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By now, Florida lawmakers surely realize continuing to fight the expansion of medical marijuana is reefer madness. Gov. Ron DeSantis apparently is in that camp. He is ready to stop the state’s … more
How was it possible for Amendment 4, the amendment restoring the voting rights of former felons, to get 64.55 percent of the vote in Florida? All statewide partisan races were close. Clearly, … more
The new year saw the passing of Seth Howard, 24, a drummer of Jacksonville-based metal band Yashira. Howard went to Ridgeview High School and graduated from the University of Florida last year. I … more
Charter schools may promise to provide access to a top education for more children, but one University of Florida researcher’s findings show that opportunity doesn’t get offered readily to many … more
5 years ago, 2014AT&T shifted 64 of its customer service jobs from a Downtown Jacksonville office tower to its Fleming Island call center, however, the move did not create new jobs for Clay … more
I wish to thank each and every one who participated in the 7th Annual Wreaths Across America program on Saturday, December 15 at the Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens cemetery. This year our … more
4Generations Institute As we launch into the New Year, please reflect with me for a few minutes on who we are and where we hope to go in the 12-months ahead. I believe 2018 was a year of … more
Can you feel it Clay County? Significant changes are coming to our community. At first glance, it’s easy to see one huge change – the First Coast Expressway and how it will lead to more people … more
5 years ago, 2013Clay County officials conducted an inventory audit at the Clerk of Court office after the firing and arrest former information technology director Michael John Hamilton of Lake … more
A healthy but also fragile economy led the Senate’s budget chief to tell fellow lawmakers they need to be “very, very conservative” in writing the state’s next yearly budget. Indeed, with … more
Even in Florida, lawns and landscapes take a break during the winter and naturally go dormant. During December, January and February, landscapes typically need less irrigation, so now is a great … more
Mass incarceration has led to 8 percent of children in Florida, 312,000 of them, seeing at least one parent put behind bars, according to a new study by FWD.us and Cornell University. The Dec. 6 … more
I offer this letter to the community to provide clarification about the changes happening at the Clay County Council on Aging. My hope is that this information answers some questions and provides the … more
5 years ago, 2013 Alesia Ford-Burse said she was excited to announce that Orange Park Performing Arts Academy was gearing up to open with his inaugural class in the fall, becoming Clay County’s … more
Reported crimes and arrests are down and Florida has held fewer people behind bars in recent years, but forecasters working for the state aren’t expecting prison populations to continue to … more
He was tall and stoic, I stood by in awed silence and watched the somber moment as President George Herbert Walker Bush laid a wreath in remembrance of the 39 Federal Law Enforcement Training Center … more
There has been a great deal of discussion lately about the Clay County Council on Aging and Clay Transit, most of which has come from those that are minimally involved in the organization. I feel … more
5 years ago, 2013Orange Park Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors by requiring shops to place the products behind the checkout counter and prohibited them … more
PONTE VEDRA BEACH – Having covered The Players golf championship tournament for nearly 12 years, the most prized photo I captured took place in 2010 not of a pretty famous golfer, but of a more … more
Last year, I wrote a column about how Thanksgiving is one of the worst holidays. Today, I’m here to report to you that my feelings have changed. Today, I write to tell you that Thanksgiving is … more
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