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For a second straight Legislative session, a Clay County Republican will be key to the budget process. Just as Sen. Rob Bradley(R-Fleming Island) chaired Senate Appropriations in 2018, chairing … more
Last year, I wrote a column about how Thanksgiving is one of the worst holidays. Today, I’m here to report to you that my feelings have changed. Today, I write to tell you that Thanksgiving is … more
What group of Floridians contribute the greatest share of income to taxes? Not the wealthy, according to new study Florida ranks 48th in the nation for tax fairness, according to a recent … more
For leaders of the Christian Coalition of America, the letting ex-felons vote seemed a no-brainer. “Redemption and second chances are really at the heart of the Christian faith,” said … more
5 years ago, 2013 The Clay County School Board held a special called meeting to discuss the “Dare to Think” conference planned by Superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. and would feature … more
When I got into the senior project/internship class at UNF, the professor supervising my progress put up some articles and words of advise on how to begin our journey as an intern. One of the … more
A healthy but also fragile economy led the Senate’s budget chief to tell fellow lawmakers they need to be “very, very conservative” in writing the state’s next yearly budget. Indeed, with … more
Even in Florida, lawns and landscapes take a break during the winter and naturally go dormant. During December, January and February, landscapes typically need less irrigation, so now is a great … more
How was it possible for Amendment 4, the amendment restoring the voting rights of former felons, to get 64.55 percent of the vote in Florida? All statewide partisan races were close. Clearly, … more
This Week in history [Photo gallery]
5 years ago, 2013After deliberating six hours, a four-man, two-woman jury convicted a Jacksonville man of two counts of second-degree murder. Cornelius Walston, 30, of Jacksonville, had been on trial … more
The new year saw the passing of Seth Howard, 24, a drummer of Jacksonville-based metal band Yashira. Howard went to Ridgeview High School and graduated from the University of Florida last year. I … more
Reported crimes and arrests are down and Florida has held fewer people behind bars in recent years, but forecasters working for the state aren’t expecting prison populations to continue to … more
He was tall and stoic, I stood by in awed silence and watched the somber moment as President George Herbert Walker Bush laid a wreath in remembrance of the 39 Federal Law Enforcement Training Center … more
There has been a great deal of discussion lately about the Clay County Council on Aging and Clay Transit, most of which has come from those that are minimally involved in the organization. I feel … more
5 years ago, 2013Orange Park Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors by requiring shops to place the products behind the checkout counter and prohibited them … more
The polls said this Florida election was supposed to be the Democrats’ night. Andrew Gillum was going to be the next Governor and that Bill Nelson would be headed back to the U.S. Senate for a … more
5 years ago, 2013A committee of the Clay County Development Authority voted to extend negotiation deadlines with the controversial $25 million Big League Dreams baseball field project targeted for … more
PONTE VEDRA BEACH – Having covered The Players golf championship tournament for nearly 12 years, the most prized photo I captured took place in 2010 not of a pretty famous golfer, but of a more … more
I had an absolutely amazing time at the launch of the Parker Solar Probe. I cannot thank Girl Scouts enough for providing this opportunity to me. The Parker Solar Probe launched at 3:31a.m. on … more
Here comes Thanksgiving again, my eighth favorite holiday. You know the drill. It’s the day, to quote the 1990s British band Blur, “To gather the family around the table/To eat enough to … more
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