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CCSO, Post Office break up ‘Lucky 777’s’ drug trafficking ring

ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Postal Service worked together to put two men behind bars and uncover a massive drug trafficking ring. Jason Terril Setzer, 46, of …

‘Watcha gonna do when she comes for you?’

CLAY COUNTY – For many, the perception of law enforcement was shaped by what they saw on television, which often fed stereotypes of policemen with guns strapped to their hops chasing after bad …

‘This type of government overreach has to stop’

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Saying he was grateful a Clay County jury found him not guilty on all seven charges stemming from a six-year extramarital affair, former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels …

Jurors hear from ex-mistress as former sheriff Darryl Daniels’ trial opens

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels showed no emotion when his former ex-lover Cierra Smith told the jury about her affair and subsequent arrest for stalking during the …

Historical Society works to revamp Veterans Memorial at Magnolia Cemetery

ORANGE PARK – Beneath the Veterans Memorial at Magnolia Cemetery there is a series of names, military branches and the years they served placed by service members from several branches or their …

Planning board recommends Lake Asbury RV, boat storage change

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – With a 4-2 vote, the Planning Commission recommended a proposed text amendment to the Lake Asbury Rural Community zoning district to add “RV and Boat Storage” as a …

‘Where were you when the world stopped turnin’

(A song by Alan Jackson)Where were you when the world stopped turnin'That September day?Were you in the yard with your wife and childrenOr workin' on some stage in L.A.?Did you stand there in shock …

First nail finally driven in Grumpy’s rebuild in Middleburg

MIDDLEBURG – There’s still a faint smell of smoke inside the skeletal remains of Grumpy’s. There were bins of charred vents and ducks in one corner and two men working to rebuild the popular …

Team Combat Athletix emphasizes jiu-jitsu growth

ORANGE PARK – James Smiley’s jiu-jitsu gym has many different types of training and techniques, balancing discipline and fun for a variety of students. This month marks about four years of …

5 years after Irma: Clay County fortifies its response ahead of next catastrophic storm

CLAY COUNTY – Five years ago this week, a tropical wave quickly was organizing in the Atlantic Ocean into one of the costliest hurricanes in Florida’s history. Although it was little more than …

Clay Chamber moves into new offices at Orange Park Town Hall

ORANGE PARK – Members of the business community and elected officials came out to the Orange Park Town Hall in droves late last week, but it wasn’t about government business. Jon Cantrell, the …

Skipper, Hanson unseat school board incumbents in Primary

CLAY COUNTY – The 2022 primary election saw two Clay County School District board members dethroned, a new judge and two Republican primaries for county commissioner races. Of a possible 161,385 …

World champion pitmaster living high on the hog

FLEMING ISLAND – All Josh Skipper needs is a match, a bag of charcoal, a chunk of wood and a hunk of meat to create a mouth-watering masterpiece.Skipper played a major role in Blues Hog’s …
Dave Reid Dave Reid, 69, longtime resident of Middleburg, Florida passed peacefully in Haven Hospice on September 5,2022. Mr. Reid was a devoted family man and dedicated sailor in the US Navy. Born …
Patricia Ann McWhorterPatricia Ann McWhorter died September 1, 2022 in the Pavilion for Health Care at Penney Farms, Florida. She was born on December 24, 1993 in Ducktown, Tennessee to Claudia …
Eric Dustin ShueyEric Dustin Shuey, of St. Augustine, Florida, passed away on August 17, 2022 , surrounded by his friends and family. Eric was born on New Years Eve 1989 in Ventura, California, to a …
Gary Lawrence KoonGary Lawrence Koon of Fleming Island, FL passed peacefully in his home on Aug. 14, 2022 at age 59. Gary was born in Alex, VA on August 10, 1963. He is survived by his two daughters …
Franklin StarlingFranklin Davis Starling, age 82, of Hilliard, Florida, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Green Cove Springs on …
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State attorney, local law enforcement launch war against ‘scourge’ of fentanyl

CLAY COUNTY – A 43-year-old man was arrested in St. Augustine and brought back to Clay County to face charges of trafficking 49.9 grams of fentanyl to an undercover agent last year. There was a …

Clay Humane offers tip for pet owners during Hurricane Ian

ORANGE PARK – Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Orange Park, is encouraging pet parents to prepare for Hurricane Ian. “People usually begin collecting necessities moments before a …

Keystone Heights Heritage Commission holds workshop for owners of historic houses

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights Heritage Commission recently held a Heritage Home Workshop at the Keystone Heights Pavilion for local homeowners of historic homes 75 years and older. The …

Keystone’s Tittl selected executive director of North Florida Green Chamber

CLAY COUNTY – The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce has announced that Jessica Tittl will serve as the new executive director for the four-year old organization. “We are happy to welcome …

Community Briefs 092922

Soul Food Festival postponed until Nov. 5GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The 21st Annual Green Cove Springs Soul Food Music Festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, was pushed back to Nov. 5 by Hurricane …

State insurance adjusters offer tips ahead of the storm

CLAY COUNTY – Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida next week, so are homeowners ready? While stocking up on non-perishable goods, batteries and topping off your gas are important, reviewing …

Orange Park Hospital celebrates NICU graduates during annual reunion

ORANGE PARK – HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital hosted its annual NICU Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 24., an event where the hospital’s littlest survivors joined together to celebrate life, reunite …

Hospital makes donation to Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs

ORANGE PARK – HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital hosted its first We Show Up Food Drive as part of HCA Florida Healthcare’s statewide We Show Up for Our Communities Week. Throughout the week, …

Tabor selected as Chief Nursing Officer Orange Park Hospital

ORANGE PARK – HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital appointed Mary Tabor, MSN, RN, NE-BC as its new Chief Nursing Officer. Tabor has been with HCA Healthcare for 18 years and a nurse for 27 years. …

Shands Boat Ramp reopens six years after Hurricane Matthew

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Shands Boat Ramp, bulkhead and parking areas in Clay County are back open. Hurricane Matthew damaged the Shands Fishing Pier beyond repair in 2016. …

Santa leads parade of riders for Operation Santa Cause

CLAY COUNTY – Motorists did double-takes Sunday morning on the long route between four area clubs as a man dressed as Santa Claus led a parade of motorcyclists in the Santa Poker Run. The event …

GCS plans to spend now on infrastructure to avoid higher costs in future

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A utility planning manager told Green Cove Springs it has two options to address its antiquated electrical distribution system – pay a little every year or face a huge bill …

Orange Park Town Council review golf cart policy

ORANGE PARK – Town council members discussed action on a golf cart policy, ultimately asking town staff to review the matter. Toward the end of Tuesday night’s meeting, Town Council Member …

Augusta Savage Mentorship Center to mold next generation of student leaders

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – More than 100 years ago, a little girl named Augusta Savage played in the mud. Just imagine the state of her dress: arms plastered with red clay up to her elbows. Picture her …

Faith Walk: Be Bold!

There is a story of a man who was legally blind. He had sought many treatments over the years with no success. Finally, he was introduced to a doctor with a treatment that cured him. His sight was …

Faith Walk: What is Spiritual Integrity?

Proverbs 11:3: “The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin” (MSG).In the culture of 2022, sometimes people tend to be more concerned …

Faith Walk: What Makes God Smile?

As believers, our personal relationship with God is very intimate and special. God wants to be part of our lives and walk alongside us through everything we experience. There’s a reason that we so …

Community First Credit Union

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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 …

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is prepositioning supplies and personnel at “strategic locations” across three southeastern states before Hurricane Ian makes landfall in …
Charlie Crist was on the attack Monday, ripping Gov. Ron DeSantis over his mishandling of the Florida property insurance mess. “Gov. DeSantis let these insurance companies double Floridians’ …
Editor, Last week, I had the honor of representing Florida on Capitol Hill. Along with roughly 600 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers from across the country, I …
Only Texas has banned books more frequently than Florida’s public schools, according to a national free speech organization that attributed two new pieces of the state’s legislation with an …
The kickoff to football season is here again, and with it comes pizza, beer, wings and more. In a poll of 2,000 American men conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Nutrisystem, 37% said they …

What’s Rocky doing at St. Johns?

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School football knocked out a two-game win streak with a 27-26 overtime win over Ocala Christian behind a Caden Burchfield touchdown and a decisive Corban Berrang …

Nitro Extreme at Orange Park Mall 092922

Nease outlasts Orange Park in 27-12 struggle

ORANGE PARK— Orange Park High and Nease High arrived at the penultimate game at Hoyt B. Cotney Stadium sporting a combined 1-6 record, though it was Nease’s running platoon which created a …

Blue Devils get a near-miss on Toros

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - A second quarter stripped ball out of the hands of Clay High wide receiver Payton Dykas was the lone costly glitch for the Blue Devils on a night when the Clay 2022 Blue Devils …

Excruciating: Knights lose on one yard line

TALLAHASSEE - As they say in football vernacular, Oakleaf High senior quarterback Drew Ammon, who summoned his inner Houdini, was slinging the rock Friday night in Tallahassee with the Knights …

Prewitt hosts final alumni homecoming weekend

MIDDLEBURG - Amidst nearly 150 former players and coaches that arrived in Middleburg from as far away as California and as far back as 1985, Middleburg High volleyball coach Carrie Prewitt was …

Epic battles on Blanding; MHS v RHS looming

ORANGE PARK - The noise was loud enough that the Ridgeview volleyball team could probably hear when the Middleburg volleyball team scored in a unique battle of titans just eight miles apart. With …

Broncos get the ‘W’

JACKSONVILLE - With two running backs blasting for over 100 yards and two scores apiece, the Middleburg High Broncos football team punched up a 35-20 win over Jacksonville Ribault and the infamous …
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
Thrasher-Horne Briefs 9/29/22
Pink Ribbon Symposium’s ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’ coming Oct. 1ORANGE PARK – Comedian Gwen Templeton will be the guest speaker at the 15th annual Pink Ribbon Symposium …
Clerk Green to visit county schools for U.S. Constitution Week
CLAY COUNTY – Clay County Clerk of County Courts and Comptroller Tara Green will take her message for U.S. Constitution Week and Founder’s Month on the road to at least six county …
Four-legged friends visit county leaders on Dogs In Politics Day
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County leaders and staff got an unusual visit on Friday, Sept. 23. It was Dogs in Politics Day, and to celebrate, county staff brought in two dogs from Clay County …
This Week In History 9/29/22
Five years ago, 2017 • The Clay County School board agrees to join a lawsuit and pay $25,000 in attorney’s fees to fight a proposed bill that would funnel education money into charter …
Community Briefs 9/22/22
Operation Santa Cause hosting poker runs ahead of ChristmasCLAY COUNTY – Christmas may be more than three months away, but for Operation Santa Cause it’s never too early to start its …
Ridgeview’s Calderon earns statewide social studies award
ORANGE PARK – The Florida Council for Social Studies selected Clay County’s Tiffany Calderon from Ridgeview High as the 2022 Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher of the Year. The award, presented by …
Business Briefs 9/22/22
Old Time Style Ice Cream Parlor opens in Argyle ForestARGYLE – Family-owned Old Time Style Ice Cream Parlor opened its doors and offered old-fashioned churned and homestyle hand-scooped ice …
Thrasher-Horne Briefs 9/22/22
Peter ‘Herman’ Noone headed to Thrasher-HorneORANGE PARK – Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer, who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. He …
This Week in History 9/22/22
5 years ago, 2017 • The Clay County Fairgrounds opened its doors for people who needed a place to camp and cook following the torrential flooding from Hurricane Irma.• Gov. Rick Scott met …
Crime News

Police Briefs 9/29/22

Woman found dead at Omega ParkMIDDLEBURG – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information after a woman was found dead in her car at Omega Park Saturday with a head …

Arrests & Bookings 9/29/22

(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 9/22/22

(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 9/22/22

CCSO: Man’s rampage against parents, ex-girlfriend lands him in jail MAXVILLE – A 43-year-old man was arrested on Sept. 16 after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said he went on …

Arrests & Bookings 9/15/22

(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 9/15/22

Keystone man charged with punching, choking, poking eyes of CCSO deputiesKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A 31-year-old man who was wanted in Bradford County now is in the Clay County Jail after he fought …

Arrests & Bookings 9/8/22

(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 …