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    BREW WARS

    01-29-2015

    By Mike Ford
    Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – With this year’s Super Bowl fast approaching, many will want to gather with friends, food and beer. If the party is small, consisting of two couples, and they want craft beer, getting it home from the ...
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    Adult entertainment ordinance returned to Planning Commission

    01-29-2015

    By Debra W. Buehn
    Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A split Clay County Commission has taken another step forward in its quest to hammer out a workable adult entertainment business ordinance by sending two of three proposed ordinances back to ...
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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

      City utility in question again

      01-29-2015

      By Pete Geiger
      Correspondent GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The City Council on Jan. 27 voted to take a lead among 20 Florida cities and seek the breakup of the Florida Municipal Power Agency. All 20 cities own FMPA as a cooperative and all buy ...
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      Former City Clerk passes

      01-29-2015

      By Pete Geiger and Eric Cravey
      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Known to many as a champion of Clay County and Green Cove Springs history, F. Lee Bentley died Monday, Jan. 26 after a bout with prostate cancer. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. Feb. 6 until ...
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      Elected officials talk budget with commissioners

      01-29-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Because the Board of County Commissioners is responsible for the county budget and allocation to various offices, hinting at needing more mullah came up when commissioners broke bread with other ...
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      Gayla’s List

      01-29-2015

      By Keith G. Balser
      ORANGE PARK – As her birthday approached in December, a fresh and exciting idea came to mind for Gayla Dease of Orange Park. Using her new age of 62 as a guidepost of sorts, she set out to raise funds for various causes in ...
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      Clay Transit vital to seniors, others

      01-29-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer MIDDLEBURG – Mary Lucas moved to the Middleburg area from Virginia in 1988 after her rheumatoid arthritis progressed into osteoporosis and forced her to give up a career in graphic arts. Now confined to a wheelchair, and ...
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      Meet

      01-29-2015

      By Eric Cravey
      Managing Editor MIDDLEBURG – Although he is diligently preparing to compete in the regional spelling bee after winning the Clay County event this month, Joshua Brown is a student of many interests. The Wilkinson Junior High ...
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      Community Briefs

      01-29-2015

      Yesterdays Festival at Gold Head
      KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Take a trip back to the good old days this weekend as Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park and the Gold Head Associates Inc. host the annual Yesterdays Festival. The fun runs from 10 a.m. ...
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      School

      01-29-2015

      Three Clay students make Dean’s List at Georgia university
      VALDOSTA, Ga. –Valdosta State University has announced the names of students from Fall 2014 who have earned the academic status of Dean’s List. Students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on nine or more semester hours with an institutional GPA of 3 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List. David May of Orange Park, Haley Troxell of Middleburg and Alexis White of Green Cove Springs made the Dean’s List. Meanwhile, Shaun Jackson of Fleming Island graduated Fall semester from VSU with a ...
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      Clay schools honor Fields, Scarborough

      01-29-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Clay County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year describes himself as having been "kind of a weird kid." Early on in school, it was David Fields’ interest in history – particularly Southern history and ...
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      Disease like ‘a death sentence’

      01-29-2015

      By Mike Ford
      Staff Writer ORANGE PARK – Although she is only 54, Patricia Ramsey knows what lies ahead for her body – a vegetative-like state where her mind will be at top form but the only body part she can move are her eyes. Ramsey suffers ...
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      County Fair accepting scholarship applications

      01-29-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Fair Association is accepting applications from graduating seniors for its 2015 Scholarship Program.
      Open to students of any Clay County high school or home schooled group who are associated with 4-H, FFA, FCCLA or Police Explorers, the application deadline is March 2 to be received in the Fair Association’s offices at 2493 State Rd. 16 West in Green Cove Springs. Applications can also be mailed to Clay County Fair Association, P.O. Box 1066, Green Cove Springs, 32043. When announced March 24 at the fair association’s Annual Appreciation ...
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      Genealogy conference scheduled

      01-29-2015

      ORANGE PARK – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting the fifth annual North Florida Genealogy Conference in March.
      The church at 461 Blanding Blvd. will host the event from 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. on March 21. Choose from 20 ...
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      Safe Boating Course coming

      01-29-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Boating season is here and, with gasoline prices down, a lot of activity is expected on local waterways.
      Residents born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, must have onboard a Florida Education ID Card to operate any motorized ...
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      Lend your hands and help grow community

      01-29-2015

      In gardening, the right inputs – sun, soil, water, climate – are the basis of achieving healthy plants. Next is the luck of the seed or the skill of the gardener that determine if there’s room to reach full potential. Finally, the right care ...
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      Faith Walk

      01-29-2015

      Never Quit
      The course of a person’s life is often changed with one decision. At every crossroads of life we have to choose the right way or the wrong way. At those crossroads of decision many people have chosen the wrong way and many have chosen ...
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      Time to think about fitness

      01-29-2015

      By Bernie Berania
      The Sept. 24, 2014 issue of Clay Today featured my journey where I wrote about setting several goals in 2014 and achieving most of them – specifi cally, losing 30 pounds with four-inches off the waist, normalizing my blood ...
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      ANNUAL MEETING:

      01-29-2015

      Peoria Cemetery Association, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., Doctors Inlet Civic Center, 3382 Peoria Rd. Info, Rhoda Fountain (904) 291-4007.
      BINGO NIGHT: Youth Fundraiser, Jan. 31at 5 p.m., at Church of The Good Samaritan, 3813 Old Jennings Rd., Spaghetti "A ...
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      Clay grad takes oath as attorney, ships out West to first law job

      01-29-2015

      GREEN COVE SPRINGS – About six months after graduating from Harvard Law School, Clay County native Rob Harrington was sworn in as an attorney Dec. 31 by County Judge Richard R. Townsend with Harrington’s family and friends looking on. Harrington ...
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      BOOK SALE:

      01-29-2015

      Friends of the Orange Park Library holds a "Book Lovers" sale Feb. 12-14 at the library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., conference room A. All proceeds benefit the library and its programs. Members only Feb. 11 from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 12 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Feb. ...
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      Fleming Island boys win soccer title

      01-29-2015

      By Randy Lefko
      Sports Editor FLEMING ISLAND – Deadlocked at 0-0 at the halftime break, Fleming Island High got two goals from center Hakeem Reid and a solo shot from J.B. Alvarez to oust Atlantic Coast of Jacksonville 3-0 Jan. 26 in the district ...
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      Lifters head to state meet

      01-29-2015

      Four district champions to attend Feb 7th event
      By Randy Lefko Sports Editor MACCLENNY – Seven area girls weightlifters; with four first placers, will travel to Kissimmee on Feb. 7 to punch up with the state’s best weightlifters after the Jan. ...
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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 on to region final

        01-29-2015

        4-0 over St. Joseph’s Academy
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School’s girl’s soccer team put a hard frontal attack on visiting St. Joseph’s Academy to build a 3-0 halftime lead, then cruised to a 4-0 ...
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        Urbano-led comeback falls short for Eagles

        01-29-2015

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent ST. JOHNS COUNTY – Fleming Island High senior midfielder Sara Urbano knocked in a goal with six minutes left and ignited a furious offensive charge in the final moments of the region 1-4A semifinal in girls soccer. However, time ran out and Fleming Island High lost 2-1 to district-rival Creekside High. Creekside defeated Fleming Island 1-0 for the district 3-4A title just a week ago. "It took us awhile to get our bearing," said Fleming Island head coach Darrell Ivey. "In the second half, especially after the water break, we started dominating the game. ...
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        Lakeside Junior High midfielder Nathan Prestridge, No. 7, sprints downfield

        01-29-2015

        Lakeside Junior High midfielder Nathan Prestridge, No. 7, sprints downfield with ball ahead of Lake Asbury Junior High defenders in Gators 1-0 win in the Clay County Boys Soccer championship game played Tuesday at the Clay County Soccer Complex in ...
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        District 5-2A runnerups

        01-29-2015

        Keystone Heights midfielder Bradshaw Fuller executes slide tackle on Eastside player in Indians 8-2 district 5-2A championship loss Saturday afternoon at Keystone Heights. Indians scored two goals from Benjamin Jones. Keystone Heights (16-6) will ...
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        St. Johns boys lose grinder in district final

        01-29-2015

        By Anthony Richards
        Correspondent ST. AUGUSTINE – The St. Johns Country Day boys soccer team came up just short, 1-0, of a district 2-1A title as the Spartans allowed the game-winning goal by St. Joseph Academy in the second period of extra time ...
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        Broncos grapplers building to season peak

        01-29-2015

        District 3-2A will be tri-battle with Raiders, Knights, Broncos
        By Randy Lefko Sports Editor ORANGE PARK – The Middleburg High wrestling team suffered a first season loss at the hands of the Orange Park Raiders Jan. 24 as part of the Orange Park ...
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        Eagles fall in OT to Knights

        01-29-2015

        Districts looming next week
        By Anthony Richards Correspondent FLEMING ISLAND – With district tournaments looming around the season’s corner, teams like Oakleaf and Fleming Island, two of the three county teams (Hint: OP) with a shot at region ...
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        Region 1-3A District 3-3A

        01-29-2015

        1. St. Joseph Academy 13-2, 6-0
        2. St. Francis Catholic 14-4, 4-2 3. Oak Hall 7-9, 2-4 4. St. Johns Country Day 2-12, 0-6 District tournament hosted by St. Joseph’s Academy (Feb. 3-6)Region 2-4ADistrict 5-2A1. Santa Fe 13-6, 9-1 2. P.K. Yonge ...
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        Junior high sports action: Tournament time

        01-29-2015

        Lakeside’s girls and the Bradford County boys basketball teams won the Northeast Florida Athletic Conference championships over the past week with Lakeside’s girls defeating Green Cove Springs and Bradford County’s boys defeating Lakeside. ...
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        Opinion

          Is John Thrasher brave enough to thwart campus guns?

          01-29-2015

          By Adam Weinstein
          Four years ago, John Thrasher did something incredibly brave. As chairman of the Florida Senate’s Rules Committee and one of the state’s most powerful Republicans, he bucked his entire party and one of its most powerful ...
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          Letter to

          01-29-2015

          Let the people speak
          Clay County Commission Chairman Diane Hutchings has decided that commission meetings would run better if the citizens spent less time talking at public meetings. She has therefore changed the public speaking policy to give the citizens fewer opportunities to speak at County Commission meetings. The citizens pay for their government, they have a right to have a say in how it is run and they have a right to address the Board of County Commissioners before they take action on any public business. This is a wrong-headed policy and a step backwards for citizens rights ...
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          This Week

          01-29-2015

          5 Years Ago, 2010
          • Orange Park Junior High students mobilized to collect donations and other aid items to help victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. Students collected more than $450 in cash, 328 t-shirts and approximately 100 shoeboxes filled with supplies. • Officials at Reynolds Industrial Park in Green Cove Springs welcomed the name change of its old Cattail Creek golf course to the new name of River Bend Golf Links. • St. Johns River Community College inducted 36 students into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at its Orange Park campus. 10 Years Ago, 2005 • ...
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          From The Editor

          01-29-2015

          By Eric Cravey
          A dog splashes into the nearby pool while a separate pack of five or so dogs scurries by as a playful mass of flesh and fur. It’s actions such as these that lead to – not only laughs and smiles – but conversations, and when ...
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