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Clay County organizations unite to break the cycle, help families affect by drug addiction
CLAY HILL – Illegal drugs are not specific to just one community. In our community, however, more than 20 Clay County organizations … Read More
Council votes to keep Clarke Park closed until final stages of construction are completed
ORANGE PARK – From Kingsley Avenue, Clarke Park may look ready to reopen, but the Town Council opted not to open early because there … Read More
$48 million project moves forward after SJRWMD, four utilities reach agreement
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Now that the St. Johns Water Management District governing board has approved participation agreements with four … Read More
Health department: Lack of vaccinations and precautions lead to new spike in COVID-19 cases
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – COVID-19 numbers are rising and if the trend continues, August could be another January. Clay County Florida … Read More
As home sales soar, so does vigilance against construction site thieves
CLAY COUNTY – Construction companies in the county are having a difficult time keeping pace with the demand for new homes – and … Read More
Green Cove Springs gets $700,000 in grant money for three neighborhood improvement projects
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Gov. Ron DeSantis came to Green Cove Springs last Monday to personally tell the city it will be receiving … Read More

It’s hard to believe Atlanta Olympic Games were 25 years ago

It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the Summer Olympic Games were in Atlanta. I lived south of town and worked for a newspaper when the rest of the world was introduced to kudzu, …

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In the Community

Fleming Island junior given Gold Award for creating sensory room at R.C. Bannerman

CLAY COUNTY – Lorelei Love is a hardworking Girl Scout in high school who recently achieved the Gold Award for devotion to children with special needs. The Gold Award is one of many …

Orange Park Town Council takes its business to the streets

ORANGE PARK — The Orange Park Town Council held its first meet and greet event and it brought community members, children, town experts and free snow cones to the Montclair neighborhood. The …
Expect noisy weekend around NAS Jacksonville
NAS JACKSONVILLE — Navy training schedules indicate fighter jets will arrive at NAS Jacksonville on Friday for training … Read More
Green Cove Springs council hears proposal to rename street after longtime residents
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A new name may be in the works for a street in Green Cove Springs. The significance of this name lies with … Read More
Teachers encouraged to pick up free school supplies at Tools 4 Clay
CLAY COUNTY – Tools 4 Clay Schools back-to-school is happening soon and it’s a great way for teachers to stock up on supplies they … Read More
Clay Today earns recognition from Florida Press Association
FLEMING ISALND– Clay Today collected two first-place honors and a special award last week at the Florida Press … Read More
Clay Chamber to send teachers back to classrooms with day of food, fun and supplies
CLAY COUNTY — If you’re a teacher, there’s a box of school supplies with your name on it. The Clay Chamber Teacher … Read More
Orange Park Medical Center to break ground on free-standing ER in spring
MIDDLEBURG – Orange Park Medical Center unveiled plans for a new emergency center at 2554 Blanding Blvd. Groundbreaking for the … Read More
Local YMCAs offering tours to prove they’re more than a gym
CLAY COUNTY – The YMCA is gearing up for some of its biggest events of the year later this month. The YMCA is more than a gym. … Read More
Airstream Ventures’ leap of faith brings unique sporting events to Clay County
CLAY COUNTY – As the CEO for the Jacksonville Sports Council and COO for TaxSlayer Bowl, Alan Verlander already was on the fast … Read More
SJRWMD approves partnerships with 4 North Florida water supply utilities
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board approved partnership agreements with four North … Read More
Faith walk: Trust God with your Pain

Living a life of faith is a beautiful, life-changing blessing from God. However, it doesn’t mean we get a free pass from the pain of this life. Never forget that Jesus Himself experienced great …

Faith Walk: Closer to God

In the days of stagecoach travel in the old west, a company was hiring drivers for their stagecoach routes. The hiring was very competitive and the interview process for the candidate drivers was …

Faith walk: Do You Feel Weak? That’s OK!

In today’s times, we face an ever-mounting list of responsibilities that wear on us over time. We are busier than ever before, and on top of it, life is not always kind. As we go throughout our …

Faith Walk: Words for Seniors

A church in Atlanta was honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at …

Faith Walk: Give God the Glory

We all have God-given gifts and abilities, but we choose whether to recognize the giver of those gifts or not. It’s always inspiring to see others give the glory to God, especially when they are …

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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 …

CDC asks judge to force cruise lines to require vaccination passports The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants a second opinion following a decision that effectively neutered its sailing directives for cruise lines. Last month, a federal judge …
Red, white and true KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Hungry patrons usually keep Clyde’s Cozy Corner Café hopping on a Saturday morning, filling their appetites with an assortment of made-to-order omelets and heaping plates of …
Numbers don’t lie (but they don’t always tell the truth) It’s often said that numbers don’t lie. While that may be true, they don’t always tell the truth. Case in point: the state’s new Florida Incident-Based Reporting System and the National …
Letters to the Editor 7/1/21 Fireworks executive asks everyone to be considerate, safe this holidayEditor:With her Fourth of July, nearing, Phantom Fireworks encourages its friends and customers to be considerate of your …
Supreme Court: NCAA’s no pay for play is unconstitutional Republican Rep. Chip LaMarca is supporting a Monday decision by the U.S. Supreme Court chipping away at National Collegiate Athletic Association governing compensation for college …

Tug champs

Clay High football player Blake Thompson readies for the start of the Jacksonville Jaguars 11-On football competition held Saturday in Fleming Island. Clay defeated Orange Park in the Tug of War …

Big Man ‘Rod’ Ready to Roll

ORANGE PARK - It is ironic that a dominant offensive lineman thanks a dominant defensive lineman for making him change his attitude. “I give a lot of the credit to Kendy Charles, the All State …

Best of Keystone Heights

‘Gladiator’ on doorsteps of country music

JACKSONVILLE - Former Clay High baseball standout Dakota Higdon has journeyed a short path through life and has landed on the doorstep of a possible Nashville country singing career. “I finished …

RHS Brittany Michael: 3 for 3

ORANGE PARK - In typical fashion as a Clay vs. Ridgeview softball game would be expected, the two main cogs of both teams; sophomore Gabbie Ellis, a pitcher for the Lady Blue Devils, and Brittany …

Top 10 Sports Performances of the year

First quarter blitz sends Knights to Final FourOAKLEAF - Oakleaf High guard Taliah Scott nailed her first two jumpers; both three-pointers, with teammate Kaylah Turner pumping in her own as the first …

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New Clay Today Photog?

Six year old Luca Matyi of Fleming Island, here with Clay Today Sports Editor Randy Lefko, got his shot at a few Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp action photos and came up with a great picture of Charlotte …

Best of Oakleaf 2021

Battered, bruised Denali climbers return: ‘We’ll be back’

FLEMING ISLAND - At one critical point in his epic attempt to scale the 20,320 foot summit to Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska, 12-year old Mills Weinstein had to grow up real fast. Daunting, to say …

Top 10 Sports Performances of Spring 2021

Battle of Titans II: Fleming Island beats SJCDsORANGE PARK - At first glance, the titanic battle between Fleming Island High and St. Johns Country Day School baseball, arguably in the top five of …
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
Looking north: is Florida’s gambling law causing it to miss out?
Looking north: is Florida’s gambling law causing it to miss out? When arguments in favor of liberalizing online gambling laws … Read More
Community Briefs 7/22/21
Lakes Region rallies behind boy who needs heart transplantOperation #SageStrong Poker Run set for July 31MELROSE – While Sage … Read More
This Week In History 7/22/21
Five years ago, 2016• The Clay County School District overall grade drops from an ‘A’ to a ‘B,’ according to the Florida … Read More
Community Briefs 7/15/21
St. Johns River Water Management District to maintain current millage rateCLAY COUNTY – The St. Johns River Water Management … Read More
Cadette Girl Scout Troop complete Silver Award project
FLEMING ISLAND – Cadette Girl Scout Troop 685 of Fleming Island recently completed their ‘Take Action Project’ to earn the Girl … Read More
Realtors desperately seeking homes to sell in Clay County, NE Florida
CLAY COUNTY – Northeast Florida’s housing market desperately needs more homes. In June, the region’s residential market … Read More
This Week In History 7/15/21
Five years ago, 2016• Murder suspect Ozell McNabb Jr. surrenders in St. Johns County and is returned to Clay to face charges of … Read More
Rep. Cammack on ‘Future Of American Freedoms’ task force
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy selected Congresswoman Kat Cammack (FL-3) to the “Future of American … Read More
Feist selected as CEO of Jewish Federation and Foundation
CLAY COUNTY – The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida has hired Mariam Shpeen Feist as the new chief executive … Read More
Community Briefs 7/8/21
Clay County working to improve yard waste collectionsGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County officials have been continuously seeking … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs 7/22/21
Local man arrested for boating under the influence at Spring Park PierGREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Green Cove Springs man was arrested … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 7/15/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 7/15/21
Florida Supreme Court upholds Davidson’s death sentenceTALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court unanimously upheld the conviction … Read More
Police Briefs 7/8/21
CCSO: Detectives track down ATM, cellphone to catch armed robberORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was tracked down and arrested by … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 7/8/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 7/1/21
Jacksonville man recovered after falling into Black CreekGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Shortly before heading down the Black Creek Sunday, … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 7/1/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 6/24/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 6/24/21
Former Orange Park resident arrested for decade-old molestation chargesORANGE PARK – A man already in jail in Texas was brought back … Read More
Community Calendar 7/15/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet July 15 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Community Calendar 7/22/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet July 22 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Community Calendar 7/1/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet July 1 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet July 1 at …

Community Calendar 6/17/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet June 17 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Calendar 6/10/21

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