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Longtime public servant died on Oct. 30

ORANGE PARK – Town hall chambers were somber Tuesday night during the first council meeting since council member Ron Raymond’s death on Oct. 30. The show had to go on, so the four other …

Trapped in his own silence for years, Veteran can hear granddaughter’s voice

MIDDLEBURG – When Mark Adrick’s life changed when he heard his 3½-year-old granddaughter for the first time in years. No longer a prisoner of his own solitude, the retired Navy Captain still …

Davis, Clay High students exchange ideas, concerns

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay High students were given free rein for an hour with the superintendent to talk about where the school and the overall district have found successes and failures in the …

Curt Towne Band cuts its own path into Southern Rock circuit

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Most rock-and-rollers are usually coming home at 3:30 a.m. Not Curt Towne. His day is just getting started. He has music to write, a shop to run, lessons to give and …

No shady deals: OP votes to set tree removal fee at $165 an inch

ORANGE PARK – Town council passed a motion Tuesday night to strengthen their commitment as a tree sanctuary. As a tree sanctuary, when someone removes a protected tree without replacing it, the …

Town of Orange Park mourns the passing of Councilman Ron Raymond

From Orange Park Town Mayor Connie Thomas:The Town is deeply grieved to announce that Councilman Ron Raymond passed away unexpectedly yesterday evening. Ron was a trusted leader and cherished friend …

School board sheds negative light on Best and Bright program

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County School Board is hoping the Florida legislation drops its Best and Brightest Program during their upcoming session so more money can be allocated across …

Orange Park targets three areas to prevent stormwater damage

ORANGE PARK – Following an extensive water flow model study of the town, the council is moving forward with three projects over the next few years, with further plans down the road. Following …
In the Community
Baptist Health's new Oakleaf ED to bring urgent care into community OAKLEAF – Darin Roark smartly weaved a path through a maze of dangling wires, ladders, wet concrete and plaster Tuesday. His suit and tie easily distinguished Baptist Health’s Vice President, …
Odds on legalized gambling slowly improving TALLAHASSEE – After the loss of roughly $350 million a year in payments from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, House and Senate leaders are rethinking the state’s approach to gambling, one of the …
Avoiding the ‘freshman 15’ CLAY COUNTY – Starting your freshman year of college is one of the most exciting experiences after high school. For many college freshman health and nutrition is not the top priority but the …
Florida gets $58 million grant from CDC to fight opioid crisis First Lady Casey DeSantis and a variety of state and local leaders were at UF Health in Jacksonville last Monday to discuss the opioid crisis and to herald new mechanisms for response. DeSantis …
Blue-Green Algae Task Force: Climate change increases risk of blooms Data on climate change and global warming, words reportedly barred from use during Rick Scott’s tenure as governor, will inform recommendations from the Blue-Green Algae Task …
There’s too much good in NFL to listen to self-centered noise Many Jacksonville Jaguars fans were relieved when temperamental cornerback Jalen Ramsey showed up for practice on Wednesday. Warrick Dunn also showed up for work, and he did it without any …
UCF gets federal cash for PTSD treatment center The University of Central Florida is set to receive another $1 million federal grant to support its UCF RESTORES research center and treatment clinic aiding active-duty service members and military …
Clay YMCA’s DayStar sets national standard

ORANGE PARK – Clay County’s two YMCAs are home to the only two DayStar national programs, and for nearly 20 years, the programs have given adults with disabilities a place to spend their days …

Military Vehicle Preservation provides artifacts for Fleming Island 12’s ‘Midway’ FLEMING ISLAND – World War II jeeps, American and Japanese uniforms and a Samurai sword are just a few of the items that will be part of a Veteran’s Day celebration Nov. 9 that will herald the …
Ridgeview’s Interact Club focuses on community services ORANGE PARK – Dozens of students at Ridgeview High devote their time outside of school and work to community service on both a local scale and a global stage as members of the school’s Interact …
Roland’s sanctuary spawns hope, awareness for senior dogs MELROSE – The telephone at Ralph Roland’s senior dog rescue rings 10 times a day with people trying to find a home for an elderly dog. As much as the retired Navy sailor wants them all, he has to …
Dunya Fresh Halal Food offers authentic, diverse menu ORANGE PARK – Kavser Selevany started Dunya Fresh Halal Food because she didn’t have much luck finding authentic Arabic food in the area. The restaurant, at 319 Blanding Blvd., has been open …
Camp Chowenwaw overwhelming by walking tour’s popularity GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Although registration for Camp Chowenwaw’s next historical walking tour is full, the public interest is encouraging to park officials that residents admire or want to learn …
Obituaries 10/31/19

Carolyn “Kay” Dapra Carolyn “Kay” Dapra, 80, of Orange Park, FL passed away peacefully on October 17, 2019. She was born on June 24, 1939 in Edgewood, PA to Earl Hultz and …

Obituaries 10/24/19

Jenny Lynne Davidson Jenny Lynne Davidson, 59, of Fleming Island, Florida, passed away October 19, 2019 at Haven Hospice Orange Park.Jenny, survived by her parents W. H. and Joyce Davidson, was born …

Obituaries 10/17/19

Robert “Bob” Brown Kerr Robert “Bob” Brown Kerr, 90 of Green Cove Springs, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019. Mr. Kerr was born January 6, 1929 in Rutherford, Tennessee …

Sports

Justino runs Broncos to playoff upset

BALDWIN - Middleburg High football has had its bright moments, but also some disastrous moments, and, head coach Karl Smeltzer put it all in perspective at the halftime with the Broncos down 24-3 to …
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

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The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Please visit the YMCA blog to stay up to date on their latest news!

Good Deeds, Memories and Briefs
Boo on the Boulevard
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – More than 4,500 residents attended this year’s Boo on the Boulevard, according to event planners Barbara … Read More
Business Briefs 11/7/19
Middleburg Family Dental offering free services on SaturdayMIDDLEBURG – Local residents will have the opportunity to receive free … Read More
Going Bananas? Uses for a tropical plant in NE Florida
CLAY COUNTY – Fall may seem like an odd time to be talking about banana plants but this year has brought out interest in this … Read More
This Week In History 11/7/19
Five years ago, 2014 The Board of County Commissioners approve a mega-sports complex to spend some of its $20 million in unspent … Read More
SJR State conducting stakeholder survey
ORANGE PARK – St. Johns River State College is reaching out to community members, business leaders and the local industry to provide … Read More
School district joins network of suppliers, procurement officers
FLEMING ISLAND – The Clay County School District recently joined DemandStar, the online network connecting local and national … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 11/7/19
 Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Police Briefs 11/7/19
Deputies seize methamphetamine, heroin during drug raidCLAY HILL – Clay County deputies seized nearly three-quarters of a pound – … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 10/31/19
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Police briefs 10/31/19
No tag light lands two in jail for drugs MIDDLEBURG – A traffic stop shortly after midnight Oct. 23 for a car driving without a … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 9/19/19
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 10/24/19
 Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Community calendar 10/31/19

  DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, of the Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Community Calendar 10/17/19

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, of the Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Calendar 10/10/19

CLAY COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION: will conduct a public hearing on Oct. 10 at the Clay County Commission Chamber, fourth floor, at 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs, from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Fla. …

Community calendar 10/3/19

  LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 3 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. AMVETS BINGO: is Oct. 3 at Post 86, 6685 Brooklyn Bay Road, Keystone …

Calendar 9/26/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.AMVETS BINGO: is Sept. 26 at Post 86, 6685 Brooklyn Bay Road, Keystone Heights …