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National Cycling Championships canceled by COVID-19 pandemic

CLAY COUNTY – The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed yet another victim last week. This time it was the multiple events of the National Cycling Championships. The scheduled events in Keystone …

Coast 2 Coast, Holeshot Powersports to support OP Clothes Closet and Food Pantry

ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park Clothes Closet and Food Pantry has been helping Clay County residents for a long time now, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people are out of work …

Residents support optional use of face masks during pandemic

CLAY COUNTY – Face masks intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are now mandatory in Jacksonville in all public and indoor places. It’s the latest step the city is taking to keep …

Green selected as President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Circuit Court Clerk Tara S. Green added to her resume on June 25, being named the new President of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers. She will serve a …

Daniels; Residents to be deputized against rioters

CLAY COUNTY – Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels said he’s ready to deputize gun-owning residents to help police turn back rioters and looters. The sheriff posted his message on Twitter and …

Vaccine for COVID-19 may be found at Fleming Island research office

FLEMING ISLAND – A vaccine for COVID-19 may be found in Clay County. Volunteers are asked to participate in a clinic study to test a possible vaccine for the deadly virus, according to Sharon …

Sheriff, community start dialog to bridge racial differences

MIDDLEBURG – The United States is going through what may be its most significant political upheaval and struggle for civil rights since the 1960s. The lynchpin of the latest round of historical …

Orange Park council tackles shortfalls created by COVID-19

ORANGE PARK – The town’s funding sources have taken some hits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the impact isn’t as large as feared. The Orange Park Town Council held a special …

Parents unsettled on how, when children should return to school

CLAY COUNTY – As the school board mulls over how best to begin the 2020-21 school year during the COVID-19, parents are split on what it should look like when students return in August. Despite …

Local bars ordered to close immediately

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reversed his plans for a gradual reopening Friday by immediately restricting bars from selling alcohol on the premise. The emergency order came after the state reported …

Clay could get $9 million in COVID-19 relief from CARES Act

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The county could receive more than $9 million in COVID-19 relief as part of the national CARES Act. Emergency Management Services director John Ward presented a case for …

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Van Zant for Superintendent

In the Community

Stand up and holler!

OAKLEAF – The Oakleaf Sports Association will begin its 10th season soon and if it’s anything like last year, some more prestigious accolades are in its future. The association is a …

Red, White and Cruise

No fireworks, no problems. While the annual fireworks show traditionally held on Independence Day in Orange Park was canceled due to concerns for COVID-19, the town still found a way to celebrate …

Green Cove identifies five areas to spend its $500,000 CARES Act money

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council designated five projects to be funded by the CARES Act during its meeting Tuesday night. The five initiatives include: buying new laptops to improve the …

Three household hazardous waste storage buildings open at Rosemary Hill

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Three new household hazardous waste storage buildings were recently completed and put into use by Clay County Environmental Services. They are located at the Rosemary Hill …

Man arrested following high-speed chase, crash with CCSO patrol car

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Jacksonville man was arrested after he crashed into a Clay County Sheriff’s Office patrol car Monday afternoon after he reportedly carjacked a company van in Middleburg and …

OPMC welcomes neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Horowitz

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center is pleased to announce that Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Horowitz has joined First Coast Neurosurgery and will be treating patients at Orange Park Medical …

County could use CARES Act money to build new health department

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners is one step closer to getting a new health department facility and emergency supply warehouse. The county is expected to receive roughly …

Ward: Clay has steered clear of COVID-19 uptick … so far

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – While the state of Florida continues to see record-level spikes in positive COVID-19 cases, Clay County has, for the most part, managed to steer clear of any major …

Clay Virtual Academy teacher selected to attend research lab program

CLAY COUNTY — A Clay Virtual Academy science teacher will be attending a virtual research lab experience next week alongside teachers from 10 other counties. Mary Maddox from CVA will join 40 …

County strongly encourages use of cloth face coverings in public

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – While neighboring Duval and St. Johns counties have mandated the use of cloth masks in public, the Clay County Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and Emergency …

575 acres in Black Creek Area bought for conservation

MIDDLEBURG – Clay County can look forward to a new public access park in the future. North Florida Land Trust is working in conjunction with the County to create this new park at Rideout Point …

JA of North Florida welcomes Callahan as new board chair

JACKSONVILLE – Junior Achievement of North Florida announced Mary Ann Callahan is the new chair of the board of directors. Callahan took over the leadership role on July 1. She has previously …
Obituaries 7/9/20

Harold Raines Boyette Harold Raines Boyette, age 97, passed July 1, 2020 at his home in Orange Park, Florida.A native of Hamlet, North Carolina, born on the Boyette family farm, Harold suffered from …

Obituaries 7/2/20

Joseph Wendell Jones Joseph Wendell Jones, of Orange Park, Florida, passed away on June 24th, 2020 after reaching the age of 79. After several bouts of failing health, Joe died peacefully in his home …

Obituaries 6/25/20

Tony Quigley BurnsTony Quigley Burns died at age 28 in Orange Park, Florida. Tony was born February 1, 1992 in Springfield, Massachusetts and was adopted October, 1997 in Jacksonville, Florida by a …

Obituaries 6/18/20

Peggy Jo Stainback Peggy Jo Stainback, age 69, originally from Hopewell, VA, passed away May 26th, 2020 peacefully in her sleep in Jacksonville, FL after a long battle with cancer.Peggy is survived by …

Faithwalk 070920

Count your true friends. I mean your really true friends. If it takes more than the fingers of one hand to count them, you are greatly blessed. Someone has said, “If you have one true friend you …

Faith Walk: Excuses

All kinds of excuses are given for not attending church worship services. There is a movement today that teaches against involvement with the organized churches. But all the reasons or excuses for …

Faith walk: The Scriptures

We need a foundation for our faith. You can put your trust in Nature, science, education – the list continues. But a true and solid basis for our faith in our Christ is the Holy Scriptures – the …

Faith Walk: When you Pray

Expect that something will happen when you pray. That is faith. When you enter God’s presence in prayer you must “believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Heb …

Sports
When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we got it wrong The numbers are alarming. And they don’t lie. When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we got it wrong. We sat at bars inches from our friends without concern. We went to rallies and protests. We …
NASCAR owes fans explanation after racing to conclusions to finding ‘noose’ in garage The conversation at the Talladega Superspeedway is generally about racing. NASCAR turned it into race. Sure there were a few Confederate flags outside NASCAR’s most-exciting racetrack ahead of …
Scott warns Floridians that COVID-19 surge is real U.S. Sen. Rick Scott discussed the state’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases Monday morning, a topic he’s been compelled to address more of late. With daily record case counts commonplace in …
Letter to the editor: Doctors Lake Phosphorus Removal Pilot Project already showing promise Editor: Another great partnership project is now operational in Clay County as the St. Johns River Water Management District continues work to improve water quality across the region. Known as …
Few can appreciate Daniels’ perspective of social unrest Darryl Daniels is an African American man. And a father. And the sheriff of Clay County. In today’s social climate, it’s not easy to be any one of those. As a father, he understands …

FHSAA: Push start dates (Who knows?)

GAINESVILLE – Right now, it is “muddy waters.”That comment made by Florida High School Athletic Association Executive Director George Tomyn regarding a potential plan involving a …
Clay graduate Borsheim uses Ultras to ease doctor duties
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Former Clay High volleyball and basketball standout Brianna Borsheim, if she was inclined to, had the perfect … Read More
Eli Warren joins Ronnie Van Zant Park aura
LAKE ASBURY - Clay County Commissioner Chairman Gayward Hendry was contrite when naming Ronnie Van Zant Park in Lake Asbury as one of … Read More
Stratton outduels Waiguru for Keystone 5K title
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – In one of the very few 5K road running races in the state, St. Johns Country Day School’s Matthew Stratton … Read More
Clay County to cut ribbon at New Eli Warren Fitness Course
reen Cove Springs – The Clay County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce the opening of the new Eli Warren Fitness … Read More
Padgett brothers taking reigns of Bronco football
MIDDLEBURG – With a storied history of football in the family, Luke and Logan Padgett seem destined to be the next two football … Read More
Kennard looks for stability for Clay football
GREEN COVE SPRINGS - With the departure of long-time coach and athletic director John Stilianou, the Clay High football program … Read More
Lady Broncos hit the sand
MIDDLEBURG - Middleburg High volleyball coach Carrie Prewitt has been a strong advocate for maintaining her own fitness during the … Read More
Stilianou goes red; Bronco Red
MIDDLEBURG - Former Clay High football head coach and athletic director John Stilianou now is wearing red as opposed to his 16 years … 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
Deadline to register to vote in next election on July 20
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Supervisor of Elections, Chris H. Chambless, reminds voters that the last day to register to vote … Read More
College Briefs 7/9/20
Orange Park’s Walsh earns doctorate degree at Florida ORANGE PARK – Sharon K. (Fowler) Walsh, a State Line native and 1981 … Read More
Community Briefs 7/9/20
Clay County offers nonprofit assistance grantsCARES Act has $750,000 available to local agenciesGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County has … Read More
This Week in History 7/9/20
Five years ago, 2015• Orange Park’s Todd Emerick is honored with the Carl S. Marvel Creative Polymer Chemistry Award.• AMIkids, … Read More
Junior Achievement of North Florida hosts virtual Day of the Girl
CLAY COUNTY – Junior Achievement of North Florida will host a virtual edition of the 5th Annual Day of the Girl. Girls, ages 10 to … Read More
Deputies, Emergency Management celebrate Fourth with children at All Kids Care
ORANGE PARK – All Kids Care, a daycare that provides service to children who are medically fragile, held a Fourth of July … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 7/9/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 7/9/20
Former Clay County deputy arrested with child pornographyORANGE PARK – A former Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested … Read More
Police Briefs 070220
CCSO find man wanted for sex crimes against minor hiding in ArmyGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office tracked down … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 7/2/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 6/25/20
Man claiming to be David White’s killer threatens CCSOORANGE PARK – A man claiming to be the brother of the man who shot and … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 6/25/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Calendar 7/9/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet July 9 at 7:30 a.m. at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights.CLAY COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT: will hold its monthly meeting at …

Calendar 7/2/20

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL: will meet July 6 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 555 S. Lawrence St. ORANGE PARK TOWN COUNCIL: will meet on July 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 2042 Park Ave. GREEN COVE …