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Community Briefs 10/17/19

For Clay Today
Posted 10/16/19

Handcrafted wooden flag presented to elections officeGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Supervisor of Elections Chris H. Chambless recently was presented a custom American flag  made by …

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Community Briefs 10/17/19


Handcrafted wooden flag presented to elections office

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Supervisor of Elections Chris H. Chambless recently was presented a custom American flag  made by local woodworker Brad Satcher, owner of The Patriot’s Barn. Handcrafted from wood, its design is inspired by the first official flag of our nation. 13 stars encircle the number 1776, carved waves give the illusion the 13 stripes are rippling in the wind, and in the right corner the Declaration of Independence is etched.
Satcher began carving the patriotic flags as a fundraiser to put his daughter through college. He comes from a long line of veterans, and as a retired and disabled Navy veteran himself, he created them to memorialize deceased veterans and first responders. As he made each flag, the word began to spread and now The Patriot’s Barn Facebook page is filled with Satcher’s designs for law enforcement, military members, state legislators and organizations. It’s clear he’s dedicated to craftsmanship and those who serve our nation.
The Elections Office is thankful to Satcher and excited to have this unique piece of art. We hope those who view this flag will not only see its beauty, but be reminded of the foundation upon we built this country.

Study: Orange Park one of safest cities in Florida

Orange Park was rated as one of the safest cities in Florida by Security Baron, a security-based news site that utilized information by the FBI.
The town had a safety rating of 81.07, according to the site, which made it 26th overall among all cities in the state.
Marco Island was ranked No. 1 with an 87.42 rating.
Green Cove Springs made the list at 51.
The analysis found that Orange Park, with a population of 8,848, had a rate of 3.39 violent crimes for 1,000 citizens. The city also has a citizen-to-officer ratio of 2.49 for 1,000 people and a rate of 12.55 property crimes for 1,000 citizens.
Green Cove Springs’ safety rating was 76.65 with a citizen-to-officer ration of 2.44.
In comparison, it was found that Florida City at the southern tip of the state’s peninsula ranked last on the list, with a safety score of 17.52. The city has a rate of 79.25 violent crimes for 1,000 citizens, along with a citizen-to-officer ratio of 2.54 for 1,000 people.
Cities from neighboring counties also made the list, including: Starke was 115th at 63.32; St. Augustine was 119th at 62.5; Jacksonville was ranked 122nd at 62.4; Jacksonville Beach was 139th at 57.47; and, Palatka was 157th at 50.49.

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