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Clay County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Eric Twisdale dies of COVID-19

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County Sheriff’s Office sergeant died in the line of duty Wednesday night of COVID-19, the agency reported. Eric Twisdale, a supervisor of the Crime Scene …

Orange Park settles on budget; can’t decide on fifth member

ORANGE PARK – The town council tentatively approved its 2020-21 fiscal year budget and did so with one of its five chairs remaining vacant. The council still hasn’t decided who will replace …

Sheriff: COVID-19 breakout at jail was ‘a matter of time’

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook said the recent outbreak of COVID-19 at the county jail was not only expected, but inevitable. After announcing 18 positive cases of the …

Wilfredo Rivera let’s his feet do the talking

FLEMING ISLAND – Just 16, Wilfredo Rivera may be the best soccer player to come out of Clay County. Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and he spent much of his childhood living there. It was a very …

New sheriff makes good impression on BCC with proposed budget

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The new sheriff already has already impressed the Board of County Commissioners. It’s no secret that the BCC and previous sheriff Darryl Daniels ran into their own sets of …

Unregistered voters to receive notices from state officials

CLAY COUNTY – Now that election season is in full gear, the State of Florida will reach out to eligible, but unregistered voters next week to bolster the voter rolls ahead of the General …

School board approves $93 million budget increase

FLEMING ISLAND – Another school year, another school budget increase. The board officially passed its 2020-21 fiscal year budget last week. The final total millage rate of 6.889 was approved …

County awarded $300,000 to fight growing opioid abuse

CLAY COUNTY – The county’s health department was awarded more than $300,000 to fight against opioid abuse. The Florida Department of Health in Clay County in a partnership with the Centers for …

13-year-old boy arrested for making threats to "shoot people" at Lake Asbury Junior High

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 13-year-old boy was arrested after making threats to “shoot people” on a social media app at Lake Asbury Junior High, Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook said …

Non-politician Burke to focus on growth, roads in District 5 for BCC

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Dr. Kristin Burke isn’t a politician. She is a mother and a chiropractor who just happens to one of the newest members of the Clay Board of County Commissioners. Burke was …
In the Community

Tools and tuxedoes: Bryan’s ACE Hardware has it all

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – If you need plumbing supplies, a shovel, a hammer or any hardware tools and supplies, Bryan’s Ace Hardware is your go-to. If you also need small pet bearded lizards, fish, …

County libraries offering Wi-Fi hotspots, COVID-19 protection

CLAY COUNTY – All residents need to get free Wi-Fi for up to two weeks is a library card, thanks to a new county program. The Clay County library system received a grant this year for $9,000 …

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Middleburg’s Fitzgerald still digging up dirt on stellar racing career

MIDDLEBURG – On a perfect night, Jason Fitzgerald’s ears will ring, his hands will throb and his face will be covered with sweat and clay. For a dirt racer, it doesn’t get any better than …

Green Cove Springs exploring wage study to keep, attract top employees

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council heard a prolonged presentation and discussion of the recently completed Wage Study for employees of the city during its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. …

Community need your help to pay for 11-year-old’s funeral

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The family of 11-year-old Colton Perrie needs the community’s help. Colton died recently from a brain aneurism. He is the grandson of Leonard Taylor, who works at Darren’s …

Vallencourt sets course record; finishes second at JAGA Senior Championship

ST. JOHNS -- Mike Vallencourt left the St. Johns Golf and Country Club without a trophy Tuesday afternoon, but he left an impression that forever will be etched in Jacksonville Area Golf Association …

Facebook question of the week: What do you miss most during COVID-19 pandemic?

CLAY COUNTY – It’s safe to say this year it will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. With COVID-19 still a fear around the country, Clay Today asked our readers what they’re excited to …

OPMC, fire departments remember first responders from Sept. 11

ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park Fire Department, Clay County Fire Rescue and hospital staff came together at Orange Park Medical Center for a moment of silence in remembrance of the lives lost on …

City helps find temporary home for Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Approximately 2,400 families rely on the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, according to city manager Steve Kennedy. With the pantry being renovated with money obtained through …

Dr. Andrew Brown selected President of the Florida Dental Association

FLEMING ISLAND – Dr. Andrew Brown still remembers most of his patients when he opened his orthodontics practice 38 years ago on Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park. Now he’s providing dental care …

The Way Free Clinic to share in $100,000 grants for aging adults

JACKSONVILLE – The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (www.jaxcf.org) made six grants totaling nearly $100,000 to support Aging Adults in our community, including The Way Free Clinic in …

Shepherd’s Center moves its Fall classes to Zoom

ORANGE PARK – The Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park adventured into the realm of virtual technology for their Summer Session. All the Adventures in Learning classes were taught via Zoom, a new …
Obituaries 9/17/20

Carson Luther Hensley Carson Luther Hensley, 76 of Keystone Heights, Florida. Carson went to heaven on August 21, 2020Born in Surgoinsville, Tennessee, on September 26, 1943. Born to Lucian Carson …

Obituaries 9/10/20

Colden J. Perrie Colden J. Perrie, 11, of Starke, FL passed away September 3, 2020. He was born October 25, 2008 in Orange Park, FL to Christopher Perrie and the late Michelle Perrie.Colden enjoyed …

Obituaries 8/27/20

Mason Edward “Ed” Wiggins, Sr. Mason Edward “Ed” Wiggins, Sr., passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the age of 92. He leaves behind Ann Bridget Conroy Wiggins, his …

Obituaries 8/20/20

Carmela Middleton Carmela Middleton, 62, of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away a warrior on August 6, 2020, after a brave fight with cancer. Carmela was born December 15, 1957 to Ulric and Pebble …

Faith Walk: Our great God

Almighty power is complete and absolute power. God is the only almighty power in the Universe. He is omnipotent. He has all power over all things in the Creation. He is omniscient. He knows …

Faith walk: Never quit

The course of a person’s life is often changed with one decision. At every crossroads of life we have to choose the right way or the wrong way. At those crossroads of decision many people have …

Faith Walk: The race

Run the race. Stay the course. Never give up. These are statements that have been used many time to speak of persevering to the final victory. The Christian life is often compared to a race by …

Faith Walk 8/27/20

Faith is a decision to believe. While our faith is deeply spiritual, it starts with the mental determination to believe. There are innumerable questions that can be asked that discourage faith. …

Sports
State fires COVID-19 testing lab after massive data dump Ahead of the Department of Health and Division of Emergency management releasing its daily COVID-19 report Tuesday, the agencies announced that all of Florida’s agencies would end their testing …
This Week In History 9/3/30 Five years ago, 2015• The Clay County Planning Commission asks county commissioners to examine a policy that would require residents to obtain permits for backyard chickens.• School board …
As RNC commences, Rick Scott drives home Donald Trump’s message U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, though not speaking at the Republican National Convention, nonetheless is helping with messaging for the President’s reelection bid, making the media rounds Monday, but …
Another hurdle for mail-in voting – signature verification Amid COVID-19 concerns, a University of Florida survey reports 60% of those questioned are considering voting by mail in the upcoming general election. While stories abound about the potential for …
Chip Caray: Baseball’s return was important step to finding some normalcy Shortly after the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series, Chip Caray visited the plaza and watched grateful fans leave mementos at the statue honoring the Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray. The …

Run game rolls for Eagles

FLEMING ISLAND – After a nearly perfect start which saw scores in every phase of the game, the Fleming Island High School Golden Eagles celebrated Senior Night in their 2020 season opener with a …
Knauss opens with win
ORANGE PARK - Three scoring passes from quarterback Max Monroe and a 13-tackle defense effort by both linebackers; Miika Tuisano and … Read More
Knights offense revs up for Georgia showdowns
GAINESVILLE – Oakleaf High football got stunned on the first play of their first game of the season; at Citizen's Field in … Read More
Cline opens as winning coach
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Former Keystone Heights High School multi-sport athlete Kaitlyn Cline returned to her hometown after some college … Read More
Kennard opens with Final Four upset
GREEN COVE SPRINGS - After watching the storied Clay High football program struggle through a one-win season last year, new head coach … Read More
Week One Football Sept. 11
Area high school football teams will open their seasons on Friday. Note: On Sept. 4, St. Johns Country Day School lost 54-0 to R.F. … Read More
Lady Panthers take two from Fleming Island
ORANGE PARK - With an explosive front attack from a 5'-9" front hitter, the Ridgeview High Lady Panthers volleyball team made a slight … 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
WJCT expands at-home learning broadcast and digital resources
CLAY COUNTY – As First Coast families adapt to a new school year unlike any other, WJCT is expanding its support for educators, … Read More
KayCo Roofing’s ‘Shingles for Heroes’ to help local first responders, military
ORANGE PARK – KayCo Roofing LLC, a state-licensed, local roofing contractor, announces their annual kick-off of the "Shingles for … Read More
College Briefs 9/17/20
Middleburg’s Fields graduates from Kennesaw StateKENNESAW, Ga. – Nicholas Nicholas Fields of Middleburg graduated with a … Read More
This Week In History 9/17/20
Five years ago, 2015• Town commissioners to vote whether the Roadway Inn in Orange Park should be forced to close following numerous … Read More
Publix donates $125,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida, Northeast Florida’s largest nonprofit food bank, announced Sept. 3it received a $125,000 donation from … Read More
County libraries begin SmartSpot lending program
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Public Libraries now have free mobile Wi-Fi “SmartSpots” available to check out for 14 days … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 9/17/20
CCSO: Bank robber caught shortly after Orange Park stickupORANGE PARK – A man was arrested after he held up the Fifth/Third Bank on … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 091720
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 9/10/20
Man claims CCSO deputies were ‘racists’ following high speed chaseFLEMING ISLAND – A Jacksonville man was put in the Clay County … Read More
Police Briefs 9/3/20
Three more arrested for Nov. 21 Keystone Heights beating deathKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Two more men were arrested on murder charges in … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 9/3/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 8/27/20
CCSO: Middleburg custodian arrested for selling drugs in school parking lotMIDDLEBURG – A 30-year-old custodian at Middleburg High … Read More
Community Calendar 9/3/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Sept. 3 at 7:30 a.m. at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. at the …

Calendar 8/20/20

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference room, Administration Building, third floor, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs. CLAY …

Calendar 8/13/20

JUST US GIRLS LUNCHEON: is Aug. 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Special guest speaker is Lynn Eastman, and the presenter will be Pixie Larizza with Pixieglass. Lunch, door prizes and fun. Cost $20. RVSP with …

Community Calendar 8/6/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Aug. 6 at 7:30 a.m. at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. CLARKE HOUSE TOURS: will be Aug. 9 at The Clarke House, 1039 Kingsley Ave., Orange …

Community Calendar 7/23/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet July 23 at 7:30 a.m. at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: will meet on July 28 at 4 p.m. at the fourth …