Community Spirit

Flotilla Growth Continues; Seeking New Members

Clay County is fortunate.  We enjoy spectacular views of and ready access to a number of lush navigable waterways.  If you’ve ever spent time gazing out at the St Johns River or the Black Creek or launched a boat at one of the local ramps and wondered how you might become involved with volunteer activities on the water, there are opportunities awaiting you in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

After 10 Years, Family Finally Takes Down Christmas Tree

After 10 Years, Family Finally Takes Down Christmas Tree

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla -- The weather was not frightful in Ethel Miles backyard on Monday, but her fire was still quite delightful.

"I was jubilant," she said, throwing in a fistpump and a "Yes!" for good measure.

For many, it's customary to take down a Christmas tree by New Year's.

"I started to take it down," she said, "But I said no, I can't do it now."

Ethel, the head-to-toe, red, white and blue-wearing, self-described patriot put the tree up during Christmas 2001.

"After 9/11 I decided to make it a patriotic Christmas tree," she said.

And it stayed a full decade in her home.

"No, I said I was gonna leave it up until we got that sucker."

The sucker she's talking about is Osama Bin Laden.

"I said I would burn it when they finally caught or killed him."

And on Friday she stuck to her word. A group of neighbors gathered around and watched as Ethel and her husband Romie burned the tree to the ground.

Are you ready to Stamp Out Hunger?

On May 14, The National Association of Letter Carriers will be hosting the nation’s largest single-day food drive, ‘Stamp Out Hunger,’ for a 19th year.

Donations benefit local food pantries and food banks across the nation, including The Clothes Closet Food Pantry, located at 1010 Fromhart Street, which serves Orange Park, Fleming Island and Doctors Inlet area.

The Salvation Army of NE Florida Assists Alabama

The Salvation Army of NE Florida has deployed 2 mobile canteens and a team of volunteers and staff to help assist in the relief and recovery efforts in areas most affected from recent storms.

The Salvation Army canteen (kitchens on wheels) from Jacksonville left on Saturday, April 30 to assist with disaster relief and recovery in the raven stricken areas of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Disaster volunteers from Jacksonville are assisting the Jacksonville canteen. Staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command are manning the St. Augustine canteen which traveled to Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday to assist victims and emergency personnel affected by the recent storms. Salvation Army deployments are typically 14 days.

Belk Charity Event and a Good Reason to Go Shopping!

Belk Spring Charity Sale - Belk will hold its annual Spring Charity Sale this Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. to benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.

A $5 charitable donation gains customers admission to a private sale with merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 20 to 70 percent off on items throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points (and Belk Elite cardholders, triple Rewards points) for card purchases.

2011 Memorial Day RiverFest Weekend (May 28-30)

The 2011 Memorial Day RiverFest Weekend (May 28-30) features the Freedom 8K Series Race and Navy Band Southeast to play at RiverFest and at the Veterans' Tribute on May 30th in Green Cove Springs!

Today: 2011 Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run Planned for Clay County

Today, April 18, 2011 the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will be held in Clay County. The run will begin at 10am and go from the Publix located at 410 Blanding (Orange Park) to the Publix located at 865 Hibernia Road (Fleming Island). The route covers approximately 15 miles of roadside and bike trail and typically wraps up by 11:30am.  Lead runners are escorted by uniformed Traffic Unit deputies….so look for the marked units and lights!

This run raises awareness about Special Olympics in Clay County and the special relationship the program has with local law enforcement.  CCSO members of all ranks and ability levels run/walk side-by-side with some of our county’s most heroic young people – Special Olympic athletes!  Participants will be assigned to segments of the route, handing off the Special Olympics torch as they go.