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BCC chooses jail expansion architect, Bolla as new chairman

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County officials selected a firm for Clay County Jail renovations, approved new commission districts and selected Wayne Bolla and Betsy Condon as chairman and …

Chase Elliott to race at Nitro Rallycross finale

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Coming off his recent NASCAR Series Cup Playoffs run and a string of USAC Midget races, Chase Elliott will race in the finale of Nitro Rallycross’ …

Food pantries using community support despite impacted distribution

CLAY COUNTY – It’s no secret food pantries get busier during the holidays, but local organizations are pushing to help residents in need in their areas. Kathy Wray, Secretary of Clothes Closet …

Man charged with yelling at park visitors claims GCSPD is targeting him

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man who’s been arrested twice near Spring Park after residents accused him of yelling offensive and racially-charged comments toward people on the Pier said he’s become …

From loathsome conditions to loving homes

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Linda Lee didn’t adopt a new pet Saturday morning at the Clay County Fairgrounds. She found a “new companion.” The woman from Orange Park was clearly emotional after …

Krawlin’ for the Fallen kicks up dust, attention for law enforcement

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Three days of music, food, motorcycle and 5K runs and off-road driving came to an end Sunday night at the Keystone Heights Airport. The annual Krawlin’ for the Fallen attracted …

This weekend’s Nitro Rallycross is a big deal for the county

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – This weekend’s Nitro Rallycross race at The Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park isn’t a big deal just because it will bring as much as $2 million to the local …

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Oakleaf graduate stands watch in support of Indo-Pacific region

Lt. Iman Amaya, a graduate from Oakleaf High, and Ensign Shepard Petit, from Salida, Colorado, stands watch in the pilot house aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) …

Chase Elliott joins Nitro Rallycross field at The FIRM

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Coming off his recent NASCAR Series Cup Playoffs run and a string of USAC Midget races, Chase Elliott will race in the finale of Nitro Rallycross’ 2021 series on Dec. 4 and 5 …

Clay County community calendar

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: will be Dec. 4 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Clay County Agriculture Fairgrounds. Cookies, hot cocoa and Santa Claus will be on hand. TRAVIS PASTRANA’S …

Samantha Fish brings her rock-solid blues act to Thrasher-Horne

Guitar player, singer certain to be one of the highlights of the concert season By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com ORANGE PARK – It’s impossible to pigeon-toe Samantha Fish into a …

Nitro Rallycross hits the track – and takes flight – this weekend

Nitro Rallycross hits the track – and takes flight – this weekend Popular racing series to stage season finale at The FIRM By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – …

Speed hopes to stay grounded in high-flying Nitro RX race at The FIRM

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Scott Speed needs a flawless weekend on a racetrack nobody has ever seen before. He also needs to beat Nitro Rallycross founder and racer Travis Pastrana by at least eight …

The Island Theater presents Elf: The Musical Dec. 10-19

FLEMING ISLAND – A lovable early-2000s Christmas comedy will take the stage in musical form next week. The Island Theater is hosting “Elf: The Musical” based on the 2003 film and Christmas …

County, fairgrounds to address need for additional restrooms

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Fairgrounds has plans for a new permanent restroom facility by 2023 to improve the fair experience. Fair General Manager Tasha Hyder said there would be a …

Ridgeview grad’s screenplay garners festival nomination

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Coming home during the COVID-19 pandemic led Ridgeview alum Guy Fisher III to reflect on what he’s accomplished in the film industry and what he wanted to build on. His …

Clay County’s Farm-City luncheon highlights ‘Youth in Agriculture'

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Taylor Thigpen not only brought his amazing story of turning an idea into a successful business was the perfect backdrop for the theme of this year’s 49th Farm-City Luncheon …

Orange Park Medical Center selected one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals

ORANGE PARK – HCA Healthcare’s Orange Park Medical Center has been named among America’s Best 100 Hospitals for stroke, pulmonary, and critical care according to Healthgrades, a leading …
Faith Walk: Sowing and Reaping

God’s laws are immutable. They are not like the laws of our land. No governing body can change them. They cannot be “updated” or “improved.” When God has declared them they are forever …

Faith Walk 11/25/21

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances,for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a beautiful time of the year …

Faith Walk: Fanny Crosby

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song, Praising …

Faith Walk: Let Gentleness be a Way of Life

Author Richard Paul Evans said, “Sometimes it’s not strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.” Gentleness is another valuable and beautiful trait of a believer in Christ. In …

Faith Walk: The Lord's Table

Jesus guarded the Table with sobering, searching words. Paul: 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 …

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Florida legislators want to develop an OSHA plan to bypass vaccine mandates Legislation asking the Governor to develop a state workplace safety plan is nearing a vote in both the House and Senate. The measure would give the Governor’s Office until Jan. 17 to develop a …
Kissimmee lawmaker pushes back on transgender sports ban A Central Florida lawmaker is bringing back one of the last Session’s most contentious issues with the hope her colleagues will realize excluding transgender students from girls’ athletics could …
Kyle Larson finishes first after getting a second chance Kyle Larson is a deserving NASCAR champion. Few have been more dominant in a brutally long 10-month season. Ten victories and 2,581 laps led – the most since the inception of the 36-race season …
Snooze button and sinkerballs: World Series needs to wake up For most of my working career, I believed it was far better to be coming in at 4 a.m. than going out. Age changed all that. I can’t remember the last time I was still awake for the 11 o’clock …
Florida’s COVID rate now the lowest in the country Florida recorded just 12,151 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to the latest report from the Florida Department of Health. By federal counts — which are slightly different from …

Eagles open with gauntlet week

ORLANDO - With two preseason games against two top Orlando area programs; including a nationally-acclaimed Class 7A champion Dr. Phillips High School, the Fleming Island High boys basketball team …

Pickett on NWSL’s Best XI First Team

CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League announced today the recipients of the 2021 Best XI First Team and Best XI Second Team awards, presented by Mastercard. The inaugural recognition …

Cobbert, Reape set to put wrestling back in headlines

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Fleming Island and Clay high schools have annually been the power brokers of wrestling in north Florida with both high schools amassing a truckload of district and region titles …

2021 Clay Today Super 11

FLEMING ISLAND - After an exciting football season that included two playoff spots for two area teams; Keystone Heights and Fleming Island high schools, and near misses by Clay High and Oakleaf High, …

Clay’s Special Olympics weightlifting team powers to six medals

LAKE BUENA VISTA – The Special Olympics championships returned to the ESPN Zone at Walt Disney World, and Clay County’s Powerlifting Team performed in amazing fashion and brought home four gold …

Carroll, Vogt come home less than par at state

HOWEY-IN-THE-LAKES - Middleburg High junior golfer Chase Carroll and St. Johns Country Day School freshman golfer Addy Vogt both came home with less than par golf outings at the Class 2A and Class 1A …

Eagles fumble away playoff hopes

GAINESVILLE - Starting with a first quarter punt muff on their own one yard line, the Fleming Island High football team could only get downfield twice in 48 minutes as the Buchholz Bobcats stuck a …

McDade comes home with gold

In one of the closest races of the day, a blink on an eye, according to Fleming Island High swim coach Jordan Bright, sophomore freestyle sprinter Maryn McDade utilized a sterling flip turn and push …
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
Clay County’s Aging True honored with Luminary Award
JACKSONVILLE – ElderSource, the Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center for Northeast Florida, honored Clay … Read More
Deck the Halls for a deserving senior in NE Florida
ORANGE PARK – As isolation continues to impact local seniors, Home Instead of Orange Park launches the important Be a Santa to a … Read More
Holiday Happenings
Make your plans for celebrating the holidays in our neighborhoodLight poles and parking lots are aglow with twinkling lights and … Read More
Chai-spiced Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles usually just have cinnamon, but with the addition of other warm spices like clove and cardamom, you can create a chewy … Read More
CareSpot Urgent Care opens in Oakleaf 
OAKLEAF — Northern Clay County residents now have another option for urgent care. CareSpot Urgent Care of Oakleaf is located at … Read More
Strong Foundations moves into new facility
FLEMING ISLAND – Strong Foundations Behavior Services, LLC, a local organization that provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapy … Read More
Crime News

Police Briefs 12/2/21

Hammer and HopeFive jailed following drug raid on Plankton AvenueMIDDLEBURG – Just two weeks after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested seven people in a Clay Hill drug …

Arrests & Bookings 12/2/21

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Arrests & Bookings 11/25/21

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 11/25/21

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Arrests & Bookings 11/18/21

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 11/18/21

Hammer drops on 7 in Clay Hill as neighbors find Hope following drug raid CLAY HILL – An early morning drug raid on Nov. 10 at a house on Nolan Road resulted in the arrest of seven people …

Man dies unloading truck at Home Depot

FLEMING ISLAND – A man was killed Tuesday afternoon while he was unloading a truck behind the Home Depot on Fleming Island. The truck apparently pulled away causing him to be crushed by a …

Police Briefs 11/11/21

Road rage: Man jailed for chasing driver who tailgated himOAKLEAF – An Orange Park man was arrested for driving recklessly and resisting arrest on Nov. 3 after he became outraged by another …
Community Calendar 12/2/21

WIZARDS OF WINTER: will perform Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr. in Orange Park. Tickets range from $29-$69 and can be purchased by calling the center at (904) 276-6815 …

Community Calendar 11/25/21

WIZARDS OF WINTER: will perform Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr. in Orange Park. Tickets range from $29-$69 and can be purchased by calling the center at (904) 276-6815 …

Community Calendar 11/18/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Clay County community calendar

FREE GENEALOGY CLASSES: will be held on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Orange Park Senior Center, 414 Stowe Ave. For more information, called Bill at (904) 803-6312. SENIORS TOBACCO CESSATION CLASSES: …