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Play kicks off at Clay County Regional Sports Complex

More than 100 city, county, state and federal officials celebrated the grand opening of the Clay County Regional Sports Complex on April 5 on State Road 21 near SR 16.
MIDDLEBURG – There were so many times the Clay County Regional Sports Complex could have easily been derailed by changing politics, challenging budgets and a worldwide pandemic. But more than a …
There will be 97 youth Jaguars NFL FLAG Region Tournament on April 13 at the Clay County Regional Sports Complex.
MIDDLEBURG – Civic and elected leaders believed the sports teams would come if they built the Clay County Regional Sports Complex. And they will. The demand for the eight multipurpose fields on …
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Club Challenge ribbon cutting brings new kitchen, opportunities

ORANGE PARK—Last Tuesday, the community eagerly gathered around the entrance of Club Challenge, toward the back of Challenge Enterprises, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Challenge Enterprises …

Fair Hero of the Day CCSO Deputy Don Sutherland

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Longtime Clay County Sheriff's Office Deputy Don Sutherland was recognized as the Clay County Agricultural Hero of the Day on Saturday, April 13.
The current Fire Station 20 located on 303 S. Oakridge Ave.

New Fire Station 20 coming to Green Cove Springs in 2025

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with Ajax Building Company last Tuesday to construct the new Fire Station 20.  The completion is …

Upcoming Events in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR  continues until April 14. Don't miss the "world's greatest county fair" while it's in town.  The Development Review Committee   will meet on Thursday, …
Councilmember-elect Kenneth Vogel

Kenneth Vogel wins seat on Orange Park Town Council

ORANGE PARK – According to the preliminary results published by the Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office, Kenneth Vogel garnered 394 votes out of 530 to win the election for Seat 4 …

Proposal to convert Keystone Heights Airport from septic to sewer

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS  –  The Airport Utility Feasibility study, which estimates the cost of converting the Keystone Heights Airport from a septic to sewer system to be $22 million, was …
St. Johns River St. College Professor Jill Leggett went to Round rock, Texas, to capture a picture of the peak totality.

SJR State College hosts out-of-this-world eclipse party

ORANGE PARK – More than 200 students and community members gathered for the Solar Eclipse Watch Party at the St. Johns River College’s Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine campuses. Although …

Rotarys provide PET Florida grant to powder coat trikes

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Vietnam Veterans encouraging seniors to apply for $1,500 scholarships

CLAY COUNTY – VVA Chapter 1059 to award scholarships Vietnam Veterans of America Col. William G. Byrns Clay County Chapter 1059 is offering two $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Clay …
The entrance to Club Challenge is at 555-B Stowe Ave. in Orange Park, behind the main Challenge Enterprise Plaza.

Club Challenge ready to show off new kitchen on April 16

ORANGE PARK – Challenge Enterprises is so eager to show how much work was completed to expand and improve its Club Challenge program it’s opening its doors and inviting the public to “show …
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Clay Today Spotlight: Clay County Agricultural Fair
Even Fair Queens can't help themselves when it comes to an Amish doughnut.

Sights from the Clay County Agricultural Fair Day 6

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Sometimes a good thing is too good. But the Clothes Closet and Food Pantry didn't complain. Tuesday's Our Fair Cares promotion collected so many canned goods and non-perishables …
The volunteers from Clay County Chamber Leadership Team who were raising money for local nonprofits were distracted by the solar eclipse.

Sights from the Clay County Agricultural Fair Day 5

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" played on a loop almost unnoticed as guests wandered through the Midway, games, agricultural areas, Early Florida Village, the …

Sights from the Clay County Agricultural Fair Day 4

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – There’s never a bad time to have a good time, but Sunday seemed better than most to experience thrills and chills at the Clay County Agricultural Fair. In fact, it was the …
One of the most popular items along the food court midway for years has been the Amish doughnuts at the Peachey's Baking.

Sights from Clay County Agricultural fair Day 3

Perfect weather and the first weekend day were the perfect combination for a busy day of excitement, entertainment, agriculture education and fun at the Clay County Agricultural Fair.  It was …
Grace Tyler got the night off with a tight set, including her thought-provoking ballad,

Sights from the Clay County Agricultural Fair Day 2

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Friday was a Chamber of Commerce-like day for the Clay County Agricultural Fair. It was a perfect day to stroll through the exhibits in the Early Florida Village, before heading …

Hero of the Day: Marvin Page

Marvin Page (middle) holding up the wooden plaque, while Fair Association office manager Karen Brown and Vice Chair Bill Elrod join the ceremony.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Hero of the Day series hosted at the fair daily at 5 p.m. in the Early Florida exhibit continued by honoring Marvin Page.  Page became a detective in 2010 while …

Fair Hero of the Day CCSO Crime Scene Tech Tiffany Thibideau

Clay County Fair Association Office Manager Karen Brown, left. presents Clay County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Tech Tiffany Thibideau while they were joined by Fair Vice Chair Bill Elrod.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS—After serving Clay County for more than 11 years and processing 1,945 crime scenes for the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Tiffany Thibideau was recognized Tuesday by the Clay …

Fair Hero of the Day CCSO Sgt. Darren Bland

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Darren Bland was honored Monday as the Clay County Agricultural Fair's Hero of the Day. He was selected for his military service and …

Fair Hero of the Day CCSO Sgt. Ben Wase

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay County Sheriff's Office deputy Sgt. Ben Wase was honored as the Hero of the Day at the Clay County Agricultural Fair on Saturday, April 6, for years of distinguished service …

Obituaries
JAMES ROY STUDDARD
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 from …
Sandra Brooklyn Stewart
Sandra Brooklyn Stewart of Kingsley Lake, Florida passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side at the age of 91 on April 7, 2024. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, …
Montee Cregg Jenkins
Montee Cregg Jenkins, 86, went to her heavenly home on April 1, 2024, following an unexpected health event. Montee was born to the late Joseph C. Cregg and Ruth M. Cregg of Jacksonville, FL on …
David Jeffrey Britten
David Jeffrey Britten
David Jeffrey Britten of Orange Park, Florida Dave passed peacefully on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, surrounded by his loving wife and girls. Born April 30, 1941, to Ruth & Arthur …
Jim M. Gainey
Jim M Gainey
Jim Gainey was born Sept 15, 1933, in Lancaster, SC, and went to be with the Lord peacefully with family at his bedside on March 23, 2024, in Orange Park, FL. Jim is survived by his two sons and (4) …
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Arrests and Bookings 4/11/2024

Tuesday, April 9

Juan C.G. Orozco, 37, Fleming Island, FTA possession marijuana

Alicea A. Adams, 28, Middleburg, DUI

Douglas J. Hilton, 48, Green Cove Springs, possession firearm/ammo by convicted felon, resist law enforcement with violence, possession-fentanyl, possession-methamphetamine

Melanie J. Davis, 34, Green Cove Springs, VOP aggravated assault with deadly weapon

Jefferson G. Boone, 24, Green Cove Springs, 24, DUI with property damage/injury

Amy D. Anderson, 19, Fleming Island, disorderly intoxication, resist/obstruct/oppose law enforcement

Leron R. Johnson, 19, Orange Park, domestic battery

Austin K. Miller, 25, Green Cove Springs, VOP community control

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Indians up for uphill battle for title four

LIVE OAK - Keystone Heights High's boys weightlifting team saw the eyes of the Tiger; more the Bulldog, in battling state champion contender Suwannee High School at the region 2-1A championships held …
MIDDLEBURG - Oakleaf High softball returned from a tough outing at the always-tough Kissimmee Klassic Softball Invite with a roster of 4A-Jensen Beach (region semifinalist), 6A-Melbourne (unbeaten …
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Spartans warm up for North Carolina road trip

ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School's baseball schedule is no cupcake festival and coach Tom Lucas got a handful of tension late Friday night with a 12th-inning sacrifice fly from Collin …

Fleming Island, Oakleaf to clash for district title

FLEMING ISLAND - With two first-half interceptions; Gabi Musa and Emily Poucher, the Fleming Island High girls' flag football team powered to a 40-7 win over Orange Park in their district 3-2A …

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Word of the Week 04/11/24

The total solar eclipse on April 8.

Occlude : (UH-klood )  a verb meaning to  hide or  obscure   from  prominence  or view. "The moon will occlude the sun completely during a total solar eclipse."

Briefs

Free adoptions today through Saturday for animals older 6 months

CLAY COUNTY – The county's kennels are currently full and needs your help to foster or adopt some furry friends.  This week only, all adoption fees for cats and dogs six months and older are …

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This Week in History 04/11/24

A sculpture by Augusta Savage on display a the Cummer Museum five years ago.

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Harbor Freight Tools to open new store April 20

ORANGE PARK –   Harbor Freight Tools will officially open its new store on Saturday, April 20. The store is located at 1241 Blanding Blvd. Averaging 15,000 square feet, the store will stock a …

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