westside High on a soggy night at Oakleaf High School. Oakleaf’s approach remained much ...
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        Week

        09-03-2015

        Two7A-Oakleaf (1-0) vs. 5A-Orange Park (1-0)
        Both come into this pseudo-rivalry with impressive first games with the Raiders knocking one out of the park with a 28-12 win over 7A-Creekside and Oakleaf keeping the engine revving with a 21-0 win over 5A-Westside High. Give the Raiders a push in this one with the history behind this game and maybe we will get a slugfest out of it. 5A-Clay (1-0) at 8A-Flagler Palm Coast (0-1) Clay annihilated 7A-Fleming Island with a dominant performance in monsoon conditions. On dry ground, who knows what the Blue Devil ground game can do. Flagler lost 14-7 ...
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        Junior high football double header action on the field

        09-03-2015

        STAFF PHOTOS BY RANDY LEFKO
        1 2 3 4 In a double header season opener on Tuesday, Green Cove Springs beat Lake Asbury 15-6 and Lakeside defeated Baker County 24-6. Orange Park beat Wilkinson 32-13 with Oakleaf beating Bradford 46-20 on Monday. ...
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        New Golden Eagles coach to face early gauntlet

        09-03-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND– Fleming Island High’s new volleyball coach, former Orange Park High nemesis Amy Walker, knows a thing or two about big games with 12 region playoff appearances with the Raiders. "I love high level ...
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        Fleming Island rumbles with the state’s best

        09-03-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor FLAGLER COUNTY – With three runners in the top 50 all finishing together, one losing a timing chip and one blowing a fast start, the Fleming Island High boys cross country team took their game to one of the fastest ...
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        Raiders rip St. Johns County’s Creekside Knights

        09-03-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – Sophomore running back DayDay Williams blasted for two touchdowns, but, for coach Craig Nosse, the results can come from any number of ballcarriers, as the resurgent Orange Park High Raiders football ...
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        Panthers lose season opener 33-18

        09-03-2015

        ORANGE PARK – Ridgeview quarterback River Walker got two scoring strikes; one a 60 yard to end Chris Baptiste, but the Panthers lost 33-18 to 5A-Yulee High in both teams’ season openers in Yulee Friday night.
        Baptiste finished with three catches for 91 yards. Linebacker Jennings Jackson led all Panther tacklers with a game-high 24 tackles with six solos and four for losses. Mozart Louis-Charles added 21 tackles from his outside linebacker slot with James Libretto adding another 22 from the opposite side. Junior running back Kenny Zamor led all ballcarriers with 84 yards on 11 ...
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        Broncos fall 28-8 in opener

        09-03-2015

        By Randy Lefko
        Sports Editor MIDDLEBURG – Middleburg High junior tailback Terron Allen rushed for a game high 118 yards on his first start in the backfield, but the Broncos fell 28-8 to 5APedro Menendez High in Friday’s season opener at ...
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        Panthers seventh at Bob Hans XC Invite

        09-03-2015

        Honyumptera duo leads area runners
        By Anthony Richards Correspondent ORANGE PARK – Ridgeview hosted the 18th annual Bob Hans Cross Country Invitational and showcased its potential in the process. A pair of siblings led the way for the Panthers as ...
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        Plummer in top three of NFL Redskins tacklers

        09-03-2015

        Former Orange Park High linebacker Terrance Plummer, No. 40, also a standout at the University of Central Florida, is listed second as a middle linebacker on the NFL Washington Redskins team depth chart after three preseason games. Plummer is third ...
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        Volleyball Schedules

        09-03-2015

        Thurs., Sept 3.
        CHS VB at Palatka FIHS VB at Creekside Westside VB at RHS OPHS VB at Wolfson Menendez VB at SJCDS Providence VB at MHS Tues., Sept. 8 FIHS VB at Bartram Trail Interlachen VB at Keystone Hts. CHS VB at Bishop Snyder OPHS VB at RHS ...
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        Pop Warner action: FIAA Mighty Mites battle

        09-03-2015

        FIAA Silver Eagles defensive end Charlie Hilton eyeballs Yulee ballcarrier in Saturday game at Fleming Island High School. Game ended in 0-0 tie.
        FIAA Silver Eagles running back Merrick Rapoza, No. 4, breaks through gaping hole in Yulee defense for ...
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        Opinion

          It’s time to recover our promise as a great nation

          09-03-2015

          By Ed H. Moore
          "It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty for yourselves and not for me. I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office seekers, but with ...
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          Letters to

          09-03-2015

          Reader takes issue with Clay County Memories piece titled "There is a history of fussing about roads in Clay County" from Aug. 20 edition
          It’s not fussing when it is a necessity. Fussing comes from just wanting something because it is there, not really needed, just wanted like when you have a plain car and you want a fancy one instead. When you live on a dirt road (many of them in Clay County) it is a way of life, it has to be you to understand it. Yes, it is said "it is a choice you make to live on a dirt road" I differ from that, simply because the area where dirt roads are is just ...
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          Send us your "Good Deeds"

          09-03-2015

          Is your school science club collecting canned goods for a local food pantry? Have you hit a new personal milestone in blood donations? Did your professional service organization donate money to a worthy cause?
          If you answered yes to any of the hypothetical questions above, Clay Today would like to hear from you. Write a brief description of what your club or company did. Be sure to include who, what, where, when – the specific date – on which the event occurred and why you selected that particular organization. We prefer your photos to be emailed in color, showing smiling faces and ...
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          This Week

          09-03-2015

          5 Years Ago, 2010
          • Clay County Manager Fritz Behring described a planned $1 million Park and Ride bus transfer station at County Road 220 and Sleepy Hollow Road as a first step toward a long-range plan public transit system for Clay County. • The Town of Penney Farms learned it would not be getting $1.025 million it had promised seven years prior to help pay for a $5 million wastewater treatment facility. • St. Vincent’s Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Moody Chisholm announced that construction would soon begin on its Clay County hospital with a pricetag ...
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