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Pace Center for Girls getting ready for big changes

ORANGE PARK – Pace Center for Girls Executive Director Cristina Helbling and her team are in the process of shifting the center to a new facility on College Drive. The groundbreaking was about …

In an instant …

CLAY COUNTY – It can take place at a school, a church, a grocery store, a nightclub, or anywhere that people are gathered. When it occurs, a community is forever changed. It is called an active …

Health alert issued for Swimming Pen Creek

Fleming Island --  The Florida Department of Health in Clay has issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Swimming Pen Creek – Whitey’s Fish Camp. …

Wilkinson joins elite UCF Community Partnership School certification

MIDDLEBURG – The challenge was daunting for officials at Wilkinson Junior High and the Children’s Home Society of Florida, but nothing as daunting as the challenges too many families in the …

Initiative in the midst of reinvigorating College Drive

ORANGE PARK – College Drive only spans about 2.5 miles, bridging key county arteries Blanding Boulevard and County Road 220, and it supports residents, businesses, St. Johns River State College, …

Schools host annual summer food services program

CLAY COUNTY – Pizza, popcorn chicken and chicken sandwiches are on the lunch menu this summer for children around Clay County. Clay County kindergarten-through-12 public schools began their free …

WWII veteran, 96, shares compelling stories

ORANGE PARK – Primary sources of World War II – the oral history of those who fought, saw their comrades killed and came back to a changed nation – are rare now. Their stories can be …

Water safety stressed by law enforcement, community members

CLAY COUNTY – Departing Governor’s Creek marina Friday afternoon, Deputy Bill Maher had already seen about 200 boats in a few hours on the St. Johns River.He helms a Clay County …

Potential charter changes now in commissioners’ hands

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Charter Review Committee has forwarded three charter amendments to the Board of County Commissioners to possibly place on the ballot. Last week, the committee approved a …

Clothes Closet and Food Pantry of Orange Park wins $25,000

ORANGE PARK – Volunteers huddled Tuesday morning to talk about their assignments moments before the doors opened at the Clothes Closet and Food Pantry of Orange Park. Volunteer Anita Aultman was …

Two government officials honored as Home Rule Heroes

CLAY COUNTY – Local municipalities and state legislators contest home rule-related issues on numerous fronts whether it’s gardening, vacation rentals or how taxes can be collected. Two local …
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In the Community

Health officials warn of blue-green algal toxins in Swimming Pen Creek

FLEMING ISLAND – The Florida Department of Health in Clay has issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Swimming Pen Creek at Whitey’s Fish …

Green Cove Springs to get $1.4 million for economic growth

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The state announced Tuesday that Green Cove Springs would receive nearly $1.4 million in Community Development Block Grant money, and it’s been earmarked to address a variety …

SJR State student wins national student essay contest

ORANGE PARK – St. Johns River State College student Rebekah Wilson was recently selected as a winner of the 2022 Scott Wright Student Essay Contest. Contestants were asked to describe how a member …

Grocer commits to Military Monday match to enlist further support for Folds of Honor

CLAY COUNTY – Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company and home of Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, is doubling down with a Military Monday matching commitment. …

Penney Farms Navy Chaplain recalls journey and service in two branches

PENNEY FARMS – Dean Veltman, who served in the U.S. Army briefly during World War II and later as a 20-year chaplain in the Navy during conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, has been around the world …

Meet exotic animals at the Watermelon Festival

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Cool Zoo, an interactive and educational wildlife travel exhibit, which features hands-on encounters with exotic animals, will be featured at the Watermelon Festival this …

Teens selected for Orange Park Hospital’s unique summer volunteer program

ORANGE PARK – HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital has welcomed 17 high school juniors and seniors into their summer teen volunteer program, the only program of its kind in the area. The program, …

Powell takes reigns as Clay County Economic Development Corporation president

FLEMING ISLAND – The Board of Directors of the Clay County Economic Development Corporation selected Crawford Powell as the new president of the organization.In this role, Crawford will oversee …
Faith Walk: The Importance of Fathers

I am writing this on Father’s Day. When this is published it will be a few days after our celebration of Dad’s. But we should never forget the importance of Fathers.Fathers fulfill a …

Faith Walk: Is God Omniscient?

You may have heard before that God is “omniscient.” That’s an interesting word, but what does it mean? If God is omniscient, it means that He’s all-knowing. Being omniscient would mean …

Faith Walk: Does God Still Perform Miracles Today?

27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27 (NIV)Throughout the Bible, we see miraculous things happening by the power of God. The Red Sea …

Faith Walk: Act like a child

Jesus instructed us to receive the Kingdom of God like a child. In the Gospels, He stresses the importance of having a childlike faith. But what does this mean? How exactly does Jesus wish for us to …

Community First Credit Union

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Community First Credit Union

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
Governor signs bill to bolster school crisis intervention, enhance safety Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an update to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act Tuesday that will bolster school crisis intervention and include charter schools in some safety …
What’s happening in Tallahassee Each month, Rep. Sam Garrison, whose District 18 includes Clay County, will provide updates on proposed and passed bills that affect the county. TALLAHASSEE – Last week, the legislature returned …
Both sides of gun control argument must meet in the middle to stop mass shootings “Guns don’t kill people. People do.” “Guns don’t kill people. People who like guns kill people.” “Drunk driving – blame the person. Stabbing – blame the person. Arson – …
Congress takes field trip to visit ‘ground zero’ for new elections laws A congressional panel studying voter turnout traveled to Tallahassee on Wednesday, visiting ground zero for Florida’s recently enacted election laws that Democrats have likened to voter …
Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks act like geese ORANGE PARK – In the past two years I have had the enjoyment of watching these migrating ducks roam the edges in my backyard pond, which is considered as one of their habitats along with wooded …

Raiders poised for offensive fireworks

ORANGE PARK - Orange Park High football coach Marcus Wimberly is a man of few words, but his eyes belie the confidence of a man bent on turning a football program around in dramatic …

Blue Devil gridders pounding iron

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Clay High senior linebacker Dominic Martin kind of smiled when he looked around the Blue Devil weightroom as he watched his brethren taking their reps during a recent summer …

Clay County SC vs. Oceanway (UPSL action)

EAGLE HARBOR - The Clay County mens premiere mens soccer team; whose roster is dotted with numerous former Clay County high school standouts, took a 2-1 loss Saturday afternoon against Oceanway FC in …

Dressel goes 2-2 at Worlds

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel added two more gold medals to his immense pile of Olympic, World and NCAA championships with a win in the 50 butterfly and a leadoff leg in the gold medal mens 4 x 100 …

Broncos trade TDs with Rams

MIDDLEBURG – In a clash of marquis backfields; Middleburg High’s Mike Mitchell and Interlachen High’s Reginal Allen, touchdowns were the name of the game in a 7 v 7 passing …

Middleburg Basketball Camp 6/23/22

Sports briefs 6/23/22

SJCDS Hodges second in Mr. Baseball countGAINESVILLE – St. Johns Country Day School senior pitcher/infielder Brad Hodges finished second in the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Baseball selection …

Nye wins with homemade kayak

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Mark Nye surveyed his collection of handmade kayaks on Saturday morning and picked one out to compete in the 2022 Sunshine State Games, presented by Amazon, Canoe Kayak Sprint …
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
Business Briefs 6/23/22
CORA Physical TherapyExpands to Orange ParkORANGE PARK – CORA Health Services, Inc., doing business as CORA Physical Therapy, a … Read More
This Week in History 6/23/22
Five years ago, 2017• The City of Green Cove Springs celebrates the opening of Spring Park Pool.• Orange Park High graduate … Read More
Courtyard by Marriott donates to Children’s Miracle Network
ORANGE PARK – Rick J. Cadena, general manager of Courtyard by Marriott presented a check to Nikki Sabol, Director of Children’s … Read More
Vandals deface veterans’ bench at Magnolia Cemetary
ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office needs help in identifying who broke the bench on June 10 at the veterans’ … Read More
Two Fleming Island High golfers receive JAGA scholarships
JACKSONVILLE – Andrew Davis and Jenna Roach, both from Fleming Island High, were among 15 golfers to earn a scholarship from the … Read More
Orr, Couey earn VVA/AVVA scholarships
CLAY COUNTY – Alexis Orr of Fleming Island High and Bryce Couey of Keystone Heights High were recipients of the Vietnam Veterans of … Read More
College Briefs 6/9/22
Orange Park’s Farley graduates from GracelandLAMONI, Iowa – Graceland University celebrated his Spring graduation, including … Read More
Country Music Duo Crawford & Power to headline Freedom Fest
ORANGE PARK – Orange Park recently announced country music duo Crawford & Power will headline this year’s Freedom Fest event on … Read More
Reyes one of 14 artists awarded Art Venture Grants
JACKSONVILLE – Fourteen Northeast Florida artists, including Clay County’s Perla Reyes, recently received grants of $3,500 each as … Read More
Crime News

Police Briefs 6/23/22

CCSO: Man arrested after woman was assaulted, chokedORANGE PARK – A Kissimmee man was arrested on June 14 after a woman said he claimed to be a maintenance man before he choked and sexually …

Arrests & Bookings 6/23/22

(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 6/16/22

(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 6/16/22

Man arrested following 12-hour standoff with CCSO, Marshals OfficeORANGE PARK – A man wanted for a hit and run death in Jacksonville was arrested after a 12-hour standoff with the Clay County …

Arrests & Bookings 6/9/22

(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 6/9/22

Four arrested following alcohol-feuled argument at local barMIDDLEBURG – Four people were arrested on June 5 following a couple distrubances at the Southern Social Whiskey Bar and Lounge on …

Police Briefs 6/2/22

OPPD: No charges for man who killed attacker at gas stationORANGE PARK – A man who shot someone who was attacking his friend apparently won’t be charged with the double shooting that left …