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Halter named 2021 Florida Principal of the Year

CLAY COUNTY– The Florida Department of Education selects Clay County’s Jennifer Halter as the state’s 2021 Principal of the Year.“This is a fantastic day for Principal Halter, …
Keystone Heights mayor asks board for a new elementary in her town
FLEMING ISLAND – The mayor of Keystone Heights told the Clay County School Board during the May 6 meeting her town needed a new … Read More
Green Cove Springs detective uses sledgehammer to save 93-year-old man
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Detective Erin Vineyard felt good when she gained forced entry with a sledgehammer through a garage door on May … Read More
New Orange Park Medical Center COO eager to manage future growth
ORANGE PARK – Clay County’s largest hospital has found a new chief operating officer in Pete Long-Innes, who’s been with the … Read More
Much ado about nothing: Judge rules Mastandrea was allowed to sue two residents
ORANGE PARK – A judge granted council member Roland Mastandrea a summary judgement that said he was allowed to sue two Orange Park … Read More
FPL solar power farm goes online in Clay County
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Florida Power and Light Company solar energy farm now recently opened in the county, and it’s capable of … Read More
GCS Jr. principal finalist for Florida Principal of the Year
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Green Cove Springs Junior High principal Jennifer Halter is one of the three finalists in the state for … Read More

Success in Draft, free agency will be measured by Jaguar victories

Fans rejoiced when Shad Khan bought the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. We were promised a fresh approach and victories. For the first time in years, we had hope. Apart for the 2017 campaign which …

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Orange Park fire chief’s job will be decided within 30 days

ORANGE PARK – The fate of the town’s fire chief’s job will be decided in 30 days. Alvin Barker was asked to resign as the Orange Park Fire Department’s Fire Chief in March and he did not …
YMCA summer camps to be fully operational again this summer
CLAY COUNTY – The YMCA camps soon will be open this summer, just like they were last year. COVID-19 changed the way things were … Read More
Fallen Clay County sheriffs and deputies honored at Spring Park
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A steady rain, along with the periodic flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder served as a somber … Read More
Governor DeSantis offers $1,000 pandemic bonus for Florida’s first responders
CLAY COUNTY – Governor Ron DeSantis last week announced a $1,000, one-time bonuses for approximately 174,000 first responders, … Read More
Oakleaf High senior wins Courtenay Hunt Scholarship
ORANGE PARK – Kelly Ventura, a senior art student at Oakleaf High, won the Courtenay Hunt Scholarship for the Visual Fine Arts and … Read More
GreenPointe to build Granary Park community in Green Cove Springs
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A new community is coming soon to Clay County. GreenPointe Developers, LLC has purchased approximately 290 … Read More
Calmer-Con sci-fi, comic book convention coming to Thrasher-Horne Center
ORANGE PARK – Calmer-Con is coming to the Thrasher-Horne Center and it’s designed to prevent the overstimulation common at other … Read More
The great escape
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The average store manager at Home Depot is $71,601 a year and a night manager at Wawa convenience store … Read More
Green Cove Springs exploring challenges to traffic, lack of parking
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council addressed two of its most pressing issues Tuesday night – traffic and parking. Not only … Read More
Orange Park High, Clay Chamber, Orange Park Mall hosting teen summer job fair
ORANGE PARK – This Saturday, May 8, Orange Park High School, A Community Partnership School, in partnership with the Clay Chamber of … Read More
Faith Walk: Proper Praying

Jesus gave us a perfect model for prayer. His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. He responded by saying, “Pray like this: …” He followed that by giving us what we call “The Lord’s …

Faith Walk: Don’t Limit God

Do you have dreams that you have let slip away because you thought them to be impossible? Never forget that God's plan for your life is greater than you can think or imagine. Ephesians 3:20 reads, …

Faith walk: Culture of Joy

Last week the Baylor University Bears won the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, the crowning achievement of March Madness. In 2003, Baylor University basketball was in shambles. …

Faith walk: Accept or Reject the Story

C.S. Lewis wrote in his book of essays “God in the Dock”; “What are we to make of Christ?’ There is no question of what we can make of Him, it is entirely a question of what He intends to …

Faith walk: On The Journey

Two men were walking together down a dusty road. As they walked they discussed issues of great importance to them. They were followers of a new religion and their leader had just been killed by the …

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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
Thanks to healthy start, every day in Florida is Mothers’ Day In Florida, we’ve had a special reason to celebrate Mothers’ Day every day for the last 30 years. Our state’s landmark Healthy Start program, which will celebrate its 30th …
We should demand honesty when our leaders talk of voting laws CLAY COUNTY – Voters in Keystone Heights and Orange Park will head to the polls on Tuesday, April 13, to elect two members each for their city and town councils. Bobby Brown and Deirdre Murphy …
The budget would leave many parents with one option, or no option at all A budget bill in the House has the potential to end many virtual school options and funnel students into Florida Virtual School. Current law requires school districts to offer at least three …
Letter to the Editor: Republicans need to focus on economy, not taking away teacher rights Editor: First of all, as a school teacher, proud Republican and citizen of Florida I want to sincerely thank our political representatives in Tallahassee for having in person learning all year! You …
This Week in History 3/25/21 Five years ago, 2016• Green Cove Springs learns it will get $250,000 from the state to help pay for a massive restoration of Historic Spring Park.• The county is told to maximize …

Gidcumb block secures Eagles’ title

FLEMING ISLAND - Five weeks ago against the Creekside High Knights on the same home field, Fleming Island High baseball had a sneak preview to what it would take to bring home the third district 3-6A …

Hope Therapy bringing life back to racing legs

MIDDLEBURG - Fleming Island High cross country had a banner year in 2010 with a state cross country invite that including a brothers pair and a track state champion as team members. The brothers …

SJCD peaking; five homers, then three

ORANGE PARK - If the Clay Electric Cooperative is searching for alternative sources of power, it need look no further than the baseball diamond at St. Johns Country Day School. After mashing five …

Golden Eagles streak ends at Lake Mary

LAKE MARY - After 11 straight wins, a first-ever district championship, and a 12-7 win over Ocala Forest a week prior that moved the team from the State Regional Semi-Final to the Regional Final, the …

Middleburg, Fleming Island flag seasons over

MIDDLEBURG - Middleburg High scored first off a Sam Hardison interception and a pass catch from quarterback Brooke Swenson to Jewel Taylor, but the FAMU High flag football team’s overall size …

State track ticket tough to get for area tracksters

FLAGLER PALM COAST - With no individual region track champions, area track and field athletes waited nervously Monday afternoon to see if their times, throws or jumps would be enough to get a ticket …

Lone run lasts; but not enough for win

ORANGE PARK - Ridgeview High senior pitcher Brittany Michael had a familiar face to look to after a shakey first inning against Clay High in the district 4-4A softball championship game with the Blue …

Season enders go to Clay

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - Staying with a decades old tradition started by then Clay Head Coach Rob Thompson and Keystone Heights Head Coach Alan Mattox, the Blue Devils and Indians bookended their regular …

Eagles lacrosse heads to region semifinal

FLEMING ISLAND - The Class 2A Regional Semi-Final hosted at Fleming Island did not get off to a raving start as the visiting Ocala Forest Wildcats won the opening faceoff, drove the net and beat …

Area tracksters head to regions

ORANGE PARK - Middleburg High discus thrower Wyatt Underwood, St. Johns Country Day School distance runner Matthew Stratton and Fleming Island High distance runner Kameron Wallizada are among the top …

Jones, Beaufort go gold as expected

PORT ST JOE - Clay High’s Isaiah Jones and Ridgeview High’s A.J. Beaufort had the momentum wave on their side heading to the Class 2A weightlifting championships with dominant totals and …
The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-One Number Different

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
Clay County students earn degrees at St. Johns River State College
ORANGE PARK – St. Johns River State College celebrated its Spring Commencement on May 7, honoring the students who earned their … Read More
Jumbo Shrimp ballpark job fairs set for May 13 and 19
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are continuing to build their team with baseball back underway at 121 Financial … Read More
Community Briefs 4/6/21
CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet April 29 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of … Read More
Clay County Council on Aging gives $250,000 to Reinhold Foundation
CLAY COUNTY -- Clay County Council on Aging, Inc. Board of Directors President, Tina Clary presents George M Egan, Trustee of the Paul … Read More
By the numbers
19,150 Positive cases reported 335 Deaths 36,563 Full vaccinations given 1,122 Positive student cases reported in … Read More
Vietnam Veterans of America to award scholarships
CLAY COUNTY – Vietnam Veterans of America Col. William G. Byrns Clay County Chapter 1059 is offering two $1,000 scholarships to … Read More
This Week In History 4/8/21
Five years ago, 2016• State allocates $1 million to support Academies of Clay programs in the school district.• Quigley House … Read More
Business Briefs 4/8/21
OPMC selects Kathy Neely as Chief Nursing OfficerFor Clay TodayORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center, an HCA Healthcare … Read More
Atlantic Logistics selects Grant Sweeting as controller
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Atlantic Logistics, one of the fastest growing logistics companies in the United States announced Grant Sweeting … Read More
BASCA $2,500 giveaway
Want a chance to win a $2,500 gift certificate to Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island and help individuals with intellectual and … Read More
Crime News
Police Briefs: State to seek death penalty for man accused of dumping Fleming Island woman in landfill
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The state will try to put a Fleming Island contractor on Florida’s Death Row for killing an unhappy customer … Read More
Police Briefs 4/29/21
CCSO: Man caught after having online relationship with girl, 13 ORANGE PARK – A 20-year-old man was arrested April 20 after the … Read More
Arrests & Bookings 4/29/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Arrests and Bookings 4/22/21
(Name, age, location of arrest, charges). Key: FTA-Failure to Appear; DWLSR-Driving Without a License-Suspended or Revoked; … Read More
Police Briefs 4/22/21
Woman caught with underwear filled with drugs at the jailORANGE PARK – A woman being booked for a traffic warrant now faces a … Read More
Police Briefs 4/15/21
Man turns himself in following deadly hit-and-run crash CLAY HILL – A 38-year-old Middleburg man was arrested after a head-on … Read More
Calendar 5/6/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet May 6 at 10 a.m. in the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove …

Community Calendar 4/8/21

CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURE FAIR: Is April 1-11, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 2497 State Highway 16, Green Cove Springs. ORANGE PARK WOMEN’S CLUB THRIFT STORE: is open April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 …

Calendar 4/1/21

ORANGE PARK ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: will meet April 1 at 4 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: will meet on April 1 at 6 p.m. at …

Calendar 3/25/21

CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March 25 at 10 a.m. at the Zoning Department Conference Room, third floor of Administration Building, 477 Houston St., in Green Cove …

Calendar 3/18/21

LAKE REGION KIWANIS: will meet on March 18 at 6 p.m. at Clyde’s Cozy Corner Café, 195 S. Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, at 6 p.m. CLAY COUNTY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: will meet on March …