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Janitor charged with filming girls in Clay High locker room

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A janitor at Clay High was arrested last Friday, Sept. 13, for filming girls inside the locker room with a cell phone concealed inside an unassigned locker, the State …

Orange Park proposes lower millage rate

ORANGE PARK – The town council approved a tentative millage rate Tuesday night that’s lower than last year’s, which was already a decrease for taxpayers. The Orange Park Town Council voted …

Davidson sentenced to Death Row for 2015 murder

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A judge decided Wednesday Donald Davidson Jr. should be executed for 2015 murder of a Middleburg woman and the rape of her 10-year-old daughter. Judge Don Lester sent …

Charter schools on hold for new school police officers

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Officers with the newly-formed Clay County School Police Department won’t be stationed at the county’s charter schools for at least a month. Discussion about expanding …

Clay County School Board sets its budget at $450 million

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The school board’s final budget for 2019-20 was approved last week at nearly $450 million. Between the one mill increase voted through by voters last year, the required …

OPMC celebrates birth of 6 ‘Hurricane Dorian’ babies

ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park Medical Center found the silver lining of threat presented by Hurricane Dorian with six new lives that were welcomed into the world during the storm. The hospital …

Keystone Heights approves $5.6 million budget

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – City council members passed the city’s budget and millage rate on the first reading Monday night. The budget is about $5.6 million. The millage rate of 4.2901 mills didn’t …
In the Community
New season brings renewed hope for Jags’ championship season Andrew Luck retired in Indianapolis. Lamar Miller is out at Houston with a torn ACL. And the Tennessee Titans are, well, the Tennessee Titans. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, who spent $88 million …
This Week in History 8/22/19 Five years ago, 2014 The Clay County School Board approved a second charter school, Clay Charter Academy, in Middleburg.BCC considers building a sports complex of Old Jennings Road with some of the …
State legislatures to consider mandatory panic buttons in schools State Rep. Michael Gottlieb is pushing legislation for the upcoming 2020 Legislative Session that would mandate panic alarms in public schools. The measure (HB 23) is dubbed “Alyssa’s Law” …
Daniels should be judged by his job, not personal issues MIDDLEBURG – Sheriff Darryl Daniels promised to tone down his rhetoric ahead of Tuesday night’s Town Hall meeting at the Centerpoint Baptist Church. And while he kept his cool explaining the …
Florida Chamber highlights military’s importance in state JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Chamber kicked off its two-day “Military, Defense and Veterans” summit on Tuesday. Chamber President Mark Wilson addressed the “State of Play: Preparing for …
This Week In History 8/15/19 Five years ago, 2014Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Mark Borello will decide if the Clay County School Board will get an injunction against the Board of County Commissioners’ decision to …
Let’s talk when politics becomes too political We had an interesting discussion last week in the lobby of our office. Another frog-strangling thunderstorm kept us from going home, so we waited for a break from the thunderclaps and joked about the …
Shaheen blitzes contest to win trip to London with Jags

OAKLEAF – Jacksonville Jaguars football fan Amy Shaheen did a little street-talking and campaigning for a special cause during the past few weeks. "It was intense," said Shaheen, 42, and a …

Leadership Clay grads experience diverse experiences

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A class of 19 celebrated graduation at the end of Leadership Clay’s nine-month program. Leadership Clay’s class gathered at the downstairs pub Thursday night at Magnolia …

BASCA Awareness Week finishes strong with 5K run ORANGE PARK – It’s BASCA Awareness Week and the local nonprofit is looking forward to finishing strong with its annual 5K run. BASCA CEO Beth Clark has been making the rounds with local …
County auditor: Price to pay for lower taxes GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Commissioners said their tentative budget is bareboned. While that may seem like a win for taxpayers, the county’s auditor said Clay may soon face a financial …
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice kicks off school threats awareness campaign TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announced today a new awareness campaign aimed at addressing school threats made by students in Florida. The “It’s No Joke” …
River report raises water quality red flags CLAY COUNTY – The 12th Annual State of the River Report for the Lower St. Johns River Basin shows a striking jump in phosphorus, elevated levels of metals, continued loss of wetlands and increasing …
Students learn importance of county history, constitution GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clerk of Court Tara Green was in the middle of her tour of Clay County schools when she explained the importance of understanding the constitution to students from junior and …
Thrasher-Horne fundraising off to fast start ORANGE PARK – The Thrasher-Horne Center is raising money to continue its pursuit of the arts in Clay County, and after just a few months it’s more than halfway to its goal. Thrasher-Horne …
County looking 25 years down the road to address transportation CLAY COUNTY – The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization has updated their long-range transportation plan, and void of budgetary and permitting restrictions, the county will look vastly …
Obituaries 9/19/19

Patricia “Patty” Ann Columbia Patricia “Patty” Ann Columbia, age 62, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 9, 2019. Patty was born on May 10, 1957 in …

Obituaries 9/12/19

Bronze Holland Trull Jr. Bronze Holland Trull Jr., 96, passed away on August 20, 2019. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bronze was a much loved husband, father, grandfather & great …

Obituaries 9/5/19

Waneta Marie Wilson Waneta Marie Wilson, 80, peacefully passed away Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at her home in Green Cove Springs, Florida.Marie “Mom” Wilson was born December 10th, 1938 …

Obituaries 8/29/19

Waneta Marie Wilson Waneta Marie Wilson, 80, peacefully passed away Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at her home in Green Cove Springs, Florida.Marie “Mom” Wilson was born December 10th, 1938 …

Obituaries 8/22/19

Gerald “Jerry” Edward Smith Gerald “Jerry” Edward Smith, 69, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019. Jerry was born in Pueblo, Colorado but called …

Sports

Raiders win ‘Tug of War’ with Devils

ORANGE PARK – Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the visiting Clay Blue Devils as two turnovers in the fourth quarter were enough for Orange Park High’s Raiders football team to launch a …
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 9/19/19
Elections office warns of VPC mailingGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office has alerted voters to the … Read More
This Week in History 9/19/19
Five years ago, 2014Clay County School Board candidate Sandra Dunnavant files lawsuit against Clay Family Policy Forum for defamation … Read More
This Week in History 9/12/19
Five years ago, 2014A black bear that was relocated to Camp Blanding after being captured at Jacksonville Beach was euthanized after … Read More
This week in history 9/5/19
Five years ago, 2014St. Johns Housing Partnership and Habitat for Humanity team to rebuild the dilapidated home for Vietnam veteran, … Read More
Business Briefs 8/29/19
OPMC opens $11 million expansion for irregular heart rhythm conditionsORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center is now treating … Read More
Community briefs 8/29/19
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council presented 16 Gold Awards Aug. 22 in recognition of their remarkable dedication to improving their … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 9/19/19
CCSO break up drug distribution center at cell phone storeMIDDLEBURG – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office raided a Boost Mobile … 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
Police Briefs 9/12/19
Woman nabbed for selling jewelry reported stolenORANGE PARK – A woman was finally tracked down after she reportedly sold stolen … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 9/12/19
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 9/5/19
Man jailed for selling heroin ‘8-ball’ to informantORANGE PARK – An unemployed man was arrested for selling a $300 … Read More
Arrests and bookings 9/5/19
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 9/19/19

PENNEY FARMS HISTORICAL SOCIETY: will meet Sept. 19 at the Penney Farms Town Hall at 7 p.m. Ted Townsend will talk about his “What Happened to the Confederates?” LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB …

Community Calendar 9/12/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning …

Calendar 8/29/19

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Clay County Administration Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, at 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs.BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT …

Calendar 8/22/19

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Clay County Administration Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor, at 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. FREE QUIT TOBACCO …

Community calendar 8/15/19

CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR SENIORS: program is Aug. 17 at the Conviva Care Center, 20 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Techniques to cope with pain, fatigue and poor sleep will …