# Green cove springs
Update: Clay County husband and wife arrested for animal abandonment after home eviction
Theodore Davis, 47, of Green Cove Springs was arrested for the abandonment and neglect of four dogs.Clay County Sheriff's Office. A Clay County man was arrested Monday on a warrant for animal abandonment. His wife, who also abandoned and neglected the animals, was arrested Wednesday.
Pilots urge Clay County to address safety issues with proposed RV resort near airport runway
While Clay County works on an airport ordinance, pilots at Haller Airpark continue to speak out about a proposed RV park that would encroach upon their flight path. Pilots have been showing up at the county commissioners' meetings since June. They've been making their case about the safety of a proposed community.
Clay County man pleads guilty to using child to produce sexually explicit videos
Garrett Eric Weber, 31, of Green Cove Springs, has pleaded guilty to attempting to entice and use a 9-year-old child to produce videos of the child being sexually abused, U.S. Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced Thursday.
Man arrested for drug deals at Orange Park Mall, Home Depot parking lots, deputies say
A Jacksonville man is facing two separate charges for the selling and dealing of methamphetamine. Additionally, he is awaiting trial for an August 2020 vehicle burglary. Malik Warthen, 43, of West 18th St., Jacksonville, also known as “Ghost,” was arrested July 7 at approximately 2:26 p.m. after a narcotics transaction with a Clay County Sheriff’s Office confidential informant.
Clay County food pantry sees more residents in need
The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs has served nearly twice as many families this year than in 2021. “It is absolutely unreal,” says Wynema Lovell, director of the pantry since 1992.
Former Super Bowl champion to host free youth football camp at Clay High
Former Super Bowl champion Cliff Avril will return to Clay High School on July 9 to host his 10th annual free youth football camp. Through the Cliff Avril Family Foundation, Avril will return to his former high school along with other NFL players to provide one-on-one instruction for the campers, according to Eventbrite. The event has a limit of 250 campers from ages 12 to 18. The campers must be pre-registered on the Eventbrite website. The campers will receive a T-shirt, a photo with Avril, a goody bag, and a lunch. The campers are encouraged to wear athletic clothing and will wear shirts provided by Avril.
Shands Pier to be demolished, replaced with new First Coast Expressway bridge
The Shands Boat Ramp, bulkhead and parking area at 4051 Shands Pier Road in Green Cove Springs will be temporarily closed starting June 16 for demolition of the Shands Fishing Pier deck which was damaged beyond repair in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.
Clay County Public Works Department purchases additional equipment to prepare for hurricane season
The Clay County Public Works Department recently purchased a new Vac-Con Single Engine Combination Machine to help with the ongoing maintenance of stormwater drainage systems in the county and to prepare for hurricane season.
First Coast Expressway segment to be named Cathedral Oak Parkway
Clay County commissioners approved the name Assistant County Manager Troy Nagle and county staff settled upon for a connector road of the First Coast Expressway from US 17 to County Road 218 – Cathedral Oak Parkway.
Summer reading at Clay County libraries kicks off next week
The summer reading program at Clay County’s five libraries kicks into high gear following the Memorial Day holiday. It starts May 31 and runs until July 16. The library encourages everyone to stop by a branch the first week to sign up for summer reading. When you register, you get reading logs and a goodie bag. “Each time you complete a log and turn it into your library branch, you’re entered to win a grand prize for your age group,” said library programming associate Victoria Slaughter.
Clay High defeats Santa Fe in extra innings to advance in playoffs
The Clay High Blue Devils are set to face the Suwannee Bulldogs after they defeated the Santa Fe Raiders on Wednesday night in a 10-inning nail-biter, 12-9. Clay High got out to an early lead. In the first inning with two outs, Jayden Long hit a double to deep center field, scoring pinch-runner Connor Chapman. Clay High followed up with four more runs in the second inning. Logan Wilson scored two runs on a single to right field. Long hit another double, scoring two more runs for Clay High.
Clay County Commissioners move ahead with imposing business tax
Clay County commissioners on Tuesday asked the county attorney to write a draft ordinance to enact an annual business tax for the entire county. If the ordinance passes, businesses in Clay County will pay $40 per year. However, some businesses would be exempt.
Clay High loses heartbreaker to Bishop Kenny, 2-1, in championship game
The Clay High School Blue Devils lost the FHSAA 4A District 3 Championship to the Bishop Kenny Crusaders by a score of 2-1 Thursday night. Brandon Adams started on the mound for Clay High. He threw six and a third innings and held the Bishop Kenny offense to four hits and two runs.
Green Cove Springs is now the largest municipality in Clay County
The 2020 Census shows the population of Green Cove Springs increased by 42 percent compared to 2010. As a result, the number of Green Cove residents went from 6,908 to 9,786, making it the largest municipality in Clay County.
CalaVida Arts Festival offers free music performances
The CalaVida Arts Festival returns to Spring Park in Green Cove Springs this week with the usual variety of musical performances, food trucks, art exhibits and other performance arts. Admission to the festival is free.
Million-dollar sale prices spike for properties on St. Johns River
This Kelsey Road home is one of four homes on riverfront property being sold for $1.9 million.Photo courtesy of Melissa Nelson. This Owens Road home is one of the four homes on riverfront property being sold for $1.9 million.Photo courtesy of Melissa Nelson.
Restaurant inspections: Orange Park, Green Cove Springs eateries cited for violations
Restaurants in Orange Park, Green Cove Springs cited for violations during inspections.(Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images) An Orange Park restaurant topped the list of eateries with the most violations in inspection reports completed between April 1-15.
Clay High baseball team honors former coach Rob Thompson
The Clay High Blue Devils baseball team honored former head coach Rob Thompson last week with a ceremonial first pitch before the team’s matchup against the Fleming Island Golden Eagles.
2 Clay County theatres wouldn’t let pandemic shut them down
A Pew Research Center study conducted in January found that Americans are becoming more comfortable attending indoor sporting events or concerts. Shortly after the COVID pandemic began, 23 percent of Americans said their comfort level would allow them to attend an indoor sporting event or concert. This number dipped to 19 percent in November 2020 but jumped to 43 percent in January 2022.
Clay County Municipal Super Tuesday unofficial results announced
Three council seats were on the ballots in Orange Park and Green Cove Springs in Clay County Municipal Super Tuesday races. Incumbent Susana Thompson retained her seat on the Orange Park Town Council, winning with 60.28 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns from the Clay County Supervisor of Elections website.