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Hundreds of superheroes run to benefit Grace Episcopal Day School

ORANGE PARK – Saturday’s Superhero Run featured people dressed in the costumes of many comic book heroes, but the main idea was to support the first responders and front-line personnel of the …
An epidemic of innocence: As child pornography cases grow online, so does CCSO’s effort to put predators behind bars
Sheriff’s office employs help of cyber detectives, computer-sniffing dogORANGE PARK – The stacks of folders at the Internet Crimes … Read More
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
ORANGE PARK – Despite the trepidation, precautions and weariness that’s been a part of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still found a … Read More
Orange Park decides
In the second installment of a weekly series, candidates for the Orange Park Town Council will be profiled. This week, Seat 4 … Read More
Ludlam using AstroBot STEM to attract more women to advanced technology
FLEMING ISLAND – Kait Ludlam is paving the way for women in the future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. When … Read More
Black Creek District installs 43 new Eagle Scouts
FLEMING ISLAND – The Black Creek District surpassed two important milestones Saturday, Feb. 6, with its induction of 43 to the ranks … Read More
Orange Park decides
(In the first installment of a weekly series, candidates for the Orange Park Town Council will be profiled. This week, Seat 3 … Read More

Politics and pandemic are a combination that endangers all of us

When Donald Trump was the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci told us a year ago “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” despite the threat of COVID-19. Now that Joe Biden is the …

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Dr. Gentle lives up to her name at her chiropractic business

FLEMING ISLAND – For her occupation, Fleming Island Dr. June Gentle has the right name. She is a chiropractor, taking care of Clay County residents and providing a more natural remedy to many …
Challenger Center will ‘ignite the county’s economy for many decades to come’
OAKLEAF – Challenger Center is now open for development. That was something echoed by many during the honorary groundbreaking … Read More
Health department: 62% of county’s seniors have been vaccinated for COVID-19
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Sixty two percent of the county’s 65 years of age and older have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Clay … Read More
Orange Park decides: John Hauber wants to be a leader, not politician, on Orange Park Council
(In the third of four weekly installments, candidates for the Orange Park Town Council have been profiled. This week, Seat 3 … Read More
Keystone Heights decides: City Council candidate Bobby Brown wants all voices to be heard
(In the first installment of a weekly series, candidates for the Keystone Heights City Council will be profiled. This week, Seat 3 … Read More
Synergy program will allow students, teachers, parents to stay in touch with online program
FLEMING ISLAND – The school district is looking at a new program called Synergy that could change the way teachers interact with … Read More
Baker Clay Dental Clinic offering free appointments on Fridays
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Friday mornings at the Baker Clay Dental Clinic can get pretty busy. That’s because between 7 a.m. and 1 … Read More
Keystone Heights JROTC earns best color guard marks in school history
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Ret. Army Lt. Col. Richard Hall served in the U.S. military for 33 years. Now he’s helping Keystone Heights’ … Read More
One water bottle at a time: Fleming Island Environmental Club working to save the planet
FLEMING ISLAND – Students who are members of the Fleming Island High Environmental Science club are working to help their classmates … Read More
Orange Park selects Playmore to build new playground at Clarke House Park
ORANGE PARK – The town council approved a contract with Playmore to create a new playground for the Clarke House Park. The Town … Read More
Faith Walk: No charge

This is a story I first heard many years ago. A little boy came into the kitchen one evening while his mother was cooking supper. He handed her a piece of paper. On it he had written: MY …

Faith Walk: God is not a God of the Past

Throughout our lives we undergo many changes and live through different seasons. We face struggles and experience victories. With the challenges of COVID-19, and other recent societal challenges, we …

Faith walk: Who is the greatest Champion?

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday. A day where people gather with family and friends to celebrate champions. It’s exciting to cheer for our favorite players and teams as they strive for excellence …

Faith Walk 1/28/21

Jesus was speaking to all of us when He said, “Do not judge and you will not be judged.” This is one particular teaching that will bring you great peace if you accept it. Incorrectly judging …

Faith walk: Does God Know Who I Am?

Psalm 139:13 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb" (NIV). We find strength in our loved ones. They know us and accept us for who we are. The comfort that …

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Community First Credit Union mortgage rates are at historic lows (most loans close in 30 days) Community First Credit Union has recently lowered mortgage rates to help you save more than ever …

Sports
Chemo Noir: A ride for a reason Recovering from the loss of a loved one can be one of the hardest things a person can go through. People handle loss in many ways. The emotions and feelings attached to a loss can be destructive, but …
McDowell’s victory another page in unpredictable lure of the Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH – First there was fire. Then rain. Followed by even more fire. Last Sunday’s Daytona 500 had two massive crashes that involved a total of 24 cars, a six-hour rain delay and a …
Parents need to be more involved with protecting children against internet crimes CLAY COUNTY – Last Tuesday was Safer Internet Day in the United States and another 140 countries around the world. It also was National Cut the Cord Day, National Bagel and Lox Day, National Pizza …
Keep Public Notices in full view A bill approved by a Florida House committee on Feb. 3 will be sent to the floor later this month that would effectively end the practice of placing public notices in newspapers for local …
Exercise vital to child’s development during pandemic slowdown CLAY COUNTY – The world is in a standstill due to the ongoing pandemic, but it is still important for people to keep moving. Exercise is a vital part of someone’s physical and psychological …

Deja Vu LadySpartans on to region final

ORANGE PARK - Deja Vu. Just 10 days prior, the St. Johns Country Day Spartans faced off against the St. Joseph Academy Flashes on Mike Pickett field with the Spartans dominating the district 3-2A …

District wrestling titles go to Fleming Island, Clay

OAKLEAF - Fleming Island High wrestling survived their fair share of bumps and bruises in 2021 and managed a Flagler Rotary title, a Final Four Duals finish and, yet again, a district 1-3A title at …

Spartans rolls to region final

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School forward Jacob Graston scored two goals to lead St. Johns Country Day School to a 4-0 victory over visiting St. Augustine St. Joseph Academy in a Class 2A …

Rosano’s ride continues; 3-2 over Creekside

FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island High soccer forward Kaitlyn Scherer scored two goals to back a strong performance from keeper Mackenzie Kirk as Fleming Island seized a lead and held on for a 3-2 …

Gold for three in state wrestling finals

KISSIMMEE - Clay High junior wrestler Madisyn Blackburn did not get her anticipated rematch with the rival she wanted, but the unbeaten Blue Devil grappler came home with a gold medal as she joined …

First quarter blitz sends Oakleaf Knights to Final Four

OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High guard Taliah Scott nailed her first two jumpers; both three-pointers, with teammate Kaylah Turner pumping in her own as the first three shots for the Lady Knights proved …

RHS Rodriguez on path to third (final) state final shot

ORANGE PARK - Ridgeview High senior wrestler Matthew Rodriguez has a bucket load of medals at the house, but the one he is missing, a gold state medal, has been the elusive one. Last year, it was …

Viens’ pin, Boree clamp down take Tussle title from Eagles

FLEMING ISLAND - Clay High got back-to-back dramatic finishes; a third period pin from Thomas Viens and a takedown with just 12 seconds on the clock from Luke Boree to steal away the Tussle of Muscle …

Knights take rough road to district final

BARTRAM TRAIL - Oakleaf High basketball took the rough road to the district final with a dominating win over top-seed Nease High, but let a late lead fall in the final; a 41-39 loss to second seed …

Fast Fletcher start dooms Eagles

JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Fleming Island High basketball’s route to the Final Four a couple years ago started with a loss in the district championship game, so Friday’s 60-50 loss to Fletcher in the …

#DOE: Decade of Excellence

ORANGE PARK - In a unique doubleheader of playoff soccer, the St. Johns Country Day School boys and girls soccer teams both won district championship games on their home turf to continue seasons into …
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
Educators virtually attend Second Annual Tri-County Summit
ST. AUGUSTINE – INK!, Clay Education Foundation and Jacksonville Public Education Fund hosted the Second Annual Tri-County Summit … Read More
This Week In History 2/25/21
Five years ago, 2016• The state allocates $2.5 million to shore up the Clay County School District’s finances.• The First Coast … Read More
Atlantis Drive Groundbreaking Ceremony slated for Thursday
Please join the Clay County Board of County Commissioners for the Atlantis Drive Groundbreaking Ceremony this Thursday, February 18, … Read More
Clay Humane’s responsible pet owner contest winner earns billboard-size recognition 
ORANGE PARK – Clay Humane’s 21st Annual Responsible Pet Owners poster contest winner, Alayna Godwin, has had her poster turned … Read More
Junior High students encouraged to change the world
ORANGE PARK – Clay County students in seventh and eighth grades are invited to submit their ideas and plans for making their … Read More
Community Briefs 2/18/21
Quigley House’s Bike Poker Run is on SaturdayGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Quigley House will hold its Bike Poker Run at 11 a.m. on … Read More
This Week In History 2/18/21
Five years ago, 2016• Certified Public Accountant James Kevin Hargnett of Green Cove Springs is sentenced to 20 years in prison for … Read More
Help Keep Clay Beautiful and Join the Great American Clean Up
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla – The Keep America Beautiful® Great American Cleanup® is the nation’s largest community improvement … Read More
Is 2021 Florida's year for sports betting legislature?
Is 2021 Florida's year for sports betting legislature? When it comes to living in Florida, there is a lot to like. This is … Read More
Quigley House gets CDC grant for new rape prevention service
ORANGE PARK – The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rape Prevention … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 2/25/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 2/25/21
Man tracked down following January robberyGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies tracked down a … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 2/18/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 2/18/21
Middleburg man charged with killing his brotherMIDDLEBURG – A 63-year-old man was arrested Sunday for shooting and killing his … Read More
Police Briefs 2/11/21
Bond set at $750,030 for man charged with child pornographyMIDDLEBURG – Bond was set at $750,030 for a Middleburg man accused of … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 2/11/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 2/25/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet Feb. 25 at the Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center, 88 DE 75th St., Starke, at 7:30 a.m. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: will meet Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the …

Community Calendar 2/18/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Clyde’s Cozy Corner Café, 195 S. Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, at 6 p.m. FAMILIAR KILL: will be read Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The …

Calendar 2/11/21

ORANGE PARK PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD: will meet Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. THE JUNGLE BOOK: is Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center St. Johns …

Community Calendar 2/4/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the …

Calendar 1/28/21

COMMUNITY HOSPICE AND ALLIATIVE CARE: will host a virtual webinar on Jan. 28 on mastering the services of Medicare and Medicaid at 5 p.m. Visit …