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DAYTONA BEACH – The smell of hot grease, tire dust and molten brake pads was invigorating Saturday afternoon. Nothing makes the mind race faster than watching 61 sports cars at top speed make a … more
Farewell for now, Clay County. With the start of the new year came the start of the 118th Congress and several changes for North Central and Northeast Florida's federal representatives. Mandatory … more
Dear Editor: More than 100 clinics affiliated through the Florida Association of Free and Charitable clinics have served hundreds of thousands uninsured, low-income Floridians, caring for those … more
The Florida Department of Corrections is still dealing with staffing shortfalls and legislators in the Senate and House are hearing. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee, the House Justice … more
I didn’t know Glenn Matsuki well. He was a roommate of John, my significant other’s older brother. We met a couple of times when they visited Nancy, but we soon learned we had a unique … more
This is the time of year Jacksonville Jaguars fans are usually mulling over who should be the first-round draft pick. Now we don’t know … or care. Winning changes everything. In one of the … more
In anticipation of Martin Luther King Day’s celebration, I'm pleased to share this personal reflection. It was late August,1963. I was 12. I remember my father calling me into his room. The … more
Reader disgusted with litterbugs, trash around countyEditor:Have you ever noticed the trash all over clay county? My family and I have lived here in Clay County since 1985. What I noticed immediately … more
The New Year represents a fresh start and is the perfect time to invest in your health. However, you may be unsure what resolutions will have the biggest impact. Doctors say that the easy, tangible … more
Football is supposed to be an escape from real-life problems and challenges. For three hours, fans get to immerse themselves in a fantasy world of athletic excellence, $12 beers and deafening … more
Traditionally, New Year Resolutions are about making a commitment to do something different in our lives, perhaps going in a new direction from that of the past. I’m sharing my … more
It’s that time of year when we all make resolutions to improve our lives. We make self-promises to lose weight, exercise and read more books. We resolve to serve more hours as volunteers, attend … more
In 1897, a coroner’s assistant, Philip O’Hanlon, was asked by his 8-year-old daughter if Santa Claus really existed. That question set off a chain of events that still pervade the hearts … more
It’s taken me more than 60 years to realize it really is the thought that matters when selecting and receiving gifts at Christmas time. For most of my childhood and adult life, I believed the … more
Editor: Thank you for your wonderful coverage of the state band competition and the awesome performance of our local high school bands. Each week when I see several pages covering high school … more
Some drivers could see a 50% credit on tolls in the 2023 calendar year – funded by Florida’s budget surplus – under a priority proposal of Gov. Ron DeSantis that is on a fast highway to the … more
CLAY COUNTY – It’s no secret that the holiday season can be stressful, exhausting and even depressing. For many people, the dissonance between Hallmark Channel expectations and personal reality … more
Florida House Speaker Paul Renner has released committee assignments for the 2023 Regular Session, including the selection of Sam Garrison (R-Fleming Island) and Bobby Payne (R-Palatka) to the … more
LAKE ASBURY – Coppergate Elementary is located on Henley Road, about 150 yards from County Road 220. A block past CR 220 on Henley is RideOut Elementary. And around the corner from the end of … more
I guess it’s too late to take advantage of the Labor Day sale for a new mattress. I suppose I can toss the Weird Al Yankovic concert ticket I bought for the concert two months ago at the … more
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