Clay County Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

The Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Task Force is sponsoring the following free public events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week:

Self-Defense ClassMonday, April 11th, at 6:00 p.m. at CCSO Operations Center, 212 Blanding Boulevard.  Reservations are required. Please call the Victim Services Center at (904) 284-RAPE (7273) to reserve your spot today!

Victims’ Rights CeremonyThursday, April 14th, at 5:30 p.m. at Orange Park Town Hall, Kingsley Ave. & Park Ave.  Ceremony to honor survivors of all violent crimes and their families.  Candlelight ceremony, victim speakers, music, victim services information, refreshments.  Open to the public.

Clay County Health Department Clinic Opens to Reduce Use of Emergency Rooms for Non-Emergency Care

The Clay County Health Department will see uninsured patients at the Ed Stansel clinic located in Green Cove Springs two days a week starting April 4th. To get an appointment, a patient’s eligibility must be assessed by the Health Department Social Services staff.

“Since this is a grant funded clinic, requirements must be met before people can become patients of this clinic,” stated Nancy Mills, Health Department Administrator. “People that will be seen at this clinic must be Clay County residents, don’t have a regular doctor and don’t have insurance. They also must meet with our Social Service staff to see if they are eligible before they will be given an appointment.” If a Clay County resident needs a healthcare provider, but is not eligible for the Ed Stansel clinic in Green Cove Springs, they can call the health department about their Bear Run location in Orange Park.

Summer Food Service Program for Clay County Schools

The Clay County District Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.  We are required by USDA to arrange a media release to the public informing them of this information.  Therefore, we would like to request a release time of June 1st  by announcing this information.  During these economic times, it will be welcome news to many families in our county.

Local Grocer Sees Food Prices Rise, Says Relief on Way

Local Grocer Sees Food Prices Rise, Says Relief on Way

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rob Rowe owns two independent grocery stores in Jacksonville and said he has never seen grocery prices rise this high, this fast.

"Tomatoes have been costing me $2 a pound or more," he said.

Rowe said his wholesale costs of groceries has gone up 12 to 15 percent in recent months. Meat prices have increased an average of 25 percent. He blames the rising costs of groceries on the rising price of gas, but also corn.

Four ears of corn sell for $4 now at his store; a year ago they were $2. "Corn is used to feed animals that produce meat, and we have corn being used to fuel automobiles in the form of ethanol, so the price is going to go up. We need to find a way to make more corn."

Corn is in many grocery items like cereal, corn oil, corn syrup and many more items so those prices are going  up as well, not to mention meat, he said.

Florida Youth ChalleNGe Family Day

Florida Youth ChalleNGe Family Day

Off in the distance one lone voice could be heard, “Three more months and we’ll be through,” followed immediately by the echo of more than a hundred, “Three more months and we’ll be through.” This was the moment the families of these cadets have been waiting for all morning.

As the formation marched closer and the first glimpse of first platoon of teenagers could be seen rounding the corner, the cadence mixed with the cheers from the families lining the street. The noise grew to a crescendo so loud the cadets were no longer able to hear the commands, which were now being shouted out by their leader. 

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! on Sale Feb. 25th

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! on Sale Feb. 25th

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! is bringing a colossal party on ice to your hometown!  This all-new show visits Jacksonville from April 7 – 10, 2011 for Eight performances at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets go on sale February 25th at 10 a.m.

Camp Cadet Kicks Off Application Period

Northeast Florida Camp Cadet, Inc. is kicking off the application period for a week long summer camp that begins on June 19th and runs through June 25th, 2011 at Camp Blanding (southern Clay County off SR 16).

The camp is for all youth, not just for troubled youth. Applicants must be 12 - 15 years of age.  Applications will not be accepted after April 9th, 2011.  Applications are available at the local police /sheriffs offices in the following counties: Clay, Duval, Bradford, St. Johns and Nassau.  There is no cost/fee for the camp and a maximum of eighty (80) youth will be accepted. 

For more information please contact Officer Kimberly Robinson at 904-274-0545 or email at flcampcadet@yahoo.com.