Clay County

Clay County Names Street For Orange Park Woman Who Championed POW/MIA Flag

Sep 17, 2021
Florida Times-Union

In a house in Orange Park, Mary Helen Hoff thought half a century ago about how she and others could show that service members missing or captive in the Vietnam War were in their thoughts.

Orange Park Medical Center

As the coronavirus surge continues in Northeast Florida, hospitals in Clay County  — where the vaccination rate is just 33%  — are getting slammed. 

Keystone Beach along Lake Geneva is pictured. Signed agreements are expected to improve Lake Geneva's water level.
St. Johns River Water Management District

Keystone Heights residents are a step closer to seeing their parched lakefront properties restored to healthier water levels.

Concept design of Orange Park Medical Center's planned $14.4 million emergency center in Clay County.
Orange Park Medical Center

Orange Park Medical Center announced Tuesday its planning to build a $14.4 million emergency center in Southwest Clay County.

For rent sign
Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Clay County residents having trouble paying their rent because of the coronavirus pandemic now have another opportunity to apply for emergency assistance after the application portal reopened on July 1.

A file photo of a cyclist competing in the 2020 Road Cycling World Championships in Imola, Italy.
Andrew Medichini / ASSOCIATED PRESS

More than 400 young cyclists are coming to Clay County Thursday, June 24, for the four-day 2021 USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals.

Orange Park Mall's Owner Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Jun 15, 2021
Orange Park Mall
Jacksonville Daily Record

Washington Prime Group Inc., owner of the Orange Park Mall and 100 other retail properties, filed a “prearranged” Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition June 13.

Wikimedia Commons

A park on Clay County’s Fleming Island is being named to commemorate the crash of a Navy warplane and honor the lives lost on Fleming Island 70-years-ago this week. 

The Orange Park Medical Center

The next phase phase of construction at the Orange Park Medical Center will include two new inpatient units that will add 48 private patient rooms and a new 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU).

GreenPointe Developers, LLC

Another master-planned First Coast community has been announced amidst a red-hot housing market.

Clay County District Schools

Green Cove Springs Junior High Principal Jennifer Pryor Halter has been chosen by the Florida Department of Education as the state’s 2021 Principal of the Year.

FHP: 3 Dead In Small Plane Crash In Clay County

Apr 28, 2021
A plane went down at the end of Carter Spencer Road in Middleburg on Tuesday.

Three people died Wednesday morning when a small plane went down off Violet Way at the end of Carter Spencer Road in Middleburg, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels

A mound of evidence that will be used in the case against former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels was released Tuesday.

Clay County Fire Rescue

Clay County Fire Rescue and the Orange Park Fire Department battled an overnight blaze at St. Simon Baptist Church in the 1300 block of Miller Street.

FPL's  Coral Farms Solar Energy Center in Putnam County is pictured.

Florida Power & Light on Friday filed a four-year rate plan that would lead to most customers seeing gradual increases in their monthly bills, with the utility saying the proposal would allow it to “continue focusing on ways to deliver low-cost electricity.”

Vote Here sign

The Municipal Super Tuesday Election for Keystone Heights and Orange Park is set for Tuesday, April 13.

Drivers on northbound I-295 at the Buckman Bridge will see multi-lane closures this weekend as crews shift traffic to move into a new phase of construction, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Vaccine being administered.

Clay and St. Johns counties announced Wednesday that more COVID vaccine appointments will soon be available after they received more doses.

Clay County Begins Scheduling New Appointments At 3 p.m. Wednesday

Clay County Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health in Clay County have received 1,950 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine and will begin accepting vaccination appointments on Wednesday, January 20, at 3 p.m. 


Ascension St. Vincent’s is holding a COVID-19 vaccination event on Monday, Jan. 18, for Clay County residents age 65 and older, which the hospital said filled up shortly after the event was announced Friday morning.

A man receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Clay County is not taking any more COVID-19 vaccination appointments until another shipment of shots comes in.

Clay County Schools Guardian Arrested For Cocaine Possession

Dec 15, 2020
Clay County Sheriff's Office

A Clay County Schools guardian has been charged and arrested for possession of cocaine.

Clay County Public Library System

Kids and parents in Clay County can try a new outdoor activity that blends reading and walking.

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.