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Henley to make history on Orange Park Council

ORANGE PARK – Eddie Henley recently was appointed unanimously by the town council to serve out the remainder of Ron Raymond’s term on Seat 1 after his untimely death in October. While placed …

Army-Navy: The day Americans become football fans

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – There was plenty of banter between eight friends Tuesday night at Amvets Post 86. “We’re kicking your bootie,” Ricky McLoughlin said before raising his bottle of …

Sunshine State Public Relations honors Addison Davis

CLAY COUNTY –The Sunshine State Public Relations Association recognized Superintendent Addison Davis as the 2019 Communicator of the Year. SUNSPRA is an organization dedicated to improving …

J.P. Hall’s Giving the Gift of Hope assures all Clay children will get a Christmas toy

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Virginia Hall feels overwhelmed as her family’s annual Christmas party approaches on Saturday. “But it’s a wonderful overwhelming,” she said. Toys have been …

Ted Yoho to retire from U.S. Congress after current term

Ted Yoho announced Tuesday he will retire from the U.S. Congress when his term ends on Jan. 7, 2021. In an announcement posted on social media, Yoho, whose Third Congressional District includes …

Judge Don Lester finds balance between picking a tune, dispensing justice

Well good morning Judge, how are you today I'm in trouble, please put me away A pretty thing took a shine to me I couldn't stop her, so I let it be -“Good Morning Judge” -By …

Davis relying on Clay school’s statewide improvements for re-election

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Former superintendent Charlie Van Zant Jr. recently announced his 2020 bid as the first, and only person, to challenge current superintendent Addison Davis in next year’s …

County Commissioners vote to affirm second amendment

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After nearly three hours of public comment and board member discussion, the Board of County Commissioners voted to reaffirm their commitment to upholding the Second …

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Powerful Christmas message: To your family from Ben Carroll

In the Community
Thanksgiving still is a turkey of a tradition to me SANTA’S WORKSHOP – Another year, another November, and that means some of the worst days of the year are upon us. Since I can remember, I’ve grew up with a distinct disdain for Thanksgiving. …
DeSantis: Lawmakers must cut fat from political pork barrel spending State lawmakers got another message to expect a lean year for bringing home budget bacon. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a former congressman, used a Washington, D.C. last week in saying “earmarks” would …
A Thanks-Giving Message CLAY COUNTY – As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's remember that the holiday's name is a compound word – Thanks and Giving. Each of us has much to be thankful for – our lives, families, …
Do we ask for wisdom? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is the strong foundation everything else rests on. It does not need to know the particulars but always judges correctly. So, what did the …
Brandes betting legalized sports gambling will benefit schools Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed a bill last Monday that would officially legalize sports betting for anyone 21 or older. The bill, SB 968, includes guidelines for regulating sports …
Just some random thoughts of a cluttered mind before Thanksgiving CLAY COUNTY – Some random thoughts while clearing my cluttered desk and mind …As Thanksgiving approaches, I am thankful for so many things. First, I didn’t spend any money on …
Raymond’s legacy leaves a void, unanswered questions ORANGE PARK – When council member Ron Raymond died on Oct. 30, he left behind a legacy in the Orange Park community. He also left behind a seat on the town hall dais that must be filled soon. A …
Gifting a pet for Christmas? Do Your Homework First

CLAY COUNTY – Nothing is quite as heart-warming as the excitement of surprising a child with that longed-for dog or cat on Christmas morning. But no matter the season or reason, pet gifters need to …

Clay County Fire Rescue conducts live fire training exercise GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Fire Rescue conducted a live fire training exercise at a vacant mobile home off Turner Road on Dec. 6. Live fire training exercises are scheduled whenever …
Deadline for property tax exemptions is March 2 CLAY COUNTY – Property Appraiser, Roger A. Suggs, wants to inform the citizens of Clay County that the statutory deadline to apply for property tax exemptions is Monday, March 2. Homestead …
‘One’ helps children understand their feelings, emotions KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A friendship between two women that goes back as far as the 1960s is at the heart of a new book meant to teach children how each day is in their hands. Donna Henderson, 66, …
Keystone Heights Cemetery to host another Wreaths Across America KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Joan Jones will host the eighth annual Wreaths Across America celebration at the Keystone Heights Cemetery this Saturday where she expects over 200 in attendance. Jones, 92, …
Hour of Code uses Star Wars to teach students new computer skills GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Students across the nation took part in an Hour of Code and Green Cove Springs Junior High coders used their time to code Star Wars-themed games that they can share with …
Obituaries 12/5/19

Douglas Jerome Soto Douglas Jerome Soto passed away on Nov. 26, 2019 in Orange Park, Florida. He was born on April 16, 1968 in Humboldt, California to Rosalie Corkran. He held a Class-A CDL license …

Obituaries 11/28/19

Clark Allen Thomas Clark Allen Thomas, 71 of Middleburg, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019. He was born June 30, 1948 in Miami, Florida to parents Clarence E. and Mildred (Allen) Thomas and …

Obituaries 11/21/19

Mary Ellen (Thompson) – Solano At age 80, on November 17, 2019 Mary Ellen (Thompson) – Solano passed peacefully from this world into the spiritual world of heaven and into the arms of her …

Sports

Lady Spartans get win in first shot at St. Thomas Aquinas

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School girls soccer dispatched of two highly-touted programs over the weekend; 15-time state champion St. Thomas Aquinas with seven in a row from 1993-1999 in …
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
Community Briefs 12/12/19
TAMPA – Clay County will get $33,100 of the more than $376 million in grant funding from the Department of Justice to enhance state, … Read More
School News 12/12/19
Tools 4 Clay Schools working to re-stock classroomsGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay Education Foundation in partnership with Clay … Read More
North Florida Land Trust makes huge investment in Clay
CAMP BLANDING – The North Florida Land Trust acquired 20 acres in Clay County that extends the Trail Ridge Preserve within the … Read More
PRC residents treat employees, their children to Christmas party
Penny Farms residents treated Penney Retirement Community employees to their annual Christmas party on Dec. 6 at Barrows Hall. … Read More
This Week in History 12/12/19
Five years ago, 2014Florida Department of Transportation presents a five-year plan to widen Blanding Boulevard to six lanes in … Read More
Community Briefs 12/5/19
Safe Animal Shelter’s Giving Tuesday keeps pets off death rowFor Clay TodayMIDDLEBURG – Safe Animal Shelter rescues unwanted dogs … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 12/12/19
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 12/12/19
Jacksonville man caught selling heroin to CCSO informant ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was arrested after selling seven grams … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 12/5/19
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 12/5/19
Navy mechanic arrested for exposing himself to girls at gas stationFLEMING ISLAND – A Green Cove Springs man was released on a … Read More
Police Briefs 11/28/19
  CCSO: Oakleaf man shot during argument with roommate   OAKLEAF – A man was arrested after another man was … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/28/19
 Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Calendar 12/5/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the …

Community Calendar 11/21/19

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNEY FARMS: will hear from guest speaker Robert Dews, a local historian, about the Battle of Halsey Plantation on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark …

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. …