GREEN COVE SPRINGS
Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest returns after being canceled last year due to pandemic
On a balmy Memorial Day with temperatures in the low 80s, people from all over Northeast Florida gathered Monday at the annual Memorial Day RiverFest in Green Cove Springs to honor the men and women who gave their lives serving in the United States military.
Deadly single-vehicle crash blocks Clay County road
A person is dead after a single-vehicle crash on Springbank Road at Craven Road, according to a tweet by The Clay County Sheriff’s Office. All of Springbank Road is blocked until further notice, and the CCSO suggests drivers seek an alternate route.
Clay County Fair returns with full capacity, safety protocols in place
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – When the 35th annual Clay County Fair kicks off on Thursday, it will be the first major event to have full-capacity crowds in Northeast Florida in more than a year. While the fair will welcome thousands back to the Clay County Fairgrounds, safety measures will be in place. It’s been such a hurdle to get the gates open and we are so excited to be back,” said General Manager Tasha Hyder. “Everything that you’re used to seeing at the Clay County Fair is going to be here,” said Hyder. There will be several safety measures in place, including more sanitization and hand washing stations, additional signage, and increased cleaning.
Clay County conducts first-ever online jury qualification
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – For the first time ever, the Clay County Courthouse selected a jury earlier this month after holding its jury duty qualification process exclusively online. Of the 400 residents tapped for jury duty, 342 showed up March 5 on Zoom, where the court narrowed its pool of prospective jurors down to 100. Hours later, the process resulted in a confirmed jury pool of 36 residents, and a jury of six jurors and one alternate was selected March 8. “As part of our state’s Safe Steps initiative, precautions still include regular courthouse cleaning, social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing and more,” Clay County Clerk of Court Tara S. Green said. If there is no plea deal or delay in that case, it would be the first in-person jury trial held in Clay County in a year.
Clay County schools open enrollment begins Friday
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Clay County School District will launch its controlled open enrollment program for the fifth year, which gives parents the option of choosing a Clay County school for their child that is outside their established attendance zone based on capacity at key schools. The window to apply for Controlled Open Enrollment begins on Friday and ends on April 9. “For us, open enrollment is a great opportunity to market all the great things that are happening Clay County Schools,” district chief of staff Terri Dennis said. “This determination takes into account the rapid growth in Clay County,” the Controlled Open Enrollment Plan said. Applications will be available at the Clay County District Schools’ website.
Clay County gets $6.6 million to provide rental assistance
Clay County has received $6.6 million from the Department of the Treasury through the CARES Act to provide rental assistance to eligible households negatively impacted due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic impact. Applicants for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program must meet all criteria to be considered. Applications for Emergency Rental Assistance can be submitted online beginning Monday, March 22. “The CARES Act has made a big impact in Clay County for individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations providing food assistance to residents. And now, we are pleased to be able to offer emergency rental assistance to those struggling to pay for rental housing and utilities during this year-long economic crisis.” Clay County Board of County Commission Chairman Mike Cella said.
Clay County intersection may honor sergeant who died with COVID-19
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – A major interchange in Clay County is a step closer to being named after a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy who died last year with complications of COVID-19. The County Commission unanimously approved Tuesday afternoon to rename the intersection of State Road 23 (First Coast Expressway) and Henley Road as Sgt. Eric John Twisdale Memorial Interchange. Twisdale was a deputy with CCSO since 1998 and worked with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office before that. The Sheriff’s Office said Twisdale acquired the virus on the job.
17-year-old missing Green Cove Springs boater found safe
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Shortly after police asked for the public’s help to find a 17-year-old boater who was considered “overdue,” they posted an update to say the teen had been found. The 17-year-old had last been seen Monday night at the Green Cove Springs city pier around 4 p.m. before he went fishing with a friend on a boat described as a 1973 fiberglass 25 foot sailboat with a blue sail. The sailboat was found Tuesday afternoon and towed back to the pier. The teen was OK, authorities confirmed. Because the teen is no longer missing, News4Jax has removed his name and photo from this article.
Lt. Mark Cowan with Clay County Sheriff’s Office retires after 40 years
Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook honored Lt. Mark Cowan for his years of service. GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Lt. Mark Cowan has put on a Clay County Sheriff’s Office uniform for the final time. Sheriff Michelle Cook honored Cowan for his 40 years of service. Cowan started as a part-time reserve deputy in 1980 and started full-time in 1981. “I truly enjoyed serving the citizens of Clay County.”
Ascension St. Vincent’s to vaccinate 2,500 at Clay County Fairgrounds
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Ascension St. Vincent’s will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination event for Clay County residents age 65 and older from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Clay County Fairgrounds, the county announced Thursday. Ascension St. Vincent’s said it expects approximately 2,500 vaccinations will be administered. Message from Ascension St. Vincent's: Ascension St. Vincent's is holding a COVID-19... Posted by Clay County, FL Government on Thursday, January 14, 2021Those with appointments are asked to wear a mask to while inside the fairgrounds. Here’s what Ascension St. Vincent’s said people can expect once they arrive:Patients will check in, providing the necessary information and signing required consent forms. Clay County Emergency Management will make an announcement on Wednesday, January 20 with the latest update on the Clay County allotment of vaccines from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Missing German shepherd found deceased in Clay County, Rescue organization said
Grace, a missing 1-year-old female German shepherd, has been found deceased in Clay County. K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue: “I want to thank you for all of your help I was notified this morning by Clay County Port Authority Our sweet Grace was found deceased in the River. I was hoping to have a happy ending I am grateful she had her ID tag had she not had one on I would have never known what happened to her.”-----------------------------------------------------------K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue is searching for one of its rescue dogs. Grace, a 1-year-old female German shepherd, disappeared Friday in Green Cove Springs. Distraught,” said Nila Hughes, president of K9 Services German Shepherd Rescue.