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Kornegay retires as Keystone Heights City Manager

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Scott Kornegay woke up at 5:30 a.m. last Monday, just he did every morning in the past four-and-a-half years as the City Manager of Keystone Heights. But unlike the past few …

Clay COVID-19: Death rate increases to 33, while number of infected swells to 390

CLAY COUNTY – The local death toll for COVID-19 grew to 33 in Clay County with the addition of three more residents of long-term care facilities. In all, 20 were residents at assisted living …

Teen Court graduates honored with scholarships, visit by Clerk Tara Green

LAKE ASBURY – Teen Court seniors were in for a number of different surprises last week, including driveway greetings and scholarships. May 27 was shaping up to be a standard day for 18-year-old …

School board to decide half-cent resolution at next meeting

CLAY COUNTY – The school board soon will decide whether to request a half-cent sales tax for the November general election ballot. The school board briefly discussed this amended resolution for …

Mobile veterinary unit stolen from Clay Humane

ORANGE PARK – Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic based in Orange Park, is looking for help from the public to find a mobile veterinary unit stolen last weekend. The unit, which …

Clay County 2020 All Hazards Preparedness guide now available

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Florida’s Atlantic Hurricane officially will start on Sunday, and the Clay County Board of County Commissioners and Division of Emergency Management want to help Clay …

Local hospitals: There’s no reason to be scared to go to ER

FLEMING ISLAND – Hospitals in Clay County hospitals and emergency centers want residents to know that there is no reason to be scared of going to the hospital, even during the COVID-19 …

Former CCSO deputy ordered jail until federal trial

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the detention and indictment of Travis Ryan Pritchard, 36, of Green Cove Springs. Pritchard was initially charged by criminal complaint and, …

Orange Park Mall showing free drive-in movies

ORANGE PARK – Drive-In movies are back in Clay County. What was once a staple of entertainment but faded out with increased technology over time is back – at least for the time being – the …

My Salon back to trimming hair, not safety standards

ORANGE PARK – My Salon Suite in Orange Park is back open for business. Barbers, hairdressers, aestheticians and others are back to their shops at their suite on Wells Road. But like most other …

Royal returns with loftier goals as GCS Mayor

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city of Green Cove Springs has a new mayor. Sort of. Van Royal, the 67-year-old southwest Florida native who has made Green Cove Springs his home for the last 30 …
In the Community

Fortis College’s Practical Nursing Program addresses medical needs of community

ORANGE PARK – Fortis College recognizes the ever-present need for medical professionals. As such, while already having many medical programs to include Healthcare Management, Medical Assisting, …

COVID-19’s not-so-wild ride

CLAY COUNTY – Residents are more ready to begin traveling and enjoying what’s open in Florida. Clay Today reached out to readers through Facebook to gather their thoughts on how they feel …

Green Cove Springs honors Code Enforcement Officer Ben Plourd

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council unanimously passed a proclamation of Code Enforcement Officers’ Appreciation Week during last Tuesday’s meeting. The week of June 1-5 is …

Orange Park’s grant program proving to be worthy investment

ORANGE PARK – The town hired a grant writing agency over a year and a half ago, and the fruits of that investment continue to grow. Orange Park has gone through a myriad of changes in the past …

Federal program will soon start buying homes in flood-prone areas

CLAY COUNTY – Clay County residents whose applications have been accepted will soon be selling their homes back to the county. The National Department of Economic Opportunity is helping the …

Town council pushes Orange Park Plaza a step closer to reality

ORANGE PARK – The Town Council approved amendments to zoning and land-use maps Tuesday night for the developers of the project known as the Orange Park Plaza. The Orange Park Plaza, which is …

St. Johns Water Management District: Prepare ahead of hurricane season

CLAY COUNTY – With the start of hurricane season just days away, the St. Johns River Water Management District's website provides easy access to valuable data and information to assist the public …

SJRWMD Blue School Grant Program accepting applications

CLAY COUNTY – Now entering the fifth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the St. Johns River Water Management District anticipates offering as much as $20,000 in grants for education projects …

Knight’s Elevate Graphics turns ordinary to extraordinary

MIDDLEBURG – Charles Knight of Elevate Graphics has been around the auto industry for most of his life. His father opened a car dealership (All-Star Motors) in 1999. Knight and his siblings were …

Newly-appointed Watts faces some of Orange Park’s biggest challenges

ORANGE PARK – Alan Watt is starting off his second term with the town’s council as the mayor and he’s been appointed to that position in an interesting period in Orange Park history. The …

4-H moves summer camps to virtual experiences

CLAY COUNTY – Florida’s 4-H camps have been canceled this summer but that doesn’t mean children and young adults won’t have the chance to learn over the next few months. As a result of the …
Obituaries 6/4/20

Master Sergeant Bert ShipleyMaster Sergeant Bert Shipley, 90, passed away peacefully at the family home in Orange Park, Florida on May 22, 2020. He was a twenty-year decorated veteran of the United …

Obituaries 5/28/20

Deborah Richardson Huguley Deborah Richardson Huguley, 64, of Middleburg, Florida passed away May 14th, 2020 of natural causes.She was born in Pfungstadt, Germany and adopted by the late Fredrick …

Obituaries 5/21/20

Robert Lee Snell Robert Lee Snell, 68, of Penney Farms, FL, entered the sunset of life on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Ascension St. Vincent’s Clay County Hospital, Middleburg, FL. A native and …

Obituaries 5/14/20

Sharon Carey Taylor Sharon Carey Taylor, 71 of Palatka, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville following a brief illness.Sharon is survived by her …

Faith walk: When I die

The old canard is “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” The humorous part of that is supposed to be the play on “taxes.” But the fact is that the one certain thing in life is that you and …

Faith walk: "If I Were the Devil"

This week’s column is adapted from a long ago radio script by the renowned broadcaster Paul Harvey. This was the script of his broadcast on April 3, 1965. If I were the devil – I mean, if I …

Faith walk: Heaven

The Pastor was preaching about Heaven. He became very excited about the prospect of going to Heaven and he tried to communicate his sincere excitement of future hope to the congregation. Deeply …

Faith walk: Picking and choosing

I just came home from grocery shopping. It is my choice to do most of the shopping because when I go to the grocery store, I will actually shop for the items we need. My wife “buys;” I …

Sports
Letter to the Editor: Preparation the key to dealing with COVID-19, wildfire and hurricane seasons Dear Editor, Clay County Emergency Management, in Unified Command with the Florida Department of Health in Clay County, Board of County Commissioners and County Manager, have been preparing for …
This Week In History 5/21/20 Five years ago, 2015 The Board of Commissioners voted to add the Orange Park Skateboard Park to its list of candidates to share $20 million in unspent bond money.Gen. Roy S. Geiger was honored by the …
Republicans call for end to vacation rental ban Despite facing pressure from within his own party to lift restrictions on vacation rentals, there’s no word yet from Gov. Ron DeSantis on when rentals may reopen. In late March, the governor …
Cutting hair, telling stories: Life back to normal at A Barber Shop FLEMING ISLAND – It was difficult to hear the telephone ring over the playful conversations and derision at A Barber Shop last Tuesday. Customers, make that friends, sat along the walls – each …
McGinty shifts from fantasy world of sports to essential work as nurse Last Wednesday was designated as Nurses Appreciation Day. In reality, every day is a day to appreciate the work of our healthcare workers. I reached out to an old friend on Tuesday night to talk …

Miller takes over AD for Knights

OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High wrestling and assistant football coach Marcus Miller has had his share of taking teams at the bottom of the stats list to an upward trend, but now, with his promotion to the …
Middleburg takes on ‘The Murph’
MIDDLEBURG - Noel Famy, Middleburg Strength and Crossfit gym owner, finished his introduction of U.S. Navy Seal Lt. Col. Michael P. … Read More
Hyams going to big offense college program
FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island High quarterback Dean Hyams had as good a final season as one could have for his senior campaign with … Read More
Pickett on Top 100 coaches Maxpreps list
ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School girls soccer coach Mike Pickett, with his 12th title in 2020, added yet another trophy to … Read More
Got APP? Area runners take the Miles de Mayo Challenge
FLEMING ISLAND - With all running races stopped after the Gate River Run 15K for the Coronavirus shutdown, area runners have taken to … Read More
2020 Senior Athletes 5/28/20
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With the spring seasons eliminated from competition, there is a handful of senior athletes that been on the fields … Read More
Clay Today Players of Year
ORANGE PARK - Fleming Island High senior wrestler Chad Nix suffered his lone loss of the season at a Christmas tournament to an … Read More
Throwback Thursday 2014 Kurnitsky to lead Raiders
ORANGE PARK - With quips like “Lombardi” time and “Havoc” basketball, a new era has arrived at Orange Park High School’s … Read More
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-One Number Different

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
College Briefs 6/4/20
Two SJCDS Spartans earn National Merit ScholarshipsORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School is thrilled to congratulate two … Read More
This Week in History 6/4/20
Five years ago, 2015• Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler is sued after an unidentified man was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting … Read More
JC Penney reopens at Orange Park Mall
JC Penney at the Orange Park Mall has reopened since closing on March 18 and employees are excited to be back at work. The associates … Read More
Primitive tent camping to reopen on District lands
CLAY COUNTY – The St. Johns River Water Management District has reopened campsites on district lands. Both first-come/first-serve … Read More
Garden Club concerned about plight of Monarch butterflies
ORANGE PARK – The Monarch butterfly is among the most recognized, studied and loved of all North America’s insects. The annual … Read More
OPMC offering health coverage hotline
ORANGE PARK – Over the last few months, we know many of our friends and neighbors have lost their health insurance. This can cause a … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 6/4/20
CCSO: Man remains in jail after fondling girl, beating her motherMIDDLEBURG – A woman woke up to find her boyfriend lying next to … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 6/4/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 5/28/20
Outraged neighbors, recent overdose prompt CCSO to arrest 8 in drug raid MIDDLEBURG – Eight people were arrested following a drug … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 5/28/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 5/21/20
Man charged with killing his mother, leaving her in garage for monthsMIDDLEBURG – A local man was charged with second degree murder … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 5/21/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 3/12/20

ORANGE PARK WOMEN’S CLUB THRIFT SHOP: is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 13, at 130 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. CLAY COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT: will meet March 13 at 3 p.m. …