903 pounds of unwanted drugs destroyed in Northeast Florida
CLAY COUNTY – The Drug Take Back event last week resulted in 15.7 pounds of expired, unused or unwanted medications in Clay County.
Overall, 903 pounds of drugs were collected in Clay, Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties. Duval led the way with 443 pounds, followed by St. Johns with 360 and Nassau with 84.5 pounds.
“I want to say thank you to all the people in Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau Counties who cleaned out their medicine cabinets. Too many children are getting poisoned with prescription and non-prescription medicine because it is readily available in the home. Getting rid of medication that is no longer needed takes the threat out of the home,” Florida Poison Information Center-Jacksonville Director Dawn Sollee said.
Drug Takebacks are held on the last Saturday of April and October each year. Between events, you can find a location near you to drop off medication for safe disposal by visiting floridapoisoncontrol.org.
Best-selling author, illustrator Nathan Hale coming to GCS Library
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Nathan Hale, a New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, will spend the day on Nov. 12 at the Green Cove Springs Library.
No registration is required and a live drawing and storytelling will start at 10 a.m. Recommended ages for attendees are between 9-13.
Hale is known for his “Hazardous Tales.” He also illustrated the graphic novel “Rapunzel's Revenge,” which was an Al's Book Club for Kids selection, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Hale then will talk about creating comics from 1-2 p.m. and again from 3-4. Registration is required for the creating comics portion of the program. For the 1-2 presentation, visit claycountygov.libcal.com/ event/9677469, and for the 3-4 program, visit claycountygov.libcal.com/ event/9677680.
Every student who attends will receive a free book, while supplies last, for Hale to sign. The event, which will happen at 403 Ferris St., is sponsored by the Friends of the GCS Library.
Thrasher-Horne hosting library job fair on Nov. 18
ORANGE PARK – The Northeast Florida Library Information Network will host a library job fair on Nov. 18 at the Trasher-Horne Center on the St. Johns River State College campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Clay County Public Library system will be joined by Jacksonville, Putnam and St. Johns public libraries, and academic libraries from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Flagler College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, SJR State College and the University of North Florida at the fair.
Staff will be available to speak regarding opportunities available at their libraries. Positions require a high school diploma or a graduate degree.
For more information, visit neflin.org/jobfair.
Vineyard’s Boston butt fundraiser to limit reservations to 600 orders
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Vinyard Transitional Center is accepting reservations for its annual Boston butt fundraiser to earn money for the nonprofit group that provides a halfway house where as many as 32 Clay County Jail inmates can learn skills and find stability before transitioning back into society.
Each butt costs $35 and can be picked up on Nov. 18 and 19. This year’s fundraiser will be limited to the first 600 orders, according to Pastor John Sanders.
To order a Boston butt, visit John Sanders’ Facebook page, or call Sanders at (904) 305-4641, Joseph Smith at (904) 343-1869 or Amy Brownfield at (904) 465-6923. Carter Q Catering will do the smoking, along with volunteers James Padgett, Jimmie Weeks and Bill Clayton.
BCC to conduct public workshop ahead of Impact Fee vote
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners of Clay County will hold a workshop to discuss Impact Fees on Monday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the BCC Meeting Room, fourth floor, Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston Str.
All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard at the meeting. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, a person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the meeting of the Board or any subsequent meeting to which the Board has continued its deliberations is advised that such person will need a record of all proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of all proceeding is made, which must include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
According to the Americans With Disabilities Act, any person needing a special accommodation to participate in this matter should contact the Clay County ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1366, Green Cove Springs, 32043, or by calling (904) 269-6376, no later than three days before the meeting for which this notice has been given. Hearing-impaired persons can access the foregoing telephone number by contacting the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8770 for voice or (800) 955-8771 for TDD.
Veterans get free race at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in November
JACKSONVILLE – All active military and veterans will be able to enjoy a complimentary race during November at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Events at 6601 Executive Park Ct. in Jacksonville.
The karting and gaming facility is making the offer because “We didn’t think one day was enough for our heroes, so we decided to make the free race available all month,” said managing partner David Larson.
Riders must have a valid military ID card, and the offer isn’t available on Friday, Nov. 25.
For more information, call (904) 425-5005.
Volunteers needed for Green Cove Springs Christmas Parade
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs Business League is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.
The annual event will start at 6 p.m. at Houston Street on Orange Avenue and end on Walnut Street.
The parade is billed as the largest nighttime parade in Northeast Florida and the second-largest event (to the Clay County Agriculture Fair) in the county.
This year’s theme is Super Heroes.
To volunteer or for more information, visit gcsbl.com/parade.
GCSPD looking for public input ahead of next Strategic Plan
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Residents, business owners and anyone with a vested interest in the city are encouraged to attend the Strategic Plan Community Meeting for the police department on Nov. 16 from 6-7 p.m. at the police department.
Chief John Guzman will present his five-year plan and he would like to hear comments and opinions before it is implemented as part of the final strategic plan for 2023-2027.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Victoria at (904) 297-7322 or visit email@example.com
Fleming Island Garden Club offers Environmental Studies Scholarship
FLEMING ISLAND – The Garden Club of Fleming Island wishes to assist a graduating student of Fleming Island High who plans on pursuing a career in environmental studies, forestry, horticulture, agriculture, marine sciences or a related field a $500 scholarship.
The graduating student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have chosen a college to attend. Interested students should contact their guidance counselor for the application form. The deadline is April 15.
Florida’s Morrisroe’s work to be featured at SJRSC’s Palatka campus
PALATKA – University of Florida Professor in the School of Art and Art History Julia Morrisroe’s current project, “Good Life,” will be on display at St. Johns River State College’s Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery on the St. Johns River State College campus in Palatka.
Julia Morrisroe’s current project was developed from an examination into the question of how the “Good Life” is enshrined in public art and commemorative monuments. The question framed a course Morrisroe was teaching that delved into the fraught history regarding confederate monuments, which was brought to national attention by the white nationalist's attack in Charlottesville, the visit of Richard Spencer to the University of Florida and the removal of a confederate monument from a local county courthouse.
“This research resonates with my long interest in medieval religious iconography and how images are used to embed meaning in culture,” Morrisroe said. “With over 700 monuments still standing in public spaces, I consider how monuments can become vehicles for transformation rather than agents of oppression and tyranny.”
The exhibit runs through Dec. 1.
After-school programs underway at Augusta Savage Museum and Mentoring Center
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Although classes already have started, officials at the Augusta Savage Museum and Mentoring Center are still accepting students for its after-school programs.
Classes include Art Workshop with Barbara Cornett on Thursdays (through Dec. 15), Introduction in Dance by Leslee Bryan on Tuesdays (through May 25), Dress for Success by Felecia Hampshire on Thursdays (through Nov. 10), Reading Tutoring by Cynthia Reese on Wednesdays (through November), Math Tutoring by Lucy Conrad on Tuesdays or Thursdays (through May), Counselor Tammy Rowson on Tuesdays, Dance by La’Farrah Davis on Mondays (through May 25).
More classes may be added to accommodate enrollment.
For required registration forms, visit greencovesprings.com/AugustaSavageMuseumandMentoring Center.
Clay Soil and Water Conservation District looking for supervisors
CLAY COUNTY – The Clay Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking people who wish to consider serving as Supervisors effective January 2023.
Supervisors are elected serving two-to-four years each term, but the two unfilled seats shall be appointed by the other three Supervisors according to State Statutes.
After the passing of Senate Bill 1078, the District is seeking anybody who is an eligible voter residing in Clay County and meets one of the following: actively engaged in, or retired after 10 years of being engaged in, agriculture as defined in Florida Statutes 570.02; employed by an agricultural producer; own, lease, or actively employed on land classified as agriculture under Florida Statutes 193.461.
Shred For Good: Challenge Enterprises offers shredding drop-off
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Shred for Good hosts Residential Shred Drop-Off events for the benefit of individuals that don’t have an ongoing need for regular shredding service. During the drop-off events every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, participants may deposit their sensitive documents in secure and locked bins at 3530 Enterprise Way in Green Cove Springs. The bins are then securely transported to the Shred for Good facility, where it is destroyed.
After a six-month shutdown for the pandemic, Shred for Good rolled out a rebooted Residential Shred Drop Off Program in October 2020. On the first day, 92 households were able to destroy 5,116 pounds of sensitive materials in just two hours. Each one of these events is focused on convenience for the consumer and streamlined processes for the staff.
Residential consumers now follow the signs to the drop zone, complete a short form, donate and drive away without ever having to leave their vehicle. To save even more time, both the form and donation have been made available in advance online.
The average household drops off about 55 pounds and donates $14 a visit. Considering that most drop-off shred sites charge more than $.50 a pound; the Shred for Good’s Residential Shred Drop-Off Program at $.26/pound is a cost-effective alternative for the community it serves.
Business and Commercial Customers please call (904) 252-9786 to schedule a pickup using one of our secure bins.
Thrasher-Horne puts show memorabilia on sale
ORANGE PARK – Signed posters, flyers and banners from recent acts at the Thrasher-Horne Center are on sale at the center’s box office at 483 College Dr. in Orange Park.
The money will go to the Thrasher-Horne Center Annual Fund to provide financial assistance for future programs.
Included in the items are items from Aaron Lewis, comedian Bill Engvall, The Highwaymen, Electric Light Orchestra Experience, LeAnn Rimes, the Oak Ridge Boys, Michael W. Smith, Pete the Cat, Ricky Nelson Remembered and The Young Irelanders.
Items range from $25 to $100, and they can only be picked up at the center.
For more information, call (904) 276-6815 or visit thcenter.org.
Clay County looking to fill several job openings
CLAY COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners is looking for a few good people – make that a lot of good people.
The county posted several job openings, including animal control officer, building inspector, deputy director of engineering, engineering specialist, equipment operator, firefighter/EMT, grants administration analyst, grounds maintenance technician, HVAC technician, kennel attendant, laborer, permit services technician, veterans’ services officer and 4-H young development extension agent (apply through the University of Florida).
For more information, click the Career Opportunities tab on the county’s website, www.claycountygov.com.