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Clay County Fair plays to large, enthusiastic crowds

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Joshua Wheeler and Tyanna Conant arrived to the Clay County Fairgrounds shortly after noon on Thursday, April 1 – hours before the midway opened for this year’s …
Business is racing for Jimmy Johnson at Clay County Fair
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Jimmy Johnson was forced to sneak quick bites of ice cream between answering questions and telling tales about … Read More
School board finally approves proposal to provide maintenance for athletic fields
FLEMING ISLAND – The Fleming Island High In-Service Training Facility was packed Thursday, April 1, as students, teachers and … Read More
Fleming Island’s Cooley to participate at Jack and Jill Beautillion
FLEMING ISLAND – Fleming Island High senior Jordan Cooley will participate in the Jack and Jill Beautillion in May. Jack and Jill … Read More
Ferris wheel and funnel cakes
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The final bolts were tightened on the midway rides Wednesday afternoon. Prized pigs and cows were groomed, … Read More
Explosive materials also recovered at Keystone Heights drug lab
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Homeland Investigations and Drug Enforcement Agency provided … Read More
Fire destroys iconic St. Simons Baptist Church
ORANGE PARK – One by one, cars and trucks slowly rolled through and around the potted dirt driveway, emerging from a wooded entrance … Read More

We should demand honesty when our leaders talk of voting laws

CLAY COUNTY – Voters in Keystone Heights and Orange Park will head to the polls on Tuesday, April 13, to elect two members each for their city and town councils. Bobby Brown and Deirdre Murphy …

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In the Community

Local pickleball players win medals at Smash Against Domestic Violence

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – On any warm day, you can find players at Ronnie Van Zant park engaging in the lively competition of pickleball. The city of Keystone Heights recently unveiled their new courts, …
Facebook Question of the week: What do you think of the Blue Angels practicing so close to Clay County?
CLAY COUNTY – Anyone living close to NAS Jacksonville is familiar with the sounds and sights of the Navy’s Blue Angels.Formed in … Read More
Green Cove Springs joins April Water Conservation month push
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council offered a proclamation bringing the city into alignment with Clay County … Read More
Fire Station 25’s patriotic truck pays homage to local soldiers
CAMP BLANDING – It doesn’t take much looking to see that Clay County is extremely military friendly. The county has numerous … Read More
Finalists selected for Shepherd Center’s Golden Years Gala awards
ORANGE PARK – This is the 14th time the Golden Years Gala recognizes senior adults for outstanding volunteer service in Clay County. … Read More
Practice makes perfect for Oakleaf’s state champion percussion band
OAKLEAF – “There’s no replacement for working really hard for something and then finally getting it,” said Chad Robbins, … Read More
O’Connor expands to Oakleaf area after developing much of Fleming Island
FLEMING ISLAND – The Eagle Harbor community has come a long way in the past thirty-odd years. One reason is the dedication of John … Read More
Retired Army Ranger trades jungles of Vietnam for golf at Eagle Landing
OAKLEAF – A hero walks among us. Clay County resident William Smith is a remarkable American. The retired U.S. Army Command … Read More
St. Johns River State College spotlight: Alfred Jackson
ORANGE PARK – Alfred Jackson is a 37-year-old student in the Paramedic Program at St. Johns River State College Orange Park … Read More
Middleburg woman wins $1 million Florida Lottery scratch-off prize
MIDDLEBURG – The Florida Lottery announced that Mary Johns, 60, of Middleburg, claimed a $1 million prize from the BILLION DOLLAR … Read More
Faith walk: Accept or Reject the Story

C.S. Lewis wrote in his book of essays “God in the Dock”; “What are we to make of Christ?’ There is no question of what we can make of Him, it is entirely a question of what He intends to …

Faith walk: On The Journey

Two men were walking together down a dusty road. As they walked they discussed issues of great importance to them. They were followers of a new religion and their leader had just been killed by the …

Faith walk: Turn the other cheek? Really?

It's sad to see how one of the great commandments from Jesus Himself is so controversial in our world today. In Matthew 5:39, Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. We are often driven by revenge, …

Faith Walk: Big Dreams and a Mighty God

Matthew Barnett is the founder of the Dream Center, a program for people struggling with addiction, homelessness and other life challenges. In the beginning, the Dream Center was only that, a …

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 …

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Sports
Happy days are here again: It’s Time to enjoy prospects of the future CLAY COUNTY – When I stopped at the fairgrounds Monday to check on the early preparations for this year’s Clay County Agriculture Fair, I found general manager juggling several jobs. Her jeans …
Getting vaccine, knowing Vince Vaughn movies means things are getting back to normal Last Monday was a good day. I got an appointment time to get my first COVID-19 shot, just a few minutes after applying for the first time online. Getting the vaccination was just as easy. Later …
New legislation could allow local governments to ban cigarettes in public parks TALAHASSEE – Legislation allowing Florida cities and counties to outlaw smoking at public beaches and parks cleared its first House committee Tuesday. The House Professions and Public Health …
Nutrition 101 – Protein and why you probably are not eating enough CLAY TODAY – Protein is one of your macronutrients and is going to be your biggest ally in both gaining muscle and losing unwanted bodyfat. The other macronutrients, carbs and fats are also …
Hope in the forest CLAY COUNTY – Acrid smoke, the roar and crackle of flame, and the sudden intensity of heat have taught Hope Miller of Lakeside a great deal. Namely, that they’re elements of a great day at the …

Lifters run fine line of readiness

ORANGE PARK - With three district champion teams; Keystone Heights, Ridgeview and Fleming Island, and a handful of regional hopefuls, area boys weightlifting teams will be training carefully to exact …

Jenkins’ Pick Six ends defensive tightrope

MIDDLEBURG - With a battle of two of the three remaining unbeaten high school flag football teams featuring offenses that have piled on nearly 40 points per game while …

Eagles track set for end-of-season peaks

BARTRAM TRAIL - Fleming Island High’s track crews; girls and boys, led by Emma Millson for the girls and John Keester IV or Jack McDade depending on the event, is steadily holding back on flooring …

Practice, practice, practice; then it’s easy, right?

MAGNOLIA POINT - If golf was such an easy game, no player would ever have anxiety or stress. Day three with The Golf Academy of North Florida teaching pro Tim Cooper got a bit more …

Homers highlight Oakleaf tourney visit

KISSIMMEE - Oakleaf High softball traveled to Kissimmee to battle the state’s best teams in the return of the prestigious Kissimmee Klassic Invitational and return with a 12th place team finish …

Golden Eagles defeat Spartans

ORANGE PARK - At first glance, the titanic battle between Fleming Island High and St. Johns Country Day School baseball, arguably in the top five of Florida baseball all classes, looked to becoming a …

Lady Eagles keep flag football record perfect

FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island Golden Eagle Flag Football looked to keep things perfect as the 2021 season continued after spring break, and Head Coach Clint Lyons knew this would be a tough one to …

Golfing with Coach Cooper

MAGNOLIA POINT - With a quality first day of golf lessons, Clay Today Sports Editor Randy Lefko continues his four-part series of instruction from The Golf Academy of North Florida Direcotr of …

Clay beats Ridgeview; Broncos get walk-off win, Keystone, oh so close

MIDDLEBURG - Clay High softball got three early runs then shut down the bats of Ridgeview High with a 3-2 win on Wed., March 24 at Clay High School. The win creates a bit of chaos win the district …

Clay comeback a thing of beauty

LIVE OAK - In a game of innings of despair; two in general for both teams; Clay and Suwannee high schools on a hot Saturday afternoon in Live Oak, the Blue Devils, now 15-2 with losses to Creekside …

Millson, Childs, Eason, Stratton highlight county track action

ORANGE PARK - Staged on the brand new rubberized track at Orange Park High School, the Clay County High School Track and Field championships put area athletes on notice as possible state contenders …
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
This Week In History 4/8/21
Five years ago, 2016• State allocates $1 million to support Academies of Clay programs in the school district.• Quigley House … Read More
Business Briefs 4/8/21
OPMC selects Kathy Neely as Chief Nursing OfficerFor Clay TodayORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center, an HCA Healthcare … Read More
Atlantic Logistics selects Grant Sweeting as controller
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Atlantic Logistics, one of the fastest growing logistics companies in the United States announced Grant Sweeting … Read More
BASCA $2,500 giveaway
Want a chance to win a $2,500 gift certificate to Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island and help individuals with intellectual and … Read More
College Briefs 3/18/21
CareerSource NEFL partners with area colleges, 85 companies for hiring fair CLAY COUNTY – CareerSource NEFL is partnering with St. … Read More
4-H, Florida Youth Challenge Academy pick up 2 tons of garbage
Students from 4-H (green shirts) and Florida Youth Challenge Academy (red shirts) collected a total of 4,840 pounds of trash during … Read More
Risdon becomes new director of enrollment management at SJCDS
ORANGE PARK – St. Johns Country Day School announced the hiring of Kelly Risdon as its Director of Enrollment … Read More
Food trucks return to Green Cove Springs
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Food Truck Friday was back at Spring Park on March 12. The new and socially distant configuration of the … Read More
BCC to hold community meetings for Emergency Rental Assistance Program
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Board of County Commissioners will be holding three community meetings to provide information … Read More
Camp Chowenwaw recognized as outstanding partner for education, youth programs
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Camp Chowenwaw County Park at Black Creek recently was recognized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 4/8/21
Jacksonville man arrestedfor triple shooting at The Daq ShackORANGE PARK – An 18-year-old Jacksonville man surrendered to the Clay … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 4/8/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 4/1/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 032521
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 3/25/21
Gainesville woman jailed for trafficking crack cocaineKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A woman being questioned for her role in an argument wound … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 3/18/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 4/8/21

CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURE FAIR: Is April 1-11, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 State Highway 16, Green Cove Springs. ORANGE PARK WOMEN’S CLUB THRIFT STORE: is open April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 …

Calendar 4/1/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet April 1 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on April 1 at 6 p.m. at …

Calendar 3/25/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March 25 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of Administration Building, 477 Houston St., in Green Cove …

Calendar 3/18/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet on March 18 at 6 p.m. at Clyde’s Cozy Corner Café, 195 S. Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, at 6 p.m. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March …

Calendar 3/11/21

ORANGE PARK PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD: will meet March 11 at 6 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March 11 at 10 a.m. at …