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CCSO, DEA break up local meth ring with ties to Mexican cartel

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A methamphetamine trafficking ring linked back to the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel that was intended for local sale was busted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug …

Sheriff's Office, Quigley House join forces to combat domestic violence

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Representatives of the Quigley House and Clay County Sheriff’s Office joined others as they wore purple last week to acknowledge October as Domestic Violence Awareness …

Community still grieves for Fleming Island woman 1 year after her murder

FLEMING ISLAND – Halloween decorations cover the entrance to Susan Mauldin’s house on Harbor Island Drive. In fact, they’ve been there for more than a year. Other than a poster that reads: …

BCC exploring CARES Act options to buy three buildings

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The of County Commissioners is looking at the purchase of three buildings for $8.7 million. The county has been working to navigate the federal and state pathways of the …

Sweeny Todd comes to the Island Theater for two-week run

FLEMING ISLAND – The Island Theatre will be performing “Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” opening Friday, Oct. 30, through Nov. 8. The shows will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, …

Shadowlawn Elementary’ s 20-foot puzzle a piece in a global art project

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A project that began with an artist in Brooklyn, New York, a decade ago that expanded globally, has made its way to the halls of Shadowlawn Elementary. Many students and …

Demands for homes going through the roof in Clay

FLEMING ISLAND – The sound of steady rain was frequently interrupted last Wednesday by the sound of hammers and table saws. The demand for homes in Clay doesn’t allow for off days by something as …

Food, faith distributed at First Baptist Church of Orange Park

ORANGE PARK – The first group of cars arrived at the First Baptist Church of Orange Park at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 17 – more than 90 minutes before volunteers handed out nearly 1,000 boxes of food to …

Record number of residents cast ballots on first day of early voting

CLAY COUNTY – The Nov. 3 general election is so far has been one of the most acrimoniously contested in history, with the presidency and congressional majority being at stake. That’s why a record …

Fleming Island’s Carnegie to represent Clay at Miss Florida Teen USA

FLEMING ISLAND – Erica Carnegie, 18, has been selected to represent Clay County at the Miss Florida Teen USA competition next year. Carnegie recently learned that she’ll represent the county …
In the Community

Two dozen Clay County educators share $20,000 grant

CLAY COUNTY – More than two dozen school district teachers received a portion of $20,000 of the Clay Education Foundation and the Community First Cares Foundation. The two foundations delivered …

On the road again

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Dana Drake’s Countryside RV is Green Cove Springs’ newest option for those looking for non-traditional living or for a way to enjoy vacations and retirement on the road. …

Rest assured your vote will be treated with integrity in Clay County

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The staff at the Supervisor of Elections Office got to work at 5 a.m. every day this week, and they didn’t go home until at least 10 p.m. It’s a routine …

Citizen’s Advisory Committee to enhance Green Cove’s growth

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city of Green Cove Springs is consistently striving to be the best small city it can be. One of its newest initiatives is the formation of the Citizen’s Advisory …

Facebook question of the week: Who won the third, final presidential debate?

CLAY COUNTY – Local residents agree last week’s final debate of the 2020 presidential race was more watchable than the train wreck of the first debate. The first presidential debate last month …

Community rallies to 904 LIVE

ORANGE PARK – The Orange Park Mall once again brought the community together for safe and organized family fun with its 904 LIVE. Games, local vendors, food and musical entertainment were on …

Challenge Enterprises to move into new headquarters in Orange Park

ORANGE PARK – After 48 years at the same location, Challenge Enterprises will be moving its headquarters and main offices from Green Cove Springs to Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park. Challenge …

From swamp to second-to-none

PONTE VEDRA BEACH – While others considered a 415-acre plot in Ponte Vedra Beach as nothing more than swampland more than 40 years ago, Deane Beman had a vision for something completely different …

Orange Park council deadlock not good for town business

ORANGE PARK – The town council has a problem and it’s not its budget, its amendments, its ordinances or the like. It’s the fact the council can’t decide who should be a fifth member – and …

Advance preparation best way to ensure safety, fun for trick or treaters

CLAY COUNTY – Despite concerns for COVID-19, many children still are expected to trick or treat on Halloween on Oct. 31. With that in mind, the Florida Department of Health is providing …

Green Cove Springs authorizes new Citizens Advisory Committee

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs City Council met briefly Tuesday and the only item of note was the discussion and authorization of the newly formed Citizens Advisory Committee. City …

Ascension-St. Vincent’s to expand emergency services to Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Ascension-St. Vincent’s Hospital has a long-range plan to build a two-story, 36,000-square-foot emergency treatment medical facility at 1050 N. Orange Ave. The first …
Obituaries 10/29/20

Darleen S. LockwoodDarleen S. Lockwood, 77, formerly of Green Cove Springs, FL passed away October 7, 2020 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s.Darleen …

Obituaries 10/22/20

Sandra Courson (Stengrim) Hicks Sandra Courson (Stengrim) Hicks, 78, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, passed away on October 8th, 2020. She was born on January 4th, 1942, in Lake City, Florida, to Juanita …

Obituaries 10/15/20

William Lacy “Bill” Smith William Lacy “Bill” Smith, 77, of Orange Park, passed peacefully at home and joined our Lord on September 14, 2020 after a long struggle with …

Obituaries 10/8/20

Juanita Willis Lemen Pascak Juanita Willis Lemen Pascak, born on July 14, 1939, in St Augustine, FI passed peacefully on Oct 3, 2020 at her home in Orange Park, Florida. She was survived by her …

Faith walk: Peace

Horatio Spafford was a 43 year old lawyer who lived in Chicago in a suburb on the north side of the city. He was married to Anna and they had five children – one son and four daughters. In 1871 …

Faith Walk: Closer to God

In the days of stagecoach travel in the old west, a company was hiring drivers for their stagecoach routes. The hiring was very competitive and the interview process for the candidate drivers was …

Faith walk: Do not judge

Jesus was speaking to all of us when He said, “Do not judge and you will not be judged.” This is one particular teaching that will bring you great peace if you will accept it. Incorrectly judging …

Faith Walk: Proper praying

Jesus gave us a perfect model for prayer. His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. He responded by saying, “Pray like this: …” He followed that by giving us what we call “The Lord’s …

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
COVID-19 demands our attention, not our fear COVID-19 is a serious and frightening disease. It has destroyed lives and livelihoods. It’s dominated our politics and it’s turned the use of facemasks into a constitutional battle of free …
COVID-19 demands our attention, not our fear COVID-19 is a serious and frightening disease. It has destroyed lives and livelihoods. It’s dominated our politics and it’s turned the use of facemasks into a constitutional battle of free …
New laws on license plates, veterans, shark fins now in the books From stricter penalties for ripping off military veterans to new guidelines for specialty license plates, 24 laws went into effect Thursday after being passed during the 2020 legislative …
Florida to receive 6.4 million rapid COVID-19 tests Florida will receive 6.4 million rapid tests for COVID-19 from the federal government, the latest step the Governor’s Office argues will help Florida reopen society. That haul, which Gov. Ron …
What’s Eating my Citrus? CLAY COUNTY – An unknown insect on your citrus tree you value can be shocking. Your first instinct is likely to find a way to get rid of it but did you know oftentimes these insects are not pests …

Lady Tigers win clash of champs

OAKLEAF - In a clash of Clay County junior high flag football champions, Lake Asbury Junior High School took their third straight flag title with an 18-0 win over Oakleaf Junior High School, a former …
Silkert outkicks Mussante for County XC title
LAKE ASBURY - Throughout the 2020 cross country season, Oakleaf High’s girls duo of Taylor Silkert and Sierra Barrera have been just … Read More
Volleyball playoffs
ORANGE PARK - Both Ridgeview and St. Johns Country Day School volleyball team earned their next step into the region playoffs, but the … Read More
Ray runs roughshod in Clay to win over Broncos
MIDDLEBURG – The Clay High Blue Devils’ football team continued their undefeated season Friday, with an emphatic 56-28 win over … Read More
Whipple four-score fuels Panther comeback win
ORANGE PARK – Ridgeview’s Eddie Whipple had 212 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns as the Panthers roared back from an … Read More
Buchholz turns back Fleming Island after second-half comeback
GAINESVILLE – For the Fleming Island Golden Eagles, close games and comebacks have been a common theme so far with a dramatic … Read More
Fingertip miss ends Bartram loss
BARTRAM TRAIL - Oakleaf High quarterback Walter Simmons put on an offensive showcase of his skills with a 70 yard scoring pass to … Read More
100th win for Mac
ORANGE PARK - Orange Park High rode the legs of running back JoJo Restall for a fourth straight win as Raider head coach Tom … Read More
Eagles close second at district swims
Panama City - Fleming Island High swim coach Jordan Bright has said that his relay teams last year were good; state champions 200 … Read More
Indians keep rolling, 41-7
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Keystone Heights High running backs Colton Tibbetts and Dalton Hollingsworth both scored twice with the Indians … Read More
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
We all scream for ice cream
The Kingsley Lake Yacht Club has been holding a scarecrow contest this month and the winner will be decided on Halloween. This … Read More
OPMC hosts Crush the Opioid Crisis
ORANGE PARK – Local residents dropped off 325 pounds of unused medications last Saturday at the Orange Park Medical Center and the … Read More
Winn-Dixie providing free, safe trick or treat experiences
CLAY COUNTY – Families who are looking for a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience can visit their local Winn-Dixie store this … Read More
SJR State’s ‘Rapid Credentialing’ provides new skill sets for unemployed
ORANGE PARK – St. Johns River State College is ready to help local residents get back to work. The College has been awarded a Rapid … Read More
Night of January 16th play now at Thrasher-Horne
ORANGE PARK – Guilty or Not Guilty? You decide. To the world, Bjorn Faulkner was a startlingly successful international tycoon, … Read More
This week in history 10/29/20
Five years ago, 2015• Jim Furyk announces Orange Park High graduate Brad Ratzlaff and his family win a trip to a PGA TOUR event in … Read More
Crime News
Arrests & Bookings 10/22/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 10/22/20
Starke man charged with molesting Green Cove girlGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 73-year-old Starke man was being held at the Clay County … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 10/15/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 10/15/20
Pair suspected of running theft ring now in jail MIDDLEBURG – Two members of an organized theft ring that operated in Clay and … Read More
Arrests and bookings 10/8/20
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 10/8/20
Clay High janitor pleads guild to filming girls in locker roomJACKSONVILLE – Jason Brian Goff, 44, of Starke, pleaded guilty to … Read More
Community Calendar 10/29/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Oct. 29 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: will meet Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the BCC Meeting room on the …

Calendar 10/22/20

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING DURING PANDEMIC: will be offered as a webinar session by Community Hospice & Palliative Care on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. To register, visit …

Community Calendar 10/15/20

13TH ANNUAL PINK RIBBON SYMPOSIUM: Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. The 13th Annual Pink Ribbon Symposium has gone virtual! Listen and learn about the latest advancements in breast cancer and how to stay positive …

Calendar 10/8/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Oct. 8 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke.CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department …

Community Calendar 10/1/20

LAKE REGION KIWANIS CLUB: will meet Oct. 1 at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Center, 88 SE 75th St., Starke. KEYSTONE HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL: will meet Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 555 S. Lawrence …