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Students get Chromebooks, reassurance ahead of online classes

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – As schools around the district hand out Chromebooks to students who need an internet device ahead of next week’s rollout of online classes, one junior high is doing all it …

Clay County COVID-19 cases now up to 72 on Saturday

CLAY COUNTY – Seven Clay County residents were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 on Saturday, increasing the county’s number of cases to 72, according to the Florida Department of Health. The county’s death toll, however, remained unchanged since Thursday at six.

‘All of our services are open’ at OPMC

ORANGE PARK – The threat and treatment of COVID-19 is very real at Orange Park Medical Center. But so are heart attacks, car accidents, broken bones and kidney stones. “It’s not quite …

‘We just have no guarantees of what’s going to happen’

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The annual Green Cove Springs RiverFest Memorial Day festivities became the latest casualty of COVID-19. With all large gatherings suspended indefinitely, the Green Cove …

Current list of local, district and state candidates:

Current list of local, district and state candidates:U.S. Representatives, 3rd DistrictAdam Christensen (Dem)Philip Dodds (Dem)Richard Allen Rowe (Dem)Tom Wells (Dem)Kat Cammack (Rep)Kent Guinn …

School district moving school classwork online on Tuesday

CLAY COUNTY – With students out of school until at least May 1, the school district has opted to shift education online. Gov. Ron DeSantis originally canceled schools for a week’s time before …

Elderly care centers take extraordinary steps to keep residents safe

CLAY COUNTY – Nursing homes and assisted living centers around the area have been effectively closed to the public amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There are only a handful of cases in …

Survivalist: Time to start preparing for next disaster, not the coronavirus

CLAY COUNTY – As the coronavirus pandemic has prompted people to rush to stores to purchase years of toilet paper, a professional survivalist warns that there are better ways to prepare for a …
Clay Courthouse Historic Archive Center chronicles its latest artifact

The Clay Courthouse Historic Archive Center chronicles its latest artifact: A video documenting the ceremony naming the courthouse will be placed into the Historic Archive Center in March …

In the Community

Grumpy’s owner forfeits salary to put smile on employees’ faces

ORANGE PARK – With dining rooms closed and eat-in service suspended indefinitely, the restaurant industry is taking a hit and workers in that sector are feeling the pinch. Daniel DeLeon, president …

Drive-up coronavirus test sites open throughout Northeast Florida

CLAY COUNTY – Several testing facilities for the coronavirus now are open throughout Northeast Florida. Florida has three federal facilities currently testing people for the coronavirus every …

WJCT launches online resources, new schedule of educational programming

JACKSONVILLE – As many schools and districts across Florida shift to online and at-home learning in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, WJCT Public Media, in partnership with public media …

Schools: 40,000 logins reported on first day of online classes

CLAY COUNTY – By any measure, the first day of online classes on March 31 for the Clay County School District exceeded the most-optimistic expectations. More than 49,000 people logged into the …

Many Argyle residents opposed Trump roadside stand for noise, congestion – not politics

ARGYLE – Meadow Bend residents Denita Dickson and Karolyn Fox aren’t happy with the additional traffic and rubbernecking attention to Randall Piercy’s roadside stand outside their …

YMCA turns its focus to providing temporary daycare during crisis

CLAY COUNTY – While the YMCA’s gym, pool, and other amenities are closed indefinitely during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, its “kid zone” area is open as a temporary daycare for parents …

Keystone Heights woman collects 6,000 signatures to close Florida

 KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A local resident got 6,000 signatures on a petition in two days to shut down the State of Florida during the coronavirus pandemic. Keystone Heights resident …

Open for Business

When it comes to business in Clay County, the glass still is half-full, despite the restrictions and cancelations created by COVID-19. Clay Today will be providing a list of business who still …
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Obituaries 4/2/20

James Charles “Jim” Kwaak, Jr. James Charles “Jim” Kwaak, Jr. 75, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020.Jim was born to the late James Charles and …

Obituaries 3/26/20

Earl MosleyEarl Mosley, age 92, of Clay Hill, FL passed away peacefully on March 17, 2020 at Isle Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fleming Island.Earl was a lifelong resident of Maxville, FL. He …

Obituaries 3/19/20

Martha Alberta Weydert Cohen Martha Alberta Weydert Cohen, age 55, of Fleming Island, Florida passed away peacefully on February 27, 2020 from cancer. She was born March 10, 1964 in Sycamore, …

Obituaries 3/12/20

Marie Green Marie Green, 81, Middleburg, FL passed away on March 6, 2020. She was born on July 30, 1938 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Dan Music and Evelyn Leonard. She met the love of her life, …

Sports
Faith walk: Signs

Everyone is looking for a sign. This is true for almost every area of our lives. A girl wants a sign that her fiancé really loves her. The man wants a like sign that he is the center of her …

Faith walk: Abiding

There is a powerful word in the New Testament that we should understand. It is a favorite word in the writings of the Apostle John who wrote the Gospel account that is named for him as well as three …

DeSantis reassures public as drive-through testing ramps up Federally-backed drive-through testing programs underway in Broward County and Jacksonville, being beta-tested in Miami, and soon to begin in Orange County sent Gov. Ron DeSantis to Miami’s Hard …
What will be the new normal after COVID-19 is gone? In the past week, I’ve talked with a lot of overworked grocery store clerks, desperate restaurant servers and teenagers in fast food drive-thrus who handle my plastic credit card like it’s a live …
Letter to the Editor 3/19/20 Bill would require 911 operators to tell callers how to perform CPR To whom it may concern, Several years ago, my wife went into cardiac arrest. She was just 38. Fortunately, I was able to do …
Bradley defends state budget ‘sprinkle list’ as ‘smoothing rough edges’ The outlines of the FY 20-21 budget are finalized, including the “sprinkle list”: a list of 170 local projects blessed by state funds by the Senate and 124 by the House. In the age of …
Until sports returns, my mind will continue to wander to find strange facts Much like going through the withdrawals of other addictions, many of us are learning to cope with the loss of live sports. I still get the shakes when I think about not being able to watch the NCAA …

Hogg, Linge get Dairy Farmer Player of Year nods

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With a school record 47 goals on the season, Keystone Heights High junior forward Dean Hogg will be attacking next season to bolster the career record for the Indians as Hogg …
Where is He now?
Andrew CampbellFleming Island High SchoolClass of 2013 Andrew Campbell, a swim specialist; backstroke, at Fleming Island High … Read More
Where is She now?
Samantha StelmaszekMiddleburg High SchoolClass of 2016 Samantha Stelmaszek, a Class 3A pole vault champion for Middleburg High … Read More
Athletes still training
OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High track and cross country runner Dylan Nelson, like many area senior athletes, had the best of both worlds with … Read More
Run Across America? Ask Jay Birmingham
FLEMING ISLAND –Fresh off a kayak ride around Pace Island last week, retired St. Johns Country Day School track and cross country … Read More
Knights’ Surrento: Larger than life personality
OAKLEAF - The Oakleaf High School sports community, notably the girls softball team, has been lurched suddenly with recent news of the … Read More
Knights' Surrento: Larger than life personality
Officials in Texas confirmed Wednesday morning former Oakleaf High softball standout Brianna Surrento was killed in a car accident on … Read More
Astor lone Florida Dairy Farmers Player of Year nominee
FLEMING ISLAND - With a first in school history district basketball title trophy, Fleming Island High basketball senior guard … Read More
Foles, Campbell gone; Ngakoue franchised
JACKSONVILLE – Beware the Ides of March has a Jacksonville Jaguar tag on it now after March Madness produced two significant trades … Read More
Range, Hayward make Dairy Farmers nominee list
OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High freshman point guard Kaylah Turner, Knights girls basketball coach Frank Jenkins; Middleburg guard Britany … Read More
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
Teachers on parade
Clay County School District teachers will parade local streets during the next few days to show solidarity in their support of their … Read More
First Florida Credit Union provides support to small businesses
ORANGE PARK – First Florida Credit Union is taking steps to catalyze support for local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis by … Read More
Local psychologist provides helpful ways to deal with COVID-19 stress
This week: Managing stress in this new time of the coronavirusORANGE PARK – Stress or anxiety is likely to affect each of us during … Read More
Community Hospice suspends therapy pet visits
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Pet Therapy pets are unable to make visits to patients and … Read More
Heroes do work at OPMC
ORANGE PARK – Medical workers and staff took a brief moment Monday to remind residents of the work that continues behind the walls … Read More
This Week In History 4/2/20
Five years ago, 2015 Maj. Gen. Michael A. Calhoun becomes the first African American to assume the duties at Camp Blanding as … Read More
Crime News
Police briefs 4/2/20
Attempted murder charges for man trying to steal skateboardORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was arrested and charged with attempted … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 4/2/20
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … Read More
Arrests and Bookings 3/26/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police briefs 3/26/20
Drug raid leads to arrest of four in Green Cove SpringsGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Four people were arrested following a raid on their … Read More
Police Briefs 3/19/20
Jacksonville man jailed for fighting with deputy, K-9ORANGE PARK – A man was taken to jail March 13 after he fought with sheriff’s … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 3/19/20
Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of … 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. …

Community Calendar 3/5/20

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Teacher Inservice Center at Fleming Island High, 2233 Village Square Pkwy. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: will mee March 5 at the …

Calendar 2/27/20

JACOBS BROTHERS: will perform on Feb. 29 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Blvd., Orange Park, at 6 p.m. The Jacob Brothers have been singing gospel music since 1962. ORANGE PARK WOMEN’S …

Calendar 2/20/20

CLAY SAFETYNET ALLIANCE: will meet Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Haven-Custead Care Center, 745 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. Representatives from local government, faith-based groups and nonprofits …

Calendar 2/6/20

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Teacher Inservice Center at Fleming Island High, 2233 Village Square Pkwy.GARDEN CLUB OF MIDDLEBURG: will meet Feb. 7 at 2239 Blanding …