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Incarcerated veterans salute the dedication of OP’s Gary Newman

ORANGE PARK – As a former military police officer for 35 years, including the Chief of Police at NAS-Jacksonville, and a deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Gary Newman has put a lot of …

Art Guild of Orange Park working on mural at town’s water tank

CLAY COUNTY – The Art Guild of Orange Park is creating a public mural in the town and it will play beautifully on the town’s status as a bird and tree sanctuary. The mural is being …

State reps receive laundry list of needs for county

CLAY COUNTY – Another year, another round of legislative delegation.The Board of County Commissioners, along with constituents and local elected spent two hours last week telling Florida Sen. …

Keystone sets tentative budget for 2021-22; final approval set for Sept. 27

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights City council approved a tentative budget of $847,641 Monday night at its monthly meeting. If it passes on a final vote scheduled for Sept. 27, the new budget …

School board Final budget includes a slight tax decrease

FLEMING ISLAND – As the school year begins to ramp up, the school board has officially adopted its 2021-22 budget.The board officially passed its budget during a meeting held on Thursday, Sept. …

9/11: The day everything changed

CLAY COUNTY – America changed on Sept. 11, 2001. Not only was the world shaken when 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked and flew four jet airliners into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field …

While fans still hold hope for Jaguars, it’s time for the team to do their part

A week after looking inept against the New Orleans Saints, the Green Bay Packers showed a completely different personality Monday night with a convincing victory against the Detroit Lions. The …

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National Forensic Science Week

CLAY COUNTY – There is nothing routine at the Crime Scene Unit at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The eight technicians charged with collecting, cataloging and identifying items for a crime …

The Frontmen of Country enthusiastically return to center stage

ORANGE PARK – Country music fans rejoiced this weekend as the Thrasher-Horne had its first show of the season, featuring The Frontmen of Country. The group are an act made up of Tim Rushlow from …

Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Green Cove Springs becomes newest corporate location

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The co-founders of Woody’s Bar-B-Q, Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman, are proud to announce that they have acquired Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Green Cove Springs, located at …

College Briefs 9/23/21

SJR State to hold fall FAFSA Frenzy on Oct. 5ORANGE PARK – St. Johns River State College will present “FASFA Frenzy,” on its three campuses this fall. The event will provide free …

Facebook Question of the Week: What Clay County projects should be a priority for Congressional representatives?

CLAY COUNTY – The Congressional representatives who represent the county will soon go to Tallahassee to fight for funding project in the area. Reps. Sam Garrison (Fleming Island) and Bobby Payne …

St. Michael’s Soldiers to Rock the Box at Thrasher-Horne Center

ORANGE PARK – Even when construction delays threatened the Rock the Box concert for the Clay County-based St. Michael’s Soldiers, the four bands and nonprofit group that sends care packages to …

Fall means return of Cloudless Sulphur butterflies

ORANGE PARK – Just like the Monarch butterfly, the Cloudless Sulphur butterfly is migratory; it just doesn’t go quite as far. In the fall, starting around the first of September, millions of the …

Bourre Construction Company building toward the future

CLAY TODAY – With so much growth in Clay County, particularly with new residential areas, Michael Booure has become a very busy man. His company, Bourré Construction Group, knows just how …

Hutchings recognized by NE Florida Women’s Transportation Seminar

JACKSONVILLE – The Northeast Florida Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar recognized executive women who have made varied contributions in transportation, leadership and mentorship …

Loomis Bros. Circus coming to Fairgrounds for three-day run

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Loomis Bros. Circus will bring its three-rings of fun to the Cattleman’s Arena for six shows in three days, starting with opening night on Friday night, Oct. 1, at 7:30 …

County commissioners tentatively vote to increase millage rate

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners approved a tentative budget during its Sept. 14 meeting with a millage rate higher than last year. If approved, the county’s new total …
Faith Walk: My Birthday

In all the years I’ve been writing Faith Walk, I don’t believe I have ever written one as personal as what I’m writing today. But I hope that my thoughts that are developing around my birthday, …

Faith Walk: ‘Try a Little Kindness’

What do you think of when you hear the word “kindness?” Do you think of someone who always uses kind words? Or perhaps someone who typically goes out of their way to help others? Kindness is …

Faith Walk: Uncertainities

Life is full of uncertainties. No one predicted or expected the corona virus pandemic that struck our country and the world in 2020. Our lives have been changed by this unexpected invasion of our …

Faith Walk: Relax, God’s got this!

Patience is hard, especially when what we hope for is a good thing. Our hearts long to experience beautiful things in life, but sometimes our plans don’t play out the way we expect them to. This …

Faith Walk: Stability

Life is full of uncertainties. No one predicted or expected the corona virus pandemic that struck our country and the world in 2020. Our lives have been changed by this unexpected invasion of our …

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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 …

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GOP set redistricting committees to redraw political boundaries Legislative leaders have announced which lawmakers will play direct roles in drawing the state’s districts for the next decade. Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris …
This Week in History 9/9/21 Five years ago, 2016• Green Cove Dragway owner Peter Scalzo tells the city council there will be no more Friday night shows at his track at Reynolds Industrial Park and Saturday races will be …
We lose wars because our leaders have lost resolve to fight This has not been a good week for America’s pride and purpose. In fact, it hasn’t been a good 50 years. A nation that boasts, often arrogantly, of being the world’s greatest military might, …
Cammack compares Biden’s administration to ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ By Jacob Ogles For FloridaPolitics.com U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack has reiterated her belief President Joe Biden should resign over events in Afghanistan. During an appearance Monday on “Fox …
Letter to the Editor 9/2/21 Dear Editor, Pace Center for Girls (Pace) would like to thank Sen. Jennifer Bradley for her sponsorship of House Bill 723. This bill was passed by both the House and the Senate in April, was …

Frazier, Lee highlight Q-less Clay win

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Without senior tailback Al’Querious Ray, the Clay High Blue Devils’ football team used a pair of highlight reel breakaways from D’Maurion Frazier and Jarvis Lee to win 34-0 …

Georgia blues for Knights

CAMDEN COUNTY - Camden County scored the first 36 points of the game in a 50-6 romp of Oakleaf High’s Knights in a contest in Chris Gilman Stadium on Friday in Camden County, Ga. Oakleaf, 2-2, …

Broncos tough second half avoids blowout

MIDDLEBURG - A huge second half by Middleburg’s Mike Mitchell could not overcome an even bigger game by St. Augustine’s Devonte Lyons as the host Broncos fell 54-37 to the Yellow Jackets in the …

This Weeks Football Preview 9/23/21

Fri. Sept. 24Gas up the car and head to Green Cove Springs for Oakleaf and the Blue Devils; Kennard and Garis. This was a rugged game last year and should be even better this year. Knights’ …

Snipes chases down second in Bronco Classic

MIDDLEBURG - Ridgeview High senior cross country runner James Snipes got his shot at an invitational title, but fell just four seconds short at the Middleburg Bronco Classic Saturday morning at …

Lakeside scores 44-8 over Orange Park

Flag football Green Cove Springs vs. Lakeside

Green Cove Springs Junior High flag football, under coach Doug Deters, got a 19-0 win over Lakeside Junior High last week with Teaghan Moses and Kate Wilkening scoring touchdowns for the Cougars.

Stratton second to Harrison in Bales’ muck

BARTRAM TRAIL - St. Johns Country Day School cross country senior Matthew Stratton saw the best guy he might face all season and stayed a respectable distance in his blind side hoping for a …
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
Kooking with Kathleen
Clay Today periodically will feature a recipe from local culunary expert Kathleen Chambless. Her first installment are empanadas, … Read More
More than 1,000 reach out to UMC’s Touch and Truck
ORANGE PARK – The Asbury United Methodist Church’s Touch A Truck event on Sept. 18 attracted more than 1,000 members – and three … Read More
St. Johns Country Day has 4 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists
ORANGE PARK – Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the … Read More
Camp Blanding, Clay County get $865,000 from three state programs
CAMP BLANDING – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida awarded $3.4 … Read More
Kids First of Florida gets resources for remote learning, critical services
CLAY COUNTY – Sunshine Health and its parent company, Centene Corporation, teamed up with AT&T, Connected Nation, Dell … Read More
This Week in History 9/23/21
Five years ago, 2016Anthony Washington’s murder trial opens at the Clay County Courthouse. Washington is charged with killing U.S. … Read More
This Week in History 9/16/21
Five years ago, 2016• The Orange Park Town Council decides not to use money generated by fines for red-light camera violations to … Read More
Charities share in proceeds of recent sale of fire station
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Seventeen local charities shared in the proceeds from the recent sale of the Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire … Read More
The Orange Park Normal and Industrial School
The Normal School once took up an entire block of Orange Park. It stood where the town hall now stands and covered about 10 … Read More
Voter registration for LAMSBD assessment vote closing Sept. 13
LAKE ASBURY – Voters have until Monday, Sept. 13, to register to vote ahead of the Lake Asbury Municipal Service Benefit District … Read More
Crime News

Arrests & Bookings 9/23/21

(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 9/23/21

OP man gets 15 years to trying to entice 14-year-old for sex JACKSONVILLE – Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Darryl Gray Smith, 31, Orange …

Police Briefs 9/16/21

Orange Park man gets 15 years for selling child porn onlineJACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Antony Eugene Woody, 33, of Orange Park, to 15 years in federal …

Police Briefs 9/9/21

Orange Park man to face another child molestation chargeGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man already in the Clay County Jail after being charged with molesting an 11-year-old girl now faces a second …

Arrests & Bookings 9/9/21

(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 9/2/21

Former CCSO deputy sentenced to 35 years for sexually exploiting girlJACKSONVILLE – Travis Ryan Pritchard, a former deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s DUI unit, was …

Arrests & Bookings 9/2/21

(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 …
Clay County community calendar

MARY HELEN HOFF ROADWAY DESIGNATION: will be on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at Moody Avenue Park, 3510 Moody Ave., Orange Park. Portions of Moody Avenue will be renamed for Mary Helen Hoff, the Orange Park …

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 …

Calendar 8/12/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Calendar 8/5/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet Aug. 5 at …