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Cuban refugee, U.S. Navy petty officer reunite 30 years after Guantanamo Bay

Celia E. Ochoa Celia E. Ochoa lives in Middleburg now, but it was nearly 30 years ago when she, her family and six other passengers were ankle-deep in the surf along Cuba’s northern coast, boarding …
More than 170,000 people attended this year's Clay County Agricultural Fair.
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When they cut the ribbon to open this year’s Clay County Agricultural Fair, Executive Director Tasha Hyder was already thinking ahead to 2025. Everything had been planned for …
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Say Yes to a Prom Dress

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Women’s Club and Lake Region Kiwanis Club want girls to say “Yes to a Prom Dress!” at their dress giveaway on Thursday, April 25, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the …

Club Challenge ribbon cutting brings new kitchen, opportunities

ORANGE PARK—The community eagerly gathered around the entrance of Club Challenge at the back of Challenge Enterprises for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 16. Challenge …
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Local authors featured at Present Tense Coffee and Books

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Present Tense Coffee and Books is a cultural focal point. It's a welcoming home for bookworms and local authors. Last Saturday, the coffee house invited a dozen local …
CalaVida Music and Arts Festival will fill the streets of Green Cove Springs with festivities from April 22-27. For more, visit calavida.com.

CalaVida 10th anniversary festival coming April 22-27

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Cities worldwide celebrate their artists in their own way. Chicago has the Old Town Art Fair. Miami has the Coconut Grove Art Festival. Closer to home, Green Cove Springs has …
Monica and Terry Arnold.  Anyone interested in donating to help alleviate some of this family’s financial stress is encouraged to look up Monica’s Fight at [gofundme.com]gofundme.com today.

Signal 35 charity fund helps GCSPD's Arnold

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook and Signal 35 Fund board member Judson Sapp presented a $1,000 check Tuesday to the family of Terry and Monica Arnold. Terry Arnold is the …
Patients and staff packed Town Hall last Tuesday to speak out against the new ordinance or to find a compromise for the parking problems on Blake Avenue.
ORANGE PARK – The town council appeared to strike a short-term compromise between Precision  Dermatology and nearby residents during last Tuesday's meeting by continuing to permit …
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Rookery one step closer to setting up a CDD

The Rookery passed the first hurdle of its plan to create a Community Development District when the City Council passed the first reading of its request to set up a taxing district to provide …

County has several ways to observe Earth Day on Saturday

CLAY COUNTY – The county will celebrate Earth Day with a variety of events on Saturday, April 20. The biggest will be at Camp Chowenwaw Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1517 Ball Road in Green Cove …

Golden Years Gala celebrates 17th year

The 17 annual Windsor Ortega Golden Years Gala will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. The Gala recognizes older adults for outstanding volunteer service in Clay County. This is a …
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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 for 4/18/2024

Tuesday, April 16

Faron L. Thompson, Orange Park, follow/harass/cyberstalking

David W. Vaughn, 47, Orange Park, DUI with property damage/injury, refusal to submit to BAL test

Travis M. Hupp, 25, Keystone Heights, contributing to child delinquincy

Trenisha L. Bailey, 34, Orange Park, DUI

Melissa E. Espinsoa, 36, Orange Park, FTA DWLSR

 

Monday, April 15

Gianni N. Ruemmeley, 25, Orange Park, shoplifting

Sandy L.B. Etienne-Volasgism 29, Orange Park, shoplifting

Mary M. O’Brien, 66, Fleming Island, DUI

Mildred N. Buzzard, 71, Middleburg, petit theft

Gary A. Stiles, 59, Orange Park, FTA domestic battery

Vernnis P. Jenkins, 33, Green Cove Springs, VOP larceny

David A. Davitt, 60, Orange Park, written/electronic threat to kill/do bodily harm to another

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Homer! Lady Broncos win Oakleaf showdown

Middleburg High softball player Carly Johnson, in red, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer in Broncos' 3-0 win over Oakleaf on Friday.

OAKLEAF - Middleburg High softball is well known for its contributions to the Middleburg High girls' weightlifting team; with a half dozen members earning state championship invites recently; KK …

Birthday girl Kirra gets 2TDs!

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay High soccer ace, now flag football ace, Kirra Dodson found the end zone three times for Clay flag football coach Jared Moses and came back with two catches for scores as the …
ORANGE PARK - Friday evening, it was go big or go home Friday for the Middleburg Broncos, Ridgeview Panthers, and Fleming Island Golden Eagles as all three teams ended their games with the 15-run …
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Beachside Battery Track and Field: Fleming Island second to Georgia powerhouse

BEACHSIDE - With a wicked fast 4 x 800 relay split of eight minutes, 44.88 seconds, the Fleming Island High boys track team took the best punches from Georgia track powerhouse Richmond Hill High to …
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 …

Upcoming Events in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR continues until April 14. Don't miss the "world's greatest county fair" while it's in town.  The Development Review Committee   will meet on Thursday, April 11 …

Did You Know

Every week, Clay Today will test your knowledge on various topics. This week, women’s basketball. The Iowa-Louisana State women’s game in the Elite Eight shattered records as the most-watched …

Word of the Week 04/18/24

Taut : (TOT )  an adjective meaning stretched or pulled tight; not slack . "The taut rope tethered the boat to the dock."

Briefs

BASCA's Back to the 80s Dance on April 26

ORANGE PARK  – BASCA, which stands for "Building Abilities of Special Children and Adults," is hosting a totally tubular, retro-themed dance on Friday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. "It's time …

Opinions & Viewpoints
Faith Walk

Lord’s Prayer: Consecration

Pastor Billy Register

We continue our look at the components of The Lord’s Prayer. This week is Consecration. In Matthew 6:9, Jesus teaches us not only to adore God but also to consecrate ourselves to His will. He says, …

This Week in History 04/18/24

Enoch Nadler absorbs the energy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon after finishing in 22nd place.

Five years ago, 2019 •   An early-morning fire destroyed a portable classroom at Wilkinson Elementary. Crews arrived and found one portable classroom fully involved, and three others were …

Columnists

Letter to Editor

Dear Editor, Some people say you are born into a profession, and I like to think that rings true for me. April is occupational therapy month, and April is my birth month. I am writing to raise …
It was a mooooving experience to stroll through the livestock barns during the Fair.

I already miss the Fair, but I have smarter game plan for future

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – I already miss the steak tips, Amish doughnuts and fried dough. I can’t wait to pet baby goats again, or hear the squelching sounds from thrilling rides like Hang 10 or …

Words don't do Augusta National Golf Club justice

Few places are hard for me to describe. Shoot, I’ve been known to talk about not being able to talk. The Augusta National Golf Club is one of them. I’ve been lucky, no make that privileged, to …
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Orange Park Furniture celebrates 50 years in the homey business

ORANGE PARK – Pursuing  through the aisles of sectional couches, sofas, reclining chairs, dining tables  and bedrooms, you can tell the furniture puts its motto to practice: "Feels like …

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Billions of cicadas are about to emerge from underground in a rare double-brood convergence
In the wake of North America’s recent solar eclipse, another historic natural event is on the horizon. From late April through June 2024, the largest brood of 13-year cicadas, known as Brood XIX, will co-emerge with a midwestern brood of 17-year cicadas, Brood XIII.
Removing PFAS from public water will cost billions and take time – here are ways to filter out some harmful ‘forever chemicals’ at home
Chemists invented PFAS in the 1930s to make life easier: Nonstick pans, waterproof clothing, grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant carpet were all made possible by PFAS. …
Gold vs. stocks: As both hit record highs, which is performing better for investors?
Money helps shed light on which is a better investment: gold or stocks.
Taylor Swift’s homage to Clara Bow
One track on Taylor Swift’s new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” honors a long-celebrated, oft-miscast heroine of American feminism: actress Clara Bow. As historians of the 1920s, we’ve studied Bow’s fame and her cultural legacy.
10 of the best places in the US to see the northern lights in 2024
Astronomers say 2024 will be a great year to see the northern lights. Stacker used various sources to list 10 places in the U.S. to view them.