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Be on the lookout for Richard Lee Williams

The Clay County Sheriff's Office needs the community's help in locating 11-year-old Richard Lee Williams. Richard was last seen in the Campo Drive area of Keystone Heights around 5 p.m. Friday …

JJ Harris resigns as president of Clay County Economic Development Corporation

FLEMING ISLAND – The Clay County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of President, JJ Harris, who is leaving to manage family responsibilities and …

OPMC earns top Guidelines Recognitions awards for heart care

ORANGE PARK – For the fifth consecutive year, Orange Park Medical Center earns numerous American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Recognition Awards. …

Incident Management Team responds in time of need

CLAY COUNTY – Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm and left a path of destruction, ravaging communities. In the aftermath, an incident management team or “IMT” …

Green Cove Springs Chief of Police Derek Asdot laid to rest

ORANGE PARK – Law enforcement and the Clay County Community, particularly Green Cove Springs, paid their respects to Derek Asdot Wednesday morning before he was laid to rest. The Chief of Police in …

Community Paramedicine Program to attack drug addiction from three directions

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – It was coincidental the day Clay County unveiled its proactive community paramedicine program was the 52-year anniversary – Oct. 4 – of Janis Joplin’s death of a heroin …

Mission to end foster care crisis expanding in Clay County area

CLAY COUNTY – Florida families are in crisis. In Clay County, 344 children have been removed from their parents and were living in out-of-home care as of Aug. 31. More than 58% of those children …

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Orange Park Fall Festival returns for its 39th year this week

ORANGE PARK – The oldest and largest arts and crafts festival in Clay County will return this weekend to Orange Park Town Hall. The Orange Park Fall Festival will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 …

Clay Chamber issues awards, inducts next board at Gala

ORANGE PARK – The Clay Chamber inducted its board last week, including Geraldine C. Hartin, General Council of Hamilton and Hartin, P.A., Bob Olson of the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center, Darin …

Clay County community calendar

ORANGE PARK PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD: will meet Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at Town Council Meeting Chambers, 2042 Park Ave. GREATER ORANGE PARK OPEN 400: will offer a satellite tournament on Oct. 15 at 2 …

Golf Fore Education tournament helps empowers educators, students

From left, the first place winning team Michael Rathjen, Anthony Stacy, Kyle Coleman baby Nora Buchanan and Walker Buchanan were the winners of the first Clay Education Foundation fundraising golf …

Cala Vida in full swing at Spring Park

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The popular Cala Vida Music and Arts Festival is being celebrated around Spring Park this week, winding down to a big Saturday finale. Thursday marks the return of Bluegrass at …

Oakleaf march away with four first-place awards at Fleming Island Golden Eagle Classic

FLEMING ISLAND – The Oakleaf High band won Grand Champion honors with four first-place awards and two seconds to become one of eight to qualify for the state championships at last Saturday’s …

H2O puts a kiss on fans’ lips at Thrasher-Horne Center

CLAY TODAY – Despite diminishing worries about COVID-19 that still linger in Clay County, the Thrasher Horne Center’s season continues to present fantastic shows. Their most recent performance …

Trick and treatment at Orange Park Medical Center

ORANGE PARK – Halloween spirit is in the air at Orange Park Medical Center. Bridgestone HosePower of Orange Park stopped by the hospital to donate 50 decorated pumpkins to staff. This is the second …

Smooth or chunky, Clay spreading the word on Peanut Butter Challenge

CLAY COUNTY – The UF/IFAS Clay County Extension Office is joining the ninth annual Peanut Butter Challenge that’s being celebrated throughout Florida. The challenge is their way of combatting …

Cathie Parrott honored with the FDOT’s Garry Balogh award

PENNEY FARMS – Cathie Parrott, the driving force in the byway community serving many roles including secretary, grants coordinator and most recently byway administrator, was given the Garry Balogh …

H2O puts a kiss on fans’ lips at Thrasher-Horne Center

CLAY TODAY – Despite diminishing worries about COVID-19 that still linger in Clay County, the Thrasher Horne Center’s season continues to present fantastic shows. Their most recent performance …
Faith Walk: God is Good (All the Time)

Remember the fruit of the spirit can grow in our lives every day. Would the world be a better place if each of us had more of this fruit? 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in …

Faith Walk: A plan from God

My youngest grandson is 13 years old. He just had a birthday on September 1 when he turned 13. It is obvious to the spiritual members of my family that he is a special young man in many ways. He …

Faith Walk: Do we have an Identity Crisis?

Where do we find our identity? If you were an NFL star making lots of money, you would probably find your identity in fame, wealth, and athletic talent. Not Cooper Kupp, wide receiver for the Los …

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 …

Community First Credit Union

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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
Ocktoberfest in September and the many other things I don’t understand I don’t know who this “Spam” person is, but I’m tired of him calling me. I’m getting as many as 10 calls listed as “Potential Spam” on my cellphone every day. Most seem to come from …
Letter to the Editor: Friends of Keystone Heights High focusing on helping Fine Arts Department Editor: Friends of Keystone Heights High is a group that was formed in 2020 to help support various programs at the school, and the organization currently is assisting the Fine Arts …
Parkland safety commission coming to end, concern for students continues The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission sunsets next year. The state’s schools are safer since bullets ripped through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that fateful …
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 …
Florida Dems concerned with COVID-19 protocols ahead of next session Democratic leadership is concerned the House’s COVID-19 protocols for committee weeks aren’t strong enough, and at least one key member fears it could lead to an outbreak. Miami Lakes Rep. …

New wrinkle: Clay passing game erupts

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - As the Clay Blue Devils football team hosted the Gainesville Eastside Rams, late in the game, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration showed up at C.B. Bowles stadium …

Indians 7-0

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Numbers three and four of the vaunted “Four Horsemen” running backfield of the Keystone Heights High football team got their chance to lug the rock Friday night with similar …

Junior High Action 10/14/21

Freytag churns and burns, but Broncos just short

MIDDLEBURG - Two touchdowns from speedy receiver Caleb Freytag and a furious second half rally could not save Middleburg from falling 35-32 to visiting Jacksonville Episcopal in a non-district game …

Student Sports Photo Action

Reilly Hurley, a student and swimmer in the Fleming Island High photography class of Laura Anderson, contributed her best sports photos thus far from fall action with, top left, ground level football …

Knotts stamps season as major turnaround

JACKSONVILLE - Fleming Island High sophomore cross country runner Allie Knotts has had some surprisingly good results this season with a topper; a personal best time under 20 minutes and the top area …

Fleming Island places third at Fletcher golf invite

ATLANTIC BEACH - Fleming Island High freshman golfer Dylan Frein got the top spot for the Golden Eagles who finished third at the Fletcher Invitational held Wed., Sept. 30 at Atlantic Beach Golf …

Ridgeview Panthers achieve 5A top spot

ORANGE PARK - Fleming Island High first year volleyball coach Jamie Reed inherited a graduation-depleted stellar lineup with just one starting returner; though with an injury, and the result has been …
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
Trick and treatment at Orange Park Medical Center
ORANGE PARK – Halloween spirit is in the air at Orange Park Medical Center. Bridgestone HosePower of Orange Park stopped by the … Read More
This Week In History 10/14/21
Five years ago, 2016• County residents are left with downed trees and power lines after Hurricane Matthew skirts the Florida East … Read More
Community Briefs 10/7/21
Golden Eagle Classic marches to Fleming Island on SaturdayFLEMING ISLAND – With 23 high school marching bands already on the … Read More
Clay County Humane Society gets $10,000 from Pars for Paws
OAKLEAF – The Clay County Humane Society earned $10,000 from its Annual “Pars for Paws” Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 4, at … Read More
This Week In History 10/7/21
Five years ago, 2016• Residents on Lewis Drive near the Green Cove Dragway said the county appraiser’s office told them their … Read More
College Briefs 9/30/21
Green Cove Springs’ Bridges earns doctorate degreeSUWANEE, Ga. – Kathleen E. Bridges of Green Cove Springs was among 130 students … Read More
LifeSouth Community Blood Center opens in Clay County
FLEMING ISLAND – Representatives from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers celebrated the opening of its first donation center in Clay … Read More
Jacksonville Marine gives Safe Animal Shelter of Clay County $25,000 donation
CLAY COUNTY – Jacksonville Marine through a partnership with the Bill & Kristin Fenech Foundation and Barletta Pontoon Boats has … Read More
Delegates return to American Legion following state meeting
MIDDLEBURG – During the recent American Legion Post 250 of Middleburg’s monthly membership meeting, the 2021 American Legion Post … Read More
Crime News

Arrests & Bookings 10/14/21

(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 …

Arrests & Bookings 10/7/21

(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 10/7/21

CCSO: Man charged with attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend’s fatherOAKLEAF – A 25-year-old man was arrested after he shot the father of his girlfriend while she packed her …

Police Briefs 9/30/21

Orange Park man arrested for secretly recording, sending child pornographyORANGE PARK – A man was arrested after he secretly recorded a 15-year-old girl in various stages of dress without her …

Arrests & Bookings 9/30/21

(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 …

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 …
Clay County community calendar

FREE GENEALOGY CLASSES: will be held on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Orange Park Senior Center, 414 Stowe Ave. For more information, called Bill at (904) 803-6312. SENIORS TOBACCO CESSATION CLASSES: …

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 …