Community Briefs 2/6/20


Braddy withdraws candidacy for Florida’s 3rd District

GAINESVILLE – Ed Braddy withdrew his candidacy for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District, less than two weeks after he joined the crowded race.

Braddy issued the following statement:

“Ensuring Republicans maintain control of Florida’s Third Congressional District is critical to our District, State and to the Nation. Having looked at the field of candidates in the race, I believe there are several candidates that can win and who will continue to provide conservative and principled leadership for us in Congress. For that reason, I will not run for Congress and will focus my energy as Chairman of the Alachua Republican Party to ensure the success of Republican candidates up and down the ballot.”

Braddy was seeking to replace Con. Ted Yoho, who announced he wouldn’t seek another term.

Just a month until Riders in the Sky appear at Thrasher-Horne

ORANGE PARK – There’s only one month to go until America’s Favorite Cowboys will be at the Thrasher-Horne Center on March 1 at 2 a.m.

This event is sponsored in part by Allegro on Fleming Island. For more than 40 years, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

While remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, along with encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!” Riders have performed in all 50 states and 10 countries! Their cowboy charisma and comedic flair made them naturals for TV and landed them their own weekly show on TNN and CBS. In addition to penning award winning songs for their own albums, they wrote the score for Pixar Animation’s 2002 Academy Award-winning short “For the Birds”. But the animated character that history will link to Riders In The Sky is the loveable cowboy Woody, as Riders performed “Woody’s Round Up” in “Toy Story 2”, with the album of the same name garnering Riders their first Grammy Awards in 2001 for “Best Musical Album for Children.” Two years later, Riders roped their second Grammy in the same category, for “Monsters, Inc.- Scream Factory Favorites,” the companion CD to Pixar’s award-winning movie. Winners of two Grammys, they stand “hats & shoulders” above the rest of the purveyors of “Comedy & Western!”

The event is presented by Thrasher-Horne Center and sponsored by TICKETS. Tickets for Riders In The Sky are on sale at Thrasher-Horne Center. Prices range from $19-$59 with all fees included. Tickets and more information can be found at (904) 276-6815 ext. 1 or online at

The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.

Breakfast, Camellias to benefit Melrose Public Library

MELROSE – The Melrose Library Association is inviting residents to its Breakfast + a Camellia Sale to Raise Money for the Melrose Public Library.

Fruit salad, coffee cakes, breakfast casseroles, Danishes… a full breakfast buffet… plus Camellias will be available at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall, 204 State Road 26, Melrose, for its Annual Camellia Sale and Breakfast fundraiser on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast is $5 a plate, and $1 for just coffee with all proceeds benefit the Melrose Public Library.

There will be 20 varieties of camellias for sale. You can browse the selection or pre-order your plants by visiting, and finding the pre-order form under the “news” tab.

There is no entry fee to enter the event and everyone is welcome.

The Melrose Library Association is a nonprofit organization, serving to help aid the library and fund programs, library expansions, purchase books, and so much more. The MLA is currently raising funds to expand the Melrose Public Library, which serves four counties. Want to keep up with the Melrose Public Library? Like them on Facebook.

Vote by Mail ballots being sent ahead of presidential primary

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Supervisor of Elections office has started mailing Vote by Mail ballots to uniformed and overseas citizens for the Presidential Preference Primary election on March 17. That includes all active-duty military, their spouses and dependents who currently are absent from their places of residence, and civilians who are U.S. residents residing outside the country.

Vote by Mail ballots for domestic voters will be mailed on Feb. 10. If you’d like to request a VBM ballot, you can do it online at or call the office at (904) 269-6350. The last day to request a VBM for the presidential primary is March 7.

VBM ballots must be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office, 500 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, by 7 p.m. on election day, March 17. You can track your VBM ballot online by simply clicking on and enter your information to see your status.

Bill Engvall makes encore appearance at Thrasher-Horne

ORANGE PARK – Bill Engvall is back by popular demand at the Thrasher-Horne Center on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.

The event is presented by Thrasher-Horne Center and brought to you by Garber Automall. After two highly successful, almost sold-out shows, this will be Bill Engvall’s third appearance at the Thrasher-Horne Center.

Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multiplatinum comedian and actor. Most recently, Bill was featured in the horror movie “The Neighbor” which was released January, 2018. In 2017, Bill released the comedy special Just Sell Him for Parts. Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. In 2013, Bill lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012, he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT.

Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. Bill has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography Bill Engvall – Just A Guy.

Tickets for Bill Engvall range from $49-$129 with all fees included. Meet and Greet tickets are also available. Tickets and more information can be found at (904) 276-6815 ext. 1 or online at

Culver’s partners with Wilkinson FFA, Middleburg band

MIDDLEBURG – Since opening the doors of the first restaurant in 1984, Culver’s has been committed to being an active member in its local community.

On Feb. 12, Culver’s of Middleburg will carry on that tradition by donating a portion of its sales to raise funds from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. for the Middleburg High Band.

Then on Feb. 18, Culver’s will donate a portion of its sales from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. to raise funds for Wilkinson Future Farmers of America.

“We’re proud to call Middleburg home and doing our part to help just feels right,” said Sophie Lichte. "We strive to make a difference in the community we share with so many others, and working with Middleburg Band allows us to help support individuals and families in our area.”

Culver’s support of Middleburg Band and Wilkinson FFA is just part of its dedication to giving back to the community. From Culver’s founders to locally owned and operated restaurants, each franchise partner and team member understands the importance of serving those in need.

Culver’s is located at 1767 Blanding Blvd.

OP’s Garden Club: February is National Bird Feeding Month

ORANGE PARK – In 994, Congressman John Porter established February as National Bird Feeding Month due to the harsh conditions endured during one of the coldest months of the year.

Thankfully the weather in our Florida area is mild. The Garden Club of Orange Park wants to remind everyone this year's theme is “Winter Comforts – Feed the Birds and Keep Them Happy and Healthy.”

During the month of February, keep your bird feeders filled, have your binoculars close by for viewing, and obtain a bird book to identify the species. Backyard bird-feeding is an entertaining, educational, and inexpensive pastime enjoyed by children and adults.

Clay Bridal Spectacular returning to Thrasher-Horne

ORANGE PARK – Calling all bridal parties!

Thrasher-Horne Center presents the Clay Bridal Spectacular on Sunday, Feb. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Featuring the very best of local professionals in an intimate setting, brides will have the opportunity for planning conversations for their weddings with a variety of vendors.

Wedding parties will also have the chance to register for vendor door prizes and a two grand prizes: a complimentary wedding venue rental from Thrasher-Horne Center and honeymoon accommodations of seven-day/six-night Caribbean hotel stay from It’s Your Day Bridal & Formal Boutique.

Vendors currently include: A Unique Entertainment, Avondale Dance Directions, BC Entertainment, BPH Entertainment, Complete Weddings and Events, Destination Planning, DIRenee Creations, Dr. June Gentle, It’s Your Day Bridal & Formal Boutique, La Rosa Realty North Fl, LLC, Lees Alterations, Make-Up by Adie, Inc,, Mary Kay – Atkins Music by Vince, Oh Sweet Heavens Decorating, Party Planning & Event Rentals, Orange Theory Fitness, Pinto Carriage Works, LLC, Primerica, Professional Concessions, Inc., Rhonda’s Bling Bash – Papparazzi Accessories, Rodan + Fields Independant Consultant, Sarah Miller, S&S Menswear, Southern Palms Studio, Thrasher-Horne Center and Twins Luxury Limousines.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door and are available now at or at the Thrasher-Horne Box Office, (904)-276-6815.

The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College. It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Dr.


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