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SAFE Animal Shelter inundated with kittens

MIDDLEBURG – Kitten season is in full swing and Safe Animal Shelter is experiencing the negative effects of it. For the first time since the shelter opened, it has reached maximum capacity and is …

School board given 2 options to ease overcrowding at Keystone Heights Elementary
FLEMING ISLAND – The school board is looking into ways to fix the population overload at Keystone Heights Elementary. The board … Read More
OPMC breaks ground on new medical office building
ORANGE PARK — The Orange Park Medical Center broke ground on a new 60,000-square-foot facility set to open next year that continues … Read More
OPMC nurse earns praise, gift from Guitar Center for delivering musical medicine to her patients
ORANGE PARK – Shondra Diggett made a mad-dash from her car to the Orange Park Medical Center to avoid a storm last week, only to be … Read More
School board approves advertising to make masks optional in classrooms for 2021-22
FLEMING ISLAND – The school district is one step closer to making masks optional for the 2021-22 school year. The school board … Read More
Middleburg students win Best Technical Approach in ACE regional competition
MIDDLEBURG – Three local high school students won the award for Best Technical Approach in the Architecture Construction Engineering … Read More
Take Stock in Children pays benefits toward students’ futures
CLAY COUNTY – Take Stock in Children is a nonprofit changing the lives of children – literally. It’s doing that by setting … Read More

Father’s Day is misnamed … I Vote for Dad’s Day

There’s a big difference between being a Father and being a Dad. The former is biological, the latter behavioral. Fathering is an act of nature; being a Dad is all nurture. It's certainly much …

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In the Community

Local artist brings artwork, creativity to Clay County

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Denise Wood, an artist on Fleming Island has a passion for demonstrating her creativity through painting. Recently, Wood’s work was featured in an art gallery at The Art …

‘Business as usual’

ORANGE PARK – The parent company that owns the Orange Park Mall filed for bankruptcy protection last weekend, but mall officials said it won’t have any effect on business at the county’s …
Families, artists reunite to celebrate lives of fallen heroes
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Artists, partners, mothers and wives came together at the beautiful fallen hero’s memorial to celebrate a … Read More
Registration for free summer camp at Hunter-Douglas Park filling up
MIDDLEBURG – Children can take CPR lessons, learn history about Middleburg, discover new ways to eat healthier and take part in … Read More
Bradleys double-team Rotary Club Citizens of the Year award
ORANGE PARK – It was fitting Rob and Jennifer Bradley were selected as the Rotary Club of Orange Park’s Citizens of the Year on … Read More
Penney Farms, SJRWMD join forces to fix aging infrastructure
PENNEY FARMS – Even utopias have their flaws. After Hurricane Irma in 2019 barreled through the historic community of Penney … Read More
Ambulance company completed more than 4,000 transports in Clay last year
CLAY COUNTY – MedTrust, an ambulance provider serving Clay County, has appointed a new CEO, Lenna Macdonald. Lenna Macdonald … Read More
Four Clay students earn scholarships from women’s club
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Magnolia Point Women’s Club recently awarded scholarships totaling $14,000 to four young Clay High … Read More
Best friends’ salon earns ‘elite’ status
ORANGE PARK – Katlyn Hammonds and Tanya Shaw are best friends with a passion for styling hair. Hairstylists are known for being … Read More
A fifth Grumpy’s is happy news for hungry residents
CLAY COUNTY – There’s a new Grumpy’s coming to town. Anyone familiar with Clay County food is familiar with Grumpy’s … Read More
Facebook Question of the Week: What did you think of the rainbow lighting being turned off briefly on the Acosta Bridge?
CLAY COUNTY — The Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville is famous for its beautiful lighting that displays support through unique colors for … Read More
Faith Walk: Sacrificial Love

In 1943 an American ship was torpedoed just off the coast of Greenland. This attack resulted in the loss of many lives. It was a time for fear, and uncertainty but also a time for courage, bravery …

Let a little LOVE in your heart

One of the most important things Christ-Followers can cultivate in their lives are the “Fruits of the Spirit”. Galatians 5:22 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, …

Faith Walk: How Can We Hear God’s Voice?

As followers of Jesus, we know that God desires to communicate with us. We have read about Him speaking to countless believers in the past throughout the Bible, and we firmly believe that He’s …

Faith Walk: Is it good or bad?

When ownership of automobiles was becoming widespread, many people said it would destroy the family and promote immorality. The same thing was said about television. There are still many who think …

Faith Walk 5/13/21

With the number one pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select, Trevor Lawrence. Being selected as the number one overall pick in the NFL draft is quite an honor. Only 86 people have …

Community First Credit Union

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Community First Credit Union

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
Who heals the healers? CLAY COUNTY – Recently we attended a health fair at one of the local hospitals. You know the kind, where businesses set up tables and workers can walk through during downtime and talk to local …
‘Free money’ comes at an unhealthy emotional, mental price America is hiring, but it isn’t back to work. There are 8.12 million open jobs nationwide, more than half a million more than before the pandemic started. The job openings rate—the number of open …
I’m not in the market to panic and blindly overpay for a house When I drove over the Shands Bridge last Tuesday, I thought it was for the final time. I was wrong. After selling my condominium a couple of months ago and renting while I looked for a house here …
Gambling deal could open doors for casinos Out-of-state casino operators for years have sought entrée to the Sunshine State.For more than a decade, the glitziest casinos in the state have operated on lands owned by the Seminole Tribe …
Job openings won’t be filled until Florida cuts off ‘free’ money Gov. Ron DeSantis should be lauded for getting Florida’s business re-opened eight months ago and for helping to reduce COVID-19 related infections and deaths. All that’s needed now are …

New Oakleaf softball coach set to push to next level

OAKLEAF – Oakleaf High softball has maintained a high standard of excellence for a long time under coaches Christina Thompson (2017 state champions and a No. 1 rank in USA) and Tony Voiro, who took …

Summer Camps 2021

Stretch and Flex open for new fitness ideas

MIDDLEBURG - Ridgeview High football and track standout Skyler Humphrey has run the gamut of trials and tribulations in his short lifetime. “I had a major knee injury, couldn’t work out, was …

Grafals named FSCJ Male Athlete of Year

JACKSONVILLE - Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) BlueWave Softball Player Breanna Swanson and Men’s Basketball Player Gianfranco Grafals were recently named FSCJ’s Female and Male …

Denali climb update: Mills, Scott near 14,000 feet

ANCHORAGE, AK - Megan Weinstein, of Fleming Island, has been providing updates on the Mills Weinstein, her 12 year old son, as he and his dad, Scott, and climbing expert Andrew Bunn of Jacksonville, …

Carwile tagged as Class 6A player of year

GAINESVILLE – The seven individual class finalists for the 2021 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball and Baseball Coach of the Year have been announced following balloting by a statewide panel of …

Colemans steak their claim with second-place finishes

ORANGE PARK – Finding Saturday’s Fly into Summer Steak Cookoff was easy. All you had to do was look for the wisps of smoke and follow the intoxicating aroma of steaks on the grill. The third …

Best Of Middleburg High 2021

Top 10 Sports Performances of Winter 2020

Dreadnaughts get national tournament bid FLEMING ISLAND - The Fleming Island Dreadnaughts 10-under Pop Warner football team, coached by Mike Kenny, recently lost their region semifinal playoff …

Olympic Trial Swimming

OMAHA - Sara Stotler opened the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials as a first-timer in the fastest heat four of eight in the 100 butterfly, her state champion event for Clay High School this past season. …

Best Of Clay High 2021

The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-One Number Different

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
This Week In History 6/17/21
Five years ago, 2016• A proposed law to eliminate pole signs in Orange Park gets a lot of pushback from business owners.• Jerry … Read More
College Briefs 6/17/21
Orange Park’s McDonald graduates from TampaTAMPA – Mya McDonald recently graduated from The University of Tampa. McDonald … Read More
UNF professor shares sunscreen advice
JACKSONVILLE – Dr. Julie Merten, University of North Florida associate professor of public health, studies a hot topic especially … Read More
Business Briefs 6/17/21
Governor appoints Michael Bourre to the Florida Building CommissionTALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the reappointment of … Read More
Community Briefs 6/10/21
Bridge rehabilitation work on U.S. 17, S.R. 16 to begin Sunday CLAY COUNTY – Bridge rehabilitation projects on U.S. Highway 17 … Read More
Business Briefs 6/10/21
Orange Park Medical Center breaks ground on new medical office building ORANGE PARK – HCA Healthcare’s Orange Park Medical … Read More
VVA awards $1,000 scholarships to a pair of deserving students
MIDDLEBURG – Vietnam Veterans of America Col. William G. Byrns Chapter 1059 and Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America … Read More
Olson, Eber take new roles at Thrasher-Horne Center
ORANGE PARK – New leadership has joined the Thrasher-Horne Center located at the Orange Park campus of St. Johns River State … Read More
College Briefs 6/10/21
Three Clay students graduate from AlabamaTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama awarded some 5,860 degrees during its spring … Read More
Bee careful: Swarm season is here!
CLAY COUNTY – The warm Florida spring is well upon us and honey bee colonies have certainly taken notice. The UF/IFAS Clay County … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 6/17/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 6/17/21
Middleburg man accused to running chop shop at girlfriend’s house ORANGE PARK – A local man was charged with running a chop … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 6/10/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 6/10/21
Woman guilty of identity theft, fraud against Clay credit unions JACKSONVILLE – Zipporan Carmel Peters, of Jacksonville, pleaded … Read More
Police Briefs 6/3/21
Residents mourn loss of Orange Park tow truck operator, local teen killed on I-295ORANGE PARK – Friends and family pleaded with … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 6/3/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Community Calendar 6/17/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet June 17 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Calendar 6/10/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet June 10 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Community Calendar 5/27/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet May 27 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Community Calendar 5/20/21

COMMUNITY HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE: will offer a virtual support session “Advance Care Planning” on May 20 from 5-6 p.m. To register, visit …

Calendar 5/13/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet May 13 at the Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center, 88 DE 75th St., Starke, at 7:30 a.m. ELDERSOURCE MATTER OF BALANCE: virtual webinar is May 13 from …