Clay County

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Clay County officials outlined their legislative priorities in a two-hour meeting of the area’s legislative delegation Tuesday.

Clay County Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambliss aired his concerns regarding public records law.

Chambliss said personally identifying voter-registration information can be requested by anyone.

“We’ve had inmates who are serving life sentences that are making public records requests for individuals’ personal information, including their name, their full address and their full date of birth,” Chambliss said.

Clay County Sheriff's Office Warns About Rash Of Break-Ins

Sep 2, 2015
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People living in Clay County are being told to lock the doors of their homes and cars after nearly a dozen crimes were reported over the past two weeks.

Investigators with the Clay County Sheriff's Office said homes were ransacked, and stolen items included guns, electronics and jewelry.

One homeowner even stopped a burglary in progress by honking a car horn when a burglar was caught trying to damage the front door of a home on Cattail Street in Middleburg, deputies said. The person ran away.

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Baptist Health is asking Florida healthcare regulators for permission to build a 100-bed hospital in Clay County.

A county-wide assessment by the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida shows access to healthcare is severely lacking in the area.

Baptist is proposing a facility that would employ around 400 people and serve 100 patients. It would be on the same property where the company first set up shop about two years ago.

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Adult entertainment businesses are cleared to set-up shop in Clay County after city commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of removing a 30-year-old ban this week.

The city was advised to vote the ban out, or face possible lawsuits.

Adult entertainment businesses can range from bookstores to dancing establishments.

Chairwoman Diane Hutchings voted in favor of lifting the ban. She says four law firms reviewed the ban and said it would not sustain a court challenge.

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Tara Green, Clay County’s Clerk of Court, is Florida’s Clerk of the Year.

Green was recognized for her leadership in this year’s statewide launch of Operation Green Light.

Operation Green Light is a day of amnesty allowing people with suspended drivers’ licenses to pay traffic ticket fines — minus a 40-percent penalty tacked on as punishment — and get their license back.

In April, the project resulted in the reinstatement of nearly 10,000 drivers’ licenses and generated more than $5.4 million for participating counties.

Appeals Court Backs CSX In Conductor's Death

May 4, 2015
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An appeals court has sided with Jacksonville-based CSX Transportation in a dispute over a train conductor who suffered a fatal heart attack.

The case was a disagreement over the railroad’s duty to provide medical assistance to conductor Larry Sells. The News Service of Florida reports the First District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling in favor of CSX.

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For people who find themselves needing help but unable to call 9-1-1, Clay County now allows text messages to emergency personnel.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office launched the service Thursday.

CCSO Col. Craig Aldrich says talking on the phone may not be an option during some emergencies.

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This May marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

Clay County’s Oakleaf High School is hosting the county’s first-ever remembrance ceremony tonight. Students are encouraged to attend to learn about the Nazi regime’s massacre that killed almost 11 million people — including 6 million Jews.

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A contentious measure on how the Clay County School Superintendent is chosen cleared a final hurdle Thursday on its way to the ballot.

The Clay County City Commission called an emergency meeting Monday night to discuss the School Board's vote to sue the Commission after it delayed a ballot measure to let voters decide how the school superintendent is chosen.

Dougher Emerges As Favorite For GOP State Party Chair

May 8, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — With the official vote more than three weeks away and less than six months before crucial statewide elections, the head of the Clay County GOP appears a shoe-in to replace outgoing Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry.

Michael Dunn, Jimmy Ryce, and Kelly Mathis are in the headlines today.

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Orange Park police are in the process of visiting all the places where electronic cigarettes are sold to explain what’s in a new city ordinance regulating the vapor smokes.

Under the new law approved this week by the Orange Park City Council, stores will have to keep e-cigarettes behind the counter and they can no longer sell to anyone younger than 18

Plus, people who use e-cigs will now have to smoke outside with their tobacco-using counterparts.

Big League Controversy In Clay County Over Proposed Sports Complex

Dec 2, 2013
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Executives from California-based Big League Dreams are lobbying officials in Clay County to build a multi-sports complex in Middleburg that could cost taxpayers more than $19 million.

The complex would feature five MLB replica parks, a covered sports pavilion, a restaurant, batting cages, and more.

The Clay County Development Authority is currently negotiating a contract with the five member Clay County Board of County Commissioners that would require the commission to pay for the construction of the sports complex, estimated between $19 million and $25 million.

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The "Dare to Think" conference is history, but not so the bad feelings some Clay County School Board members have for district Superintendent Charlie Van Zant for booking the event.

The two-day conference, which wrapped up Tuesday, was sponsored by well-known conservative Republican William Korach, publisher of the education reform magazine The Report Card.

Last week, three members of the school board voted to file an ethics complaint against Van Zant for continuing to support the conference after the board voted to have nothing to do with it.

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