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School district taps Burghart, Broughton for annual awards

CLAY COUNTY – Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year were selected last week and both educators are ecstatic to take home the award. Lindsay Burghart is the Teacher of the …

BCC moves closer selling $130 million in bonds to build new roads

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners have solidified their plans for the upcoming $130 million bond project, and if everything goes according to plan, the bonds will be sold and …

Clay women cashing in, saving more than most counties

CLAY COUNTY – Women living here benefit more economically than most counties in the state, and their dollar goes much farther. SmartAsset, a nationwide financial technology company with the aim …

Our opinion

How do you find out about any possible increases in your property taxes? You read your local newspaper. Where do you look to find out what happened during a county commission, school board or …

School board wrestles with finding interim superintendent

FLEMING ISLAND – Superintendent Addison Davis had a short agenda last week in what likely will be his final school board meeting. Davis is expected to resign from the Clay County School District …

Journey long, satisfying for 41 new Eagle Scouts

FLEMING ISLAND – Nathaniel Archibeque’s path to becoming an Eagle Scout involved earning at least 21 merit badges, serving on leadership councils, passing through several boards of review and …

Tree fees, noise, parking, public comments fill Orange Park’s agenda

ORANGE PARK – It was a night of regulations during last Tuesday’s town council meeting as discussion of tree fees, noise ordinances, front lawn parking rules and public comment time limits filled …

School district scrambling to keep pace with repairs, pay scale

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County School District is doing well in many areas according to state rankings and assessments, but one area that’s falling under the curve is maintenance. The …
In the Community
Astros cheating scandal proves continued hypocrisy against Rose Three Major League managers have lost their jobs – and likely their careers – for using technology to steal signs from the Los Angeles Dodgers during a pair of World Series. But Houston Astros …
“Fake Florida’ states taking advantage lack of film production program More than 70 film and television productions have wanted to shoot in Florida in recent years, but didn’t due to the lack of a statewide film production program. According to trade association …
Sen. Bradley encouraged about teacher pay progress State Sen. Rob Bradley is pleased with the progress lawmakers are making on teacher compensation. The Fleming Island Republican is sponsoring legislation (SB 486) to repeal the Best and Brightest …
National Anthem, coin toss among favorite Super Bowl wagers Americans love the Super Bowl, and they’re willing to spend their grocery money on it to prove it. Nothing matches the exhilaration – gamblers call it “juice” – than getting paid to …
Davis’ successor needs to continue improvements, create own leadership style Whomever fills Addison Davis’s seat as the Superintendent of Schools for Clay County will have a difficult job. Clay County clearly lost a leader who made an impact, however brief, on our …
Byrd: Push for E-Verify is about rule of law A Jacksonville legislator is again running point on a bill designed to sharpen lines on the state’s enforcement of immigration law. State. Rep. Cord Byrd, a Jacksonville Beach Republican, …
Davis should be judged on performance, not political, racial grandstanding By any measure, Addison Davis would be a terrific hire for the Hillsborough County School Board. With a record graduation rate, an eighth-place standing statewide and an emphasis to help the children …
All aboard!

PENNEY FARMS – There was a time before digital technology and electronic toys when toy trains were one of the best gifts a child could receive for Christmas or a birthday. The longer the track …

FDOT to host open house for Blanding widening project MIDDLEBURG - The Florida Department of Transportation will hold an open house to preview construction activities on the project to widen and resurface State Road 21 (Blanding Boulevard) …
Barco-Newton YMCA’s triathlon to benefit water safety FLEMING ISLAND – The Barco-Newton Family YMCA will host a Triathlon on March 1 to support the Safety Around Water initiative. The event is the brainchild of Delraye Norris, who works with …
St. Vincent’s new Cuddle Cot provides time to say goodbye MIDDLEBURG – A Clay County family got the closure they needed after donating a Cuddle Cot to Ascension St. Vincent’s Clay County Hospital last Friday. Elizabeth Hartsfield, her family and her …
St. Johns River invests in engineering technology program ORANGE PARK – To move students into the future, the institutions training them have to be ready. St. John’s River State College’s Orange Park campus is doing just that in the new …
Family tradition: Clay High’s Johnson continues Naval legacy SAN DIEGO – Petty Officer 2nd Class Davonte Johnson joined the Navy because he had a lot of family members who had previously served in the military. Now, 12 years later, Johnson serves with …
Obituaries 2/13/20

Marie Asselie Francois Marie Asselie Francois, 87, of Green Cove Springs, transitioned on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Haven Hospice Custead Care Center, Orange Park.The daughter of Clement Charles …

Obituaries 2/6/20

Pastor Louis Nelson Doan Louis Nelson Doan, 66, went to be with his Lord on January 27, 2020.He was released from the hospital on January 24th under the care of Community Hospice. He passed with his …

Obituaries 1/30/20

ERIC EDENFIELD Eric Edenfield, 32, of Bostwick passed away accidentally on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Palatka. Eric was born in Jacksonville and grew up in Middleburg. He was a 2005 graduate of …

Sports

Lady Raiders fall in district semifinal

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park High Lady Raiders girls basketball team never got their game on track in their district 3-5A semifinal and lost a 58-37 decision to Terry Parker High School on Tues., …
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
President’s Day closures
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – All County government offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of the Presidents’ Day … Read More
Group rallies against bill that changes disability services
The Clay County Change Makers joined the group from Duval County last Saturday at the Orange Park Town Hall to rally against Senate … Read More
PruittHealth spreads love with help of Fleming Island community
FLEMING ISLAND – For most people, Valentine’s Day represents a time to celebrate love with romantic partners, friends and family. … Read More
College Briefs 2/13/20
Four local students earn degrees from Western Governors SALT LAKE CITY – Fleming Island’s Schuyler Boone, Julia Castro and … Read More
This Week In History 2/13/20
Five years ago, 2015 The Gano Street house where 7-year-old Somer Thompson was attacked and killed in 2009 in Orange Park is set on … Read More
Orange Park Medical Center turns red for awareness to heart disease
ORANGE PARK – Hospital workers wore red on Feb. 7 for Go Red Day at Orange Park Medical Center to spread awareness for heart … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 2/13/20
State to seek death penalty for New Year’s Eve shootingGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The man charged with shooting two people to death and … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 2/13/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police briefs 2/6/20
Five arrested as part of drug raid on Brickyard Road MIDDLEBURG – A man was arrested for the second time in six months … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 1/30/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 1/30/20
Couple jailed during Middleburg drug raid MIDDLEBURG – With the help of a confidential informant, the Clay County Sheriff’s … Read More
Police Briefs 1/23/20
Couple busted for selling crack to CCSO informantORANGE PARK – A local couple were in jail after they were caught selling crack … Read More
Calendar 2/6/20

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Teacher Inservice Center at Fleming Island High, 2233 Village Square Pkwy.GARDEN CLUB OF MIDDLEBURG: will meet Feb. 7 at 2239 Blanding …

Calendar 1/23/20

BETH SMITH: will address Penney Retirement Community on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark Ave. Smith is based at Jennings State Park and will be on hand to answer questions …

Calendar 1/16/20

BETH SMITH: will address Penney Retirement Community on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark Ave. Smith is based at Jennings State Park and will be on hand to answer questions …

Community Calendar 1/9/20

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: meets Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference room, third floor of Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs.CLAY COUNTY …

Calendar 12/26/19

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB MEETING: at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 26 at Johnny’s BBQ, 7411 State Road 21, Keystone Heights. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. at …