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Middleburg graduate returns home to deliver new Clay hospital

FLEMING ISLAND – Jeb McLendon always wanted to wear a hard hat. As a student at Middleburg High, he embraced his Career and Technical Education classes, knowing he was destined to drive nails …

Nursing student grateful for community help after fire destroys home

FLEMING ISLAND — On Dec. 13, Kyle Snyder was getting breakfast the day of his final exams when he received a notification from his thermostat app: the temperature inside his home was more than 400 …

Orange Park Sergeant recalls 10-week FBI Academy certification

ORANGE PARK – The FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia allows command staff of local law enforcement agencies to learn cutting-edge techniques and network with others. Orange Park Police …

Year In Review 2021

As we prepare for 2022, we wanted to take a moment to look back at the important and memorable stories of 2021.We celebrated championships and honored our frontline workers. We cried when our friends …

2021 Story of the Year: Orange Park woman faces charges in one of state’s worse animal abuse cases

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – When trucks and vans arrived with crates of abused animals at the back door of the Clay County Fairgrounds on the afternoon of Oct. 11, most were covered with feces, trembling …

Fallen soldiers honored at three Clay County ceremonies

CLAY COUNTY – Melissa Williams took three wreaths from a stack and journeyed into a large plot of graves and wilted flowers. She painstakingly stopped at each marker to see if it was the headstone …

Jennifer Bradley sheds the light on her solar power bill

Jennifer Bradley has a problem with some of the shady reporting about her bill to end solar power payback programs. The State Senator (R-District 5) from Fleming Island was criticized for …

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School district continues its COVID-19 strategies

CLAY COUNTY – Arriving back from the winter break, teachers and students are now in their third school year and fifth school semester impacted by COVID-19. At last week’s board meeting, …

School District recognizes high graduation rate, backs teacher and staff increases

FLEMING ISLAND – The Clay County School District has secured its second-highest graduation rate in its history, 92.7%, besting the state average by 2.6 percentage points. Overall, Clay County …

Clay Health officer offers optimism amid Omicron surge

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Commissioners received a status update about the amount and severity of the county’s Omicron COVID-19 cases at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Clay’s …

Bumper to bumper: County runs through Blanding Boulevard

CLAY COUNTY – State Road 21 is a monster of a road, spanning the entire county and passing through several urban centers and economic areas. While it impacts businesses and residents, it is also …

Golden Years Gala accepting nominations for annual awards

ORANGE PARK – The Golden Years Gala is celebrating its 15 year of honoring senior leaders in the county. At this event, seniors in Clay County are honored for their commitment to volunteerism in …

Ridgeview’s Gracie McCann wins ‘I Voted’ sticker contest

CLAY COUNTY – The county Supervisor of Elections Office is pleased to announce the winner of the “I Voted” Sticker Design Contest is Gracie McCann of Ridgeview High School. Clay County …

Shriners trade Southside for Wells Road facility

ORANGE PARK -- Although the Shriners have met at the Morocco Shrine Center in Jacksonville for years, but they now have downsized and will be moving to Clay County. But to club members, it’s …

Leading area eye surgery services Clay County market

ORANGE PARK— A new ophthalmology office is boosting the availability of specialty eye services like cataract surgery, minimally invasive glaucoma treatment and laser vision correction. Prior to …

School district aims for state funding for Career and Technical Education

FLEMING ISLAND— With education always being a key topic for legislators in Tallahassee, Clay County School District board members are asking for funds to improve Career and Technical Education …

Church coordinator thrives working with children

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Victoria Gonzales always had a passion in her church, but now she has a role to thrive in. Gonzales, who has down syndrome, volunteered to be Mt. Zion AME Church’s Young …

Green Cove Springs reworks its trespass warning policies

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council expanded the term on its no-trespassing warnings from one to two years Tuesday night but now will allow anyone banned from city property the opportunity to …
Faith walk: Never quit

One of the most famous quotes attributed to Winston Churchill is, “Never, never, never, never give up.” He said this in a speech in the early days of WORLD WAR II. He was speaking, of course, of …

Faith Walk: Who is First in 2022?

Goodbye 2021! 2022 is here! Millions of resolutions have been made. While these resolutions are made with the best of intentions, sadly, most of them will be broken. Does that mean that we …

Faith Walk: The End

Another year has passed. It’s hard to believe! How quickly it seems time is passing. It’s not passing any faster than it ever has, of course. But as the years of our lives end and another one …

Faith Walk: Putting Christ Back in Christmas

Christ is the root word of the biggest holiday on our calendar. What if this Christmas, our lives were rooted in Christ? You’ve likely heard many times that “Jesus is the Reason for the …

Faith Walk: A Christmas view

Christmas is a very special season. There is something for everyone to experience in the events and atmosphere of this unique time of the year. This is the time when we celebrate the birth of a …

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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
College transfer portals emphasize endorsements, not winning games The Florida Gators got some good news Tuesday when quarterback Jack Miller announced he was transferring from Ohio State to play for the Gators next year – just days after Florida starter Emory …
‘Bah Humbug’ to the Scrooges to embrace wokeness during Christmas The Huffington Post once called the holiday classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” of being “seriously problematic” because it promoted bullying from the other reindeers, and it included …
Less is more: How small steps help your resolutions become realities ‘Tis the season to be jolly, to have family around, go to holiday parties, and of course to make resolutions. In the world of nutrition and fitness training, it seems like a broken record of advice …
New push to increase voter registrations in high schools filed in Tallahassee Citing studies that show the move could increase registration among 18-year-olds by more than 800,000 per year, Sen. Annette Taddeo and Rep. Anna V. Eskamani filed a set of bills Monday aimed at …
The FIRM was the perfect stage for Nitro RX – and Keystone Heights Tracy Patton and Seth Munson drove 13 hours from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for a front row seat at last weekend’s Nitro Rallycross race at the Florida International Rally and Motorsports Park. It …

Good night Knights!

FLEMING ISLAND - Noah Eaton and Matthew Male scored first half goals and host Fleming Island withstood furious pressure in the final minutes to edge rival Oakleaf 2-1 on Wed., Jan. 5 at Fleming …

Golden Eagles, Zapp rally to nip the Senators

Neptune Beach–Fleming Island High senior point guard Colton Zapp scored 13 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining, as Fleming Island rallied to edge …

Moritz returns to take Eagles 5K title

FLEMING ISLAND - Former Clay High track state champion and former Fleming Island High track coach Karen Moritz returned to the Fleming Island High track to take first place at the Fleming Island …

Raiders rock Knights, push Jackson to brink

OAKLEAF - Orange Park High ended a gauntlet week of playing; a first loss to Providence, a strong rebound win over Ed White, a rivalry win over Oakleaf and a thrilling, but unsuccessful comeback …

Fleming Island crushes Keystone Memorial Invite

FLEMING ISLAND - At their own home gym, the Fleming Island High wrestling team answered some questions about their fitness into Class 2A with a resounding 437 team point victory at the Keystone …

Muscles up

Wilkinson High wrestler Lilly Bradshaw muscles up prior to her second round matchup against Mathew Thaxton of Riversprings Middle School in the 90 pound division of the Toughman Invitational …

Demon Deacons win bowl game; Smenda ejected in third quarter

JACKSONVILLE - The 2021 Wake Forest football team capped off its historic season on New Year’s Eve, defeating Big Ten foe Rutgers in the 77th annual TaxSlayer Gator Bowl 38-10 inside TIAA Bank …

Lady Raiders stay busy during holiday break

ORANGE PARK - The Orange Park Lady Raiders basketball team gassed up the Raider charter plane far and wide over the holiday and came home with a fistful of strong wins and just one loss as coach …
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
College Briefs 1/13/22
10 Clay students earn Valdosta State’s Dean's List recognitionVALDOSTA, Ga. – More than 1,700 students were named to Valdosta … Read More
Community Briefs 1/13/22
Keystone Heights Amvets conducting fundraiser for Lake Area MinistriesKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Amvets Post 86 will host a fundraiser and … Read More
This Week In History 1/13/22
Five years ago, 2016• Calvin Siegers, 70, completes a Florida Medical Association class to become certified to give access to … Read More
Community Briefs 1/6/22
Keystone Heights Amvets conducting fundraiser for Lake Area Ministries KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Amvets Post 86 will host a fundraiser … Read More
This Week In History 1/5/22
Five years ago, 2016• Darryl Daniels is sworn in as the new Clay County Sheriff, while Chris Chambless (Supervisor of Elections), … Read More
Community Briefs 12/30/21
CSX to make emergency crossing repairs on Watkins RoadGREEN COVE SPRINGS – CSX emergency railroad crossing repairs are scheduled for … Read More
Crime News

Police Briefs 1/13/22

Man recovered from Lake Asbury retention pondLAKE ASBURY – Friends and family started looking for a man early Monday after he was last seen on Sunday. They found him in his yellow Corvette …

Arrests & Bookings 1/13/22

(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 …

Man drowns in Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Officers with the Green Cove Springs Police Department were at the Green Cove Marina Tuesday where a male’s body was been recovered from the river. The man was a resident of …

Police Briefs 1/6/22

Two teens arrested after a 17-year-old boy was shot to deathORANGE PARK – An ongoing dispute between teens led to the apparent ambush and murder of a 17-year-old boy and the arrest of two other …

Orange Park officer goes into St. Johns to help boy

ORANGE PARK – Police officers were dispatched to a residence along the St. John’s River where a young boy was experiencing a mental health episode and was trying to harm himself. The boy had …

Arrests & Bookings 12/30/21

(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 12/30/21

Woman arrested after crashing into CCSO cruiserORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville Beach woman was arrested after she crashed a stolen car into a Clay County Sheriff’s Office cruiser on …

Arrests & Bookings 12/23/21

(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 …
Community Calendar 1/13/22

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove …

Community Calendar 1/5/22

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Fleming Island High Teacher Training Center, 2233 Village Square Pkwy. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on Jan. 6 …

Clay County community calendar

ORANGE PARK TREE LIGHTING: will be on Dec. 7 from 5-6 p.m. at Town Hall Park, 2042 Park Ave. Admission is free and cookies and hot chocolate will be served.CLAY COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION: will meet …

Community Calendar 11/25/21

WIZARDS OF WINTER: will perform Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr. in Orange Park. Tickets range from $29-$69 and can be purchased by calling the center at (904) 276-6815 …