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Honoring our Veterans: Memorial Day special

RiverFest: A day to reflect on military sacrifice, welcome summer

The massive fireworks show over the St. Johns River is the highlight of each year's Green Cove Springs RiverFest, which pays respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation and ushers in the summer.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The giant U.S. flag was unfurled and hung Monday at the entrance of Spring Park. Food, ice and drinks have been loaded into 22 trucks; local crafts and wares are ready to be …

The Battle of the Bulge: A grim chapter in Sam Humphrey's life

The 11th Armored Division liberates the Mauthausen concentration camp. The banner reads: “Spanish Antifascists greet the Allied forces!”
ORANGE PARK – Vaughn "Sam" Humphrey is the oldest living survivor from the Battle of the Bulge, the Nazi's last major offensive in World War II.  The Nazi's surprise attack led to …

For some, every day is Memorial Day

CLAY COUNTY – Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance – stories of the fallen, a journey back and a way forward. Many people think of Memorial Day as the kickoff to summer vacation: backyard …

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Mara Rose Bruce leaves Fleming Island High on high note

FLEMING ISLAND – Mara Rose Bruce always said her fondest opus was never found on a page of sheet music. It could be seen in the eyes and on the faces of her music students, measured by their …
(From left to right) Staphanie Lamb, Kimberly Morgan, Samantha Kosters, Cher Malta, Mary Justino and Vishi Garig.

Residents can embark on a historic adventure with History Passport

CLAY COUNTY – The Celebrate Clay History Passport is both a game and a journey you can embark on to explore the historical sites in the county. By visiting 15 out of 25 historical sites in …
Glenn Taylor is sworn in as a new councilmember.

Orange Park Town Council finally filled with five members

ORANGE PARK – Glenn Taylor and Kenneth Vogel were sworn in as new councilmembers during the town council meeting on Tuesday, May 21. Moments later, the Town Council voted 5-0 to elect Randy …
(From left) City Manager Steve Kennedy, Assistant City Manager Mike Null, Mayor Connie Butler and Clay County Commissioner Kristen Burke received gifts from Glisson.

Six new pickleball courts unveiled in Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - The City Council and the Board of County Commissioners hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome Clay County's newest pickleball courts.  With the snip of the iconic …
GREEN COVE SPRINGS - For Heather Highhouse, the beauty of allowing her two children; Savannah and Will, to drive down a drag strip at 100-200 miles per hour is the blackmail aspect of "So you don't …
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Stephen Kelley, left, was elected Mayor for the next year, while Thomas Smith will serve as Vice Mayor.

Second Clay County Administration Building inches forward

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After months of wrangling, the city council and Clay County moved closer to a possible agreement to approve a second administration building to house the economic development, …

Green Cove Springs Police Chief joins FBI's 'Trilogy Club'

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Police C hief E.J. Guzman joined the “Trilogy Club” by receiving the prestigious FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award after successfully graduating from the programs provided by the FBI …
The Clay County basketball team participated in one of seven sports being played at the Florida State Games at Walt Disney World.

Clay's Special Olympics team competed like champions at State Games

LAKE BUENA VISTA - The success of Tip-A-Cop, Law Enforcement Torch Run and donations allowed the Clay County Special Olympics Team to travel and play like champions last weekend at the Florida State …

NFL Icon Avril to present two scholarships

Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl defensive lineman Cliff Avril returns home to Clay County this week to present the inaugural round of scholarships through his foundation, the Cliff Avril Family …
The Class of 2024 takes a fond and final look at the elementary schools they attended before they prepare to walk across the graduation stage.

Walking the halls one last time

CLAY COUNTY – One of Clay County's beloved graduation week traditions is when the seniors return  to their Clay County elementary schools, walking the halls one last time before they walk …
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Obituaries
Mickey Joan Allran Price
Mickey Joan Allran Price, 78, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024. She was born January 4, 1946, in Rowan County, NC to the late Everette Hoyle Allran and Minnie Coley. She was a …
Kimberly A. Coggin
Kimberly A. Coggin
Kimberly A. “ Kim” Coggin, 61 of Green Cove Springs passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at her residence following an extended illness. Kim was born in Chicago, Illinois, and lived …
Shelley Jean Defibaugh
Shelley Jean Defibaugh passed away on April 2, 2024, in Orange Park, FL at the age of 57.    She was born to Barbara and Frank Turner on September 19, 1967, in Massillon, OH. Shelley …
Barbara Faulkner Davidson
Barbara Faulkner Davidson, 98, a long-time resident of Orange Park, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 11, 2024. She was born in Jacksonville, FL to the late James Hilton …
James Roy Studdard
JAMES ROY STUDDARD passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 10, 2024. James was born in Cherokee County, Alabama, on July 9, 1940, and grew up in Clanton, Alabama. After graduating …
Crime & safety

Arrests and Bookings

Tuesday, May 21

Christopher J. Hopkins, 20, Orange Park, domestic battery

Christopher D. Ray, 36, Middleburg, VOP burglary

Michael J. Jarosz, 19, Keystone Heights, burglary, vandalism

Sharonmarie C.C. Suarez, 39, Orange Park, battery

Yusniel P. Yero, 45, Middleburg, possession controlled substance, possession drug paraphernalia

James C. Watts, 28, Green Cove Springs, VOP grand theft auto

Michael A. Allbritton, 37, Green Cove Springs, introduce/remove contraband into jail

Lucas J. Lawrence, 37, Green Cove Springs, introduce contraband into jail, possession fentanyl

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Mollicone fires up Eagles track golds

JACKSONVILLE - Fleming Island senior distance runner Roman Mollicone, an 800-meter specialist, put the final touches of his track career with two gold medals at the FHSAA Class 3A track and field …

Knights "steel" shutout off state power

MADISON COUNTY - Oakleaf Knights football coach Christopher Foy lives by the phrase "steel sharpens steel" and his visit to Boot Hill, the infamous home to Madison County High School football, was …
ORANGE PARK - Ridgeview High football has a new coach and he was a bit pleased with the effort of his Panthers in Tuesday's first foray into game action as Ridgeview hosted a three-way spring game …
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Fernald bedevils Clay in Regional Championship

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay High’s Aidan Hampton’s inside-the-park home run …
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-Our DayStar Program

At DayStar, we are committed to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential with dignity while providing individuals access to the unique support they need. Daystar is committed to providing …

Here's what's happening around Clay County

CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS will meet on May 14 at 4 p.m. in the BCC meeting room, fourth floor, at Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs. ORANGE PARK LIONS CLUB will …

Did you know

Clay Today will test your knowledge weekly and provide interesting facts on various topics. This week, Memorial Day. Nothing is more inappropriate than a card or sign that reads: “Happy Memorial …

Word of the Week

Torrid : ( TOR-id ) an adjective meaning something  that is literally hot (such as a region near the Earth’s equator) or figuratively hot (such as a romance). "The tabloids were relentless in …

Briefs

Contest open to design Clay County's next library card

CLAY COUNTY – Through June 15, the Clay County Public Library System will hold an art contest seeking artwork for special, limited-edition library cards for Library Card Sign-Up Month in September …

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Faith Walk

Memorial Day: Never Forget

Pastor Billy Register

This Monday is Memorial Day. It is a day when we celebrate and remember the heroes who helped bring freedom to our nation. It’s an important holiday because it helps us to realize just how …

This Week in History 05/23/24

Sheriff Darryl Daniels

Five years ago, 2019 • Clay Today covered the torrid affair between Sheriff Darryl Daniels and JSO's Cierra Smith.  Daniels made a public apology of the  six-year affair he had with …

Columnists

Biden's Morehouse address was unbefitting of the White House

  I try to avoid writing about politics. I admit I touch on political issues, but I try to avoid going over the top. I call this common sense. However, it will be on the editorial page if it's …

Florida Behavioral Health: Housing part of mental health treatment

Top Gov.  Ron DeSantis  administration officials tout the significant spending increases Florida has made for mental health funding . The administration also promoted its successes with …

Throwback journalism at Darlington never goes out of style

DARLINGTON, S.C. – It was throwback weekend at the Darlington Raceway, a few days when stock-car racing remembered its past. Legendary drivers returned to the oldest speedway in NASCAR, where 75 …
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Boomers have a drug problem, but not the kind you might think
Baby boomers – that’s anyone born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964 – are 20% of the population, more than 70 million Americans. Decades ago, many in that generation experimented with drugs that were both recreational and illegal. …
Since the first cellphone came out in the '80s, how have they changed?
Spokeo dove into news sources like CNN, data from researchers like Pew Research Center, and online encyclopedias to uncover the history of cellphones.
Wildfire smoke is back – fires burning across Canada are already triggering US air quality alerts in the Midwest and Plains
Dozens of wildfires are burning across Canada in May 2024 and sending unhealthy smoke blowing into the northern U.S. again. At the same time, the southeastern U.S. is getting smoke from Mexico, where …
7 things your dog wants you to know about separation anxiety
(BPT) - Have you ever looked at your dog’s big sweet eyes and wondered, “What is going on inside your head?” If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. While your dog …
Is AI as capable as humans? Here's how far artificial intelligence has come.
Image generation is just one area in which AI use is exploding. Verbit used data from academic research to see how AI is progressing.