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Council appoints Anderson to second term as Orange Park mayor

ORANGE PARK – Mayor Randy Anderson secured a second-consecutive 1-year term as mayor with a narrow 3-2 vote, which was the most discussed agenda item of the night. Prior to the mayoral …

County commission advances business tax proposal

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Commissioners heard more on passing a business tax – a fee for all county businesses – at Tuesday night’s meeting before deciding to advance the proposal for …

School Board approves new Middleburg High CTE academy

FLEMING ISLAND – The automotive industry is important, with highly skilled employees but also high demand for them. The Clay County School District is looking to address that. Middleburg …

Are you ready? Hurricane preparation starts weeks before first storm of season

CLAY COUNTY – No matter how evolved science gets, experts often struggle to know when, and where, a hurricane will form. And since they’re driven by water temperature, currents, upper winds and …

Three able to provide key information about officer-involved shooting

ORANGE PARK – After each job is completed for their moving company, Adam German, Zachary Kellar and a co-worker have a ritual to stop at the Wawa on Blanding Boulevard to get a soft drink and a …

Orange Park hospital Magnolia grows into state, national spotlight

ORANGE PARK – A local hospital’s Southern Magnolia tree is not only gathering moss, but state and national recognition. The tree, near one of HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital’s new medical …

Law enforcement, residents walk, run for Special Olympics athletes

FLEMING ISLAND – More than 45 runners and walkers participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida on April 28, just weeks before Clay County athletes head to Walt Disney …

Reinhold Foundation puts its support, spotlight on success of local nonprofits

ORANGE PARK – Nonprofit groups lined up at the door of the Thrasher-Horne Center Conference Room Tuesday for a payday like no other. The Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation had 47 envelopes …

County commission approves putting school board millage on ballot

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County School Board millage rate continuation will face voters after county commissioners unanimously approved moving the item to the general election ballot. The 1 …

County to participate in three opioid settlements

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County commissioners agreed to three settlements with companies in a wide-ranging opioid-related lawsuit that originated from the state. The state has reached …

CCSO: Deputy tearfully admits to prolonged abuse of pre-teen girl

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Sheriff Michelle Cook’s voice shook on April 14 when she talked about the bravery of a 12-year-old girl who came forward to talk about ongoing sexual abuse from a Clay County …

Cammack: Sending baby formula to the border ignores American needs

U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack and other Republican lawmakers are calling on the FDA and the Biden administration to take immediate action to solve a months-long baby formula shortage that's left parents …

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In the Community

Commissioners make changes in ordinances to protect pets

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Commissioners are working to improve the living conditions and quality of life for pets in Clay County through recent revisions to the Animal Services Ordinance No. 2022-14, …

Final beam in place for new HCA Florida Middleburg ER

MIDDLEBURG – HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital brought together local EMS, elected officials, caregivers and other community stakeholders Tuesday to make their mark on the final metal beam that will …

The Granary preaches health food, community message in ornate building

ORANGE PARK – An elegant house from the 1880s that recalls the early days of Kingsley Avenue is home to a health food store that has been advocating healthy living for more than 40 …

Life Care Center of Orange Park nurse wins photo contest award

ORANGE PARK – Life Care Center of Orange Park nurse won the third-place award in Florida Health Care Association 2022 Long Term Care Photo Contest with her picture “Dancing Away the COVID …

Clerk All-Star: Amber Leininger

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Amber Leininger, a Senior Staff Accountant, who consistently impacts our office in positive ways, was selected as the Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office …

County looks forward to large-scale broadband expansion

CLAY COUNTY – Comcast’s plan to provide underserved areas of the county with the internet is beginning to take shape. The Board of Clay County Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement …
Faith Walk: Hero or SUPERHERO?

My son and I were having a conversation recently about heroes. With the recent rise in popularity of the Marvel movie franchise, there are a lot of new heroes being promoted. Quite a few villains as …

Faith Walk: Living in Perfect Peace

A true life of faith is one rooted and guided in peace. This isn’t any kind of peace: it is the peace only God can provide. The inconsistencies of life do not shake this peace: it stands firm …

Faith Walk: God Loves to Hear Us Pray

If you are a Christ-Follower, you know how much prayer benefits our lives. But have you ever thought about how God feels when we pray? I imagine God would say something like this: “It’s great …

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No matter what the enemy of our life has done, no matter how we’ve messed up, it’s not too late. It’s NEVER too late! Jesus was sacrificed on the cross for all the sins of humanity for all of …

Faith Walk: Who is Jesus?

Jesus Christ is the most significant figure in the history of the world! 2000 years after the life and ministry of Jesus, two computer scientist used Wikipedia to create a list of the “10 Most …

Community First Credit Union

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Community First Credit Union mortgage rates are at historic lows (most loans close in 30 days) Community First Credit Union has recently lowered mortgage rates to help you save more than ever …

Sports
WWP joins push to increase support for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals JACKSONVILLE – Wounded Warrior Project joined a grassroots movement to advocate for Congressional passage of a bill to help veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving our country. The …
Letter to the Editor: Reader believes ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is vindictive; addresses problem that doesn’t exist Editor: In this era of the 1001 decrees of Ron DeSantis, HB1557 “Don’t Say Gay” bill is very troubling. It seems to address a problem that does not exist. It is deliberately vague, as its …
Editorials are written to provoke thought, conversation on sensitive issues We received a call this week from an unhappy reader who said he wouldn’t renew his subscription which was scheduled to run out in a couple of weeks. I’m troubled by him leaving – not because …
Legislature submit bills to remove Walt Disney World’s special government exemptions Senate and House bills aimed at putting an end to Walt Disney World’s special government have been submitted for the Legislature’s Special Session this week — sending notice that Gov. Ron …
Message to activists, Disney: Leave our children alone What I learned through third grade became the platform for my education that continues to serve me well. I learned the alphabet. I learned to write my name – in block letters and cursive – and …

Blue Devils go ‘11 hats to ball’

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - The aromatic smell of fresh pancakes filled the Clay High football stadium as volleyball ace Aubri Martin exercised some deft spatula skills, but the thought of savory syrup, …

Eason silver, Parker bronze highlight track finishes

GAINESVILLE - Both Arianna Eason, triple jumper for Oakleaf High School, and Mychaela Parker, basketball center for Orange Park High School, have other sports to worry about in their spare time, but …

Panthers have B3 weapons: Baptiste, Burris and Bridges

ORANGE PARK - Ridgeview High football has traditionally had a bevy of offensive weaponry back to the days of Stanley Dye and Skyler Humphrey with quarterback Josh Moore and Qhahlin Paterson and that …

Quarterbacks shine at Green and Gold Game

FLEMING ISLAND –Head coach Damenyum Springs knew he had a rising star in freshman quarterback Cibastian Broughton. He found out Friday evening at Fleming Island’s Green and Gold game that he has …

Thrill of victory ... Williams’ dinger wins marathon

GAINESVILLE - After the top of the fifth inning, the Clay Blue Devils had a good 5-0 lead over the host Santa Fe Raiders, looking to close out their region quarterfinal in the class 4A State …

Stratton, Myers go 1-2 in state 3200 meter

GAINESVILLE - St. Johns Country Day School senior track runner Matthew Stratton, the Class 1A cross country state champion, strode past his dad in lap three of eight at the Class 1A 3200 meter finals …

Spartans headed for region final

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School senior pitcher Brad Hodges excelled on the mound and at the plate as host St. Johns Country Day School pulled away for a 12-5 victory over Trinity Christian …

Dressel back; three world bests

Clay High School’s Caeleb Dressel answered plenty of critics when challenged about his readiness for the upcoming World Championships with three world best times in three wins at the U.S. World …
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
Community Briefs 5/19/22
Ascension St. Vincent’s, Clay recreation to host Summer Youth Camp in JuneMIDDLEBURG – Ascension St. Vincent’s and Clay Park and … Read More
VyStar launches high school debit card program to support area schools
CLAY COUNTY – VyStar Credit Union announced today the launch of its High School Debit Card Give Back Program, which provides … Read More
College Briefs 5/19/22
Fleming Island’s Gerri Williams earns Hofstra diplomaHEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Gerri Williams, of Fleming Island, recently graduated from … Read More
Food, music, rain highlights first BBQ & Hot Sauce Festival
ORANGE PARK – Organizers of the BBQ & Hot Sauce Festival battled against two unbeatable challenges last weekend at the Orange Park … Read More
Parishioners break ground on Trinity Baptist Church building in Oakleaf
OAKLEAF – Parishioners of Trinity Baptist Church celebrated the groundbreaking for a new 16,500 square-foot building at its Oakleaf … Read More
This Week In History 5/19/22
Five years ago, 2017• The new civil citation diversionary program offers teens with misdemeanor charges can avoid jail time with … Read More
Crime News

Arrests & Bookings 5/19/22

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 5/19/22

CCSO: Man busted for selling drugs to undercover deputyMIDDLEBURG – A Jacksonville man was arrested on May 11 for selling $700 worth of drugs to an undercover deputy with the Clay County …

Arrests & Bookings 5/12/22

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 5/12/22

Green Cove Springs teen caught with child pornographyGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 19-year-old man was arrested after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted the Clay County …

Arrests & Bookings 5/5/22

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 5/5/22

Man charged with DUI following slow-speed chase with child in truckGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man was arrested for driving under the influence after he ran over a mailbox and leading the Green Cove …

Arrests & Bookings 4/28/22

(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; DUI-Driving Under the Influence; VOP-Violation of Probation; BAL-blood …

Police Briefs 4/28/22

Pair in jail after being recognized on surveillance during home invasion robberyORANGE PARK – Two men were tracked down and brought back to Clay County after being charged with holding a …
Community Calendar 5/19/22

GARDEN CLUB OF ORANGE PARK: will host its “Game Day” on May 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the club’s headquarters at 1820 Smith St. The function is to promote membership and awareness. The $5 …

Community Calendar 5/5/22

POLICE MEMORIAL WEEK CEREMONY: will be on May 5 at Spring Park, 106 St. John Ave., Green Cove Springs, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will honor the memories of sheriff deputies and police officers who died …

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LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet on April 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Camp Montgomery, 88 SE 75th St. in Starke. PENNEY FARMS TOWN COUNCIL: will meet at 7 p.m. on April 19 at the Town Hall, 4100 Clark …

Calendar 4/7/22

JUSTIN BIEBER: will perform on April 7 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd., in Jacksonville. For tickets, visit vystarveteransarena.com or ticketmaster. LAKE …