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District hopes latest round of new hires solve late school bus pickups

CLAY COUNTY – The Clay County School District is confident 12 school bus driver vacancies can be filled by 20 candidates who already are in different parts of the hiring process. The district …

Election Supervisor shares optimism ahead of ‘22 primaries

CLAY COUNTY – The election world and voting itself were very different four years ago. The Primary Election Day is Aug. 23, but Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless appeared optimistic about …

Elizabeth Kirce honored as volunteer of the year for CPS

MIDDLEBURG – Elizabeth Kirce seemed to be the only person at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the UCF-Certified Community Partnership School at Wilkinson Junior High who didn’t know she was about …

Clay Today’s Randy Lefko wins statewide photo award

It’s often been said Sports Editor Randy Lefko will go to great depths to get a good photograph or story. The Florida Press Association noticed it, too, by voting a picture of Clay High state …

15-hour days to lead to Martin’s appointment on Orange Park Police force

ORANGE PARK – For 11 months, Shelby Martin’s workday started at 7:30 a.m. and it didn’t end until 10 p.m. After that, she faced a 25-mile drive home – only to wake up and do it all over again …

Hundreds benefit from Mercy Support Services’ Back to School Bash

MIDDLEBURG – The biggest problem for children at the Back to School Bash at Mercy Support Services was trying to narrow down the choices for a favorite backpack. More than 1,400 people stood in …

Schools, law enforcement establish unified plan to protect students from active shooters

CLAY COUNTY – School officials and law enforcement laid out plans last Monday to keep Clay County schools safer from active shooters. During the past month, every public school, as well as the …

Old County Courthouse reopens with new improvements

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – With the snip of an oversized pair of scissors, county and city officials were eager to be the first to see the newly renovated Courthouse in the Historic Triangle on July …

Touch a Truck

CLAY COUNTY – Don’t let the sight of flashing lights and the sound of sirens fool you. Saturday’s Touch A Truck at the Clay County Fairgrounds will be a family-friendly event that allows …

BA.5 Covid: How could it affect Clay County?

CLAY COUNTY – The dominant strain of the COVID virus has been Omicron since the year began. The strain is highly contagious, though significantly less deadly than the Delta variant that struck …

Black Creek Project set to save Keystone Lakes, area economy

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, the cardinal foundations of the Florida aquifer, are drowned in distress but now have a chance of recovery. The Black Creek Water Resource …

Lakeside’s Melissa Matz selected Florida Teacher of the Year

CLAY COUNTY – Five teachers held hands on stage at the Gaylord Palms Resort for the state Teacher of the Year awards last week and they would be proud of whoever won. When state Education …

BCC recognizes three retiring Fire Rescue veterans

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners honored three members of Clay County Fire Rescue in a short, sincere ceremony at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Surrounded by county …
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In the Community

Green Cove Springs starts process to upgrade two landmark parks

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council set aside an extra 90 minutes ahead of Tuesday night’s regular meeting to discuss plans to make upgrades to Vera Francis Hall and Augusta Savage Friendship …

Election sign theft reported by 2 school board candidates

CLAY COUNTY – A man is accused of taking signs belonging to two school board candidates near Keystone Heights earlier this month. According to a Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, four …

Three represent Clay at first 4-H Space Project

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Three Clay County 4-Hers participated in the first 4-H in Space: Mission Command Team project. Noah Hall, Celine Torkzad and Aidan McCabe worked with Higher Orbits’ “Go For …

County’s tourism includes updates, new guidelines for long-term plan

CLAY COUNTY – A plan to shape, improve and guide tourism in Clay County is underway. The recent Tourism Development Council meeting included a presentation from the firm CSL, Conventions, Sports …

Rock the Box 2, St. Michael’s Soldiers honor first responders with free show

ORANGE PARK – Rock the Box 2, a free night of music to honor heroes and first responders, delighted the Thrasher-Horne Center on Saturday, Aug. 13. LOCASH was the headlining act, but performances …

Orange Park council opens its 2022-23 budget talks

ORANGE PARK – The town of Orange Park started to break down and hash out its next budget during the first of three public meetings. At Monday night’s two-hour budget workshop, Town Manager …

Benefield reflects on council appointment, town’s prospects

ORANGE PARK – A local accountant saw a government vacancy as a chance to help the community, so he took it. Doug Benefield sat in his Kingsley Avenue office before a town meeting. Benefield was …

Girl Scout to add Raspberry Rally cookies to next year’s drive

CLAY COUNTY – Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, which includes Clay County, and Girl Scouts of the USA will offer a new cookie, Raspberry Rally, to the nationwide lineup for the 2023 Girl Scout …

Faith Walk: I Can See Clearly

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Dr. King was not only making a reference to the trust element of faith, but the …

Faith Walk: Live Sacrificially

The very structure and nature of the world we live in can cause us to live self-centered and even selfish lives. We are taught to focus most of our energies on getting ahead of ourselves, building a …

Faith Walk: Do I Need to go to Church?

In this day and age, many people ask themselves, “Is church really that important?” “Should I attend church regularly?” “Should I attend at all?” God is a relational being, having …

Faith Walk: Being Born Again

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase “born again.” Hopefully, you are one of many that consider yourself born again through your faith in Jesus Christ! That’s beautiful and something we should …

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
Disney usually gives millions of dollars to Republicans. Will that happen this fall? Indications of whether Florida Republicans’ snout smack of the Walt Disney Co. will make any immediate …
(This story originally ran in 2018, but it seems appropriate to post it again as we get closer to the election season.)It’s the most wonderful time of the year.Well, really of every two and …
I used to have neighbors who fought all the time. I mean bowling balls against the wall, blood on the sidewalk and glass-shattering kinds of fights. Their arguments often included lots of …
More than a dozen Florida property insurance companies won’t receive an official downgrade from Demotech, an Ohio-based ratings agency – at least not yet. The new ratings were to take effect …
Compiling information for This Week in History is tedious. It requires pouring through old editions of Clay Today and The Crescent, going page by page looking for interesting stories from five, 10, …

Who’s ‘The Guy?’

ORANGE PARK - As football Friday nights amp up to provide 11 or more weeks of county-wide action, teams have returned to their practice fields to test out schemes, structure conditioning and input …

Final Countdown

One of the biggest questions is who is Orange Park quarterback with offensive coordinator Corey Hawkins, top pic, having to make choice of either Elijah Craggette or Durrionte Myrick, while …

youth football action

Youth football action (amidst Saturday thunderstorms)Fleming Island vs. Fernandina Beach at OPAA

Fish Tales 8/18/22

Top prospects for Player of Year

OAKLEAF - After a statistics filled season led to a dismal 4-6 record, Oakleaf High quarterback Drew Ammon made it clear he wants the playoffs more than more statistics. “At this point, with the …

Best of St Johns Country Day School 8/11/22

Knights pass game strikes fast

OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High football coach Marcus Miller got a quick strike passing touchdown on the very first drive of Saturday’s team scrimmage with quarterback Drew Ammons hitting Taylor …

Blue Devils show off high energy scrimmage game

Green Cove Springs- On a hot Saturday morning, about 200 of the Clay Crazies and their parents showed up to see the Clay Blue Devils show what they have so far in this very early stage of the season. …
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
Property appraiser’s office sends out TRIM notices
CLAY COUNTY – Tracy Scott Drake, the Clay County Property Appraiser, announced that Notice of Proposed Property Tax forms, also known as Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices, were mailed to all Clay …
Dr. Keighron joins Florida Orange Park Primary Care
ORANGE PARK – HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital is excited to announce Dr. Jillian Keighron as the newest provider to join HCA Florida Orange Park Primary Care. An esteemed honor graduate of the …
First-year cadets complete mini-boot camp at Middleburg High
MIDDLEBURG – Middleburg High Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps completed its mini-boot camp on Aug. 5. First-year cadets who attended and graduated laid a firm foundation of the basic core …
Students encouraged to write about Constitution, win prizes
CLAY COUNTY – On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution, which begins with the following preamble: We the People of the United States, to form a more …
47 to take Oath of Allegiance to become citizens on Friday
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – In partnership with the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Green Cove Springs Junior High will host a …
This Week In History 8/18/22
Five years ago, 2017 • Sarah Campbell is selected by the Orange Park Town Council as the new town manager eight days after Jim Hanson resigned.• The nonprofit organization, Changing …
Thrasher Horne Briefs 8/11/22
Vicki Lawrence brings her ‘Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show’ to THCORANGE PARK – Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television …
Community Briefs 8/11/22
Olympian Miller to speak at Women’s Empowerment CouncilORANGE PARK – Shannon Miller, who competed in two Olympic Games, will be the guest speaker at the Clay Chambers’ Women’s …
This Week In History 8/11/22
Five years ago, 2017• The Board of County Commissioners vote 3-2 to advance an ordinance that would allow the sales of alcohol at the Clay County Fairgrounds.• The Clay County Schools …
Crime News

Police Briefs 8/18/22

Man who tried to run over GCSPD officer sentenced to 18 yearsGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The man who was found guilty of trying to run over a Green Cove Springs Police Department detective was …

Arrests & Bookings 8/18/22

(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 8/11/22

(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 8/11/22

Man convicted of shooting his girlfriend’s father on 2021GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County jury convicted an Oakleaf man on Aug. 4 for attempted manslaughter and using a gun to shoot the …

Arrests & Bookings 8/4/22

(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 8/4/22

Teen dies after falling off electric skateboardLAKE ASBURY – A 14-year-old died after falling from an electric skateboard Saturday in the Asbury Plantation subdivision.According to the Florida …

Arrests & Bookings 7/28/22

(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 …