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Clay Today 6/15/23


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In this issue

  • Faith walk: He’s a Good, Good Father

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    Billy Graham once said, “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” I believe that is absolutely true! Fathers …

  • IKO confirms plans for $270 million shingle plant in Maxville by 2026

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    WILMINGTON, Del. – IKO, a global industry leader in the roofing, waterproofing and insulation industry, confirmed its plan to construct a new manufacturing campus in Maxville. Construction of …

  • Middleburg’s Dionysius continues 123-year tradition of service under the sea

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    KINGS BAY, Ga. – Submariners make up only 10% of the U.S. Navy’s personnel, but they play a critical role in carrying out one of the Defense Department’s most important missions: strategic …

  • Construction enters second stage for Black Creek Restoration Project

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Lake Region residents have patiently waited for the Black Creek Project to become a reality for nearly 40 years. After years of planning and discussing, the project is already …

  • Police Briefs 6/15/23

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    Man charged with murder after argument ends with shooting ORANGE PARK – An argument on June 10 between two men ended with one dead and the other in the Clay County Jail facing second-degree …

  • Arrests & Bookings 6/15/23

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    (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 …

  • Clay County to consider building a Southern Rock museum

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A packed room at the Clay County Administration hosted three unique subcommittee meetings Tuesday – Film Development, Grants, and a new Southern Rock Initiative. Kimberly …

  • Calendar 6/15/23

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    WORKING MAN’S BASS TOURNAMENT: will be on June 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 County Road 220 on Fleming Island. Guaranteed $500 prize to the winning two-person team. Call Daniel …

  • Road rage

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    LAKE ASBURY – Traffic shutdown at the intersection of Sandridge and Henley roads has separated multiple neighborhoods, has caused a traffic nightmare and made it extremely difficult for residents …

  • Worth the wait ...

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Dann Fann flinches every time his cellphone pings with a message. He believes good news is inevitable, but the wait to know when Gov. Ron DeSantis will sign the 2023-24 …

  • Legislative wrap-up touts Florida’s role as ‘epicenter’ of national policies

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    ORANGE PARK – With one of the most productive legislative sessions behind them, Florida Rep. Bobby Payne and Sen. Jennifer Bradley provided highlights during the Clay Chamber of Commerce’s annual …

  • Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience opens in Jacksonville

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    JACKSONVILLE – Egypt officially made its way to Jacksonville, bringing new discoveries and elaborate experiences. Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience is open and seeks to give guests a …

  • Clay Eye offering revolutionary IC-8 Apthera Lens Implants

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    CLAY COUNTY – Dr. Donald Downer was recently the first physician in North Florida to perform a successful IC-8 Apthera Lens Implant. This lens is the first of its kind. “I’m always excited …

  • Two owls inspire former Superintendent Ben Wortham

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    ORANGE PARK – For Clay County Supertindant Ben Wortham and his wife, Sylvia, noticed two owls recently sitting in a willow tree near their sunroom. Their backyard is next to a lake and wetlands. …

  • Brick Oven thanks customers with party during 10-year anniversary

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    FLEMING ISLAND – Brick Oven Pizzeria & Gastropub has been serving up meals to residents for a decade, and last Sunday was their day to say thank you. “[We’ve] gone through 10 wonderful …

  • Bass for Cash

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    FLEMING ISLAND – Boats lined the docks of Whitey’s Fish Camp last Thursday at 4:45 p.m., preparing to launch in search of prized trophy bass. Thrity-one vessels searched the waters of Doctors …

  • Clay County Chamber, Impact Clay form new Trustee partnership

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    CLAY COUNTY – The new partnership will increase professional networking opportunities for Impact Clay’s helping organizations and create a stronger working bond between the business community, …

  • Jumpin' & Jivin' Juneboree

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Austin James finds peace when the volume is turned up, the windows rattle and the walls shake. The 13-year-old from Orange Park doesn’t just play guitar. He lives it. He …

  • Keystone man pens book on consistent Jui-Jitsu training methods

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    CLAY COUNTY – Jordan Hix, a Keystone Heights native, University of Florida graduate and U.S. Naval officer, published his book, “Rapid Growth in Grappling: How To Use The Principles of Deliberate …

  • Community Briefs 6/15/23

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    24-hour ScriptCenter prescription kiosk opens at Naval Hospital Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE – Naval Hospital Jacksonville now has a 24-hour ScriptCenter prescription kiosk. The kiosk is just one …

  • Father’s Day a constant reminder of lessons learned from my dad

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    Other than stories of being hot and chafed during his entire deployment, my father never talked much about being in Vietnam. That all changed when we drove to Charlotte in 1988 to visit his …

  • County’s passport to history includes intriguing stops, stories, sites

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    CLAY COUNTY – If you want to get outside for some family fun this summer, look no further than Clay County’s History Passport Program. The program, a partnership between the county, the Clerk …

  • Obituaries 6/15/23

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    Rosemary Hager Rosemary Hager of Orange Park, Florida passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023. She was born August 18, 1949 in Montgomery, Alabama to Norbert and Mary Louise Vonderhaar. She was one of …

  • This Week in History 6/15/23

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    Five years ago, 2018 • The school board agrees to place resource officers in all junior and senior high schools by the end of 2019. • Clay Youth Connection, which addresses housing …

  • College Briefs 6/15/23

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    Fleming Island’s Burson earns degree from Alabama TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Heather Burson of Fleming Island received the following degree(s) from The University of Alabama: Master of Science in …

  • Southern Social hosts arm wrestling extravaganza

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    ORANGE PARK - A trip down County Road 220 for a beer and a burger would have been delayed Saturday afternoon at the Southern Social Whisky Bar as nearly 250 Popeye-looking athletes converged on the …

  • FIHS Parker using some wrestling tactics on gridiron

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    FLEMING ISLAND - Fleming Island High football head coach Chad Parker was instructing his summer practice athletes on a bit of wrestling tactics Monday afternoon with the intent of teaching some body …

  • NFSA hosts Elites of soccer

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    ORANGE PARK - St. Johns Country Day School girls soccer coach Mike Pickett strides in and out of soccer drills amongst 40-50 elite level athletes at his recent summer Elite Soccer Camp endlessly …

  • Fleming Island soccer, trackster Surgeoner back on track

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    FLEMING ISLAND - A recognizable face has been roaming the Fleming Island High football practice fields and it’s not a former gridiron great, but one of the school’s finest track and soccer female …

  • Franks’ surge wins Pies 5K

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    JACKSONVILLE - A thunderstorm and 30 minute delay may have caused some anxiety among the elite runners of the Run For the Pies 5K staged Saturday night in downtown Jacksonville, but it was patience …

  • Ridgeview’s summer plans: Remain connected, bonded

    Thursday, June 15, 2023

    ORANGE PARK – It’s a bond like no other. As the Ridgeview Panthers embark on the 2023-2024 season, the focus for the team is to keep the bond between them on and off the field. One of the …