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Attorney General Moody salutes law enforcement in Clay

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is flanked by members of the Clay County Sheriff's Office and Judson Sapp of Signal 35.
FLEMING ISLAND – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody was at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday to mark National Police Memorial Week, recognize the county’s private Signal 35 initiative …
CLAY COUNTY – Almost half a century ago, Professor Arch Fredric Blakey at the University of Florida agreed to take on a daunting assignment with one of the tightest time crunches of his career.
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Orange Park's Gomes, Oakleaf's Baum selected Social Studies teachers of the year

CLAY COUNTY – Orange Park Junior High’s Victor Gomes and Oakleaf Junior High’s Kendra Baum were selected as the Clay County School District’s Social Studies Teachers of the Year. Sponsored by …
Rotary District Grant Chair Carolyn Mudgette, PET Florida Chair Neil Petty and Rotary District 6970 Gov. John Tabor celebrate the open house of the powder coating machine that will fortify the hand-powered Personal Energy Transportation trikes.

PET volunteers open doors to show off new powder-coating machine

PENNEY FARMS – Rotary District 6970 Gov. John Tabor said he hopes there will be a day when the world won’t need volunteers to build hand-powered Personal Energy Transportation tricycles. But …
The Fleming Island 4 X 800 relay team, including runners Graham Myers and Johns Keester, won the Class 3A state championship.

Fleming Island’s Mollicone wins two Class 3A state championship medals

  JACKSONVILLE – After winning the 800-meter Class 3A boys championship with a gold-medal performance run of 1:50:52, Roman Mollicone anchored Fleming Island High’s 4 X 800-meter relay team …
Jack McKissock throws a pass to Jayven Moreno in Friday night's spring game against Madison County, The rest of Clay County teams will play next Friday.

Oakleaf kicks off spring football season at Madison County

The Oakleaf High football team will open the spring football slate at Class 1A powerhouse Madison County on Friday, May 17, with the rest of the county scheduled for their spring games next week. …
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Jimmy Bud Lang's 60 years under the 76 sign

CLAY HILL – You won’t find it on Apple Maps, but a former 76 gas station has been in business since 1952, back when gasoline was sold by the gallon in cents. It is known in the …
Save Our Lakes Organization describes itself as committed to research, education and activities focused on the goal of restoring the Etonia Chain of Lakes for current and future generations.

Save Our Lake Organization proposes Lake Geneva pier

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – In the Etonia Chain, water flows from lakes Lowry, Magnolia and to Brooklyn through Alligator Creek. Then, the water moves through tiny Lake Keystone to reach Lake …

BCC updated on long range goals of Health Department

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – County Commissioners heard some of the goals of the Florida Department of Health in Clay County during its meeting Tuesday, including concerns over increasing use of nicotine …

Have you heard? Hearing aids may help people live longer

ORANGE PARK—It was already well known that hearing loss is associated with a reduced life span. What was unknown before a recent study's publication was whether wearing hearing aids regularly, …

Summer housing market expected to be fruitful for buyers and sellers

CLAY COUNTY –   More single-family homes are being listed in Northeast Florida, which may be a solid indication that this summer’s housing market will be fruitful for both buyers and …

Contest open to design Clay County's next library card

CLAY COUNTY – Through June 15, the Clay County Public Library System will hold an art contest seeking artwork for special, limited-edition library cards for Library Card Sign-Up Month in September …
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Cuba's Cejas finds welcoming home at Fleming Island High

Estefany Cejas left Cuba for the sanctity of the United States 18 months ago. In the process, she earned the highest civics grade among seniors at Fleming Island High and learned to love fast food.

FLEMING ISLAND – When Estefany Cejas’ family fled Cuba, they weren’t sure what to expect. They knew any life away from the strife-filled island had to offer the hope of a better life. Their …

Middleburg Senior saved from the streets by faith, Bronco culture

Middleburg High Senior Ryan Riley went from being kicked out of school in Jacksonville to graduating on May 24 and being accepted into the U.S. Navy.

MIDDLEBURG – Ryan Riley was a lost soul. His path seemed predetermined for prison or the graveyard. But something his mother said resonated with him. He was immune to the threats, violence and …

Finding purpose at Elevation Academy after years of mindless abyss

Elevation Academy's Wayne Stevenson will focus on a future as a forest ranger after graduating on May 24.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Wayne Stevenson wasn’t a troublemaker in elementary or junior high school. Most of the time, he was so oblivious to his surroundings that he almost seemed invisible. He tried …

Obituaries
Mickey Joan Allran Price
Mickey Joan Allran Price, 78, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024. She was born January 4, 1946, in Rowan County, NC to the late Everette Hoyle Allran and Minnie Coley. She was a …
Kimberly A. Coggin
Kimberly A. Coggin
Kimberly A. “ Kim” Coggin, 61 of Green Cove Springs passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at her residence following an extended illness. Kim was born in Chicago, Illinois, and lived …
Shelley Jean Defibaugh
Shelley Jean Defibaugh passed away on April 2, 2024, in Orange Park, FL at the age of 57.    She was born to Barbara and Frank Turner on September 19, 1967, in Massillon, OH. Shelley …
Barbara Faulkner Davidson
Barbara Faulkner Davidson, 98, a long-time resident of Orange Park, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 11, 2024. She was born in Jacksonville, FL to the late James Hilton …
James Roy Studdard
JAMES ROY STUDDARD passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 10, 2024. James was born in Cherokee County, Alabama, on July 9, 1940, and grew up in Clanton, Alabama. After graduating …
Crime & safety

Arrests and Bookings

Tuesday, May 7

Thanggy K. Janvier, 27, Middleburg, domestic battery

Roya S. Dees, 34, Oakleaf, domestic battery

Arthur T. Pendarvis, 49, Middleburg, consumption of alcohol within 300 feet of package store

Sydney M.L. Riley, 26, Green Cove Springs, VOP aggravated assault with deadly weapon

Brian K. Herndon, 49, Green Cove Springs, DWLSR

Charles A. Futch, 39, Green Cove Springs, FTA DWLSR

Alexis E.R. Lopez, 30, Fleming Island, driving without a driver’s license

Angel L. Coakley, 40, Green Cove Springs, VOP domestic violence

Charles H. Tilford, 41, Middleburg, DUI, DWLSR

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Blue Devils flex some "offensive" muscle

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Back in the day, Clay High football had speedsters like Wes Weeks, JT Turner and Bilal Ally, throw in Colin Wilson and you got a handful of guys that routinely blasted 70-80-yard …

Rapoza raps grand slam in region blowout

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - The Clay Blue Devil offense dominated the visiting St. Johns Beachside Barracudas from the first pitch when Cole Carnell singled, starting an offensive onslaught of the …

Spartans win it all, crowned STATE CHAMPS!

FT MYERS - The St. Johns Country Day School baseball team ran a gamut of big hits in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead over Miami Christian, then got a superb snag at third by Seth Alford for a 5-3 …
FLEMING ISLAND - With a region track title last week at the University of North Florida, the Fleming Island boys track team will be in prime position to upset the apple cart of south Florida …
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Fernald bedevils Clay in Regional Championship

Note: Due to deadline constraints, Clay’s region final baseball game was unable to be published last week. GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay High’s Aidan Hampton’s inside-the-park home run …
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-Our DayStar Program

At DayStar, we are committed to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential with dignity while providing individuals access to the unique support they need. Daystar is committed to providing …

Here's what's happening around Clay County

CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS will meet on May 14 at 4 p.m. in the BCC meeting room, fourth floor, at Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs. ORANGE PARK LIONS CLUB will …

Did you know?

Clay Today will test your knowledge weekly and provide interesting facts on various topics. This week, odd names of college sports teams. Most fans know Auburn University by two nicknames, but what …

Word of the Week

A coyote's plangent howl can be heard for miles.

Plangent : (PLAN-junt) an adjective meaning loud, deep, and often expressive of sadness or suffering. The word is a synonym of "plaintive." "The campers were awoken by the plangent howl of …

Briefs

Berry College selects three from Clay for Dean’s List

ROME, Ga. – The Dean’s List honored students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester. Orange Park’s …

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Faith Walk

Protection

Pastor Billy Register

As we continue our look at The Lord’s Prayer we see “ Protection ”. In Matthew 6:13, Jesus teaches us to pray, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." This …

This Week in History

Green Cove Springs’ MOBRO Marine hoisted the Miami Air jet from the St. Johns River five years ago. In the background is another one of the company’s projects – a space shuttle external fuel tank.

Five years ago, 2019 •  Known as the "Miracle on the St. Johns River," a Boeing 737 plane bounced off the NAS-Jacksonville runway during a severe thunderstorm.  MOBRO Marine, Inc. in …

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Throwback journalism at Darlington never goes out of style

DARLINGTON, S.C. – It was throwback weekend at the Darlington Raceway, a few days when stock-car racing remembered its past. Legendary drivers returned to the oldest speedway in NASCAR, where 75 …

Must-have high-tech upgrades at your home

Want to simplify your life, boost your productivity and work smarter? Incorporating some of the latest tech developments into your routine may be the answer. According to Authority Hacker, 77% of …

Northern Lights over Clay County

FLEMING ISLAND – My gift for Mom this Mother’s Day weekend was manual labor. We had contractors scheduled to swing by soon to give our garage floor a colorful epoxy finish, the latest trend …
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