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Chase Elliott to race at Nitro Rallycross finale

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Coming off his recent NASCAR Series Cup Playoffs run and a string of USAC Midget races, Chase Elliott will race in the finale of Nitro Rallycross’ …

Man charged with yelling at park visitors claims GCSPD is targeting him

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man who’s been arrested twice near Spring Park after residents accused him of yelling offensive and racially-charged comments toward people on the Pier said he’s become …

From loathsome conditions to loving homes

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Linda Lee didn’t adopt a new pet Saturday morning at the Clay County Fairgrounds. She found a “new companion.” The woman from Orange Park was clearly emotional after …

Krawlin’ for the Fallen kicks up dust, attention for law enforcement

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Three days of music, food, motorcycle and 5K runs and off-road driving came to an end Sunday night at the Keystone Heights Airport. The annual Krawlin’ for the Fallen attracted …

Salvation Army calls on community for holiday season

MIDDLEBURG – From Keystone Heights to Argyle Forest, Clay County has 22 locations for Salvation Army red kettles, where the money collected funds the organization’s charitable …

"We should be ambitious this year"

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Through the county’s three elected legislators, the Board of County Commissioners is targeting expanding the Clay County Jail, improving broadband and establishing a juvenile …

Being thankful every day is the perfect recipe for happiness

MIDDLEBURG – The lines were long at my local grocery store Monday night as people were trying to make sure they had everything for Thanksgiving dinner. While others had beachball-sized frozen …

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Ridgeview grad’s screenplay garners festival nomination

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Coming home during the COVID-19 pandemic led Ridgeview alum Guy Fisher III to reflect on what he’s accomplished in the film industry and what he wanted to build on. His …

Clay County’s Farm-City luncheon highlights ‘Youth in Agriculture'

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Taylor Thigpen not only brought his amazing story of turning an idea into a successful business was the perfect backdrop for the theme of this year’s 49th Farm-City Luncheon …

Orange Park Medical Center selected one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals

ORANGE PARK – HCA Healthcare’s Orange Park Medical Center has been named among America’s Best 100 Hospitals for stroke, pulmonary, and critical care according to Healthgrades, a leading …

Clay High sisters vie for national pageant titles

LAKE ASBURY — Two local pageant state titleholders aren’t just in it for the glitz and glamor, but as a way to advocate for causes, showcase talents, gain new skills and secure college …

Asensio to run for Florida 3rd District seat for U.S. House

GAINESVILLE – Manuel P. Asensio, a tried-and-true fighter of institutionalized corruption and champion of freedom of religion, the press, and speech rights, has announced his campaign for the …

Tourist Development Council touts high pandemic figures

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County is set to have one of its best years for tourism. At last week’s Tourist Development Council meeting, Tourism and Film Development Director Kimberly Morgan …

Pastrana heads to The FIRM on a two-race winning streak

Travis Pastrana won Sunday’s Southern California Nitro Rallycross race at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino which will send him to the season-finale on a two-race winning streak – and the …

Ridgeview’s on-site childcare benefiting students, children

ORANGE PARK — Ridgeview High School’s Academy of Teaching and Learning functions as a school within a school, allowing students to earn childcare-related certifications and gain experience with …

Black Creek Project projected to start this summer for Lake Brooklyn

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Black Creek Water Resource Development Project is expected to dramatically change Keystone Heights in the coming years and local leaders now have an updated timeline of the …

McRae Elementary receives state excellence distinction

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — The Exceeding Excellence Award is tough to achieve, requiring Title I schools to surpass every state testing standard, but McRae Elementary is one of 26 state schools to earn the …

Centerfield of Clay County pays its respect to veterans

MIDDLEBURG – Joseph “Joe” Keene, a World War II veteran who received a Purple Heart while being stationed on Okinawa, died the day after America honored all of its veterans at …
Faith Walk 11/25/21

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances,for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a beautiful time of the year …

Faith Walk: Fanny Crosby

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song, Praising …

Faith Walk: Let Gentleness be a Way of Life

Author Richard Paul Evans said, “Sometimes it’s not strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.” Gentleness is another valuable and beautiful trait of a believer in Christ. In …

Faith Walk: The Lord's Table

Jesus guarded the Table with sobering, searching words. Paul: 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 …

Faith Walk: Faithfulness Matters

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these …

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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
Snooze button and sinkerballs: World Series needs to wake up For most of my working career, I believed it was far better to be coming in at 4 a.m. than going out. Age changed all that. I can’t remember the last time I was still awake for the 11 o’clock …
Florida’s COVID rate now the lowest in the country Florida recorded just 12,151 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to the latest report from the Florida Department of Health. By federal counts — which are slightly different from …
Letters to the Editor 11/4/21 Republicans should have supported American Rescue PlanThe most recent Clay Today featured a front-page story of the Clay County Boardof County Commissioners discussing what to do with $20 …
Crime, punishment and another bad Jaguars’ draft pick If the Jacksonville Jaguars had drafted better in 2011, I wouldn’t have been forced to sentence a man to life in prison. I guess an explanation is in order. Three weeks after the NFL Draft, I …
DeSantis: Police recruitment bonuses target ‘mistreated’ cops, not unvaxxed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made the case for bringing “mistreated” cops to Florida, stressing he intends his recruitment push to target more than just police officers who don’t want COVID-19 …

Clay’s Special Olympics weightlifting team powers to six medals

LAKE BUENA VISTA – The Special Olympics championships returned to the ESPN Zone at Walt Disney World, and Clay County’s Powerlifting Team performed in amazing fashion and brought home four gold …

Carroll, Vogt come home less than par at state

HOWEY-IN-THE-LAKES - Middleburg High junior golfer Chase Carroll and St. Johns Country Day School freshman golfer Addy Vogt both came home with less than par golf outings at the Class 2A and Class 1A …

Eagles fumble away playoff hopes

GAINESVILLE - Starting with a first quarter punt muff on their own one yard line, the Fleming Island High football team could only get downfield twice in 48 minutes as the Buchholz Bobcats stuck a …

McDade comes home with gold

In one of the closest races of the day, a blink on an eye, according to Fleming Island High swim coach Jordan Bright, sophomore freestyle sprinter Maryn McDade utilized a sterling flip turn and push …

Finally!

TALLAHASSEE - After a third and a second place finish and a slew of top five finishes this year against the best of Class 3A and 4A, St. Johns Country Day School senior cross country ace Matthew …

Indians roll to first playoff win

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Utilizing the “Four Horsmen” plus one backfield lineup, the Keystone Heights High football team barreled to a 50-0 region 1-4A playoff win over a much-improved Umatilla High …

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Fleming Island staff vs. students

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
Chai-spiced Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles usually just have cinnamon, but with the addition of other warm spices like clove and cardamom, you can create a chewy … Read More
CareSpot Urgent Care opens in Oakleaf 
OAKLEAF — Northern Clay County residents now have another option for urgent care. CareSpot Urgent Care of Oakleaf is located at … Read More
Strong Foundations moves into new facility
FLEMING ISLAND – Strong Foundations Behavior Services, LLC, a local organization that provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapy … Read More
This Week In History 11/25/21
Five years ago, 2016Forterra plans to build a plant produces precast concrete piping for infrastructure projects south of Green Cove … Read More
Community Briefs 11/18/21
First Coast YMCA Sock and Blanket Drive underwayCLAY COUNTY – The Johnson YMCA Teen Alumni Board and Leaders Club are asking for … Read More
This Week in History 11/18/21
Five years ago, 2016• The county comes under fire for creating regulations for rural events, including barn weddings.• The … Read More
Crime News

Arrests & Bookings 11/25/21

(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 11/25/21

(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 …

Arrests & Bookings 11/18/21

(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 11/18/21

Hammer drops on 7 in Clay Hill as neighbors find Hope following drug raid CLAY HILL – An early morning drug raid on Nov. 10 at a house on Nolan Road resulted in the arrest of seven people …

Man dies unloading truck at Home Depot

FLEMING ISLAND – A man was killed Tuesday afternoon while he was unloading a truck behind the Home Depot on Fleming Island. The truck apparently pulled away causing him to be crushed by a …

Police Briefs 11/11/21

Road rage: Man jailed for chasing driver who tailgated himOAKLEAF – An Orange Park man was arrested for driving recklessly and resisting arrest on Nov. 3 after he became outraged by another …

Arrests & Bookings 11/11/21

(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 …

Arrests & Bookings 11/4/21

(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 …
Community Calendar 11/25/21

WIZARDS OF WINTER: will perform Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr. in Orange Park. Tickets range from $29-$69 and can be purchased by calling the center at (904) 276-6815 …

Community Calendar 11/18/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Clay County community calendar

FREE GENEALOGY CLASSES: will be held on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Orange Park Senior Center, 414 Stowe Ave. For more information, called Bill at (904) 803-6312. SENIORS TOBACCO CESSATION CLASSES: …

Community Calendar 9/2/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at …