Clay County

Clay County Sheriff's vehicle
Clay County Sheriff's Office

A former Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy has pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography.

Picture of the Orange Park Town Hall
Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

The Orange Park Town Council is deadlocked on who should fill the fifth and final council seat following the May departure of former Orange Park Mayor Connie Thomas. 

Outside of Clay County Jail, large grey building with multiple levels, the american flag and florida flag waving up above it.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A little more than a week after the Clay County Sheriff's Office confirmed its first positive COVID-19 cases in the Clay County Jail, the department says 156 of the inmates have tested positive.

Clay County fire truck parked next to some trees
Clay County Fire Rescue via Facebook

Clay County has a higher rate of opioid overdoses than the state average, according to county health department officials. Young people in the county have a higher chance of using heroin, marijuana and other drugs. 

To combat the dangerous trend, the Clay County Health Department is partnering with Clay County Fire Rescue and Clay Behavioral Health Care to launch a program aimed at curbing the amount of overdoses.

SRCS IOT Services

As more students and parents study and work from home due to the pandemic, reliable internet access is more critical than ever.

Boy, 13, Arrested For Threatening Shooting At Lake Asbury Junior High

Sep 2, 2020
Clay County Sheriff's Office / Via Facebook

A 13-year-old student has been arrested and accused of threatening to attack a Clay County school.

Photo of Michelle Cook being sworn in
Clay County Sheriff's Office

Clay County has its third Sheriff in the past three weeks, after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Republican Michelle Cook to take on the role, beginning immediately.

Michelle Cook
Cook Photo via Facebook / Sheriff's logo via Clay County Sheriff's Office

Former Atlantic Beach Chief of Police Michelle Cook has been elected Clay County sheriff, as write-in candidate Francis Bourrie withdraws from the race, according to the Clay County Supervisor of Elections.


After an investigation that went on for over a year, charges were filed against Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels on Thursday and he surrendered to authorities.

Black Lives Matter protesters in a single file line with signs moving down the sidewalk, cloudy skies
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A group of protesters marched in Fleming Island Wednesday afternoon, urging Fleming Island Plantation’s community and development district to change the neighborhood’s name. 


The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked protests around the world against systemic racism. It is also sparking fresh discussion about the use of the word “plantation.”

Orange Park Medical Center

On Monday, July 20, the Orange Park Medical Center will be opening an 18,200-square-foot expansion: a new cafeteria and kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining.

Facing a tough reelection campaign, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has released a new video where he stands in uniform with more than a dozen other members of the department, saying while his department will protect “your constitutional rights” for a peaceful protest or march, that lawlessness will not be tolerated.

Heather Huffman speaking at the podium next to a sign language interpreter. Inside of the Clay County board of commissioners room
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Clay County’s recently reported COVID-19 case numbers have been fluctuating in the state’s online database. 

Generic file photo of people voting
Tony Dejak / Associated Press file photo

The August 18 Florida Primary will be a big one in Clay County, with Sheriff, Clerk of the Court, and Superintendent of Schools among the local offices up for grabs, in addition to seats on the School Board and County Commission.

Clay Humane

Surveillance photos have documented someone stealing Clay Humane’s mobile unit with a blue pickup truck.

A small bridge crossing over a ravine that leads to the St. Johns in Green Cove Springs, trees and a gazebo in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

In their last planned COVID-19 update, Clay County officials announced that beginning in June, the Board of County Commissioners meetings will be held in person again. 

Former Clay County Sheriff's Office Deputy Travis Ryan Pritchard

Clay County Sheriff's Office Deputy Travis Ryan Pritchard, 36, is accused of having sex with a minor after his arrest on May 2.

Person getting tested for COVID-19, a health professional injecting into the person's arm
John Raoux / Associated Press

After more than a week of COVID-19 testing at different parks and centers throughout Clay County, the Department of Health will open a fixed testing operation. 

A food server wears a protective face mask as he delivers food to customers.
Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Leaders in Clay County are urging residents to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to help stop the spread of coronavirus as phase 1 of the county and state’s reopen plans move forward.

pallets of canned goods on a warehouse floor
Clay County Emergency Management

Food is available for Clay County families in need at several “pop-up” distribution sites.

Emergency Management Director John Ward speaking at the podium in front of the Clay County logo and two flags. Sign language interpreter next to him
Via Clay County Emergency Management Facebook

Clay County is additional testing sites as it begins its reopening.

Press conference, Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward at the podium with an interpreter, Clay County logo in the background, along with the Florida flag and U.S. flag
Via Clay County Emergency Management Facebook

At a Wednesday Clay County news conference, officials announced that seven of the 28 long-term facilities in the county now have confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Someone getting tested for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site, someone reaching into a car where a patient is, while dressed in a mask and gown and gloves.
John Raoux / Associated Press

Nursing homes and other so-called long-term care facilities in Northeast Florida are receiving help from a state emergency team to curb COVID-19 outbreaks. 

A police officer directing cars.
Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press

Leaders in Clay County are hoping to get back to “some sort of normalcy” by Memorial Day.


If you’ve shopped for toilet paper in Northeast Florida these past few weeks, you might be feeling desperate as you encounter empty store shelves.

Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward
Clay County Emergency Management

During a press conference Monday, Clay County officials stressed the importance of social distancing and said they were preparing for another six to eight weeks of taking precautions to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.

Alexandria Oaks Park with a gate, piece of paper saying 'park closed,' trees and greenery
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Updated: Some of the numbers in this story were updated on Sunday, April 5. 

A Friday update to the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard allows people to view the number of cases in each ZIP code. 

DC via AP

While the list of closures and social restrictions grows in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus, high school seniors in Clay County have fingers crossed that they’ll get to walk with their classmates this May.

Gloved hands putting a small object in some plastic
George Calin / Associated Press

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Florida residents has jumped to 42, with one confirmed in Duval County and another in Clay County as of Friday morning.