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Spotlight: Clay County Schools

Tools 4 Clay Schools: A shop for teachers where everything is free

ORANGE PARK — During any school year, teachers spend an average of $600-$750 on classroom materials. To help ease that burden, the Clay Education Foundation founded Tools 4 Clay Schools to donate …
According to the newest edition of the Student Family Handbook 2024-2025,  students can't use a wireless communication device during instructional time except when expressly directed by a teacher solely for educational purposes.
CLAY COUNTY —  The next school year begins on Aug. 13, and students throughout Clay County District Schools will be greeted with new rules regulating cellphone use. Students may continue to …
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Department of Education: School district still making the grade

Based on the Department of Education's FAST Assessment tests, Clay County District Schools remains one of the Top 10-performing districts in the state.

CLAY COUNTY – According to the Florida Department of Education, the Clay County District Schools continue to make the grade. According to figures released in the Florida Assessment of Student …

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DOH detects harmful algae toxins in Doctors Lake

CLAY COUNTY —  The Florida Department of Health in Clay County has issued an alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algae toxins in Doctors Lake-Magnolia Road.  The alert comes …

911 outages in Clay County

There are intermittent 911 outages across Clay County, and if residents cannot reach 911, please use the non-emergency number for Clay County Fire Rescue, listed below. I've also …
The center will also be offering microchipping services and access to a small pharmacy.

Mobile veterinary offers low-cost vaccines and preventative care for pets

CLAY COUNTY — Down Home Veterinary Wellness wants to make being a pet-parent easier. On July 21, the licensed and fully mobile veterinary center will be making a stop in three areas of the county …
CCSO Marine Deputy Brooks Morrell

Sheriff's NET Town Hall examines boater safety, new body cameras

FLEMING ISLAND—At Thursday evening’s Sheriff’s Neighborhood Engagement Team Town Hall, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office gave residents an inside look at some key components of their job, …
With an indoor heated pool, Shapira said the school offers swimming lessons regardless of the weather.

Two-time Olympian opens new swim school on Fleming Island

FLEMING ISLAND - A new swim school opened on Fleming Island last weekend.  Located on Village Square Parkway, AQUAfin Swim School plans to make a "splash" in the lives of everyone in the …
The rock wall portion of the adventure course

New adventure course takes Camp Immokalee to new heights

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS —  When Camp Director Richard Bombach  first stepped foot on the campgrounds two years ago, he first noticed the trees — the towering live oaks draped in curtains of …

Proposed millage rate of 5.7000 for Orange Park

ORANGE PARK —  The total taxable value of all properties in Orange Park was assessed in 2024 to be $855,587,043 — an increase of 6.48% since last year.  An increase in property …

Huntley Commerce project finally gets green light by city council

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — After nearly 10 months of back-and-forth negotiating and studies, the City Council on Tuesday finally approved the 112-acre Huntley Commerce on the southeast corner of U.S. …

Edwards seeks to spread awareness, educate youth about domestic violence

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Quigley House selected Julia Edwards as its newest executive on Jan. 8. A Jacksonville native, Edwards secured many leadership positions throughout her career. Helping …
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Obituaries
Arthur M. Schueler, Jr.
Arthur M. Schueler, Jr.
Arthur M. Schueler, Jr., was born and raised in the greater Detroit, Michigan area and lived in Orange Park, FL for fifty years. Arthur was well-known in his hometown for his exceptional …
Joan Wade Jennings Norton
Mrs. Joan Wade Jennings Norton, a lifelong resident of Green Cove Springs, Fl, died on June 11, 2024.   She was 92 years old. Mrs. Norton was a beloved schoolteacher at the elementary, …
Terry Jack Carlisle
Terry Jack Carlisle
Terry Jack Carlisle, age 76, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 6, 2024.  Terry was born in Palatka, Florida on October 14, 1947. …
Donna R. Lyda
Donna R. Lyda, 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 24, 2024, at Orange Park Rehabilitation and Nursing in Orange Park, Florida. Donna was born on June 30, 1947, to the late Lewis E. Clark and …
Donna R. Lyda
Donna R. Lyda, 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 24, 2024, at Orange Park Rehabilitation and Nursing in Orange Park, Florida. Donna was born on June 30, 1947, to the late Lewis E. Clark and …
Crime & safety
Police briefs
ORANGE PARK – With the help of a confidential informant, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for possessing cocaine and two counts of sale and delivery of cocaine on July 12. …
MIDDLEBURG – A 31-year-old woman was arrested Monday, July 15, and charged with aggravated child neglect after her 4-year-old child had access to a handgun and accidentally shot herself in the hand …

Monday, July 15

Frankie Schreffler, 36, Green Cove Springs, VOP fraudulent use of credit cards

Darien Leigh Johns, 31, Middleburg, aggravated child neglect

Andrew A. Ables, 25, Keystone Heights, aggravated assault with intent to commit felony

Lyndon T. Johnson, 24, Middleburg, vandalism

Edwin V. Haire, 68, Orange Park, DUI

Joseph P. Kane, 41, Green Cove Springs, FTA petit theft

Racheal M. Shuman, 33, Middleburg, two counts forgery of bank bill/heck/draft/note

Jeanelle R. Dunn, 60, Keystone Heights, selling methamphetamine

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Middleburg volleyball champs taking on TRX

MIDDLEBURG - Local fitness icon Lynne Thode McWatters is one of those coaches who is deceivingly nice when she is pushing her customers into some thigh-burning leg thrusts or a plank that has a …

Oakleaf Athlete of the Year

OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High School's sports programs produced numerous outstanding finishes in the 2023-2024 seasons; state champion weightlifter, region baseball and softball finishes, boys and girls …
Pace Island and Timuquana swim clubs had their final meet of the summer season on Sat., July 13 in the First Coast Summer Swim League schedule and are now headed to Ponte Vedra Beach's Planet Swim …
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The Clay County YMCA – For A Better Community

First Coast YMCA-Our DayStar Program

At DayStar, we are committed to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential with dignity while providing individuals access to the unique support they need. Daystar is committed to providing …

Here's what's happening around Clay County

CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS will meet on May 14 at 4 p.m. in the BCC meeting room, fourth floor, at Administration Building, 477 Houston St. in Green Cove Springs. ORANGE PARK LIONS CLUB will …

Did you know?

Clay Today will test your knowledge weekly and provide interesting facts on various topics. This week, hockey in Florida. We have a new National Hockey League champion, and it is only six days short …

Word of the Week

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Swole : ( swōl ) an adjective  meaning  extremely muscular, in other words, a way to describe someone with a physique enhanced by bodybuilding exercises. "Her New Year’s resolution was …

Briefs

UF/FAS Gardening With Natives seminar on July 22

GREEN COVE SPRINGS —  Learn how to add native plants to your landscape to benefit your garden and nearby ecology with a seminar hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and …

Opinions & Viewpoints
Faith Walk

Listen Like Jesus

Pastor Billy Register

The attributes of Jesus are numerous and when applied to our lives are transformational. All of us could be better listeners. Jesus taught us how to be a good listener. Listening like Jesus involves …

This Week in History

Janice Kerekes ran for re-election to the Clay County District Schools school board to represent District 1 in Florida. She lost in the primary to Erin Skipper on August 23, 2022.

Five years ago, 2019 School Board Member Janice Kerekes urged the school board to sue the Board of County Commissioners. This was in response to the BCC denying the school board's request to hold a …

Columnists

Only the misinformed rely on social media, emails for news

The electronic sign in front of Whitey’s Fish Camp last Sunday didn’t promote its customary food or drink specials. It simply read: “We Are Open.” A staple of the Clay County food scene since …

Gather critical information before picking plastic surgeon

In the pursuit of beauty and self-enhancement, an increasing number of individuals are turning to plastic surgery. However, beneath the promise of transformation lies a darker reality: the alarming …

Don’t touch that dial! The WNBA is on!

I sat down with a basket of wings, ready to watch the NASCAR race with my buddies last week, when Tommy asked the server to change the channel, just as we’ve done every weekend of the racing …
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Everything is 'irie' at the Irie Diner

ORANGE PARK —  In Jamaican Patois, the word "irie" means "everything is nice."  As a popular Caribbean word, islanders say it all the time.  And in American dialect, the word "diner" …

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How does sleep affect the weight loss journey? We asked a husband-and-wife team of medical experts
(BPT) - As a sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Christopher J. Allen knows well the importance of sleep health, which is not only defined by the number of hours the individual sleeps, but also the …
Hurricane Beryl’s rapid intensification to Category 5 is alarming: Here’s why more tropical storms are exploding in strength
Hurricane Beryl hit the island of Carriacou, Grenada, on July 1, 2024, with 150 mph sustained winds. NOAA Hurricane Beryl was the latest Atlantic storm to rapidly intensify, growing quickly from …