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CCSO wraps-up yearlong murder case with seventh arrest

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A random act of kindness cost a man his life, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said. The agency reported the seventh, and final, arrest in the brutal 2019 attack of a …

Points with a purpose

MIDDLEBURG – It’s been a good year for Marie Kaltz and her family. Her and her husband’s jobs weren’t affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – or the shutdowns and layoffs that came with …

Groundbreaking for new Baptist Clay Medical Campus hospital coming soon

FLEMING ISLAND – Although the start of construction is still at least a week away, it doesn’t keep Darin Roark from closing his eyes and imagining the completed project. The construction …

Back to the Fifties Car Show

FLEMING ISLAND – Local residents showed up to take in the excellent weather, marvel at more than 140 exotic cars and participate in the best-dressed in 1950’s attire competition Saturday at the …

Elevate Church, OP Mall offering Thanksgiving dinners

ORANGE PARK – In conjunction with Orange Park Mall, Elevate Life Church of Fleming Island wants to do its part to help those in need during this holiday season. On Saturday, Nov. 21, there will …

CCSO: Be on the lookout for Shawn Lequin Braddy

Our detectives are looking for a man identified as Shawn Lequin Braddy. We believe he was involved in a shooting that happened this morning on Grayson Lane in the Oakleaf …

Clay Health: No upticks in COVID-19 cases expected locally

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The local health department administrator believes the county won’t experience the same massive uptick in COVID-19 as other areas of the country. Florida Health Department …

Carol Studdard makes a tearful exit after 28 years from Clay County School Board

CLAY COUNTY – School Board member Carol Studdard said her goodbyes last week after serving for the past 28 years. Beth Clark’s win earlier this month brought Studdard’s …

Orange Park considering overhaul of downtown area

ORANGE PARK – An American Main Street could be in the town’s future. The town’s massive strategic visioning and planning could bring about an old-school vibe with new-school tactics called …

Democracy 2020

CLAY COUNTY – Voters turned out in record numbers in Clay County, and they overwhelmingly decided to repair local schools, send Kat Cammack to the U.S. House of Representatives and Jennifer Bradley …
In the Community

Michelle Cook brings her own management style to CCSO

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – You won’t see Michelle Cook on social media sipping a cup of coffee while drug offenders do their perp walk in front of cameras. The new sheriff prefers to deflect the …

Business is ‘blooming’ at Park Avenue Florist & Gift Shop

ORANGE PARK – Park Avenue Florist & Gift Shop is gearing up for the holiday season. The longtime Orange Park staple, like many other florists and nurseries, has, unlike many small businesses, …

Helping Clay County look fabulous on a budget

ORANGE PARK – Sometimes it takes a drastic turn of events to help people find their passion. That’s exactly what Joyce Knight Hall discovered when she opened The Hall Closet. The dream of …

Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund delivers $5 million in COVID-19 relief

CLAY COUNTY – Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund awarded $5.4 million to 112 North Florida nonprofit agencies since the Relief Fund reopened in March to support residents disproportionately …

Sons of Confederate, VA honors provides headstones for unmarked graves

CLAY COUNTY – Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Kirby-Smith Camp No. 1209 installed headstones on the unmarked graves of five Confederate veterans and one for unmarked grave of a veteran …
Showy. Splashy. Sunny. Sentimental.

Annabelle’s Interiors offers creative imagination to unique styles

ORANGE PARK – Annabelle wears multiple hats at Annabelle’s Interiors. She is an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, a small business owner and a talented interior decorator. Her store, …

Nights of lights

Even with Christmas being nearly five weeks away, workers with the City of Green Cove Springs were dodging traffic and getting into the holiday spirit this week by putting up Christmas lights along …

National Adoption Month

CLAY COUNTY – November is National Adoption Month. Many children in the area need the love and stability that a permanent home can offer. As of October, there were 486 children in care. Not all …

100 and counting …

FLEMING ISLAND – Lucille LeCouvre will turn 100 on Sunday, Nov. 22. She’s lived through the War to End all Wars – twice – and watched man defeat polio and walk on the moon. She’s …

School district already looking how, where to spend money raised by new sales tax

CLAY COUNTY – Voters overwhelmingly decided on Nov. 3 the county’s school district needed a half-cent sales tax. Now that it’s a reality, the district is hard at work preparing for what the …

Facebook question of the week 11/19/20

CLAY COUNTY – It’s been more than three of what feels like the never-ending 2020 presidential election and Clay Today readers on both sides of the aisle are feeling exhausted. It’s been 20 …

First Baptist Church of Middleburg to Hold 'Feeding the 5000' Event Saturday

MIDDLEBURG – First Baptist Church of Middleburg will hold its annual “Feeding the 5000” event on Sat. Nov. 21. The event officially begins at noon, and will be held on the church campus at 2645 …
Obituaries 11/26/20

Joseph “Roger” Demers Joseph Demers, husband of Irene for 65 years, passed away peacefully on November 17th in Pooler, GA. Many in the Orange Park and Middleburg area will remember his …

Obituaries 11/12/20

Daniel J. Harkins, Jr. Daniel J. Harkins, Jr., 88, of Fleming Island, FL passed away on November 1, 2020. Daniel was born on January 18, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mary and Daniel Harkins. …

Obituaries 11/5/20

Frederick Norman “Red” Lonberg Frederick Norman “Red” Lonberg, USN RET BMCM, sailed away on his final deployment to be with the Lord on October 29, 2020. A loving husband, …

Obituaries 10/29/20

Darleen S. LockwoodDarleen S. Lockwood, 77, formerly of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away October 7, 2020 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s.Darleen …

Faith Walk: Thanksgiving

There are a lot of variations when the history of our Thanksgiving holiday is discussed. Fine points in the history are disputed. For us, the history of Thanksgiving should not be the most important …

Faith walk: Uncle Gus

He was not actually my uncle. He was a cousin in the family but I called him “Uncle Gus” because in those days young people always addressed their elders with a title. So, you said “Mr.” or …

Faithwalk: My Jesus

More than one hundred fifty years ago, a young teenager wrote a beautiful poem. It was a personal tribute to his Savior. The poem became a powerful hymn of the church when music was written for it a …

Faith walk: True Heroes

We use the word “hero” very loosely today. Almost any good deed can get one the designation “hero.” But the real hero is “the person who is recognized for great or brave acts or fine …

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 …

Sports
No favorites in NASCAR’s Final Four sets up intriguing championship The four drivers who’ve qualified for the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs didn’t get as much attention as one driver who failed to make the cut last Sunday at the Martinsville …
How Florida’s electorate has changed since 2017 election How has Florida’s electorate changed since the 2016 presidential election? An examination of voter registration data in the election book closing reports for the 2016 and 2020 General elections …
Vote YES on half-cent sales tax for Clay County schools The year was 1927. The world held its collective breath when Charles Lindbergh made the first successful nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York City to Paris, France. The flight …
Time to consider the things I’m so done with … When you’re 17 episodes into binge-watching “Golden Girls,” you have time to think about things. You remember shaking hands with your friends. You remember hugging your children. You think …
Survey: Black, Hispanic Floridians believe college degree is key for workforce success The vast majority of Hispanic and Black voters believe a bachelor’s degree is key to success, according to a new survey released by the Helios Education Foundation and the Florida College Access …

Ridgeview High names Charles Gilbert first Football Hall of Famer

ORANGE PARK - Former Ridgeview High sports star Charles Gilbert, notably one of the fastest wide receivers to play in Clay County football, was feted Friday night as the honorary coin toss guy at the …
Stratton, Allen take Hog Jog titles
LAKE ASBURY - St. Johns Country Day School junior cross country runner Matthew Stratton, fresh off a third place finish in the Class … Read More
Wolfe gets the keys to the Bronco Nation
MIDDLEBURG - Fleming Island, Clay and Orange Park high school football has had one common thread the past decade or so when it comes … Read More
Raiders’ battle ends short
ORANGE PARK – Two touchdowns by De’Andre Robinson and 110 rushing yards from Jojo Restall were not enough to overcome Menendez’s … Read More
Bartram Trail early blasts end Oakleaf season
ST. JOHNS - With the sting still fresh from an October 23 game winning field goal (30-27) to hand the Oakleaf Knights their last … Read More
Dressel sets three new world records
ORANGE PARK – Clay High former swim state champion Caeleb Dressel, now a professional swimmer for the International Swim League’s … Read More
Dreadnaughts end season with tough loss
VALDOSTA - Two miraculous pass plays that became touchdowns proved fateful to the Fleming Island Dreadnaughts youth football team as … Read More
Clay quick-sixes Atlantic High
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – With lightning quick speed; two runs from Al’Querious Ray, a 54 yard punt return by Jarvis Lee, a snappy 27 … Read More
Hudson inks to Alabama gymnastics
FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island High senior Lilly Hudson has waited nearly six years to do what she did Friday morning at Fleming … Read More
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-One Number Different

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
SJR State Foundation celebrates 50 years of student success
ORANGE PARK – With a rich history of supporting students, the St. Johns River State College Foundation, founded in 1970, is … Read More
Jessie Ball duPont Fund to match JA donations for Giving Tuesday
CLAY COUNTY – As part of its Giving Tuesday and Holiday Donation Campaign, Junior Achievement of North Florida is pleased to … Read More
Garden Club of Orange Park honors veterans at Clarke House
ORANGE PARK – This month the Whippoorwill Circle of the Garden Club of Orange Park spent some time replanting the garden in front of … Read More
Health Department: Enjoy a safe, happy holiday season
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – As Floridians prepare to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, it’s important for residents and … Read More
This Week in History 11/26/20
Five years ago, 2015• The Clay High football team defeat Nature Coast, 40-28, to advance to the Class 5A state championship.• … Read More
Daughters of American Revolution scholarship available
FLEMING ISLAND – Graduating seniors are eligible and encouraged to apply for a $1,000 Sophia Fleming Scholarship, sponsored by … Read More
Sons of Confederate, VA honors provides headstones for unmarked graves
CLAY COUNTY – Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Kirby-Smith Camp No. 1209 installed headstones on the unmarked graves of … Read More
Feeding NE Florida distributes 200 turkeys to Clay County residents
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Feeding Northeast Florida continued its Harvest Helpings initiative in Clay County. In partnership with … Read More
Three area churches collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
CLAY COUNTY – Residents are encouraged to drop off shoeboxes filled with goodies at one of three local churches as part of this … Read More
Business Briefs 11/19/20
Fleming Island Medical Plaza I and II sold for $6.75 millionThe sale included six, multi-tenanted medical office buildings totaling … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 11/26/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 11/26/20
Pair arrested in connection with shooting of Orange Park teenGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Two men were arrested and charged with armed … Read More
Police Briefs 11/19/20
Oakleaf murder suspect killed by Maryland policeOAKLEAF – The man wanted for murder by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was shot … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/19/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 11/12/20
Keystone man arrested following rash of break-insGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 26-year-old man was in the Clay County Jail following a rash … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 11/12/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Calendar 11/19/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: will be held virtually for people grieving the death of a loved one on …

Calendar 11/12/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning …

Calendar 11/5/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Nov. 5 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department …

Community Calendar 10/29/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Oct. 29 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: will meet Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the BCC Meeting room on the …

Calendar 10/22/20

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING DURING PANDEMIC: will be offered as a webinar session by Community Hospice & Palliative Care on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. To register, visit …